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Various: Punk Off Volume OnePunk Off Volume One (2006)
New School

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: die_die_diedie_die_die
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This is a compilation that stars only New School Records bands, unlike the label's other compilations that featured other bands ranging from Yellowcard to NOFX. The record definitely has its ups and downs, not to mention a lineup of songs already released (14 to be exact) and unreleased tracks (eigh.
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This is a compilation that stars only New School Records bands, unlike the label's other compilations that featured other bands ranging from Yellowcard to NOFX. The record definitely has its ups and downs, not to mention a lineup of songs already released (14 to be exact) and unreleased tracks (eight).

The album starts off with the average 7-10 Split song "The Battle of Shiloh" and goes to the next, and may I add worst track "Apology to You" by 800 Octane. After the solid song "Hydrophobic Mermaid" by Glasshead and the flop "Blackout" by Hospital Food, the record really picks up. In Stereo, Nuclear Saturday and My Hostage have some great tracks. Mourningstar and Twenty2 present some pretty good hardcore punk tracks, however Twenty 2's track isn't the best representation of the band.

The eight unreleased tracks are from 7-10 Split, 800 Octane, In Stereo, Mourningstar, Not Long After, Nuclear Saturday, Top of the Fair and Twenty2. Only a few really stand out because the others sound thrown together and sloppy, possibly because the songs are short, dull and really bad examples of each band. Still, bands like Twenty2 and Top of the Fair come back to make better songs than their previously released tracks on the record.

The way this record was put together was just awful, it feels like they just threw random tracks together, i.e. In Stereo with a very pop song are followed by Mourningstar with screams and deep-booming sounds. The label definitely needed to spend more time blending. The bonus tracks are nice but the 14 tracks before that are not and make you question the amount of time put into the compilation.

New School Records' Punk Off Volume One compilation shows off the label's talent and accurately depicts the bands on it. It's a good starter for people new to the label but falls short in many different ways.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (December 12, 2006)

hey those little bins at the front of the store are amazing..only there will you find the Rick James Lionel Richie duets...come on now!

Anonymous (December 11, 2006)

I'm willing to bet Twenty2 are nowhere near as good as Thirty3...

...evildeadalive

feeeding5000 (December 10, 2006)

Ahh, pointless pop-punk comps. Where would the CD industry be without you? FYE would have nothing to put in little bins at the front of the store.

Anonymous (December 10, 2006)

your mom belongs in the 90's

Anonymous (December 9, 2006)

this comp belongs in the 90s

SuperRad (December 9, 2006)

Punk Off. Get it? Like fuck off, but with "punk" instead of fuck.

Anonymous (December 9, 2006)

did Nuclear Saturday appear on the 1st vagrant sampler?

Yes

BrandonSideleau (December 8, 2006)

what the hell kind of cover art is that? I know, that has nothing to do with the record....but wow....that is some lame cover art.

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

"let's go to punk school, we'll all be punk and be cool, no body cares about us anywa."- Song lyric Spare Lead

Anonymous (December 8, 2006)

The best band on New Skool records is Spare Lead. I heard about these guys a couple of years ago. Last I heard they haven't been playing to many shows lately, but they need to get back in the scene.

die_die_die (December 8, 2006)

Go easy on me like a prom date. Oh, and thanks for the comments.

damo (December 8, 2006)

did Nuclear Saturday appear on the 1st vagrant sampler?

EyesLikeBombs (December 8, 2006)

Tied with The T4 Project for worse album art of the...last two weeks...or something.

Rastid (December 8, 2006)

i feel like 7-10 split is on every single punk compilation that i don't own...

88-fingers-tony (December 8, 2006)

i also like 800 octane. their beserker cover was awesome

GlassPipeMurder (December 8, 2006)

i like 800 octane...

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