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Pinhead Gunpowder
Compulsive Disclosure
Lookout! Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I wouldn't say that Pinhead Gunpowder falls under the heading of a true Supergroup, but the label could certainly apply with members hailing from groups like Green Day, Monsula, The Influents, and Crimpshrine. But the notion of a Supergroup implies such grandeur and media attention that Pinhead Gunpowder shy away from.

Since it's inception in 1991, the band has played live and recorded only occasionally and sporadically. Compulsive Disclosure is the outcome of one of the band's more recent gatherings, and at a running time of under fifteen minutes, these nine songs leave you wanting more of their fast, catchy romp through the punk realm.

Insanely catchy tracks like "Letter from AOF" and "New Blood" are irresistable. "Porch," a 22 second romp, exists simply for the spirit of fun. "Black Moutain Pt. 3" borrows a ska horn section and is bound to stick in your head for days.

Overall though, the closing pair of story-telling tracks will keep bringing you back. The humorous "Crazy Horse" laments the dangers of having touched not only another guy's girl, but the girl of a psychotic bully. "At Your Funeral" distances itself from any true funeral dirge. The protagonist laughs at the family of the deceased, smiles, and gets his party on- keg included.

"At Your Funeral" also finds itself drawn-out in comic form on the back of the liner notes. The sound of Billie Joe's vocals and the look of the strip are just enough to remind this reviewer of Green Day's Dookie album, if just in spirit. And indeed the fun of Pinhead Gunpowder can take you back to better times... even if only for a mere fifteen minutes.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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