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Pinhead Gunpowder - Compulsive Disclosure (Cover Artwork)

Pinhead Gunpowder

Pinhead Gunpowder: Compulsive DisclosureCompulsive Disclosure (2003)
Lookout Records

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Since releasing the downright classic Shoot the Moon EP on Billie Joe Armstrong's Adeline imprint in 1999, Pinhead Gunpowder has stayed true to vinyl and vinyl only, releasing several 7" records on several labels. Lookout Records has taken the liberty of compiling these songs onto one nice and easy.
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Since releasing the downright classic Shoot the Moon EP on Billie Joe Armstrong's Adeline imprint in 1999, Pinhead Gunpowder has stayed true to vinyl and vinyl only, releasing several 7" records on several labels. Lookout Records has taken the liberty of compiling these songs onto one nice and easy compact disc, and the result does not let down. Containing tunes from Lookout's 8 Chords, 328 Words 7", the split with Dillinger Four on Adeline, and the self-titled release on THD, this compilation EP (I don't care what Lookout says, it's fucking fourteen minutes long!) picks up right where the last CD-released EP left off. PG's brand of snotty, East Bay, mid-90s punk with a spritz of pop is like a fine wine, only getting better with age. The necessary Green Day sound, prerequisite dash of Ramones, and a splash of Mr. T Experience pushes it full-throttle.

Sharing vocal duties, Armstrong and Aaron Cometbus compliment each other better than most bands wish they could, and both lead the charge in each song forcefully. The clever, storytelling lyrics narrate and hold your attention the same way those mid-life-crises-waiting-to-happen in the Wiggles captivate swarms of five-year-olds. In the spectacular, uptempo acoustic number "Landlords," it really feels like you're sitting right in the molding, cracking, run-down apartment room hostage-like with them as Cometbus and Armstrong harmonically ramble together "shut the power off, give me cold cramped rooms, disconnected phones and leaky roofs." They aggressively tell a pseudo-tale that even Tomas Kalnoky would envy at some points.

Even besides the threats domestica, the spectrum of topics is all over the place. The overall positivity of apathy is ever-present as it's been in PG's career. In "At Your Funeral," the Nelson Muntz-like character exclaims, "Until they read your eulogy, 'Ha ha ha!' at your family, 'Let's be honest guys, better late than never.'" It also represents well in the chug-a-lug, 20-second-long "Porch" anthem. But then in "Buffalo," a connection between the great animals that once roamed our country and leaving a sweet girl behind is used. Keeping safe from jealous boyfriends is the story at hand in "Crazy Horse," and "Black Mountain Pt. 3," with its horn-indulging bridge, rhetorically interrogates its name-dropped engineers and philosophers.

Plus, the mid-to-top-level production works like a charm, constantly fitting the sound and moods perfectly. The bass is turned up in all the right spots, the guitars sound fast, raw, and crunchy as they always have, and the drums are right on.

For a single-band compilation, the cohesiveness it gives off is unusual, with the only awkward exception being the second track, "Second Street," with its mid-tempo frame. Everything together just works well, and once again proves that side projects aren't always a compulsive disaster, but rather quite the creative disclosure.

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"Letter from an Old Friend"

 

 
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MrKerplunk (October 26, 2009)

2nd Street

daved4 (August 7, 2006)

made me want to download at your funeral again
nothing else
just
that
the end

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Also another great release, I just wish they would put more albums out, or tour more, even though Billie Joe is busy with Green Day and all.

Anonymous (December 8, 2003)

Aaron indeed was not in Jawbreaker. He was in Crimpshrine with another musician that you lame ass technologically superior fanboy fucks have never met but talk shit about anyway; Jeff Ott. Wow, I can't believe you guys don't just go out and support your scene instead of bragging about your "advance copies" pf CDs whose material has been out for years and arguing online. Man, I can't believe my buddy suggested I check this sight out. Damn.

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

Leave jock boy.

irish_joo (December 5, 2003)

jason white? the oklahoma quarterback?

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

"I bet my aunt has a really tight snatch, but not as tight as PG's sound!"

This comment was almost as good as the review, which in turn was almost as good as the record.

The score is for all 3.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

AARON DOESNT FUCKING SING!!! GET OVER IT!
"second street" is not a cover. Jason White (you know, from the fucking band Pinhead Gunpowder!!) wrote it.
jesus christ. you people suck.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

this album riggity riggity rocks.

Ramo

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I bet my aunt has a really tight snatch, but not as tight as PG's sound!

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I liked Pinhead Circus.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Every once in a blue moon superdude has a comment that is completely priceless...but the rest are garbage...

skankin_in_the_pit (December 2, 2003)

Wow, InaGreendase got 7 outta superdude. That last one did make me laugh my ass off

superdude (December 2, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Greenday broke up?

2. You can't even play vinyl in a cd player, that's stupid.

3. I tried.

4. Is that Armstrong's wife on the cover?

5. She's a looker!

6. He should join the Lawrence Arms with These Arms are Snakes.

7. These Lawrence Armstrongs are Snakes

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

What do they sound like?

Greenvandal (December 2, 2003)

Hahaha, if this wa s Green Day review, it would have like 6000 hits already. its funny how many kids dont know about this band and who is in it. Thats prolly Billies intention though.

Green Day is my fav band, but I always miss out on these guys, so I think Ill check em out as soon as I can.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

There split with d4 is classic, both sides amazing. PG fuckin rules.

Hulka (December 2, 2003)

Anyone know who did the original version of "Second Street"? The liner notes suggest that it's a cover, but I can't find any mention of who/which band the original is by.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

aaron DOES sing on a couple of these....not usually though. also, he was never in jawbreaker....

inagreendase (December 2, 2003)

"lookout does provide band info. look behind the disk."

Not on the advance they don't. There's no tray to look at with my copy because the case is cardboard, not plastic.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

aaron just writes the songs. billie and jason sing. it has been like that since "carry the banner".

lookout does provide band info. look behind the disk.

inagreendase (December 2, 2003)

"Aaron doesn't fucking sing!!!! It's Jason from the Influents. Fuck, why can't punknews.com reviewers ever get that fucking right?"

Fuck, are you serious? Why did I always think it was Aaron?? Lookout needs to start putting some liner notes in these advances so assholes like me stop giving misinformation. Oh well, if it's true, sorry people.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

It's not .com!!!! It's .org. Fuck, why can't punknews.org commenters ever get that fucking right?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

This score is for Aaron and his good work in Jawbreaker!

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Aaron doesn't fucking sing!!!! It's Jason from the Influents. Fuck, why can't punknews.com reviewers ever get that fucking right?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

This band is nearly perfect. ALL HAIL PINHEAD GUNPOWDER!!! (did you know they were named after a blend of tea form a hippie health food store? you do now!)
-Paully

Edgie (December 2, 2003)

Score is for PG's half of the D4 split. It rocks.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

I fucking love "2nd Street"..almost the perfect poppunk song.

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