PINHEAD GUNPOWDER: Kick over the Traces: CD

May 20, 2010

What does it mean when one of your favorite bands releases a greatest hits album? Sadly, I am no expert in philosophical pop punk inquiries, so instead I’ll just say that I’ve listened to Pinhead Gunpowder in every possible context: in my bedroom in high school after enduring my mom screaming at me, on my headphones during countless late-night bike rides, in my college dorm room in the middle of ridiculous, almost-emo-ish relationship crap, in my apartment writing articles about labor history, and on the dance floor at punk rock dance parties. And, somehow, Pinhead Gunpowder always seemed like the perfect band in all of these places. Even though I’ve listened to these songs hundreds or thousands of times, it’s still hard for me to deal with how good these songs are. I drove from Minneapolis to Milwaukee last weekend and I listened to this CD for five straight hours. By the time I got to my mom’s house, I had a sore throat and my eardrums hurt. If this were a cereal, it’d be Lucky Charms, the highest honor this Razorcake reviewer can bestow.

 –maddy (Recess)