VARIOUS ARTISTS: Closer to the Grave: 15 Years of Tor Johnson Records: LP

Sep 20, 2017

In the review for the ten year anniversary 7”, I wrote that “Tor Johnson Records has been a consistently great label, not only because of the great bands and releases they’ve put out over the years, but because of founder Paul Dechichio’s unflagging dedication to his local scene and community.” Bands on the label may have come and gone, but Dechichio’s dedication remains unabated. This LP features newcomer and veteran label bands alike. With ten bands on this record playing a variety of sounds, there’s sure to be something to catch the ear of a curious listener. Opening with Saint Jude’s “A Mightier Disaster,” followed by Tyler Daniel Bean’s “Gardening & Everything Involved Therein,” takes you through how wide the scope of TJR’s catalogue can be in only the space of two songs. The only thing missing from this LP for me was a track from Philadelphia’s Ordinary Lives, one of my favorite bands on the label in recent years. Small complaints aside, this is a great listen, and I’m looking forward to the next fifteen years of bands and shows. –Paul J. Comeau (Tor Johnson, [email protected])