by Robert Bell
THICK SYRUP SUMMER COMP RELEASE SHOW
9 p.m. Stickyz. $5.
This here 18-and-older shindig is the release show for the Summer Comp 2012 from Thick Syrup Records, Travis McElroy's sonically adventurous indie label that has released a ton of stuff from a rogue's gallery of avant-garde legends, including Half Japanese, Chrome Cranks, To Live and Shave in L.A. and numerous projects from members of Sonic Youth.
This latest comp has been released in a couple of formats. You can get the 26-track CD or a
61-track 64-track download, both of which offer an exhaustive array of Central Arkansas-made rock 'n' roll of damn near every flavor.
I don't even have room to list all the artists included, but here are just a handful of highlights: Collin Butler's "Here I Am" is an awesome lo-fi nugget a la Guided by Voices; "Old Kids Know," 1:22 of early SST-style aggression from R.I.O.T.S.; "She Wears Leather" by Older Women, a blast of nervy garage pop; Color Club's "Femes" is a snarly, pulsing slice of what I'm gonna call hypno-wave; Adam Faucett's "Blood is Blood" is great, rollicking fare that swings like Crazy Horse.
As I noted, these are only a few of the many, many excellent tunes on this thing. It's definitely one to pick up. Performing at the show are the country-psych blender known as The Frontier Circus (their positively violent take on the garage rock classic "You're Gonna Miss Me" is a must-hear), The See (check the triumphant "Bring it Back") and Ginsu Wives ("Tent Revival," from the comp, is sinister synth pop that comes off like Prince in a K-hole).