Sprocket Wheel is one of the first Snuffy Smile bands I ever heard of when I started buying records from Japan. I think their split 7" with Goober Patrol was the first time I became aware of them, although it's possible it was their split with Less Than Jake in 1996. They were always kind of the band in the background at the time. I didn't like them as much as bands like Blew or Lovemen, but still managed to accumulate a few records by them. When I went to Japan two years ago, I found this 7", the only one of theirs that I didn't have.
It really hit me again over the new year how much I miss being in Japan. I had such an amazing time and I really hope to go back again someday soon. That said, I find it kind of insane that I still have records I bought on that trip that I haven't written about on this site yet.
Sprocket Wheel deliver five songs on this 7" and as is the case with most of their discography, I tend to prefer the songs of theirs that are a little bit slower and more melodic. The cream of the crop on this 7" being the closing track "Easy Going." It has a nice mid tempo beat with an ultra catchy chorus. All five songs are great in their own way and they actually are the songs that make up the first half of the Broken Rekids singles compilation that came out in 1998.
I picked up another interesting Sprocket Wheel release while in Japan and I'll try to get that one written up in the next few weeks.
Sprocket Wheel - 2nd EP 7":