GARRISON: TV or the Atom Bomb: LP

My guys in Garrison never quite found their place. The Boston four-piece signed to Revelation in the late ’90s on the strength of a slush pile demo, but didn’t click with Rev’s straightedge hardcore crew. They released stuff through Vique Martin’s Simba label and Boston’s Iodine before folding right as the first wave of commercial emo made bands like Saves The Day and New Found Glory bigger than big. Sure, Garrison got to do a lot of rad stuff, like touring the U.S. and Europe extensively, and playing Japan, but they never got their due for the jagged, Jehu-esque emotional rock they mixed with Swervedriver shoegaze. Hopefully TV or the Atom Bomb will help solve this. Collected on this slab are all of Garrison’s non-Rev recordings, including the killer demo that got them noticed in the first place, including their splits with Orange Island and U.K. honchos Hundred Reasons. It’s on! Why not? –Michael T. Fournier (Arctic Rodeo, arcticrodeorecordings.com)