VARIOUS ARTISTS: Bloodstains across British Columbia: 7” EP

Though the title might be a bit misleading to fans of compilation albums featuring tons of moldy punk oldies, this is a collection of thirteen bands each delivering a one-minute tune about the titular Canadian locale from whence they hail. The sounds mined here are well varied—vaguely ‘60s pop, skronk, punk, trebly indie-rock, even a band that sounds like they’re on a Urinals bender, and so on. The bands could’ve easily just knocked off and sent over any shit, but by the sound of it, they took the idea seriously and delivered some pretty good listening and, as a result, a strong regional comp.

 –jimmy (Mammoth Cave Recording Co., mammothcaverecording.com)