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The Lady Gaga Street Team Clone compilation is a tribute to the flamboyant and very special singer after which it is named. Lady Gaga is a huge inspiration to Skrot Up and hopefully she’ll continue making music in many years to come. The compilation features a selection of new bands that recently have, or soon will release music on Skrot Up. The following is a brief run-down of the featured artists:
The break up of Gape Attack! left a big gaping hole in all of us, but fortunately the three core members took up making music on their own not so long after. Jani-Jussi (named after the real Jani-Jussi from Finland) aka Lush Velvet played bass in Gape Attack!, but here he plays all kinds of stuff.
I have no idea what vintage utensils or strings he uses, but it sounds psychotic, so he’s doing something right. If this comp was a bouquet of flowers, Jani-Jussi’s contribution would contain some very seductive hues, but at the same time leave a rash somewhere in the region of body parts you’re not aloud to name in public within the Michigan state line.
The Sacramento-trio Pistol Pete sent me a six-track demo they had recorded themselves last year, and this track was on it. The musical â€styleâ€ varies from track to track, but all in all Pistol Pete is pretty laid back and the vibe is on auto pilot crusing somewhere between slacking at work, and zipping 40s in the sun with your skate buddies on a curb next to some suburban pre-fab outlet that wasn’t there ten minutes ago. If the words punk rock denotes anything in 2012, Pistol Pete ate ’em on a pizza, and then they went and made some music in a garage.
TP is a sound unit from Tokyo, Japan. Their penchant for 80s pop culture is obvious, but they manage to take it far beyond retro or kitsch, and use it to make fresh and beautiful pop music that sounds equal parts past and future.
In My Head is a track from Permanent Collections forthcoming debut album called Newly Wed Nearly Dead. The record will be out on Loglady Records, a label run by some of the band members themselves. Despite being from the sunny state of California, there’s a good deal of foggy and rainy atmosphere to their music, which contrasts well with the warmer sentiments.
Fuck. This band is so powerful, I don’t know how they can contain the power trio energy that comes with equal parts headbanging and sweet jangly bliss. It’s like they shredded a thousand copies of This Band Could Be Your Life, mixed it with a spicy energy drink and build an ark from the pulp.
Brought to you by the people who also play in German Army, Submissions, Bipolar Bear, and more. Dark and stripped down sounds with lots of reverb, it’s one of those acts that hold back just a little more than they give, keeping it interesting and intense.
Last year, I think I listened to Chevalier Avant Garde’s Heterotopias at least two hundred times. I love pop music, and their take on it comes close to perfect, but still ooze mystery and doesn’t suck. This version of Enemy is one they remixed themselves.
One-man band from Seattle. There’s melodies swaying on top of layers and layers of drums, guitars, bass, and various sound effects that tie everything together in a beautiful mess of hooks and griddy texture. Recorded by Danny of Grave Babies.
Is a guy I work with and until late last year I had no idea what his music sounded like. All I knew was that he collected gongs and lived in something resembling a studio. I was blown away when I heard some demos that he played for another collegue, and kind of persuaded him to let me put them out on tape. I think he has hours and hours of recordings at home, but I’m not sure if anyone will ever get to hear more of it, even though he talks about â€finishingâ€ some tracks one day.
Pour finir, je voudrais remercier tous les artistes qui ont bien voulu me laisser inclure un de leurs morceaux sur cette compilation. Jâ€™espÃ¨re un jour pouvoir les payer pour tout le bonheur quâ€™ils me donnent – Morten.
Lastly, I’d like to extend a big thank you to all the bands for letting me use a track for the compilation. I hope to one day be able to pay back the hours and hours of joy you bring me in some form of gratifying matter – Morten.