VARIOUS ARTISTS: Connecticut Fun: CD

Reissue of the hardcore comp that came out in ’85, which was a few years before I started listening to anything remotely like this. The only band featured here to ever get some decent recognition outside of New England is Youth Of Today, which is a shame because there are some really strong tracks on here: Contraband’s “Red Lights over St V’s” and both tracks by Bad Attitude (it’s a little disheartening how applicable “Holy War”—about war with Iran and Iraq—still is today). There are some songs that are mixed with a bit too much metal guitar noodling, and a few with tons of reverb on the vocals, but you have to consider the musical climate at the time it was originally recorded. And, for that, it’s one hell of a time capsule for a scene rarely heard about.

 –megan (Incas)