Album Review: Various Artists – “Roadkill Records Vol 1”
Having established a good reputation for their live nights at places like the Lock Tavern in Camden and Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park, Roadkill promotions have now branched out and become a record label as well, and this their first release (on cassette and download) is a good reflection of everything that makes their live gigs so enjoyable.
A few bands on here should be familiar to Pure Rawk readers who’ve been keeping their ears to the ground in recent months – Saint Agnes’ seasick blues stomp When The Lightning Strikes is a good reflection of the raw power of their music, ditto Dedwardians’ furious Like An Animal and Love Buzzard’s rabidly unhinged Guns Before Butter.
Elsewhere, the set veers from lurching Nick Cave style dark blues rock (Dirty White Fever’s Not Another Love Song, Muertos’ Ballroom Spritzer) through scuzzed up punk (Mystified’s Acid Gasp, Thee MVPs’ ramshackle live version of Funeral), Only Ones style new wave (Broken Soundtracks’ soaring You Can Try), Bad Seeds-style unhinged sounding psychedelia (Venice Trip’s Oh Katy and The Sly Persuaders’ Fool), straight-up ’60s indebted garage rock (The Parrots’ I Did Something Wrong, plus Deja Vega’s sinister Skeletons In The Florist, coming on like a distant cousin of The Stooges’ TV Eye) to even shoegazing (Desert Mountain Tribe’s 5th Song and Sunlight Service Group’s Winemaker Pt 2) and the occasional Dick Dale style surf instrumental (X Ray Cat Trio’s Wolfcop and Hola Ghost’s Copenhagen Gringo, which even chucks some Los Plantronics style Mariachi trumpets over a juddering riff just to ensure all boxes are well and truly ticked).
All in all, this is one hell of a varied line-up, but the key factor is that they all bring something different and enjoyable in its own way to the table. Which is what every good compilation should have.
Whatever your music taste, you should be able to find something that suits you on Roadkill Records Part 1 and all 17 of the bands on here give a very good account of yourselves. And at just £5, you really can't go wrong as far as value's concerned. Well worth taking a punt on.