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Horace Pinker

Horace Pinker: Texas One TenTexas One Ten (2005)
Thick Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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Horace Pinker have a kind of punk rock history that is plentiful, but I would be hard-pressed to describe it as one that has been appreciated en masse. It has been nearly nine years since the band arguably reached the height of their popularity, with their 1996 full-length, Burn Tempe To The Ground .
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Horace Pinker have a kind of punk rock history that is plentiful, but I would be hard-pressed to describe it as one that has been appreciated en masse. It has been nearly nine years since the band arguably reached the height of their popularity, with their 1996 full-length, Burn Tempe To The Ground (One Foot Records), and an almost 15 years since the group got underway. The band hit a momentary surge in the press in 2000 when former Jawbreaker bassist Chris Bauermeister joined the group, but things were soon to be tempered again in a spate of lineup changes and quietly-released EPs. In this entire timespan, careers, academia, and so forth have kept Horace Pinker to be a mostly part-time endeavor, but through it all, the band's classic, slightly-heavier-than-most pop-punk sound has persevered, and on Texas One Ten, it feels stronger than ever.

With the help of producer Mass Giorgini, Horace Pinker have held on tightly to the punk rock sound of their Chicago roots. Fluid, melodic lead vocals lead the charge with driving dual guitars, dark bass lines, straight-forward percussion, and simmering harmonies. It may be considered as a minimalist approach to songwriting today, but Horace Pinker's stripped down efforts sound far more complete than a band trying to figure out how to sequence a bag of tricks. Texas One Ten follows a songwriting pattern of much of the band's earlier works, with keeping the lead vocals low in the mix, behind big, screamin' guitars and bruising beats. Tracks like "If You Fall" and "Retrospective" rip at your nerves with dour but infectious rhythms. Mid-tempo is mostly where it's at with Texas One Ten, but the flair of the recording style gives it plenty of punch, so the band never languishes in stagnation. Whereas so many contemporary bands feel the need to place themselves among extremes in terms of thematic emphasis, Horace Pinker meander through greys and paleness. The band's lyrics fight for your attention through honesty and real world reflection -- not vivid, but contrived strings of impressionable college poetry. In an enjoyable twist, Texas One Ten ratchets up the memorability scale as the disc burns through all 12 tracks, and as its subtle, but well-heeled hooks sink in, this one gets better with every listen.

The liner notes to Texas One Ten bring out the fact that the recording process for this release began shortly after May 2002, after one of the founding member's mothers died of cancer. The band goes on to note how important this woman was in its earlier, heavy-touring years and how her life (and death) inspired so much of this record, which in total, took more than two years to finish. It's that kind of genuineness that truly puts Horace Pinker's hardworn sound in perspective, and perhaps explains why in the band's 15 years, their unique twist on Midwestern pop-punk still sounds so refreshing.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 9, 2005)

Just picked this up online and am pretty pleased with it.

Anonymous (May 19, 2005)

great record. blew me away.

hein (May 19, 2005)

Not sure if this is done here, but since I'm still regarded as one of the staff reviewers here, and have been friends with these guys over the last 10 years, you could check out my opinion on my own site punkupdates.com

SilentStorms (May 18, 2005)

Pop Culture Failure was phenom, but the last 2 eps seemed like filler compared to that. Maybe I should pick this up.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

this reminds me of richard lewis in Mel Brooks Men in Tights.

Reminds me of his face when he says he had a good BM.

I really like this record. Its an even keel. A plateu of righteous tuneage. A worthy follow up to pop culture failure. Like another chicago band with a certain weasel in them, they take their time and release records on their own impulse, when and how they want. Screw judgements and trends.

The songs from the red eyed regular ep sound good, and I hope they take a shorter time to put something further out, if only the retrospective.

Or they could come to des moines. If you book them, they will come wayne.

wyzo

Crookedsuperhero (May 17, 2005)

Ordered this yesterday, looking foward to it,

inagreendase (May 17, 2005)

It's decent. If they kept up the level of aggression they have going in the lead track it'd be pretty great. But as is, it's a moderately competent take on Dear You.

ubershep (May 17, 2005)

Oh, Scott...

stevejonestherealbones (May 17, 2005)

i hold thick to higher standards because of blue meanies, gasoline fight , and the cougars ep....but maybe i'm living in a dream world and this is the true face of thick............................................................ ................................................................. ................................................................. ................................................................. ................................................................. ................................................................. ....................................

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

Apparently AP's review goes like this: "I can't believe these guys are still together. 3/5"

Inspection12e (May 17, 2005)

It's up for streaming at www.purevolume.com/horacepinker .

The cd is great go buy it.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

I really don't understand the appeal of this band. Every time I've heard them they've sounded good but generic.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

I'm waiting for Scott to comment on this album, should be interesting it should.

Anonymous (May 17, 2005)

I sure hope I win the contest. If not, I'll never get to hear this album.

-Chinatown

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