Vs. The Earthquake – Various Artists
Some of the best bands around the current US pop punk scene have joined forces and created a fantastic collaboration CD called Vs. The Earthquake, as a means of contributing something positive to the catastrophic events that have recently occurred in Japan. As the world knows, northern Japan suffered their largest notable earthquake and if that wasn’t enough, this was then followed by a tsunami which destroyed lives, homes and businesses. Such a disaster affects everyone with each person keen to do all they can to help. You too can help by donating a minimum of $5 and in return you get 22 tracks by 22 incredible bands– a small price to pay when you think about what you are getting and where your donation is going.
The CD is composed of unreleased covers such as The Wonder Years doing Hey Julie originally by Fountains of Wayne. There are also rare acoustic tracks by Man Overboard and The Swellers, along with live tracks by Allison Weiss and La Dispute.
It is a very clever release as the choice of songs and lyrics manage to bring home the message that these bands are trying to portray but in a way that is positive and spirited. There are upbeat tracks from Perfect Lines and Save Your Breath but there are also more moving songs from Koji. This CD is made up of so many different artists it just isn’t possible to mention them all but there is something for everyone, whether you are a fan of pop punk or not.
The really special tracks come from Transit and Valencia. Transit’s track Indoor Voices is not an exclusive as it can be found on their latest album Something Left Behind but with lyrics such as <‘I’m getting tired of being told you’re only one person to the world, when to one person you could be the world’, the song is just so fitting. Valencia contributes an acoustic version of their track Spinning Out which again has fitting lyrics including ‘I know somehow, someway, things will get better’.
Limited Pressing, who are responsible for donating a store front for the project state ‘music has always been there to help people through difficult times’ and I am sure this CD will help in some way– be it to raise awareness, raise funds or just simply make someone smile. This compilation CD would be great for those who are fans of the 22 artists and want a rare recording to add to their collection or even those who have not heard any of the artists before.
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