Airwaves Back - 'Public Service Broadcast #7' Review

Everyone needs to hear this

This is the seventh 'Public Service Broadcast' release from the lovely label Smalltown America, and I think these guys deserve a lot credit. Since 2003 Smalltown America have been releasing compilations of what they think is the best new music and not making a penny from it - the money made from the CDs is donated to the next 'Public Service Broadcast'. How does it work, you say? Bands send their music to STA, STA choose what to use, sequence, master and manufacture those songs and put them on a CD to sell at STA gigs and online, they also send promotional copies to the lovely people like me who will do something useful (hopefully) with it. No one is charged a penny, no one is paid a penny either. The bands donate the songs, and STA donate their time and profits. All in the name of getting new music heard. Now isn't that a little bit nice? So as I said, they deserve a lot of credit.

Before I go ahead and give you all my oh-so-wise opinion of the latest 'Public Service Broadcast' addition, you should all visit [their website]
 and read about it. Okay? Let's go.

It's taken me a fair few listens to even begin to write this review because there is a lot to take in with this CD. 25 different bands, 25 different songs and a lot of different styles are a lot to have to process when you're easily distracted. But after the first few lessons, I will admit I was hooked. Kicking off with 'You Don't Have To Kick It' by We Versus The Shark was a very good idea. If there's one thing the movie High Fidelity has taught us, it's to open any compilation with a killer track to grab the listeners attention, and We Versus Shark certain[ly] does this. With more time changes than you can shake a stick at and almost incoherent vocals, which happen to be my favourite, this song is certainly an aural delight.

Now, I know no one has the patience to read through reviews of 25 songs, so I will keep it to the most distinct ones. The next two songs keep up the same pace, and track number 3, 'Commercial' by Holy Ghost, is one of my favourites from the CD. Oppeinheimer's 'Breakfast In NY' gives us a change of pace. Mellowing out from the fragmented and distorted songs of yonder, we are treated to a Postal Service-esque song about dance-floors and, obviously, New York I think there's even some glockenspiel! Skipping through to number 6, we are greeted by Hot Young Priest singing about basements. This song, 'In The Basement', is my personal favourite. In fact, I've barely stopped listening to it since I recieved this CD. It's refreshing to hear a female-fronted band who can do something different and aren't all "hi we're riot grrrrrrrrrrrrrls". If you haven't heard Hot Young Priest, you really need to.

Tracks 7 through to 10 are also good but as I said, can't talk about them all. Now, #11 is really where it's at. The Grand Delinquents really set the pace with 'Deeplight Disco'. Sounding vaguely like a modern Blondie, this is another example that you can be female, in a band and not be entirely novelty. And it's about discos! What more could you want? Now, number 13. Unlucky for some, but not for Corrigan. 'Solid Ground' is another of my favourites and, well, if I was male I would certainly "rock out with my cock out" or something to that effect. It makes me want to put on some stomping boots, ride a motorbike and cause a lot of fights.

14 through to 20 are also good, in particular Boom In The Diamond Industry and X-Tigers. Alas, I have found one I do not like, sadly. Might I state that this is purely because it's not my "thing", but The State Addictions' 'Fainting/Breathing' really doesn't do it for me. But I am not too fond of this whole screaming thing. If you're in to that kind of shit, then perhaps you would like it more. Finishing it off, the two closing make an exit to remember. Mark Hex's 'Sorry (For Nothing)' is one of the most diverse songs on here and it's certainly one to remember. The closing track, Mugstar's 'Diksik' really brings in the rock with a big bundle of instrumental riffage. Or... something.

So after talking a lot, I have come to the conclusion that this is a very fine assortment of music, that Smalltown America have awesome taste and everyone needs to hear this.

- Sara Curtis, Airwaves Back