VARIOUS ARTISTS: Horrendous New Wave: LP

Jul 25, 2018

It took me some time to get around to buying this comp. I’m surprised I was still able to find one when I went looking, as these Lumpy Records releases don’t stay on the shelves for long. There’s something about this compilation (which I like very much) that makes me feel most of these bands are one-offs, rather than ongoing. There’s nothing wrong with having a small project focused on writing songs for a specific genre (in this case: wave-y, keyboard-y, squiggly) but it’s always unfortunate when a song or two is the only thing that will remain of that venture. Some of the band names (Dequantize, Sexual Christians, Neuro Bliss) are as good as the song titles (“I Don’t Wanna Indoor Toilet,” “I Am Not a Nixon”). I recognized some contributors, including Rik (from Rik And The Pigs) as well as Lumpy himself. I’m sure there are more, but I’ve been out of the Lumpy loop for a bit. –Sal Lucci (Lumpy,