Earlier this week, Big Footprints Records and Property of Zack released their second compilation, aptly called The Big Comp II. Going up from last year’s 75 artists to 85, the new comp has a mix of new, acoustic and live music from truly great punk bands. All donations collected will go to 1BlueString, a charity supporting men who have survived childhood sexual abuse, and the Nature Conservancy. While we can’t highlight all 85 artists, here are five of our favorites: Menzingers, Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, The Weaks, and PUP.
Legendary Scranton punks, the Menzingers released their fourth full lenghth, Rented World to well-deserved praise in spring this year. Follow the band through a typical concert day through The Key’s Load-In to Load-Out. Listen to “Mexican Guitars” from their Key Studio Session below.
Local favorites Modern Baseball released their second, amazing album You’re Gonna Miss it All this year. The album portrays being a 20 something in perfect, witty detail. The band did an awesome Key Studio Session and play great live shows. Listen to “The Weekend” from the session below.
Regional band Tigers Jaw recently released their newest LP Charmer. In an interview with the Key’s Beth Ann Downey, lead singer Ben Walsh explained that a lot of the inspiration behind the new album came from the show Twin Peaks. Listen to “Nervous Kids” below.
The Weaks recently released their debut EP The World Is a Terrible Place and I Hate Myself and Want to Die on Lame-O Records. They also did a phenomenal Key Studio Session last month. Listen to the existential crisis of “Nietzsche’s Harvest Song” below.
Last but not least, Canadian punk band, PUP, released their self-titled debut album this year. They also rocked an Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session. They make serious punk music, in the words of Frank Yang via the Chromewaves blog, without “sophomoric shenanigans.” Listen to “Dark Days” below.
The comp will be out until July 31st. Listen to tracks by some of the artists below. Download and get more information here.
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