V/A - Hardcore Matinee
Record Store Day 2016 Release. 'Hardcore Matinee' is an ode to the budget punk rock compilations that informed a young John Reis, Swami Records head honcho / overlord. While many of these LPs were disposable - they favoured quantity over quality, cramming 40 or 50 unknown groups onto records that crackled and popped with tinny sound and infantile graphics - their cut-rate aesthetic has actually weathered the passage of time relatively well. Call it nostalgia or perhaps a testament to how truly ugly the world has become, but these records can now be enjoyed as curious oddities of a bygone era. It was with this inspiration that Hardcore Matinee was assembled. The compilation features 22 of San Diego's most exciting groups and covers the wide range of current punk music. From well-established bands such as Hot Snakes (with their first new recording since 2004 and featuring both drummers on the same recording), Pinback (their final recording before disbanding and then reforming) and Gary Wilson (off his recent collaboration with The Roots) to up-and-coming bands Octagrape (ex-Truman's Water), Death Eyes (hardcore supergroup with members of Rat's Eyes and Death Crisis) and Schizophonics, this record's varied styling is a jarring ride. The Swami Records harem is represented by the reformed Sultans (first recording since 2003), Beehive and The Barracudas (first new recordings since 2008), Mrs. Magician (an outtake from their soon-to-be-released second album Bermuda) and The Heartaches (first new recording since their Too Cool For School LP). Other artists include The Loons (featuring Mike Stax of Ugly Things), Rob Crow, Teenage Burritos (Burger Records), Plateaus (Art Fag Records), Creepy Creeps (Dionysus Records), The Widows (Route 44 Records), Ale Mania (Volar Records), Ghetto Blaster (ex-Fishwife and The Let Downs), WHA (ex-Tourettes Lautrec), The Shake Before Us, The Lumps (both on Tower Bar Records) and the debut of The Soaks. In order to stay true to the original compilations' aesthetic, it was important to keep the music fresh and moving quickly.