VARIOUS ARTISTS: This Is POP! Canada: LP

For those unaware, This Is POP Records from Edmonton, Albert is on the cusp of blowing up. Spearheaded by Real Sickies (and ex-Let’s Dance) frontman Ben Disaster, the mission is simple: spread the gospel of Canada punk and smash everything in its path. This Is POP! Canada is a merely entrance sampling of that. A solid from start-to-finish compilation of current Canadian bands crushing the scene: Outtacontroller, First Base, Pale Lips, Average Times, Real Sickies, Cheap Whine, Future Girls, and Corner Boys, just to scratch the surface. And, really, while all fourteen tracks on this are perfect, it really does just barely scratch the surface, which is the point. The Country is exploding with great bands, and this slab is a perfect representation of them, from East to West. –Steve Adamyk (This Is POP, thisispoprecords.com)