"Compulation: Volume One" CD
Genres: indie rock, experimental rock
Pox World Empire
1512 James St.
Durham NC 27707
Oct 25 - 31 2004
Compulation Volume One is billed as a collection of "songs
from North Carolina," and it's always nice to get a compilation
from a state that's seen so much indie rock success in the past.
The majority of the bands on this label are relative unknowns, though The
Rosebuds and Portastatic may ring some bells.
Overall, Compulation places a large focus on melodic indie
rock, with quality contributions from the likes of Piedmont
Charisma, Schooner, and The Sleepies. Some of
the biggest surprises are The Nein's angular "War is on
the Stereo," Goner's thumping "Mustn't Touch,"
and North Elementary's bittersweet "Turn Up, Stay
Home." Contributions by Portastatic, The Rosebuds,
and Schooner are predictable successes.
This compilation is evidence of North Carolina's underground rock
depth; there are so many strong songs on this record - mostly by bands
you'll have never heard of - that one wonders if we're in for another
Chapel Hill revolution. Compulation is a real gem from the Pox World
Empire label; one listen and you'll be scouring the internet for more
information about these bands.
21 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]