Steve Adamyk Band – Graceland out NOW digitally. LP out 8/24.
The Ergs “Hindsight Is 20/20, My Friend”
New Jersey’s The Ergs! have proved themselves to be one of the more popular and versatile bands to come out of the pop underground so far in the 00’s, and nowhere is that versatility more apparent than on this comp. While they’re associated by many with the resurgent pop-punk scene, The Ergs! merely use that as a starting base, and over the course of these 33 songs also incorporate SST-style hardcore, country, jazz, dub-influence, thrash, 90’s alternative, some extremely well chosen covers, and just about anything else you can think of! So what we have here is a mammoth, monstrous 33 song singles comp (and we had to cut a bunch of stuff to make this fit on 2 LPs!) comprising of 7″s and comp tracks originally released on a wide variety of some of the most vital underground labels in existence today, including Art Of The Underground, No Idea, Whoah Oh, Toxic Pop, Wallride, and many, many more. Some of these are still in print, others go for way too much money on eBay. A few of these are songs re-worked versions of staple Ergs! tracks, while others will be unknown to all but the most die-hard fan. But all of ’em have been re-mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, in fact some of these have just now being mastered for the first time, and they sound GREAT, in some cases MUCH better than the original version. (especially on vinyl, hint, hint)