VARIOUS ARTISTS: Desert Rats with Baseball Bats: CD

This compilation brings together twenty-one bands from Las Vegas with the underlying approach being that of melodic punk. There are variations on that theme with some bands like Surrounded By Thieves and Guilty By Association adding a touch of hardcore energy to their songs, whilst the likes of The Dirty Panties and The Seriouslys hit a poppier tone with their tracks. However, melody seems to be the key ingredient. I usually get bored listening to comps but this one has piqued my interest in over half of the bands featured, so that’s quite a positive. A decent representation of what I imagine is one part of the whole Las Vegas scene. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (SquidHat)