Originally issued in 2002 on Second Nature Recordings and almost two-and-ahalf
years in its creation, the Small Brown Bike & The Casket Lottery EP isn’t
another split release of throwaway songs, but a six-song collaborative effort in
the truest sense, one born out of mutual musical respect, admiration and camaraderie.
Akin musically and ideologically, yet possessed of distinct identities,
these two post emo, punk, rock, “whatever you got” warriors reach their greatest
collaborative heights on the vocal and musical trade-offs of their reverent yet
original cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure” and their acoustic plaintive lament
“Riding With Death.” Whether taking turns trading originals, combining music,
lyrics and vocals, or coalescing into a unyielding juggernaut, this EP is a unique
rarity, as it not only succeeds as a distinct and excellent musical collaboration,
but retains each band’s formative identity while establishing a brilliant new one
in the process.