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Even In Blackouts

Myths & Imaginary Magicians

(Jughead from Screeching Weasel)

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Released on August 15, 2002

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This is Even In Blackouts' first full length record. The band is lead by John Jughead, co-founder and guitarist for Screeching Weasel. Some have called it "punk rock unplugged that still holds the emergency and intensity of electric", some find it hard to explain, and others have been doubtful and refuse to listen to it. Even In Blackouts features the beautiful vocals of newcomer Lizzie Eldredge, and the melodic, solid rhythm section of two boys from Detroit named Lipman. "Myths And Imaginary Magicians" is packed with literary songs with a pop punk punch. After you have bought the cd, come to the concerts and sing along.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 22 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Missing Manifesto Voted #2  17%
2 If Leaving Were To Be So Easy Voted #3  13%
3 27 Seconds Of Flame  8%
4 Hey Suburbia Voted #1  20%
5 Class Of 84  12%
6 Subject To Blackout  2%
7 Knowledge  5%
8 For Pete's Sake (Is It The Beauty That Remains)  6%
9 Love Cynical Style  4%
10 Only You  6%
11 Summer Brings Life Closer Only In A Thought  1%
12 Summer Comes  5%
Come back on or after Thursday, August 15 to vote for your favorite songs

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Frank from Laytonville, CA 
Dec 14 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

First off, have no delusions: this is not “punk rock”, this is what happens when its time for change. This is a strange mix of radio friendly acoustic pop and the good old fashioned fuck you punk vibe (a la Screeching Weasel). It was so different and quirky I couldn’t help but like it, basically you can’t judge till you hear this. But one thing: this is DEFINITELY NOT for the close-minded.

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Ashley from Brunswick, GA 
Jul 9 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Eh, this was an alright CD. I was expecting better and kind of wished I burnt it instead of bought it. Maybe it will grow on me though. Although the first song is excellent, it doesn't stay true to that throughout the rest of the CD. Overall I give it a 3. Maybe after a few listens a 4.

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Ruth from Saint Paul, MN 
Nov 2 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

My friend Jed had introduced me to this group a while ago and even gave me the autographed pic that was sent to him when he ordered the CD. I was hooked after Missing Manifesto and buying the CD was on the top of my to-do list once I received my next paycheck. I finally got it and am very happy. I enjoy all the tracks, but I'd have to say that Missing Manifesto is my favorite. The Screeching Weasel cover is very well-done... I'd say Class of '84 is my second favorite. The singer's voice is awesome and incredibly unique. Buy this because the lyrics rock, the instrumentation is near flawless, and the singing is amazing.

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Andrew from Mentor, OH 
Sep 28 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

A very good disc. I recommend it. The female singers voice is excellent. This is not what I would consider "punk rock" but it still has some of the elements. Please do not mistake this for "emo" b/c it is not! Heartfelt lyrics and great use of the instruments. The cover of 'Hey Suburbia' is fantastic! I am a huge Screeching Weasel fan and they did a great job. The Op Ivy cover isn't bad either. I really like '27 Seconds Of Flame', what a great tune. All the songs are good. Well worth the loot. Enjoy.

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Gary from Laurens, SC 
Aug 1 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

pretty damn good! I saw them in Spartanburg, SC last week and they were awesome! The lead singer's voice is the best from a female I have ever heard...serioulsy, no joke. They are better live, but this is still great. If you have a chance to see them live, go.........please go!

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Candice from Milford, CT 
Jul 12 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Being a diehard Screeching Weasel fan, I assumed I would enjoy Even in Blackouts, but I was completely blown away when I actually heard them for the first time. One can't much label them as anything else but acoustic punk rock, and they are so good at it. Their sound is so refreshing in a time where screaming is the current trend. Contrary to the typical whiny songs that are flooding the airwaves about girls and broken hearts, Even in Blackouts lyrics are unique and beautifully poetic. The female singer, who sounds remarkably similar to Discount's Alison, is the perfect touch to each song. The Operation Ivy and Screeching Weasel renditions hold up to their expectations. This is a must-have CD.

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Graham from Scotland, United Kingdom 
May 2 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Do yourself a favor: BUY THIS ALBUM. You will never quite have heard anything like it before, and your ears will get an education they will never forget. They'll love you for it.

Even in Blackouts is, as it says here, the new acoustic pop-punk project by John 'Jughead' Pierson, ex of Screeching Weasel. Here he's joined by several other musicians (including Dan Lumley, ex-drummer of SW, and on excellent form here) to come up with a mysterious, oblique, cynical-yet-utterly-innocent poetic mix of sounds and lyrics completely unlike anything he did with SW.

You could perhaps use Dashboard Confessional as a reference point, but EIB are WAY better. DC produce melodramatic overwrought emo for teenage girls, and EIB can hardly be accused of doing so. They're way too smart for that.

Singer Lizzie Eldrege's voice is sweet, bitter and it sweeps and swoops and soars over the sonic arrangements here. It's been rainy for the last few days and this album has been the perfect soundtrack to the pliplop of Scottish rain on my roof and plans. But it's not all melancholia, and there are several upbeat tracks (including a wonderful version of the classic SW track Hey Suburbia) that really rock like a mofo-a-go-go.

Just buy this. You'll hate yourself if you don't. Cos these guys (and gal) deserve to be HUGE.

You know it.


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Ben from Reston, VA 
May 2 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is GREAT upbeat acoustic music. It isn't that whiny "my life sucks so I'm sitting here alone with my guitar singing my woes" acoustic. You can dance to this album.

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Ben from Anchorage, AK 
May 2 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is awesome. I didn't even know it was accoustic or that they had a female singer when I got it. I just heard that Jughead had a new band. It wasn't what I expected but it just goes to show that good music is good music no matter what genre it is. It hasn't come out of my cd player since I got it.

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David from Pittsburgh, PA 
Apr 21 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

EiB have a really original sound, a sort of eccentric pop-punk with acoustic guitars and mandolin. The songs (except for the covers) are by Jughead of Screeching Weasel, whose riffs caried a lot of early SW songs.The lyrics are odd, and I still have no idea what "27 Seconds of Flame" is about, but they work really well. The lead singer has sort of an odd voice, but you get used to it. The album also features Dan Lumley doing his usual excellent job on drums. In short: get this album right now.

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