NERVOUS CHRISTIANS / BASTARD CHILDREN / HELLSIDE STRANGLERS / CELEBRITY GRAVES: Overkill ‘Em All: 2 x CD

At first, I thought this was a massive compilation album featuring seventy tracks of Portland, Ore. punk rock but that isn’t quite true. This is a four-way split spanning the musical history of a guy named Dan Eklof. Dan fronted all four of these bands between the years of 1990 and 2014 with a revolving cast of bandmates, featuring folks from Portland punk luminaries such as Poison Idea, Apartment 3G, and The Wipers, among others. Musically, this all has elements of the other bands I mentioned above, but I feel that is probably geographical as much as any other reason. These four bands all sound great! Clearly, Dan can write quality punk rock songs—relentless tales of love and hate, debauchery and disease. There are subtle differences in the sound of each band, but the heart is there for all of them. On to what I don’t like. It is driving me crazy that a.) the songs are listed on the back of the disc, but not which band is doing them and b.) it’s a random mix between the four bands. With the same guy on vocals for all of them, it is hard to tell which one you’re listening to. Whatever. It’s a small price to pay to get a buttload of songs from four killer bands that I had never listened to before. Cheers to Dan! –Ty Stranglehold (National Dust, nationaldust.bigcartel.com)