Pinhead Gunpowder

Carry the Banner

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Not a bad mini-LP from Pinhead Gunpowder -- same energetic, street-smart pop-punk, same dual vocals by Bill Schneider (Monsula) and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day). But in comparison to their CD compilation Jump Salty, Armstrong seems to be taking over more microphone duties, making this project sound more like his better-known other band. That, and Carry the Banner just isn't quite as catchy as their previous releases. Not saying that this is a bad record at all; their cover of Diana Ross' "Mahogany" is great, and besides, the idea for this project is just to have fun rather than to please the most jaded rock critics. If every band out there had a mentality like these guys do, then the world of rock & roll would be a better place.

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