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Various Artists

"Yeah, it's supposed to sound like that..." CD

Colchester Recordings

Genres: indie pop, indie rock

124a Old Road
Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 3AH

Jan 26 - Feb 1 2004

The shoddy cover art (despite the cool 1891 Ensor picture), the corny names of the bands, not to mention the fact that compilations of this nature always, always, always suck, were the perfect indicator of where my expectations stood before listening to Yeah, it's supposed to sound like that..., volume one of Colchester's new comp series.  But, of course, expectations are meant to be shattered - etcetera etcetera so-forth therefore blah blah blah - and, in the end, obviously, those wacky folks at Colchester proved me wrong and reminded me what a prejudicial jerk I really am.

This, despite its eclecticism and disjointed nature, is a very satisfying disc.  A whale of a disc.  Alright, maybe not a whale.  But it's really quite good.  I assure you.  Take the opener, Sean Parker's "Enough to Make You Scream."  Who?  Yeah, I hadn't heard of him either.  But, believe it or not, it's a very good indie pop tune (though it's a tad long at five and a half minutes) - it's got a slight mod tinge and boasts a wicked, organ-enhanced chorus.  Candy Sniper's "Kill Melody" adds a bit of explosive hardcore to the mix, cleverly deceiving the listener initially with some sneakily straightforward guitar licks.  Ben Marwood's "I Don't Want to Do This Anymore," meanwhile, is a glossy but endearing pop/rock tune that is very pleasant, despite its angstiness.  Frankie Machine's "The Smoking Gun" is like a less organized Notwist tune - though it's nowhere near Neon Golden calibre, it's still quite enjoyable and shows some significant talent.

Also notable is Colchester founder's project The Party doing a tune called "A Cavalcade of Monkeys," which is a very pleasant, almost groovy pop song with a lot of style.  Kill Dizney's attitude-packed rocker "Get Active," as well as Conformist's tape-collage exploration, "Gangsters Code," also impress.

As far as unknown-artist compilations go, Yeah, it's supposed to sound like that offers some great value.  I'm quite satisfied, and now I'm all prepped for Volume Two!


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]