At the Fest 9 last year Kind of Like Records gave away sunglasses with a link to download this compilation. Now that they’ve got a download section on their website they’re offering it up on a digital plate to us all to enjoy. And enjoy I did, out of these twenty two songs there’s very few in here that aren’t top quality. I’m not sure who picked out these songs but they deserve a high five, they managed to pick out some of the best songs by these groups to put together a great compilation here. If you’re looking for something that’ll give you a good spread of some new punk and pop punk bands that are around this is a great place to start that search.
‘Crushed By Milwaukee’s Best’ Starting things out with a great band and a great song, with a slow easy intro going into a song with some energy to it they ease you into this compilation with some harmonies and catchiness.
‘Hey That’s My Blood!’ The O Pioneers!!! Have always been a hit or miss band for me, with a lot more misses than hits. But this is a pretty good song by the band. More of a straight rock song than a lot of their stuff.
‘John Shoe’ A pretty fun song from Bangers, I’m not very familiar with this band but this is a decent showing from them. A pretty awesome punk song, though it makes me want to go listen to Kid Dynamite.
‘Powerlines’ I’m a big big fan of The Measure [sa] and this is one of their best songs, great choice for this. I always liked their faster slight more pop punk stuff the best and this is one of those songs.
‘Woke Up in Grappler School’ Back to back great picks, this is one of the best Timeshares songs there is. This song pretty much has everything that’s great about the Timeshares in it. A great display of the almost Hot Water Music like vocals, great hooks, and a really fucking catchy song that you can sing along to.
‘Foxhole’ I have no clue who the Nightlights are but after hearing this song I think I should be clued in, because it’s damn good. Some catchy punk rock, I hope they have more songs like this.
‘What I’ve Missed’ The Riot Before is another band I’ve never heard, but this song kind of rules; I will be looking more into these guys too. A fast punk song, probably the furthest thing from pop punk at this point on here but it still has those hooks that will keep you glued to your speakers.
‘Those Punks are Dancing in the Boneyard’ Another band I don’t know, this song is pretty alright. It’s good but it doesn’t really send me into a frenzy of greatness. Still though, good enough that I’ll be looking into them. Some fast punk rock, almost Bad Religion like.
‘Phrases and Logos’ Again, I don’t know these guys, but I don’t really care for this song either. Somewhere between noise rock and hardcore, I’ll pass on this one.
‘Tiny Rooms and Broken Tunes’ I’m not sure who Calvinball is, but I’m not really impressed with this song either. It’s not bad, but is a pretty generic punk song.
‘Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug’ I think I’ve heard one song by Red City Radio before, it was pretty good; this song is also pretty good. Not amazing but its good, some catchy punk for you all to enjoy.
‘Title Track’ Back to some bands I know, the Restorations are pretty good but I’m not too crazy about this song. Some of that folk punk type stuff, but with a band and some power instead of just a guitar, almost in the country rock vein.
‘Time Tables’ The Menzingers are a band who have some decent songs and a handful of great ones. This one is one of the better ones; dudes voice still annoys me a little though here. Pop punk with a lot on the punk end of things.
‘Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads.’ Back to the bands I don’t know with Junior Battles, before the song even starts though I fucking love the Back to the Future song title. The song hooks you in well enough, I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of these guys.
‘It’s Alive (10-4 Eleanor Cover)’ The Sandwiches are in with a cover song, and a pretty damn awesome one at that.
‘Dick Simmons’ The Dopamines may be the best band on this thing and this is one of the best songs off of their new album. Pop punk that people will claim is ripped off of Screeching Weasel and the Copyrights, but we all know it’s just ripped from too many nights of drinking.
‘Werewolf Shame’ I’ve been digging everything I’ve heard from Direct Hit! These guys have a bright future and this might be my favorite song by them. Pop punk that you won’t get tired of listening to.
‘Anymore Amen’ The Tattle Tales took a while to grow on me and this is one of the songs that helped them take root. A pretty quality power pop song that’ll get stuck in your head for a while.
‘I Was a Teenage Poltergeist’ Mixtapes are great this is one of their faster pop punk songs, also one of their best songs.
‘In a World of Ghosts’ Lemuria is the last song on the compilation that I know, here we’ve got a song that’s easiest found on their ‘The First Collection’ LP. When I think of Lemuria this is one of the songs I think of. Catch, fast but still mellow as hell, and some of the best female vocals going today.
‘Sayonara’ A pretty catchy punk song but it’s almost too slow, feels like its being dragged through the mud. Still though from it I’m willing to bet this band has some quality songs.
‘More Ian Mackaye, Less Ron Jeremy’ I’m not quite sure how I feel about this song, even after a few listens. There are parts of it that are really awesome, but then flashes up a small bit that I hate. It’s a punk rock tune that has some folk sound to it. I’d check more of these guys out if I get the chance, but I’m not sure if I’ll go out of my way to do so.
- Captain, We’re Sinking – Crushed By Milwaukee’s Best
- O Pioneers!!! – Hey That’s My Blood!
- Bangers – John Shoe
- The Measure [SA] – Powerlines
- Timeshares – Woke Up in Grappler School
- Nightlights – Foxhole
- The Riot Before – What I’ve Missed
- Rain Over Battle – Those Punks are Dancing in the Boneyard
- The Great Explainer – Phrases and Logos
- Calvinball – Tiny Rooms and Broken Tunes
- Red City Radio – Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug
- Restorations – Title Track
- The Menzingers – Time Tables
- Junior Battles – Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads.
- The Sandwiches – It’s Alive (10-4 Eleanor Cover)
- The Dopamines – Dick Simmons
- Direct Hit! – Werewolf Shame
- The Tattle Tales – Anymore Amen
- Mixtapes – I Was a Teenage Poltergeist
- Lemuria – In a World of Ghosts
- Kadets – Sayonara
- Glory Bound – More Ian Mackaye, Less Ron Jeremy