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Various: Generic Insight Radio Volume OneGeneric Insight Radio Volume One (2007)
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A good friend of the 'Org, Barrie (no, not that one) runs a weekly Internet radio show called Generic Insight, featuring the best in new punk, hardcore and indie rock. Being a fellow music nerd (not self-professed, but we bet if we pressed her she'd admit to it), Volume One of her potential compilat.


A good friend of the 'Org, Barrie (no, not that one) runs a weekly Internet radio show called Generic Insight, featuring the best in new punk, hardcore and indie rock. Being a fellow music nerd (not self-professed, but we bet if we pressed her she'd admit to it), Volume One of her potential compilation series acts as ambassador to her show and amasses a ton of tri-state area (and slightly beyond) acts falling under the aforementioned banner. Many of these are incredibly solid.

The whole thing kicks off with a number of good or better tracks. Up for Nothing's "Only Time Will Tell" is fast, poppy punk tempered with a little acoustic flair; Anxious Arms play noodly emo rock in "Congratulations, Japan"; the Gaslight Anthem contribute the excellent, infectious "I'da Called You Woody, Joe"; Thieves and Assassins are responsible for "Substance Abuse," not only one of their best songs to date but featuring a slightly different mastering job here that arguably sounds better than on the actual album.

Meanwhile, Earth Stood Still, Racing Exit 13 and Safari So Good offer enjoyable pop-punk surprises, all in mood-varying forms. The New Dress offer something a little different with their very much Defiance, Ohio-esque "Where Our Failures Are." Capital thrown in a standout from Signal Corps, Jena Berlin have the superb "Crossed Arms" (top 3 on the comp at least) and Call It Fire and In Times of War drill through some LIHC with "2 +2 = You're Pissing Me Off" and "The Impending Holocaust," respectively.

There isn't much that's questionable here. The Ghost Armada's self-titled song does a bizarre sing/scream thing, One Win Choice put forth mediocre melodicore in "New Rome," and Young Hearts have fun verses but a chorus and vocal member that's a little sugary in "I Went to a Party." Dead Set on Destruction's "The Joust" is alright, but I'm not totally feeling it, and Dealin' with It's "Haunted" is a rather forgettable slice of NYHC. But only having this many iffy tracks / overall duds out of 23 songs is impressive.

Oh yeah, and there's an exclusive track from OnGuard, at least what was the newest project from former Bound / Kid Dynamite / None More Black frontman Jason Shevchuk. It's raw, but it's honest and quite the grower -- plus it's generally great to hear his voice in any medium. See, OnGuard has since changed their name and decided to form as a full band. Consider this even more of a rarity in that sense.

Generic Insight Volume One provides a welcome introduction to a bunch of new bands for listeners, even ones who already have their ear close to the ground.

 

 
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waytansea27 (September 11, 2007)

how gay is it that he mentions Bound

Big_Guy (August 27, 2007)

I still gotta buy this

bloofy (August 26, 2007)

I haven't heard this album yet, but GIR is an awesome show. I never get to hear it anymore though since I'm at school when it is on.

onegirlarmy (August 24, 2007)

Oh, and ps - yes I am a self-professed music nerd, you got that right.

onegirlarmy (August 24, 2007)

Spelled my name wrong duder... it's Barrie. hah. but wow, thank you... you said the review was gonna be positive but I didn't expect four stars. Thank you so much!

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

sorry, I editted my original comment some, and forgot to take out "prerecorded." I had something something about her taping the interviews at shows, and then airing them during her show, so there isn't a "live studio" for the bands to perform their songs at.

inagreendase (August 24, 2007)

Dude below: I think we all know what you meant, but I wouldn't use "prerecorded" to describe a compact disc...

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

scott, everything is prerecorded, the songs are all demo or studio material.

maverick (August 24, 2007)

So are these tracks live from radio sessions or something? Or just studio tracks?

-Scott

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