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Locals Only Album Review: Friendcore til' the Endcore Compilation

Hello everyone!  I hope this day finds you doing incredibly well!  We here at Spanspek Headquarters are doing very well, slowly regaining our hearing after a brainsplittingly loud Dinosaur Jr. concert on Saturday!  It was the crazies!  On a side note, at the end of the show I briefly contemplated stealing one of J Mascis' picks, but relented at the last minute.  Then everyone else stole the picks.  And then I was sad.

But all that aside, it's time for another Locals Only Album Review!  Today we've got an eclectic compilation album full of songs by bands from the local Fresno Friendcore scene!
Titled Friendcore til' the Endcore, the album features songs from a plethora of Friendcore favorites, newbies, and oddities.  Older stand out tracks from the likes of Sci-Fi Caper, Cabin Fire and Strawberry Jam are matched with eccentric ditties like "Pizza Girlfriend", in which one-woman band Fatty Cakes belts out a tune about her all encompassing love for the stoner specialty food.  The weirdness is amped up even more on "Randy Raccoon," a ukelele accompanied space jam from Restaurnaut, that features a conversation singer and raccoon that sounds as if set in an alternate dimension.

Elsewhere, the album gives brief glimpses of Friendcore to come.  New group Mantis Watch excites with the infectious "Once Upon A Werewolf."  Featuring members of Fresno band The Giddy-Ups, the band composes a fun filled romp in the style of the best Ramones songs.

Overall, if you've been wanting to hear what this whole "Friendcore" scene sounds like, but have been too afraid to venture over to Chinatown, there's no better place to start than with this compilation.

For more information visit the following links:

Murder Park
Sci-Fi Caper
The Babbling Crooks
Fatty Cakes
Dovves
Tyrannosaurus Zebra
Wallflower
Needy Eevy
Mantis Watch
I Do Not Exist
I Kill Cameron
Werebear
Cabin Fire
Restaurnaut
Strawberry Jam
Still Stoked
Two Currents
Santa Mira
The P.I.T.S.
Loverboy

Cristobal Carrillo
April 17, 2013

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