Living on the West Coast my entire life I haven’t really seen a lot of bands that don’t tour out of their home state (it’s fairly unrealistic to hop in the car for a 37 hour drive just to see a show), so I was somewhat skeptical to see a CD showcasing bands (most of whom I had never heard) from Pennsylvania… come on, California, DC, Washington, yeah those would be good but I figured Pennsylvania would be mostly filler. I was badly mistaken (and slightly embarrassed).
Kickstart Audio has released Pennsylvania, USA Volume 2, and even though a few of the bands sound… well… crappy… there are some that completely stand out, begging for attention.
A Life Once Lost blew me away with their song Prepare Yourself For What’s About to Come (imagine Kurt Ballou from Converge taking over guitar in No Innocent Victim), mewithoutyou - Four Word Letter, Zolof The Rock N Roll Destroyer - Scream and Run (as much as I wanted to hate it, I had to smile; but probably for only one song), A Trunk Full of Dead Bodies - Finger In Your Throat (lots of potential), Nightmare Scenario - Halo (a unique group of punk rock kids), Boy Wunder - Praise Song (horrible recording, but now I know why I have been hearing so much about them), Sound of Reverse - Fuck Your Car (great instrumental stuff), Missiles of October - Money Shot (aggressive punk rock kids), and In The Echo of You – We Agreed That Cupid Was… (delightfully chaotic metal, my personal favorite on the disc).
There is no better time to buy this compilation CD; it’s on sale over at Kickstart Audio!