Crimpshrine - Quit Talkin' Claude EP (1989)

1. Butterflies
2. Situation
3. Easy Answers
4. Inspiration

Crimpshrine was a band from the Berkeley, CA area in the late '80s/early '90s that was hugely influential on bands in the area and in punk rock in general.  Members went on to form/play in bands such as Pinhead Gunpowder, Fifteen, Tilt, Sweet Baby, Astrid Oto, Cleveland Bound Death Sentence, Thorns of Life, and even Screeching Weasel.  Aaron Cometbus, the drummer, has been in a billion bands since Crimpshrine and publishes the amazing Cometbus zine, still to this day, tracking his adventures over the years.  The band was hugely influential on giants and contemporaries such as Green Day and Operation Ivy.  Their sound is very uniquely their own and modern bands such as The Credentials, Witches With Dicks, Chinese Telephones, Shang-a-Lang, among others, owe their entire existence to this band.  Needless to say this is an important band and this is an important record.  Messy, raw, punk sounding pop-punk.  Calling it pop-punk would be wrong I think however.  It's just poppy punk before there was a name for it.  GET THIS IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD IT.  FFO: Witches With Dicks, Screeching Weasel, Fifteen, Green Day

Here is an interview with them from a 1988 issue of Maximum Rock'N'Roll:

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