VARIOUS ARTISTS: Twin Cities Hardcore: Bring It Together: CD

Consider this a Twin Cities audio scene report filed by Ben Crew. There are thirty bands on the CD proper and twenty-five MP3 bonus tracks…and I’m sure he’s practically giving this thing away. Now like every scene and subsequent comp documenting them with at least thirty bands in it, they aren’t all going to be good. Some will be down-right terrible and some will renew your faith that somewhere out there people are still making good music. Even if you don’t like every song, you have to appreciate the spirit in which this was constructed. I’m sure Ben got as close to everyone on here as he possibly could and he’s given us a good snapshot of the good, the bad, and the ugly that’s out there in the Twin Cities in 2006. Now this is technically a fifty-five song comp so I’m not going to give you a track by track breakdown because, for one, who wants to read all that? And two, you shouldn’t be so damn lazy. Get out of your house and get this thing and live a little. Who cares if you’ve only heard of two of the bands? I’d be willing to bet you’ll find at least one band you’ve never heard before on here that you’ll like. Highlights for me include: Degeneration, The Fuck Yeahs, Formaldehyde Junkies, In Defense, ASS, and Off With Their Heads who I’ve heard before but they really brighten up a comp in the same way a nice floral motif can brighten up a room.

 –Steve Stephenson (www.tchardcorejournal.com)