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Various: How We RockHow We Rock (2002)
Burning Heart

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: HeinHein
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This compilation assembled by Peter Ahlqvist (Burning Heart Records executive), shows that the guy really knows what is going on in punkrock world (with the emphasis on "rock"). Because this is truely an amazing mix of bands, both Scandinavian and North-American, that besides being underrated too mu.

This compilation assembled by Peter Ahlqvist (Burning Heart Records executive), shows that the guy really knows what is going on in punkrock world (with the emphasis on "rock"). Because this is truely an amazing mix of bands, both Scandinavian and North-American, that besides being underrated too much too often have one thing in common: they represent an era of pure, elementary "rock" in a non-bullshitting and unfashionable manner. Come to think of it, I remember writing in my review of the latest Midtown album that these guys "rocked", but I have to say that the meaning of that word in that particular review has a totally different meaning than the true definition of it. This disc however is the best definition you could give for that important word in music.

I must confess that apart from The New Bomb Turks, The Hives, Randy, Rocket From The Crypt, The Dwarves and The Supersuckers I haven't bought releases from any of these bands earlier, so I can't really speak for all the bands on this disc, but judging on the songs that were presented here and my knowledge of the before mentioned bands I can only tell you that you shouldn't buy this to discover the next poppunk, hardcore, Ska or catchy and hooky SoCal-band. This is simply pure and raw most of the time, but don't be mistaken; these bands are the cream of the crop in this branch.

There's speedy stuff in the likes of Zeke and Puffball, unpretentious and well-mouthed female rock from the Donnas and Sahara Hotnights, the garagy sound of the restless New Bomb Turks (my favorites in this genre), a more traditional approach by The Gotohells and Peepshows, political engaged tunes of The (Int) Noise Conspiracy, no-nonsense blatant music from long existing Dwarves and Supersuckers. The Hives are maybe the odd one out here, not because of their sound but because they surely go through a period of hype right now thanks to their phenomenal album "Veni Vidi Vicious", from which this song is one of their hitsingles. Randy's song Cheater is taken from a very recently released MCD. And there's also Rocket From The Crypt with their infectious hooky stuff supported with a horn-section. And there's a lot more...

All this comes with a truely amazing packaging and liner-notes by Mike LaVella from Gearhead Magazine. This could well be the perfect opportunity for those of you (like me) who never really were into this genre except for the well-known bands to get acquainted with some more of these bands. I surely have been pleasantly surprised by some of them. Unfortunately for those who are into these bands there are no unreleased tracks available, but I guess you have to be even a bigger freak than me to own even more than half of these albums that these songs were taken from.


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Anonymous (August 5, 2002)

You want rock? Check out www.iinet.net.au/~mintox/jedwhitey

this band will kick your arse.

RocknRoll such as this will never be popular, shitheels. It's the way it should be. Don't fight it, just embrace the fact that the music you like will NEVER be popular.

Anonymous (August 4, 2002)

...and the billboard charts dont mean shit all boy. we should all know that by now. anyone else notice how many people think veni vedi vicious is a new album? goddamn. get with it kids.

Anonymous (August 4, 2002)

well i definitly dont think green day were a great punk band. and if you think green day were part of any sort of punk revolution your retarded.... or a twelve year old girl.

tgarn (August 3, 2002)

hey garage rock(or whatever you want to call it) is already huge. I mean the hives are huge and their on an indy label. And garage rock is bigger than emo right now. Just look on the billborad chart, I think jew is the only emo band on it. And the punk rock revolution sucked dick, with the exception of green day. Unless you consider sum 41, blink 182, sr 71, and nfg to be great punk bands

Anonymous (August 3, 2002)

garage rock isnt gonna be as popular as everyone says. its not the next wave. good things dont get that popular anymore. things like emo and nu-metal do. sorry kids. the last good thing to get huge was punk rock and that was quite a long time ago before dying back down to a subculure and back up to the sorry state its in now. lets face it. garage rock isnt all that marketable. and its nowhere near as easy for big music companies to waterdown and duplicate as bands like limp bizkit and puddle of mudd or other crappy bands who dont know how to spell, are

cawknocker (August 2, 2002)

holy shit i don't remember posting that. i mightve been drunk. haha! i like it though. yo orgy sux waste elite.but i'll bet money your joking. u know whats funny. the hives look like rapists of children in their video. when did this shit ever get considered cool? the hives have to suck more than anything i've heard or seen. even having fat gross mustached freaks doesnt save them. and whats up w/ the wide eyed singer? and quit saying 'cuz i wanna!' like a little fucking brat after every line in that song. wait are they even on this comp? fuck this

Anonymous (August 1, 2002)

you all r idiots. carry on

waste_elite (July 31, 2002)

i actually like orgy. they have some good songs.

cawknocker (July 31, 2002)

not sure how i feel about the garage rock boom. i do know it highly overrated. but to me music moves in cycles. flashy to stripped down, in the mainstream i mean. think about it. late 80's u had bands like warrent/poison, motley crue,slaughter etc. leading the charts. no depth, but hey they looked good for the times and it was fun,catchy music.it made people feel like hardasses too, but some was just fun. then bands like nirvana came along, they looked bad, they had somehting to say, the music was sometimes stripped down, it wasnt as catchy, but was just as catchy in a less cheesy way.but it was serious and less fun. then came the new metal boom or whatever. flashy dorks and high budget videos are back, bands like linkin park, and fred durst bringing fashion back into your music, and hairstyles and shit. its not deep, but its fun and catcy an makes some dorks feel like badasses to listen to it. the garage movement is the new grunge.its stripped down, catchy in a non obnoxious way,its a little deeper,etc.wait but grunge was a fashion. and correct me if i'm wrong, its' cool to look like the dickpig strokes and have that dork hair cut, wear tight jean attire and shit. give it 5 to ten years, we'll be back to bands like orgy and limp bizkit. its 1991 again though, and music is totally in major transition for the first time since i heard that orgy blue monday cover, the nookie song, and shit.if read this whole thing u are nuts.

Anonymous (July 31, 2002)

Turbonegro to tour the states. Who has got confirmation? Show me concrete evidence or I'll possibly shoot myself. I don't care for teasing.

Anonymous (July 31, 2002)

When THE PEEPSHOWS and TURBONEGRO start tourin the US next year you all will find out the these bands kick ass whit THE hives and White stripes and the strokes .
The Peepshows and Turbonegro are the two best live acts around here in Europe and they will show the states the same !
Freaking fuckin rock show thats what it is and I like it !!!

waste_elite (July 30, 2002)

christ, when did i ever say that this music sucks or these bands suck? never. i actually like the fact these bands are making it big. i would much rather see this stuff on MTV than some shitty nu-metal band.

"Man, you don't get it. Garage rock and rock are different. This compilation is not all garage rock. It it predominantly rock. Rock isn't a trend, retard."

ok, retard, call it rock or call it garage rock. why bitch about what label you give it. we are still talking about the same type of music. and unless you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you would see that this type of music is becoming the next trend.

let me reiterate that i'm glad this stuff is getting airplay. as i said, this is much better than the shit you see and hear everyday on TV and Radio. i'm not some indie-elitist worried about bands getting popular. if you look back, my only complaint was about this chessy cash-in attempt. stop putting fucking words in my mouth and chill out.

Anonymous (July 30, 2002)

Man, you don't get it. Garage rock and rock are different. This compilation is not all garage rock. It it predominantly rock. Rock isn't a trend, retard.

Anonymous (July 30, 2002)

Alright so this may be a cheesy effort to cash in on a current craze. So it may be 2 of the biggest indies in the country putting out the comp. So Hein is a moron. So what. Arent the bands on here quality bands? Arent a lot of the bands ones that we have praised before for being in our punk rock elite club of "not selling out"? So now are we going to turn on them? As far as I can tell the Hives fucking rock, the Strokes are fucking cool, the White Stripes are ok, The Vines rock fucking hard, and all the bands that are "making it big" deserve it. Why complain that now when we turn on the radio we might hear some decent music? Why complain that when we turn on MTV we might see a good video? Oh yea thats right... punknews.org is full of whiny bitches that are too scared of losing their punk rock cred to like anything that MTV has ever put in their tape player.-pat41

waste_elite (July 30, 2002)

hein, where the fuck have you been for the past 6 months or so. garage rock or just plain "rock" (whatever label you see fit) is very much becoming big. the hives, strokes, white stripes and a few others are all over MTV and commercial radio (two mediums that are known for playing this easy-to-digest music you speak of). fuck, there was even an entire article in this week's issue of Newsweek about garage bands being the next big thing.

call it rock, call it garage rock, call it rock revival, call it whatever. it's still the same fucking music regardless of the label you give it.

i'm not canning this brand of music or any of the bands on this comp but this lame attempt to cash-in on the next craze leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Anonymous (July 30, 2002)

Since when are Turbonegro, Zeke, New Bomb Turks, etc. anything other than ROCK N FUCKING ROLL? Garage rock, my steaming asshole. You kids are lame. Just because the Hives are on it doesn't mean it's a garage rock compilation. This is a rock compilation. Plain 'n simple. Kids don't even know what rock means anymore.

hein (July 29, 2002)

Are you people serious? Why in hell would you think garage rock is the next big thing? Bands like these have been around since I was 15 (and that's nearly 2 decades ago). This is not music that will draw the attention of the mass public. Don't you get it yet? Things that are going big, always have to have something easy in them. this ain't easy to swallow music. It's much too hard to get airplay. Personally, I really think we have to thank both Burning Heart and Epitaph for even WANTING to put out this release. I can't see Vagrant, Drive-Thru, MCA or any of those other bigger labels release this music, leave alone any majors. Or maybe you have another definition of "the next big thing" and call sales of 5,000 albums too big for the punkrock-elite?

waste_elite (July 29, 2002)

"things become big for a reason. yeah garage rock is probably the next big thing. if it wasn't for a compilation like this it wouldn't be that big at all."

come on, i seriously doubt that this comp is going to thrust garage rock into the mainstream. the stroke, hives, and white stripes have already done that.

so yeah, fuck integrity, i'm gonna go get drunk and fuck some bitches at the pool while tanning my muscular body. i'm such a man.

waste_elite (July 29, 2002)

oh, intelligent people call it "marketing"? i appreciate your condecending, fuckhead tone. you can make money without lowering yourself to exploiting current fads and trends. look at all of the excellent indie labels and bands out there that do just fine without cheesy marketing ploys such as this. epitaph and burning heart, indie behemoths, aren't exactly hurting for money either.

Anonymous (July 29, 2002)

Epitaph and Burning Heart may be indie labels but Indie labels need to make money too. or maybe you would want all your precious little indie labels to go bankrupt and not be able to release your bands records anymore. I love the indie scene just as much as all of you but I still respect the fact that they need to make money and if that means that they have to release a compilation that might score them a few bucks off of a recent trend then go for it... whatever is going to allow them to make more records. Its a little thing intellegent people like to call marketing... knowing how when where and why to sell things so that they can make money and in turn produce more product.

kirbypuckett (July 29, 2002)

things become big for a reason. yeah garage rock is probably the next big thing. if it wasn't for a compilation like this it wouldn't be that big at all.

so just quit your bitching and listen to the fucking music. no one really cares what's the next big thing or not. just your whiney bastards who have nothing better to do than look to start gossip or talk shit on your computer all day. go out to the fucking pool, get a tan and pick up some chicks.

Anonymous (July 28, 2002)

The 10 is completely spent on Turbonegro, the fucking OG's of rock. They deserve statues built in their visage.

Prince of the wyzeo

waste_elite (July 28, 2002)

wow, you know dutch. impressive. you should try learning english now.

everyone knows that record labels exist to make money but you would expect an "indie" label to have a little more credibility. yeah, the garage thing has been around forever, but why didn't this comp come out when it wasn't "cool". it's a lame attempt to make a few bucks off the next big trend. it sounds like a move a major would make.

of course this is epitaph/burning heart...

despite all of that, there is some good music on here.

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

Turbonegro is all you need buy their 2 latest studio albums and just realise
that it can't get any better!when i hear that death punk song (erection)

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

Guys (and girls to if so), I'm getting pretty bored by all the "cashing in" discourse around here. It's probably pretty sitting behind your screens with internet connections paid for you by mommie and daddie to start bullshittin' about this not being punk. I for this matter want to admit that i'm not as punk as i may wish to be but at least i've long stopped putting overhasted judgements on people, bands or labels. If you had the brains you would have known that Burning Heart and Peter Ahlquist in particular have always kept this kind of garage punk alive by supporting bands like puffball and the hives from the very start, so don't you come and bullshit because their cashing on a hype: they fuckin' caused the hype to happen! You could also of course blame bands like randy for starting to play different than they used to, but who the hell cares when that new shit rocks so hard (The human atom bombs is the one punk rock album Fat Mike wished he had made himself, oh no that's wrong, i guess Mike is a no can do over here...duh) i can't believe my ears. And they're still as political as ever!!!

Meanwhile I'm enjoying my Summer of Bros aha!!!

ps: Hein: goei interview vriend, laat die amerikaanders maar eens een
poepje ruiken, volgend jaar bespreekt ge de nieuwe circle maar eens ;-)
That was Dutch, for those who would to look farther than their backyard

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

(continued from last post)

Next year it will be "How we [somthing else]" and last year it would have been "How we Cry: the emo compilation" or 4 years ago it would have been "How we Skank!: ska! pickitup!"

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

This is totally cashing in on the new trend in music. Didn't you guys know garage rock is the next big thing?
what with the strokes, the hives, the white stripes, ect.
Next year it will be "This is How we ". Typical record label shit.

tgarn (July 27, 2002)

Those are two very good reasons to like a band

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

This guy left out the best band on this disc: Turbonegro. Seriously, Hank alone could kick all the Hives' asses at once. And THAT is the definition of rock. Not to mention the fact that their song is about pizza.

psychorudeboy (July 27, 2002)

what exactly is this genre you're talking about?

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

The first guy who commented is a moron. Cash in on rock? There's been cash in the rock industry for decades. And every label wants to make money.

tgarn (July 27, 2002)

A business trying to make money! Never thought I'd see the day.

Anonymous (July 26, 2002)

can anyone else smell money wafting from the offices of epitaph and burning heart. Lets cash in on the whole rock thing, we could always use more money.

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