Pinhead Gunpowder

Goodbye Ellston Avenue

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Pinhead Gunpowder's full-length (if you consider 24 minutes to be full-length) Goodbye Ellston Avenue often sounds like Green Day without a producer -- which isn't a bad thing. All the songs have a certain first-take rawness, and the recording quality is appropriately gritty. Billie Joe Armstrong handles most of the singing here, which ensures a certain amount of pop sweetness, but when co-vocalist Bill Schneider takes the mic, his less tuneful shouts offset Armstrong's melodies nicely. Goodbye Ellston Avenue feels like a record made in a low-pressure environment, and that looseness gives the record its low-key, basement punk charm.

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