VARIOUS ARTISTS: Global Hostility: CD

This showed up in the Razorcake PO Box from England, and I happened to be the guy opening the envelope. I took a look at the packaging and it’s totally DIY – cut and paste, photocopied – but done so well that it was clear these guys had been doing-it-themselves for a while. I looked at the band list and saw bands from places like Estonia, Nepal, Argentina, Finland, Uruguay, Israel, and over a dozen more countries. I looked for the US representative. It was The Boils. I like The Boils. I thought to myself, it’s been a long time since I was taken totally by surprise by a comp. Maybe this one will show me something new. And it did. It blew me away. It’s largely a collection of oi/street punk bands, but it’s done so well. Whenever you get bands from this many places, you’re going to get a nice blend of scenes and influences and takes on the sounds of the Stiff Little Fingers and the Business and Cocksparrer and all those other great working-class bands. And here is a bunch of bands I’ve never heard of, like Portugal’s Les Baton Rouge and Italy’s The Sbirros and Holland’s Uit de Sloot, taking those basic influences and kicking ‘em in the ass. It amazes me that this label could find this diverse of a group of bands and put them together into one fucking awesome comp. This is highly recommended.

 –sean (No Front Teeth)