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Bullets or Balloons / Press

“Olympia trio Bullets or Balloons reside in the sort of free-for-all punk-rock mish-mash first explored by the Minutemen, and later fIREHOSE—all three bands basking in temporal time-signature noodling and noose-tight riffs. Not surprisingly, the band recently opened for Mike Watt and his Missingmen in Spokane. But while the resemblance between the two bands is an easy distinction, Bullets or Balloons is also clearly a conglomeration of varying influences. Their self-titled debut carries bold musical choices, like the instrumental, bass-led track "Number 2," which is followed by the speak-sung political prog-punk tune "GNR," barked in homage to readymade tuneless vocalists like Spencer Moody. With this kind of open-book experimentalism, there are some downright strange avenues explored, too ("Relapsecore"), but the vast majority of the material coming from the trio so far is extremely provocative, and a promising bastion for Northwest punk. RYAN J. PRADO”

“Bullets or Balloons might surprise you. The newest project from ex-Cyrus Fell Down-ers Aaron Anderberg and Cory Mason Phipps, and former Mistress and the Misters guitarist Chris Henderson, the trio makes a sound that is playful and irreverent, with that signature driving bass that was so characteristic of Cyrus. They make upbeat rock songs that are kooky and off-time, and have great talk-sing-y lyrics like "how do you know if somebody is truly crazy, and not just misunderstood Mommy didn't give enough affection and Dad was an asshole." It's a great 1990s Nada Surf type of sound. And we're kind of falling for it.”

Leah Sottile - The Inlander
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