I will always have a soft spot in my heart for compilations, as they were one of the ways I discovered punk and hardcore at an early age. They are not only an excellent introduction to an array of bands, they are a great intro to a label as a whole and make nice road trip mixes. The Feral Kid Mixtape Volume II is a great collection showcasing previously unreleased songs by thirty-three bands. That’s a ton of tracks on a single comp! The immediate thing I appreciated about this comp was the eclectic variety of bands. From the surf rocking of Aaron & The Burrs, to Skate Korpse, to Fleshy Mounds, you’ll be hard pressed to find a compilation as diverse as this in any format. The sheer variety and number of tracks not only kept this interesting, but gives this comp a wide appeal. There’s something for damn near every punk fan to appreciate on this tape. A number of the recordings are on the grittier side of things, which might be polarizing for some but should in no way sway the reader from checking this out. If you’re looking for new bands to check out, you’re bound to be stoked on something here! I know I was.
–Paul J. Comeau (Feral Kid, [email protected])