Link: Twin Cities Electropunk
The Inside Pulse:
Kids everywhere have computers; more and more of these kids are discovering that they can use them to make music and be rock stars. In the northern midwest lies Minneapolis/St. Paul, a rather tech-savvy metropolis that seems to be full of these geeky rockstar wanna-bes. Enter the world of electropunk and a whole slew of unsigned/tiny-label acts who pieced together this slice of their unique sound as a great starter for those uninitiated. Sure, that’s the background, but how good can a disc full of nobodies be? Honestly, you would probably be shocked to discover what you may be missing.
“Agoraphobia” by Stellar Vector has the strongest songwriting of the entire sampler, from complexity of rhythm to brilliance of lyricism. Other standout and highly memorable tracks include those from Avenpitch, Future Wives, Telephone!, and Endless Blue.
There’s some mediocrity every now and again, but that’s to be expected. Nothing is awful or mandatory-to-skip, which for an indie sampler damn near makes this made of gold.
Your favorite ’80s pop hits, updated for the new millennium, with the occasional dark European twist and harsh tone.
Reason to buy:
BUY? Just go download it for free! And for free, why NOT? Hell, you can grab Volume 1 while you’re at it!