Various Artists - 'Vans Warped Tour '14: 2014 Tour Compilation' (SideOneDummy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gaz E   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 03:20

vanswarpedcomp300The old fashioned compilation album, eh? Almost exclusively resigned to being cover-mounted on an overpriced music magazine, the compilation albums of the present are generally money making schemes fashioned by under-pressure editors and filled to snoring point with any old band willing to stump up the cash to be included, whether they're any good or not.


But wait, SideOneDummy Records has discarded the modern rule book and produced a fifty (yes, 50!) track compilation album to tie-in with this year's Vans Warped Tour. The more cynical of readers will see this as nothing less than an attempt to sell more concert tickets, of course, but, given the proximity of the album's U.S. release to the start of the tour - barely a few days - this compilation will surely serve as more of a souvenir to fans ready to lose themselves at a show on the celebrated tour.


With twenty five tracks per disc, this double-CD collection is certainly balls-deep in trying to feature as many of the tour's bands as possible. With the Warped tour now featuring both the sugary-sweetest of pop punk bands alongside the gnarliest of post-hardcore outfits there's every chance that many will feel the power of Christ compelling them to skip a track here and there - myself included - but that's not to say that this isn't the most comprehensive of compilation albums waiting to nestle into your music library.


Of Mice And Men kicks off Side One (no pun intended, dummy), noisily, with 'Bones Exposed', but it's the likes of Bayside and, especially, the neo-power pop of Saves The Day that really bring the release to life. The heavyweight trio of Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada and Every Time I Die provide a vicious three-pronged attack that is almost as viciously at odds with the Avril-esque music television-friendly sounds of Falling In Reverse's 'Bad Girls Club'. The inclusion of bands like Less Than Jake and We Are The In Crowd will provide the safest of thrill seekers with the big alternative names that they no doubt crave, but it's the noisy genius of Terror that strikes a chord with me, along with the angular strains of Marmozets and the infectiousness of Mixtapes.


Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! 'Restart' the compilation, literally, but Side Two really hits its mark with the street punk of Lost In Society's 'Plastic' and the uber-approved Well Hung Heart's 'Hellaby'. Stray From The Path's 'Counting Sheep' has me high-kicking around the room, but I'm much more of a fan of 'Creeper' by the cool American Pinup and the raucous 'Summertime' by Teenage Bottlerocket. As Beartooth's 'I Have A Problem' rings out, some 49 tracks after you first pressed play, you're sure to have discovered at least a couple of bands previously unheard who you'll check out again, and more than a couple whose sounds you hope never cross your ears again, but, y'know, you say potato.....


It's no 'Axe Attack' but, as compilations go, this extensive collection will take some beating this year.


To pick up your copy of 'Vans Warped Tour 2014' - CLICK HERE