14-track sampler from Florida-based Mohawk Bomb Records, a new label with an interesting, innovative philosophy of not dicking their bands over.
While many of their bands hail from Florida and California, MBR’s roster has surprising diversity for a new label. The comp starts off with Soul Destroyer, who play an electroclash/industrial/pop rock hybrid that’s awash in radio hooks, kind of like if Ministry had an emo son into Green Day. Ascending to Avalon is more on the fat-riff, grunge side; 900 Pound Gorilla are, as defined by their name, hardcore; Night Artery are indie-ish with a slight Morrissey vibe; Wits End are garage-pop; VerleeRose is a singer/songwriter; The Redlight Stare are tight-pants-and-skinny-tie-wearing hipster rock; Rude Squad are, well guess. And so forth.
Only a couple of standouts for me, but the quality is consistently solid. I also applaud the punk-sounding label for its big tent approach and I suspect they will be putting out some gems in the near future.
Bottom Line: Diverse roster from energetic startup.
Notable Tracks: Tracks from Night Artery, Wits End, Bull Lee