Artist: Crocodiles, Graffiti Island, Dum Dum Girls, and Pens
Title: Split 7"
Label: Art Fag Recordings
Release date: 2009
Here's a four-band compilation from San Diego's Art Fag Records featuring tracks by a couple of hyped groups in Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls and a couple of lesser known yet equally good groups called Graffiti Island and Pens.
The a-side begins with Crocodiles. I for some reason assumed these guys would sound like an old goth band, but "Hollow Hollow Eyes" is actually a distorted and well-executed nod to 60's pop complete with a catchy hook. Graffiti Island's "Moon Tan" follows and is yet another good example of modern surf-influenced punk. People who like that kind of thing must feel really spoiled because there are plenty of newish bands for them to check out.
The b-side is reserved for the ladies. Dee Dee through her Dum Dum Girls project has cranked out some delightfully dark pop tunes, but "Brite Futures", as its title suggests, brings a little unexpected sunshine to the party. It is followed by the primitive post-punk sounds of UK-based all-girl trio Pens. Based on their song on this compilation, which is called "The Weekend Starts Here", the girls mix experimentation with the pop sensiblities of The Splinters. It is a great combination, one that makes me sad that most of Pens' other releases are sold out.
Actually, this too is sold out at the moment, but a colored vinyl version of this fantastic 7" should be hitting the streets soon.