Lost Cat Records put out this Box of Sand compilation on CD, it features seventeen tracks by various punk bands, the majority of these are unreleased songs, with a couple demos and live stuff thrown in. I really just bought this for the Turkletons song but after seeing a handful of names that I knew were great I figured this was going to be real good. Turns out I was right. Anyone who’s into newer punk and pop punk should have this in their collection; I’d say it’s pretty essential.
‘Grey Days’ Hard Feelings starts us out with an unreleased track that’s pretty reminiscent of something you might hear from Todd C or Toys That Kill. Pretty loose, a little weird, your pretty standard punk with a little bit of pop thrown on top.
‘Wash YR Mouth’ Severance Package comes in with a pretty great rock song. It’s pretty fucking catchy; I’m going to have to look more into these guys.
‘Biology’ Shang-A-Lang is up next with a fucking great unreleased song. I’m not sure why they hadn’t put this on anything because I think it’s one of the best songs they have. Oddly enough it sounds like one of their more polished songs too, it’s one of my go-to catchy Shang-A-Lang songs.
‘Uncommon Common Sense’ Thanks is here with a song title I wouldn’t want to attempt while drinking. It’s my first time hearing this band and if this song is a good reflection of them they’d be right at home next to Shang-A-Lang and the Credentials in your collection.
‘Kissing Disease’ This is really the first thing The Turkletons have released, which was my entire reason for looking into this compilation. It’s also the reason it’s not only an unreleased song but a demo too. This might be the best song on here, if not it’s certainly the best straight up pop punk song. I can’t wait for this band to start putting out stuff because this song is incredible.
‘Just Fucking Kill Me’ Too Many Daves provides a great follow up doing what they do best, playing great songs that sound that way sober or drunk. This one has a bit of a meaner edge than some of their others but it’s also one of the band’s best songs.
‘The Real Thing’ Found Dead In Trunk has a demo track here, and that’s exactly what it sounds like. Looking past the rough sound it’s a pretty quality song, fast, good, it’s about as punk as you can get without jumping the shark.
‘Werewolf Shame’ This seems to be the song that Direct Hit! puts on everything, I think I have this song on at least five different releases. Though I can’t really blame them, this is easily the band’s best song; I never get tired of hearing it. Pop punk about a werewolf problem that might give The Turkletons a run for their money.
‘Levi’s Song’ The New McCarthy has an unreleased song here, though they’re all kind of unreleased to me because this is my first encounter with the band. After hearing this song though it won’t be my last. They’ve got a pretty great pop punk song on here, something that reminds me of bands like Captain, We’re Sinking.
‘Weak’ Unfun is a pretty incredible punk band with one of the most unique and evil sounding vocals out there. They’re a great band that I could literally listen to all day (if they had enough songs); this is a song off of their Pain and Prescription EP, which if you don’t already own you should soon.
‘Betterer Homes + Gardens’ Boilerman is a band that I’ve heard a lot of good stuff from but it never quite seems to be enough, they always leave me feeling shorthanded (I guess they just need to release an album already). This unreleased song is among the best I’ve heard from the band, hopefully it’s a sign of real good things to come.
‘Hidden Cam’ With that Boilerman song that pretty much completes the part of the album with bands I know. Peer Percious is next on the list with an unreleased one, as I’ve said a few times before; I’ll be checking more of this band out. It’s a great fast tempo’ed upbeat pop punk song that I need more of.
‘The Road (Got Me Thinking)’ Abolitionist here with an unreleased song, there are no vocals for like half the song, but once they come in it’s a pretty cool. Not really a Ramonescore song but fans of Ramonescore will be totally into this regardless.
‘British is Bad’ The Upbeat Nancies with yet another unreleased song, I feel like I’ve heard a better version of this song by a ton of other bands. I still like what I’m hearing here, it’s a pretty standard joke sounding pop punk song so I wouldn’t say skip it, but you’ll probably feel like you’ve already heard it too.
‘Dingo Starr’ The Blendours continues the unreleased song cycle, though it is the last of its kind on here, it’s also the first acoustic song. An acoustic pop song to be more accurate, it not only gets the distinction of being unique because of that but I’d also say this is among the best songs on this CD.
‘Out of My Will’ The Dirty Hits is in with a song that isn’t an unreleased song, but just because it’s not exclusive doesn’t mean it’s not great. In fact it’s a pretty damn good punk rock song that you’ll probably be listening to a lot.
‘How Much Land Does A Man Need’ The final band is one I do know, Rations, and they’ve got the only live song on this thing. I don’t like everything Rations do but they’ve got a pretty good ratio of really good songs, the one they picked here happens to be one of the not so great ones. If you don’t care for this song don’t write the band off because they’ve got much better out there.
1. Hard Feelings – Grey Days (Unreleased)
2. Severance Package – Wash YR Mouth
3. Shang-A-Lang – Biology (Unreleased)
4. Thanks – Uncommon Common Sense
5. The Turkletons – Kissing Disease (Demo/Unreleased)
6. Too Many Daves – Just Fucking Kill Me
7. Found Dead In Trunk – The Real Thing (Demo)
8. Direct Hit! – Werewolf Shame
9. The New McCarthy – Levi’s Song (Unreleased)
10. Unfun – Weak
11. Boilerman – Betterer Homes + Gardens (Unreleased)
12. Peer Percious – Hidden Cam (Unreleased)
13. Abolitionist – The Road (Got Me Thinking) (Unreleased)
14. The Upbeat Nancies – British is Bad (Unreleased)
15. The Blendours – Dingo Starr (Unreleased)
16. The Dirty Hits – Out of My Will
17. Rations – How Much Land Does A Man Need (Live)
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