Though I’ve never heard of GC Records before getting this compilation, I’m happy I have now. After fifteen years of experience, they’re branching out from their typical roster of punk and hardcore bands. This compilation features two facets of local Las Vegas—one side features “punk rock in its purest form” and the other is a hodgepodge of pop, dance, folk, and experimental music. There’s a forty page zine included with each page dedicated to the bands on the record, complete with professional photos. For the most part, I enjoy the b-side of non-punk stuff but it’s a bit of a gamble. There’s some nice folky autumn feeling at the first half of the second side, but you also get slow tempo electro pop of Boiis, which features lines like, “With the touch of your hand / tonight I’ll be your man / like scorpions in the hot desert sun.” The last track leaves you with Kill The Scientist, a performance artist / sound collage one man band who talks about gamer nerds and prolapsed rectums over electronic beats. There’s something for everybody!
–Kayla Greet (GC, gcrecords.com / Yum Yum, yumyumvinylrecords.com)