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I'm pretty familiar with Small Brown Bike's catalog, and I gave their stellar 2001 album Dead Reckoning (No Idea) more than a few spins on my record player back when it came out—imagine the perfect marriage between Hot Water Music and Under the Radar-era Grade. And in retrospect the endearing angst rock on the 2003 follow-up The River Bed (Lookout) makes it clear the band packed it in much too soon.
Rather than just playing a handful of festivals and big blowout concerts, like lots of reunited bands do (the Murder City Devils are a good example), Small Brown Bike is already releasing new material—the new No Idea seven-inch Composite, Volume One—and intends to put out more. They don't want to tour constantly, however. They say they want to "have fun, write music, and play a few shows here and there. Just like we did when we started the band. Keep it simple."