Sophomore Jinx!

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Olivelawn did a fine job in carrying the torch for the SoCal punk underground at a time when attention was being diverted in droves towards the Seattle alt-rock scene. With the aid of legendary grunge producer Jack Endino, the man behind Nirvana's Bleach and Mudhoney's Superfuzz Bigmuff, Olivelawn's Sophomore Jinx! if nothing else proves the merit of ambitious eight-track recordings. Partial to Fender guitars and speedy tempos, Johnny Donhowe and O lead the charge on short rockers such as "Hate" and "Burner." Drummer Eddie Glass and singer Mike Olson amply surf the guitarists' waves of feedback on an extended psychedelic jam called "A Season in Hell." Meanwhile a cover version of ZZ Top's "Heard It on the X" helps bring the fun out of all of the band's blatant aggression.

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