RADVENT Day 19: Pinhead Gunpowder’s “Goodbye Ellston Avenue”

For the first 24 days of December, Radio in Opposition and guests will share with you one very special album, one day at a time. We call it RADVENT.

Today’s RADVENT selection comes from JP Flexner, Philadelphia-based designer and illustrator, as well as drummer for Beach Slang and No Summer.

I was a pudgy, 15 year old, wannabe punk stoner living in Morton, IL when this record came out and it totally blew my mind. Timing wise, I had just started playing drums and had been getting really obsessed with comic books and any counter culture I could get my hands on so this record, inside and out, felt like it was made just for me. My best friend Blair and I must have poured over this record a million times while forming our own first band, The Accidents. Every listen offered something new; The basement floor drum rolls and break-neck ride and hihat work. The massive-yet-honest rhythm guitar tones mixed in with bright, soaring guitar leads. The perfectly anxious tempo of the bass. All of it led by Billie Joe Armstrong, just off the heels of Green Day blowing the F up. To this day I get a familiar rush of nostalgia when I hear the first chorus in “Once More Without Feeling”, possibly my favorite song on this record.