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POUNDHOUND - PINEAPPLESKUNK (*NEW-CASSETTE, 2022, Brutal Planet) King's X vocalist

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POUNDHOUND - PINEAPPLESKUNK (*NEW-CASSETTE, 2022, Brutal Planet) King's X vocalist

  • dUg is best known as vocalist/bassist for hard rock band, King's X
  • Yellow cassette shell
  • 1st time ever on cassette!
  • 4 panel J-card
  • Originally release 2001 on Metal Blade Records
  • Gold-Foil Hype sticker 
  • Wally Farkas (Galactic Cowboys) guests on guitar on "I Don't Mind"
  • Jerry Gaskill (King's X) handles drums
  • Features Doug Van Pelt (HM Magazine) on the answer-machine
  • Elite 2021 Remaster by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
  • 4 out of 5 rating on Phantom Tollbooth Reviews

                WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT PINEAPPLESKUNK...
Ultimately, though, threads of hope emerge from the minor-key cacophony that is this album, culminating in the opening lines to Pineappleskunk's closing track, "Eventime:" "When everything is going wrong/You got to stand and make it right/You got to do it on your own/You got to stand and fight."
                               Sea of Tranquility Reviews

 The evolution of Doug continues, now onto a second defining Poundhound album, Doug digging deeper into the slow and low, getting less melodic, a little funkier at the same time the subcycles spelling doom. But man, as usual, when like a good five tracks repel or at least throw up a wall, daring you to come inside, there are songs like 'Jumpin' which vault into the zone of your favourite magic rock moments of the year!
                          BRAVE WORDS REVIEWS

The songs are tight and concise - nary a wasted second on fruitless jam sessions. The sixteen tracks of "Pineappleskunk" provide a wealth of musical gems through their effortless confidence and living-in-the-moment simplicity. It's fairly obvious fans of King's X will enjoy "Pineappleskunk," but this may have broader appeal even to those who might not like any of King's X material (however, is there anyone that doesn't like King's X once they've heard King's X?). Doug Pinnick's signature home-cookin' is a veritable master chef-like feast of delectable treats. 
                      ROUGH EDGE REVIEWS

This one has everything one would expect from a dUg Pinnick project including down-tuned guitars, bone-crushing bass, beautiful rhythms, funky grooves, hard as nails riffs and dUg's signature vocals.
             Scott Waters / NOLIFETILMETAL REVIEWS

ABOUT THE ALBUM
Pineappleskunk is the second solo recording by King’s X singer/bassist dUg Pinnick under the name Poundhound.  The “pound” referred to is the distinctive bass tuning that Pinnick uses in his recordings, and it is prevalent throughout this album.  In fact, expect the bass to melt your face off after only a few majestic thumps.  Lest you think Pinnick a one trick pony, he sings, plays all instruments except drums (Jerry Gaskill of King’s X), wrote all the songs, arranged, recorded, mixed, and produced the album. This one has everything one would expect from a dUg Pinnick project including down-tuned guitars, bone-crushing bass, beautiful rhythms, funky grooves, hard-as-nails riffs and dUg's signature vocals. The 2022 Brutal Planet Records remaster is packaged in a cassette jewel case, a 4-panel J-card, and a deluxe yellow tape shell all while being the first time ever this classic album is available on cassette.

TRACKS
Somedays/Rise-N-Shine/Jumpin/Mind/Oh My Soul/Next In Line/Rain/Pineapple/
Wrong Address/Higher/She/Someone/Smearing/Atlanta/The Will/Eventime

PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH REVIEW
Pineappleskunk

Artist: Poundhound 
Length: 16 tracks/49:21

Pineappleskunk is the second solo recording by King’s X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick under the name Poundhound.  The “pound” referred to is the distinctive bass tuning that Pinnick uses in his recordings, and it is prevalent throughout this album.  Lest you think Pinnick a one trick pony, he sings, plays all instruments except drums (Jerry Gaskill of King’s X), wrote all the songs, arranged, recorded, mixed, and produced the album.

With all of that work behind him, the question one would ask would be “Has Pinnick spread himself too thin?”  The answer to that question emphatically would be “NO!”  This album is a marked improvement of his first output, Massive Grooves…, and is far superior to the last two King’s X recordings.

Thematically, Doug deals with some recurring issues: his alienation with God and Christianity, anguish at the way we treat each other, and unfortunately, marijuana references (in fact, the title is a particular strain of cannabis).

At the age of 51, some would expect Doug Pinnick to go quietly into the night, but his lyrics and his vocal abilities seem to be that of a much younger man. He ranges from quiet growl to full bore heavy metal screaming at different points. “Jumpin” is a highlight - it is a series of rhyming seemingly without connection, but I defy anyone to sit still through this song.

“Oh My Soul” illustrates his frustration with God and those who claim to speak in His name:

  If you’re looking for love, if you’re looking for peace
  Let your spirit go higher
  I been walking in circles
  I been praying to God
  Maybe talking to nothing.

And in “Pineapple” he seems to understand where he is currently:

 No guarantees. No promises.  And don’t forget to say your prayers…
 I built a house to knock it down.
 I let the fool come take my crown.

In “Higher” Pinnick writes:

 Ain’t got no savior.  Ain’t got no kingdom come.
 Ain’t got no lover.  Ain’t got no one.

But “Someone” seems to indicate that Doug is still trying to find his way back:

 Tell me about the part where Jesus saves.
  Everything I do gets all f----d up
  And what else did he say to you
  Somewhere in between is hate and lust
  And what else do I have to do
  Love and understanding equals trust.

“Next in Line” laments the manner in which humans treat each other :

  And people will hate you, if you’re not like them.
  And people will kill you - they don’t understand.
  Free your mind.  Cause a crime.
  Circles are for breaking.
  Free your mind.  Love is blind.
  Who will be the next in line?

“Atlanta” may be about Pinnick’s father, who disappeared when he was young.  “Rain” is a song about a friend who committed suicide, previously mentioned in the song “Friends” from Poundhound’s first release, Massive Grooves…

All in all, this album shines musically - Pinnick’s guitar work is vastly better than his previous work.  Gaskill is the best unknown drummer in music today.   “Somedays, “Jumpin,’” “Mind,” “Smearing,” and “Eventime” stand up as well as anything recently recorded in “heavier” music.

Only one thing seems to be missing here, and some will resent me for saying it:  Ty Tabor.  His guitar work and an infusion of some of his lyrics at times would have made this the best King’s X album ever.  But, I must also say, had I never heard of King’s X, and started with this album, I would be quite satisfied to buy the next ten Poundhound albums.

Brian A. Smith 8/15/2001