Various: Frequency of the Truewave II cassette

Various: Frequency of the Truewave II cassette

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As of this moment (Fall 2016), almost all of these bands still exist, are playing shows, and are actively recording/releasing music.

Side A
CROOKED BANGS (Austin) - Le Phènix (0:00)
SHOPPING (London) – Long Way Home (2:41)
STREET EATERS (Bay Area) – Witch (5:12)
MOZART (Bay Area) – Die Slow (7:51)
TROIKA (Madrid) – Etiquetas (9:34)
NO BABIES (Bay Area) – Ripper (10:59)
LIÈ (Vancouver) - Sorry (13:15)
STEEL CHAINS (Portland) – Standing In The Light (16:11)

Side B
PRIESTS (Washington D.C.) – Talking (18:29)
COMPOSITE (Bay Area) – Freedom and a Dagger (21:31)
SPLIT FEET (Chicago) – Cat Mug on Secretaries Day (22:32)
DAISY WORLD (Bay Area) – Untitled (23:44)
VIOLENCE CREEPS (Bay Area) – Amber Alert (26:06)
RAGANA (Bay Area) – Chain Reaction (27:10)
STRANGE FACES (Bay Area) – No Peace (30:15)
NAIVE (Koln) – Whiteout (32:16)

Our take: Second compilation in this excellent series. As before, part of the point here seems to be to provide a corrective to the lack of gender diversity in recorded hardcore and punk music, as all of the bands here (unless I'm mistaken) feature non-male-identifying people in prominent roles, most often as the vocalist. Beyond that, the only thing that unites all of the bands here is a shared influence from some aspect of the punk rock spectrum. That being said, in addition to the diversity of people playing in the groups, there's way more musical diversity here than you'll find on most any other compilation out there. I'm not sure if that's related to the gender thing or just to the compilers' tastes, but not a single band here--even the heavier and more hardcore-influenced among them--sound like mere genre exercises, and nearly all of them push their respective sounds in really creative and interesting ways. There's a good mix here of bands you might have heard of like Priests, Violence Creeps (whose contribution should not be missed!), and Shopping, as well as a bunch more you probably haven't heard of. So, in other words, this is a great compilation, even better than the first volume in my humble estimation. Get it!