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Tending toward a bright, full guitar sound and near-falsetto male harmonies make Pinhead Circus seems a youthful, energized Stiff Little Fingers. The Colorado trio began near a full decade ago in the business of melodic punk. Their upbeat, sophisticated punk is the best in a very long time for me. Easy to listen to repeatedly, the album keeps coming across courageous and animate. Beside the punk dynamism, there is plenty of material explicitly about alienation and alcohol.


Formed: 1988 in Colorado

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in 1988 while trying to keep warm in the Colorado mountains, Jimmy Pinhead (vocals/guitar), Trelvis (bass), and Otis (drums) got together Pinhead Circus while under the influence of the Descendents, skating, and malt liquor. But it wouldn't be until 1997, after a bundle of shows and compilation tracks, when BYO Records caught their attention and released their first album, Detailed Instructions for the Self Involved. Two years later, Pinhead's second album, Everything Else Is Just a Far Gone...
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