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"Compulation: Volume One" CD

Pox World Empire

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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 21 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]