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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.


Formed: 1990

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

It would be easy to label Pinhead Gunpowder as a supergroup, considering that the lineup features four players from other well-known bands. There's drummer Aaron Cometbus, formerly of Crimpshrine, Billie Joe of Green Day on guitar/vocals, Bill Schneider from Monsula on bass/vocals, and Mike Kirsch from Fuel on guitar. Not that these guys got together for the intention of making money or to be the ultimate scenester band, but rather to take a break from the main musical projects that occupy most of...
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