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The Berlin Project sounds like the name of a European techno or synth pop outfit, but in fact, the Pittsburgh band is best known for bratty ska-punk along the lines of Reel Big Fish and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. So you could say that by calling themselves the Berlin Project, the band is being ironic (intentionally or unintentionally). Unlike the Berlin Project's late-'90s releases, 2000's The Transition Radio EP doesn't contain any ska-punk. Nothing on this five-song EP has a real ska beat, although the punk element is still strong. Steve Sobloslai's lead vocals sometimes hint at former Dead Kennedys vocalist Jello Biafra, but unlike the Kennedys' albums, The Transition Radio EP doesn't have a militant sociopolitical agenda — the Berlin Project's punk is very pop. In fact, "Crashing Down," "Runaway," and the other songs on the CD are the sort of by-the-book punk-pop numbers that seemed inescapable if you listened to alternative rock stations in the late '90s and the early 2000s. Although not mind-blowing, the material is decent and likable, if derivative and not terribly distinctive. An enhanced CD, The Transition Radio EP contains a video for "Crashing Down."

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Their best sound

These guys were awesome, I loved their ska-punk prior to this too, but their sound from this EP was my favorite. They had a bassist and I think a keyboard player that had really similar voices so they meshed really well with harmonies. I always thought John had a cool voice too, I wish they hadn't gone down the punk/emo road with "Things They Say" - but, that album is actually pretty good, its just not REALLY Berlin Project.

I had the pleasure of playing with these guys a few times, and they were always really cool! I'm glad we got to share the stage with them, I wish they'd come back! If you do, JOHN, STAY ON VOCALS!


Formed: 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Not to be confused with the Los Angeles-based '80s techno-pop/new wave trio Berlin, the Berlin Project is an alternative pop-rock band that has been around the Pittsburgh, PA, scene since 1995. That year, the band was founded by lead guitarist John Garrighan, who was only 14 at the time -- and along the way, the Berlin Project has had its share of lineup changes and reinvented itself more than once. At first, Garrighan's outfit was a bratty ska-punk band along the lines of Reel Big Fish and the Mighty...
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