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Pinhead Gunpowder is a punk rock band from the East Bay, California, consisting of Aaron Cometbus (drums, lyrics), Bill Schneider (bass), Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, vocals) and Jason White (guitar, vocals). Mike Kirsch (guitar, vocals) was part of the original band formed in 1990, but left the band citing personal differences with Green Day (the band for which Billie Joe Armstrong is most famous) and their 1994 major label debut album Dookie. The band's name comes from a brand of "high octane" green tea served at the Arcata co-op and discovered serendipitously by Aaron Cometbus during one of his many dumpster diving adventures.
Pinhead Gunpowder performed for the first time in many years during February 2008, debuting three new songs, "Anniversary Song," "West Side Highway," and "On The Ave."
The band released their latest EP via Recess Records in August 2008. This marks the band's first new music in 5 years.
Pinhead Gunpowder released a greatest hits album called Kick Over the Traces on June 19, 2009. Also, Pinhead Gunpowder mentioned that in August or September Recess would re-release on vinyl and CD the albums Jump Salty, Carry the Banner, Goodbye Ellston Avenue, Shoot The Moon and Compulsive Disclosure. All of the albums were re-released in varying colors in early February 2010 through Recess Records. Also, Pinhead Gunpowder performed a benefit show at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California on February 12, 2010.