Presumably extinct at this point, Bracket were a San Fransisco (or thereabouts) four-piece that worshiped at the alter of 39/Smooth-era Green Day and the much hipper Big Drill Car (more on them later). Bracket's riff-happy pop-punk was buttressed with a sly, cynical sense of humor. A good dosage of raw talent helps, and these guys delivered in spades. Already two hot LPs into their career, (924 Forrestville St. and an even more smashing sophomore set, 4-Wheel Vibe), the band completed their third album, Like You Know, for Caroline Records. Even though a catalog number was assigned and promos were sent to stores and radio, they were dropped, and the disk never made it's way to the public. Copies of this promo went for as much as $100.00 on Ebay, and admittedly, I paid a price close to that for mine.
Five of the cuts here would eventually be issued as part of a Bracket singles collection on Fat Records, and the other seven cuts made their way onto a split cd with another band that shall remain unnamed, because I forgot their name. Copies of that one were just as scarce.
Like You Know lacks some of the bite and spunk of it's predecessors, but is a worthwhile listen, for established fans and soon-to-be fans.
02. Serena Hides
03. Eating Pie
04. My Very Own Apple Tree
05. Flea Market
06. Whatever Piper
07. Shoe Gazer
09. Warren's Song Part 6
10. Shadow Puppets
Soon to be officially reissued. Details to follow.
Twilight Music: Silence “Asbendos” (2001) - Restful sounds from the late Pete Namlook, taken from the fifth volume of his Silence project, released in 2001.
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