"The Sound of San Francisco" CD
Genres: garage rock, indie rock, punk
PO Box 7112
Burbank CA 91510
Feb 9 - 15 2004
I think I'm going to move to San Francisco. If this compilation
is anything to go by, the San Francisco rock scene is thriving.
Alive Records has collected seventeen songs by thirteen different San
Fran bands. Acts such as The Coachwhips, The Flakes,
The Aktion, and Boyskout all contribute gems, and those
in love with the whole garage rock revival sound will likely find much
to be happy about here.
Things start off energetically with Nagg's female-voxed number
"Beauty of the Bitch" and don't back down from there. The
Coachwhips' brief "The Alarm" follows, but the real gem
is Boyskout's "Secrets," which combines rock feistiness
with pure, unadulterated melody.
One complaint some audiences may have with this compilation is its
homogenous nature - all of these songs are raunchy, energetic rock n'
roll numbers, so there isn't much room for anything else. It's
clear that you need to know what you're getting into with The Sound
of San Francisco - this isn't necessarily the sound of all
of San Francisco, just the sound of the city's garage rock underworld.
There isn't much in life that can beat a good rock song, so when
you get the chance to buy seventeen of them on one disc you better not
miss out. If you thought The Hives were real cool, look
out. These guys are going to make you and your Burning Heart
Records-loving ass look damn stupid.
[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]