VARIOUS ARTISTS: Cigar City Brewing Presents Monufest: CD

Mar 19, 2024

Wow. What an amazingly eclectic array of sounds on this. The nineteen bands herein represent the lineup from October 2023’s Monufest in New Port Richey, Fla.; most of them are/were Florida-based, but there were a few outliers from New Orleans, Germany, and Australia. The sounds range from punk and rock to metal to poppy sort-of electronica to muted singer-songwriter stuff, and nearly all of it worked for me. I hope Monufest happens again in 2024, because if the organizers can recreate this variety and quality across the acts, then I might very well need to crash on my buddy’s couch in Tampa so I can go. Generally I’m a fan of comps, and this one really does the job for me. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Ashtray Monument)

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