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Jabberjaw-Pure Sweet Hello
A compilation to benefit the Jabberjaw Club (Mammoth Records)

By: Alex Steininger

When a club that has supported many indie bands from the beginning needs help, what does it do? It turns to the many acts it has helped out through the years and puts out a compilation. Nestled in the seedier areas of Los Angeles, the Jabberjaw club is about to move, and it has all the wonderful contributing bands to thank.

The CD starts out with a hard-edged punk tune from Fitz of Depression called "Burn it Down" It then moves on to the Surf-punk song by The Hi-Fives. After Brainiac and the gentle song by Mary Lou Lord play through we come to the cover song of the Smiths "How Soon is Now," done by the biggest band on the compilation, Everclear. Then Man Or Astroman dishes up a nice platter of surf riffs. Only six tracks have rolled by, and we are already to the best track on the CD, Jawbreakers pop-punk "Sister." Next up is Steel pole Bathtub with "The Charm." A great bass oriented tune with gentle vocals that could make this track an album stand-out. But wait, the song gets hard and grabs you. All of a Sudden the vocals get distorted and you scratch your head and wonder why? Then it gets gentle and the cycle repeats itself. Then we come to the low-fi recording of Clikitat Ikatowi's "Librarian." Reds Kross offers a nice mellow pop song that is very drum oriented. Follow up that with another surf song by The Bomboras and how can you go wrong? GodheadSilo, Low, Laughing Hyenas, and The Coctails round off the album.

A good compilation in all. I would recommend this for two reasons. It's got some good tracks and some good bands. Plus, it will help out a club which has helped out many of our favorite bands today! Pick it up at your local record store, or e-mail Mammoth Records at [email protected].

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