Wednesday, June 20, 2007

SPB Anniversary countdown: Day 9

So, here we are with nine days left until the SPB Anniversary show (June 29th at the Sunset Tavern), and I was trying to decide what random bit of information I could provide for you about a band or band member on the bill. Then it hit me... I've never written anything about Muzzle here on the blog.

Muzzle was the 1990s rock juggernaut that featured Ryan and Wesley from Young Sportsmen and Greg from The Small Change, who are on the anniversary bill. I'm drawing a total blank on the fourth member of Muzzle... anyone help?

These guys released an indie album before putting out "Actual Size" on Reprise in 1999. After their demise, it's not altogether clear to me if Greg immediately started the Small Change or if some times passed. But, what I do know is the first record by The Small Change was released in 2003, and it was followed by their latest release in 2005. Both of those are absolute gems, and you'd be well served by picking them up. In fact, you can buy the first one via CD Baby right now for only $5.99.

Due to their perfect combination of melody and energy, The Small Change are among my favorite bands -- and I don't mean locals only. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I think the Small Change are powerpop incarnate. I mean, have a listen to Mexico City" or I'm Too Busy Lovin' You and tell me that's not good stuff.

They're third on the bill for the Anniversary Show and will no doubt be a tough act to follow.

6 comments:

andrew said...

Burke Thomas was the drummer for Muzzle's first album; he's now in Pris and Megasapien.

Greg left the band between Betty Pickup and Actual Size (both of which were released on Reprise..)

Seattle-Powerpop said...

Andrew, thanks for the corrections! Of course, it as Burke on drums at that time. I totally drew a blank on that. Thanks!

I could've sworn Betty Pickup was an indie release. But, that might just be me getting bad info from the web.

But, I did NOT know that Greg left after the first record. Living and learning. Thanks again!

andrew said...

Perhaps you're thinking of the Free Trampoline 7"? That was on Marco Collins' label...

This'll take you back:
http://crick.com/alex/pusa.html

Alex's site has remained in stasis for the last 12 years...

Seattle-Powerpop said...

Ha Ha... I love that site. In fact, I was just looking at it yesterday. It's a great time capsule of 1995!

andrew said...
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andrew said...

This thread reminded me of the old Muzzle tunes; I posted about it over at my blog:
www.imidaho.com