by Atombombpocketknife

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zooloader I'm 18 years late finding these guys. Tight and lyrical. There's an energy I love. Laid back, but not lazy vocals appeal immediately. Feedbacking guitars in What It Takes To Be Alone, is a winner. Favorite track: Daggers From Above.
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Justin Sinkovich and David Burns, both survivors of the recent
of the band Thumbnail, added Allison Hollihan to their ranks to form the power trio Atombombpocketknife in Chicago in 1999. They released their first single on File 13 Records in April, followed by this mini-album on Southern Records.

Atombombpocketknife were on a quest to destroy the doldrums of the modern day post-rock fiasco. David, Justin, and Allison grew up in the mid-eighties, and after drawing influence from such forefathers of sonic rock as The James Gang, The Who, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin, they each learned to play their instruments while listening to teenage angst outlets like Sonic Youth's "Sister" and Dinosaur Jr.'s" You're Living All Over Me". Contemporary historians claim ABPK created "Unrock," an amalgamation of riff anthems and experimental deconstruction... then reconstruction.

Recorded by Greg Norman and RedRedMeat drummer/engineer Brian Deck at Clava Studio, then mastered by John Loder at Abbey Road Studio, this recording really captures the primal energy that the band tap into during their live performances.


released June 1, 1999


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Fiercely independent since forever, Southern Records has a musical pedigree which stretches way back to 1977, when a band called Crass was founded (and proceeded to change punk & the world forever...but that's another story). For years Southern operated as a recording studio & the biz wheels behind labels like Crass, Corpus Christi, Bluurg & Dischord, before launching an eponymous imprint in 1991 ... more

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