Two Philadelphia artists/bands team up: Mischief Brew delivers six songs, none of which sound anything alike! Meanwhile, Joe Jack Talcum (of The Dead Milkmen, The Low Budgets, more...) lays down seven... meanwhile, both artists do modern renditions of Dead Milkmen songs! This is a great Philadelphia split. Erik (from MB) grew up skateboarding to "Big Lizard in My Backyard," so it's fitting and a true honor to share a record with Joe.
“Somewhere in the sky Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer are waiting for Bob Dylan to show up for the big jam. Here in Philly a couple of kids who grew up cueing the needle on their records to play all three of those legends, are having fun, playing the music they love, and crossing the genre lines while they do it.”
-Y-Rock on WXPN (Review of “Photographs from the Shoebox” LP)
“Mischief Brew delivers six killer songs on side one that defy singular categorization, barreling out of the gate with "Labor Day Massacre." "Bury Me In Analog" is an apropos and entertaining inclusion, while lead singer Erik Petersen's classic punk-rock growl summons greatness from his band-mates, who can jump, jive and downright riot along with anything he presents them.”
-Soundstage (Review of “Photographs from the Shoebox” LP)
“Erik Petersen's songs draw heavily on Celtic and gypsy folk sounds while intertwining with the anarcho-punk ethos. Open contempt for establishment and modern society give Mischief Brew an appearance of anti-intellectualist, but Petersen's actual lyrics reveal a highly intelligent individual with much, much more knowledge and insight than your average college graduate-type. His lyrics are always spectacular, no exceptions.”
-Scene Point Blank (Review of “Photographs from the Shoebox” LP)