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Album Review

On Fade to Bright, Squirtgun's third, and strongest album (appearing six years after their sophomore effort), the band plays the classic Lookout and Honest Don melodic punk sound with unbridled energy and propulsion. The best numbers — "Burn for You," "Me Without You" — evoke Weston at their catchiest and most forlorn with the power of Screeching Weasel. And while this is not the most innovative punk album of 2003 (try the Weakerthans, the Blood Brothers, or Against Me! for that), the music on Fade to Bright is as splashy and kinetic as anything by blink-182 without entirely catering to the legions of mall punks. "She's Ohio" for example is a punk love tune in the tradition of the Descendents' "Silly Girl" — and though Squirtgun are never as reckless and devil-may-care as their ancestors, they do a pretty good job carrying the torch.

Biography

Formed: 1993

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Full of plenty of energy and fervor, Squirtgun plays melodic punk rock in the Lookout Records tradition, drawing on bands like the Descendents, Green Day and Screeching Weasel. The band formed in the fall of 1993 when punk rock producer and bassist Mass Giorgini decided to form a new band out of the remnants of his old band, Rattail Grenadier. With Rattail members Flav Giordini (guitar) and Dan Lumley (drums) in the lineup, the group recruited vocalist/guitarist Matt Hart of Freaks of Nature. In...
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