It was the song title "My Germs Shirt" that attracted my notice -- I used to wear one as a kid -- and this EP turned out to be a pleasant post-punk surprise. Boston has been blessed with so many sharp post-Mission of Burma outfits, from the more pop side, such as Big Dipper, to the hardest edged, like Dinosaur Jr., Proletariat, Moving Targets, Sebadoh, Smackmelon, and the Gravel Pit. Add Pie to the list. The pick track here, "Our History," treads in the footsteps of the sweet, packed-in-dense, melodic thump of Peter Prescott's first band after Burma split up, the Volcano Suns. With meaty rhythmic force and insistent drive, the hook is slightly buried, but bulls its way through. As it turns out, "My Germs Shirt" is a messy blur of screamed noise-rush, but "Swarthmore" and "Smashed Your Dreams" return to form, with early-Rundgren-esque tunes sung by suddenly tender guitarist Hugh over the crunch punch. Keep an eye on Pie.
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AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid