Please note: All 11 bands will be covered with at least 1 paragraph as they all deserve at least that much so if you don't like long reviews, piss off! Thank you
This CD is one I have been waiting for since I found out about its conception; a 150 copies only CD compilation of all the best bands in the Ipswich area that are trying to get out there and heard. No matter what, this CD is on for at least a 1 star rating for concept and design alone. In a neatly packaged DVD case designed like the PS2 classic game 'Grand Theft Auto III', it includes a neat booklet detailing the bands with some cool photos of all involved included and all this for a measly £6.
Sinfonic start fantastically with 'Jive Motherfucker', some ace riffs over an insistent break beat. Funky, not too heavy and nicely paced, thumbs up for this one but their other track 'Jimmy's House' is not as good so the jury remains undecided but considering it is just one guy, I remain optimistic. Immortal Alice & Red Flag are nice pogo punk rock (although Immortal Alice are slightly more pop friendly) and have me swaying away but even I realise there are better bands doing the same thing but I don't care, I like it. Unfortunately, Junk Culture & Minority aren't that great with chugging guitar on the go but it is all par for the course so not good or bad, just mundane which is much worse. Love Junk play Green Day efficiently enough but I want more! I feel things are going slightly downhill at this point after such a promising opening...
I need not have worried, the superb Rosco bring things up a notch with female fronted pop rock at it's best. They are a band who could have been used in the soundtrack to classic movie 'Empire Records' and gone massive, instead they are simmering away so catch them while you can. Nemo don't quite sit with me, they sound competent enough and I know I wouldn't hate them if I saw them live, it just doesn't seem enough. 2 pretty girls playing slightly distorted rock should be my ideal and although it is good, it is not amazing. OK Hotel are kinda like Tiger Fernandes building into a crescendo from very quiet beginnings. This is one I want to see live as there could be something special here. One Day Life name check one of my fave films 'Chasing Amy' but that does not make them any better. Slightly better then a college punk rock band with some tight drumming but not outstanding.
All this said you can see the potential there with 1 band showing undoubted class, 2 showing they are well on the way and all the others showing the potential and drive needed in the industry. For a little over a fiver you can't fail and although my review could be seen as kinda damning, these guys are all punk... as if they give a fuck?
7Colin Weston's Score