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Sinkhole

Sinkhole: Groping for TroutGroping for Trout (1993)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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The debut full-length from this Boston-based band is a little known pop-punk masterpiece. From the start-stop rhythms of "Red Dog" to the spoken word ferocity of "Wreck on the Highway," this album is a fun, fast joyride. Hell, they even made "Come Sail Away" sound cool, years before Eric Cartman mad.
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The debut full-length from this Boston-based band is a little known pop-punk masterpiece. From the start-stop rhythms of "Red Dog" to the spoken word ferocity of "Wreck on the Highway," this album is a fun, fast joyride. Hell, they even made "Come Sail Away" sound cool, years before Eric Cartman made it infamous.

Those who've gone through a nasty breakup can easily relate to the simplicity of "Lemon Fantastic," where the band sings in chorus: "I try to think, what it is about you I hate. I see your face, and I want to puke my guts up. And if I do it will be on you."

If this album has a true highlight (though there are many contenders such as "Waterbug" and "Leaner Days"), it is the snotty goodness of "Never Is Now," which climaxes with "I knew a girl, she was indifferent to know me. But she had a heart that she wouldn't show me. One day she took me aside she said: 'You'll never see me cry.' So I looked her in the eye and said never is now."

Sinkhole took a burgeoning pop-punk sound and made it their own. Thirteen years later, these guys would be an easy fit on the Recess Records label. If you dig that old pop-punk sound and newer bands like Toys That Kill, do yourself a favor and check out any of Sinkhole's albums, including the killer retrospective Retrospectacles.

***As an aside, singer/drummer Chris Pierce concurrently played in the harder sounding and equally fantastic Doc Hopper.

 


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notfeelingcreative (September 2, 2007)

Yeah, I dig some sinkhole, great pop-punk band!

mateo (September 1, 2007)

Does anybody know why (in the FUCK) this band broke up?

drunkenriot (September 1, 2007)

sinkhole is good shit, fans of lemuria, the ergs, descendents and husker du will be fans of this

bytheslice (August 31, 2007)

Good band. Makes me miss the 90's heyday of Dr. Strange Records. The Sinkhole 7" w/ "Donkey" is real good and had a killer Eddie Money cover on it.

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