VARIOUS ARTISTS: Punk Is Everywhere, Part 1: CD

It’s a fifteen-band, thirty-track international comp that has not a single band I have heard of before. It has its highs and lows, like most comps, but it’s pretty good for those who like melodic punk bands. Highlights for me were Bug Central (England) who had an early UK sound, Jason (Brazil) who played a more straight forward punk attack with a little UK thrown in, Wlochaty (Poland) has a classic oi sound on one track and crust on the other, and Psychoterror (Estonia) and their crust sound. As you can see, the more punk the band was, the more I was interested. The most unique track was by Kalashnikov (Italy) who has a female singer. The song sounds to me that it could be a Top 40 song off the radio there. The song has piano and keyboards that gives it a new wave sound. I hate to say it, but that was my favorite band and song.

 –don (Volxdroge)