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PIPSQUEAK:
Fowl Hymns: LP
Pipsqueak is two people, a cellist and the vocalist from Snuggle playing guitar. I do like me some Snuggle, and the vocals and lyrical content have a lot to do with that. And those are represented well here. The cello is pretty decent, too. All the parts seem great, but, as a whole, this just ain’t doing it for me. Sounds like it should be on Fat. Sorry. –Vincent Battilana (Repressed Issues)


PIRANHAS:
Self-titled: 7”
Loud, FUCKED UP punk rock with keyboards to add to the din, making the whole thing sound like Richard Hell jamming with Le Shok. If this doesn’t make your neighbors circulate a petition demanding your immediate eviction, you need to move on your own, ‘cause people like that are way too jaded to be living next to, man. This rocks. –jimmy (Rock’n’Roll Blitzkrieg)


PIRANHAS:
Erotic Grit Movies: CD
GodDAMN, is this one glorious mess. Imagine the Flesh Eaters having being served a serious beat-down by the unholy tag team of a coked-out Pere Ubu and meth-addled Stooges and you ain’t even close. This is music to get ugly by, music that will encourage you to tear shit up and go hog wild, music that prolonged listening to might actually result in a lengthy prison stay. Don’t believe me? Just give a listen to “Isolation” and tell me you don’t feel like kicking the neighbor’s annoying fucking cat for a 75-yard field goal.
–jimmy (In The Red)


PIRANHAS:
Self-titled: 7"
Loud, FUCKED UP punk rock with keyboards to add to the din, making the whole thing sound like Richard Hell jamming with Le Shok. If this doesn’t make your neighbors circulate a petition demanding your immediate eviction, you need to move on your own, ‘cause people like that are way too jaded to be living next to, man. This rocks. –jimmy (Rock’n’Roll Blitzkrieg)


PIRATE LOVE:
Black Vodoun Space Blues: CD
This self-described black punk band from Oslo, Norway comes correct on their debut album. Tracks range from ragged Birthday Party-influenced grooves to more surf’n’roll oriented tracks. It never falls victim to outright homage or camp; there’s an authentically dangerous vibe here. Lyrics deal with love gone murderously bad, to outright insanity. If this band was stateside, there’s no doubt that they would be huge right now. Seek this out! Evan Katz –Guest Contributor (Voodoo Rhythm)


PIRHANAS:
self-titled: CD

This, apparently, is a re-release of their first album with tracks from a single and a radio ad tacked on for good measure. The music is crazed, chaotic trash rock that causes headaches in all the right ways.

–jimmy (On/On Switch)


PIRX THE PILOT:
Self-titled: CD EP
As I listen to this, I think about what later Government Issue would’ve sounded like if they’d stuck to the thrash beats and stopped taking the anti-depressants. No, I didn’t think it was all that pretty a thought, either. –jimmy (New Disorder)


PIRX THE PILOT:
Famous in 47 States: CD
Done right, an overblown, operatic voice in punk rock can be a mark of distinction. Tilt, the Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fleshies all have or had folks who could belt it out. Unfortunately, that’s the main hurdle I have with Pirx the Pilot. The main singer, Ernst (who also runs New Disorder Records and is a really nice guy) is so high up in the mix, sounds like a less nasal Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and the instruments almost always watershed around his vocals. Regrettably, his voice – the instrument that most often dominates the music – is my least favorite part of the band. If Erica took the mic more, or they did more change offs, like in “Patriotism” and “Cloud Factory,” the equation might change a little bit. The music, sans male vocals, reminds me of early ‘90s college rock like Love and Rockets with dashes of the Pixies, and scrapes of late period Bauhaus (they’re arty and a little doomy, and have a fixation on Fozzie the Bear dolls) but more straightforward punk, which is nice. So, it’s personal taste, which all hinges on liking a type of voice. Comes with two home-made videos, which is admirable. –todd (New Disorder)


PIRX THE PILOT:
Self-titled: CDEP
As I listen to this, I think about what later Government Issue would’ve sounded like if they’d stuck to the thrash beats and stopped taking the anti-depressants. No, I didn’t think it was all that pretty a thought, either. –jimmy (New Disorder)


PISS ANT:
Your Best Sucks: CD
From the band photo in the CD insert, the band looks like a good group of people. The band is comprised of Josi on vocals, Amy on bass, Dave on guitar, and Jeff on drums. However, right off the back, the album rubs me the wrong way. The first song, "Monkey," starts off with a Korn-like, dark, dramatic riff, and then it goes very rock'n' roll. The vocals are not bad. I enjoy Josi's voice when she is singing, as it is raw but feminine. I do not, however, enjoy her vocals on the choruses or the band's back up vocals, especially on "To Think I Thought," "Devil in My Backyard," and "Enemy." The choruses are higher pitched screaming that sounds forced and then electronically subdued. I can't get into it. I can say the latter part of the CD doesn't seem to be as formulaic as the first couple songs. –jenny (Malt Soda)


PISS N BLOOD:
F.T.W.: CD
Debut release from this California four-piece. Singer Ron Anger was in Lost Cause back in the 1980s. Here we get a strict ration of Stooges/Dolls/Pistols playing. There is even a Stooges cover tacked onto the end. If you like any of those bands, more than likely this will be up your alley. Solid playing and intense lyrics. The spirit of ‘70s punk is alive and well here. Don’t miss out! –koepenick (Self-released)


PISS N’ BLOOD:
F.T.W.: CD
Great mid-tempo, pissed-off punk rock. I don’t know what else to say. If you like U.S. Bombs, the Pistols or The (Canadian) Subhumans, then you’d really like Piss n’ Blood. –ty (Piss n’ Blood, pissnblood.com)


PISS ON AUTHORITY / SLUG:
Echoes of the Past Reverberate into Our Future: CD
Piss On Authority: Crusty thrash taking on the cult of Obama, society, scene police, and so on. Not particularly groundbreaking work, but they’re effective nonetheless. Slug: Was half hoping the old L.A. noise band that previously used the Slug moniker had moved en masse to Tottenham. Alas, no. Ye get U.K. ‘82-influenced (or templated) punk/hardcore, also not exactly breaking new ground, but in possession with just the right amount of vitriol to sell it.  –jimmy (Riot Ska, riotskarecords.com)


PISS PISS PISS:
Never Heard of Amebix: CDEP
There’s been a solid trend of coming across releases that show little effort has been put into the layout, but recordings have clearly had some time (and money) put into them. In walks Piss Piss Piss. Who, given the minimal hand-drawn artwork of a fox (?) spray painting the name of the record on a brick wall, I assumed this was going to be a crud-punk record of some sort. Instead, it’s well-recorded, ripping metallic d-beat—probably better than a lot of popular bands of the same ilk. They wear their hometown of PDX on their sleeves, sounding strikingly close to Hellshock, with the token extra guttural vocals. Wasn’t expecting that all with the packaging, but I’m into it.  –Steve Adamyk (Sacred Plague)


PISS TEST:
Self-titled: 7”
I’ve been hearing a lot about this band lately, so I’m glad I finally got the chance to check this out. I just gotta say, “believe the hype!” This instantly perked my ears up. It’s got that jangly, snotty combination that seems to crawl out from the moss-covered rock up in the Pacific Northwest. I want more… I need more! –ty (Jonny Cat, facebook.com/pages/JonnyCat-Records)


PISS TEST:
Self-titled: 7” EP
At its core we’re talking about (mostly) mid-tempo punk stuff with a serious yen for early ‘80s hardcore. Something about the way the singer barks the lyrics, though, adds a bit of Proletariat to the proceedings, which is a nice additional dimension. Four tunes, not a clunker in the bunch.  –jimmy (Taken By Surprise)


PISS TEST:
Self-titled: 7”
Here is Portland, Oregon’s Piss Test’s second self-titled 7”. I reviewed the first one in these very pages and it quickly became one of my go-to singles. This one is no different. More seething anger and snotty humor up front while the rhythm section gets you grooving before you even realize it. This band is a prime example of why those “punk rock died years ago” types can go fuck themselves. If you don’t already have all of Piss Test’s records (there is a killer LP as well), you best get on it!  –ty (Taken By Surprise)


PISSED JEANS:
Don’t Need Smoke to Make Myself Disappear: 7”
A-side is a dose of the heavy, minimalist “Flipper after some musical lessons” sludge this label made its first million off of two decades ago, while the B-side takes on more up-tempo rock-meets-hardcore vibe. To be honest, I didn’t really expect much from this, so I’m kinda flabbergasted that it exceeded what low expectations I did have. –jimmy (Sub Pop)


PISSED JEANS:
Hope for Men: CD
Can I say that Pissed Jeans is one of the worst band names I’ve ever heard? Is that allowed? Their sound did nothing to win me over after that initial negative impression: thump thump thump thump scream scream scream. Yawn. –Guest Contributor (Sub Pop)


PIST, THE:
Ideas Are Bulletproof: LP
Does The Pist still hold up in a post-Fucked Up world? Coming from someone who’s spent very little time actually listening to The Pist and has absolutely no fond memories of the ‘90s hardcore scene, I’d say this record has its moments. Angry, oi-inspired, hardcore punk that tells tales of angry, hardcore punk life. “Street punks in the city / And street punks at the show / The kids are here and the kids are pissed / Yeah, the kids are ready to go.” Yeah like gang vocals? –Daryl Gussin (Havoc)


PIST, THE:
Input Equals Output Albums 1 & 2: LP
Double, but separately packaged and sold, set of material from the long gone, late, great Pist. Essentially, this is their discography of EPs, splits, comp tracks, demos, and live recordings from 1993 to 1996 (Ideas Are Bulletproof is reissued now as well). I remember seeing these guys open for Rorschach at Your Place Too in Oakland in 1993. A friend and I were totally surprised to hear a band like this at that time. When just about everyone else was delving into metal, or emo, or limp pop, these guys were playing pure punk, and their stage presence was honest, free of shallow posturing and played-out fashion. The music was well played, but it had this raw and gritty quality about it as well. They could thrash it out then play it slightly slower and never lose any momentum. These guys didn’t play punk to be cool, they played it because they meant it. I thought I had everything they put out, but seeing these two albums and all that is in here, there was quite a bit I was missing. Never knew they had a split with Malachi Krunch, which has the great song, “Mutual.” Then there were the comps I passed over back then; now it’s all here and easily accessible. This stuff holds up quite well twelve years later. Maybe it’s even better now than it was then. Like a fine wine. –Matt Average (Havoc)


PIST, THE:
Ideas Are Bulletproof: LP
Glad to see this back in print. The Pist are not to be denied! Seems like a lot of people had a hard time finding this album, at least on the West Coast, when it originally came out. The street punk influence is more prominent on here (and saluted in the song, “Street Punk”), and the songs have slowed down slightly. I always thought the mix on here sounded a little flat. They should have turned the guitars up a bit more, and maybe a little more low end to give the music more punch. But what can you do? Songs like “Energy” with its quick pace and stop-go breaks is a ripper, and you get the classic “Still Pist” on here as well. I would suggest starting with the singles collections, Input Equals Output, then get this. –Matt Average (Havoc)


PIST, THE:
Input Equals Output, Album Two: LP
Formerly best known ((to me)) for being on the early ‘90s “Punk USA” comp and thusly having their name spelled with an exclamation point in lieu of the letter “I”, The Pist were a troop of above-average mosh-pit maulers from the East Coast who were good enough to sound like they might have legitimately sprung from the Great Street Punk Uterus in 1983 or ‘84 or something, yet not transcendent enough that they cause me to wax particularly nostalgic for the musical emissions of that era. I mean, it’s not like the chord progressions, attitudes and sentiments expressed in this odds-and-ends collection are likely something you’ve never heard before; but, then again, it’s generally a given with fans and practitioners of this kinda music ((what do you even call this stuff anymore? “Hardcore?” “Street Punk?” “Punk/Hardcore?” “Moo Goo Gai Pan??”)) that whether or not you’ve heard it all before is not a particularly valued criterion ((in an embarrassing case of mistaken identity, i really thought i had heard “Creature in My Closet” before, and that it was a Freeze cover)). The longer this record played, the longer it reminded me of… well… pretty much EVERYTHING else along these lines, which is when it hit me: StreetPunkic QuadDecameter™. That’s right, i said it and i meant it: StreetPunkic QuadDecameter™!The reason bands of this ilk tend to sound similar is due to an unusual propensity for fourteen-syllable lines. STREETPUNKIC QUADDECAMETER™ I TELL YOU!!! Bear witness: “Small town lives, small town lies, you don’t fit in their small town minds”, “Shadows dance across my walls as I strain my eyes to see”, “It lurks inside of everyone though most may hide it well”, “You struggle just to make it but there are no guarantees”, “You gave your mind and body, no, you put it up for sale”, “We set our limitations, we can break them just the same”, “No idols to be worshipped, no commandments command me”—come ON, man, i cracked the code of the punk/hardcore molecule!!!Coming up next on PBS: “Iambic Pentameter: Is it Rad?” BEST SONG: “Bubblegum Bullshit,” although i love bubblegum BEST SONG TITLE: “Bubblegum Bullshit” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This is the first record i’ve ever owned that was a single album with a side C and a side D. –norb (Havoc)


PISTOL FOR A PAYCHECK:
At the Pinnacle: CDR
Mediocre rock band. Sometimes I really wish there was more to say about music. If this were a cereal, it’d be Total. Yawn. –Maddy (Endless Vertigo Music)


PISTOL GRIP:
Another Round: CD
So much better than their debut, The Shots from the Kalico Rose, that it’s surprising that this is the same band. The street punk is still there but the music sounds more mature. The production takes them off the streets and makes them sound more legitimate. They seem to have more hooks than a bunch of fisherman on a chartered fishing boat this time around. The music is definitely more rocking than they have been in the past, almost like they have taken the influences of Youth Brigade (since they are on the band’s label) and punk pioneers of the past to truly fine tune their sound. Now I have to make the effort to go see them live. –don (BYO)


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