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We Jam By Condos is the title of this LP compilation of Austin, TX underground bands. The title is relevant to the landscape, literally. All of these tracks are exclusive to this compilation.
We are spoiled in Austin in terms of the quality of punk rock bands, and we’ve tried to present a variety of it here as best we could. Ghetto Ghouls, Spray Paint, Massageinist, Empty Markets, and Breakout could easily be seen on the same show in this town for $5 at Hotel Vegas, Beerland, Red 7, or Mohawk. Still guitar-based but weirder and harder to pigeonhole would be Soft Healer and Hidden Ritual who provide a smoother side of the scene.
Over the past few years there has been a growing number of truly world class electronic-leaning bands. A big ol’ hat tip is due to the work Holodeck Records is doing. SURVIVE and Troller are two of our favorites and we are happy to have them both on this. With Aunt’s Analog we’ve only briefly touched on the vibrant noise scene that is in and of itself worthy of multiple compilations. The Austin Noise comps on Instincto Records are a great place to start. From free jazz to acid damaged disco Shit and Shine have been releasing non stop critically acclaimed albums for many years now and Craig Clouse brings the heat once again.
Ghetto Ghouls – Plants 3:09
Spray Paint – Creepers 2:05
Hidden Ritual – Judy 4:16
Soft Healer – End of the Chain 4:17
SURVIVE – Relays 3:50
Shit & Shine – Bike Lane 2:47
Troller – Destrucción 4:58
Massageinist – World Grease 2:43
Empty Markets – On Rails 2:32
Breakout – Punishment Capital 1:10
Aunt’s Analog – I Saw You in a Dream 2:53
“Since 2007, the Texas-based record label and multimedia imprint Monofonus Press has been keeping Austin weird (sorry) by aiming to bridge fine art and DIY aesthetics. Lately they’ve released albums by Stereogum favorites including Austin’s Spray Paint and NYC’s Beech Creeps as well as a steady stream of video projects, literature, and more. Their latest offering is the humorously named We Jam By Condos, an 11-track compilation featuring all Austin bands. Consider it a primer on the city’s more outré, aggressive sounds, from Hidden Ritual’s pulsating, understated garage-psych track “Judy” to Aunt’s Analog’s harsh noise collage “I Saw You In A Dream” to SURVIVE’s scrap-heap synth-pop instrumental “Relays” to Empty Markets’ off-the-rails “On Rails.” (Also, you won’t find a better Texas punk-rock song title than Breakout’s “Punishment Capitol.”) On the whole, it’s an intriguing peek into a richly endowed scene.”
“Titular nod to the Minutemen, this exemplary local compilation bottles a moment in musical time. Eleven Austin acts explore the bleeding edge of avant-punk, electronic, and noise against a backdrop of top-heavy economic prosperity threatening to banish the vaunted “weirdness” that helped summon homegrown vibrancy in the first place. Ghetto Ghouls’ “Plants” sets the tone with droll, herky-jerk repetition, upending the hedonic treadmill with a takedown of the “We’re an American Band” hagiography. The bristles and skitters become even more pronounced on Spray Paint’s “Creepers.” Hidden Ritual’s unstoppable “Judy” builds a surf-pop riff into a thwacked-out shadow play directed by Alan Vega before Soft Healer deepens the mystery with the post-punk/psychedelia reconciliation “End of the Chain.” Sleek synth collective Survive ends side one with the soundtrack-worthy “Relays.” Side two’s darker, more disjointed veneer takes disparate form in Shit & Shine’s rhythmic disk-crasher, “Bike Lane,” and Breakout’s one-minute hardcore sweatbox, “Punishment Capital.” The all-out noise assault of Aunt’s Analog’s “I Saw You in a Dream” makes an appropriate fin de siècle. Blast this from your windows at 4am and watch property values sink like a stone.”
“We Jam By Condos is a compilation of underground bands from Austin, Texas. This is an eclectic group of musicians that seem to adhere well and present a solid representation of one of the most fertile and interesting music scenes in United Stated right now. From punk to electronic to goth to no wave, it’s all here. Play it!!
1. (3:09) **Plants by Ghetto Ghouls – Intense intro track with no wave repetitive guitars, catchy chorus and killer lyrics.
2. (2:05) *Creepers by Spray Paint – A contained slower treatment of their trademark loud no wave-punk sound, this track complements their catalog well. My favorite Austin band.
3. (4:17) **Judy by Hidden Ritual – Imaging a song with instrumentation similar to The Feelies circa Crazy Rhythms and performed by a younger Alan Vega. One of my favorite tracks!
4. (4:16) End of the Chain by Soft Healer – A true psychedelic tune with hypnotic guitars and entrancing ending.
5. (3:50) *Relays by Survive – Synthesizer driven instrumental track heavily influenced by early1980’s electro pop music. Wistful.
6. (2:47) **Bike Lane by Shit & Shine – Another synth based instrumental track that could have been from the eighties. This one seems more playful.
7. (4:58) *Destrucción by Troller – Darkwave track with lyrics in Spanish. Oscuridad mutua.
8. (2:43)**World Grease by Massageinist – Goth meets punk. Mesmerizing track.
9. (2:32) *On Rails by Empty Markets – Solid punker.
10. (1:10) **Punishment Capital by Breakout – Hardcore punk track with all the right elements.
11. (2:53) I saw you in a Dream by Aunt’s Analog – Experimental noise track that seems to fade away too fast. More buttons on gadgets, please.”
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