VARIOUS ARTISTS: Kiss or Kill Volume 2: CD

Jun 29, 2007

Dunno what it is about these so-called Kiss or Kill bands, who are all apparently connected via their involvement with a certain L.A. club with the same name, but something about them just hits all the right buttons. Maybe it’s the odd droning chord stuff that reminds me of Hüsker Dü’s heyday, or the anthemic quality in a chorus that reminds me of Cheap Trick’s best work. No doubt it has something to do with the fact that while all involved flaunt more than a little punk and pop in their respective sounds, not one of them sounds like they have aspirations of being a NOFX cover band. Ultimately, I guess, the whys and wherefores are of no consequence, ’cause whatever the reason, the songs here are quite good, with hooks sweet enough to cause a hypoglycemic fit if you’re not careful in abundance. Making a contribution this time ’round are The Randies (who’s “Boys in Stereo” was the best tune off the first volume), the OAOT’s, Bang Sugar Bang, The Waking Hours, Zeitgeist Auto Parts, Silver Needle, The Cloves, Bobot Adrenaline, Chromosome Tea, The Letter Openers, Underwater City People, Billion Stars, The Rainman Suite, King Cheetah, The Knives, and Midway. Play it loud and play it often.

 –jimmy (War Room)