Engine 88 were initially known simply as Engine before they scored a deal with Caroline Records in the mid-90s. Under the truncated version of their moniker came this 45 on L.A.'s short lived indie imprint No Life Records. The A-side "20," is loud, proud, and sinewy indie rawk, subscribing to the nosier sonic attributes of Superchunk. The flip, "She Breaks a Bottle" would be rechristened "Bottle" for Engine 88's debut LP, Clean Your Room. Leadman Tom Barnes' sung/spoken technique (be it deliberate or not) is somewhat akin to Craig Finn of The Hold Steady and Lifter/Puller. Merely a casual observation on my part.
B. She Breaks a Bottle
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