VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Marshmallow Generation: LP

This excellent sampler LP of current, kickass Ontario punk and hardcore bands is a much-welcomed collection of largely unreleased songs from nifty bands like Zex, Terminal Licks, Pre-Nods, and Noble Savages. It’s not a label comp, automatically raising its creds, and it presents diverse, fun bands from several towns and cities in the province. As someone who listens to many different subgenres of punk, I appreciate the fact that what bonds the tracks is geography, rather than uniformity. I think Zex is the only band included that I’ve seen before, but I’d go out of my way to check out the others, too. There’s someone with a very inclusive sensibility behind this collection, with no duds to speak of. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be a part of something called The Marshmallow Generation? 

 –Art Ettinger (It’s Trash!, itstrashrecords.bandcamp.com)