I cannot tell you how many benefits I have played for Food Not Bombs. Back in the nineties, they were like the pet charity of the DIY hardcore/postpunk/indie scene. Sometimes it seemed like half the VFW/basement/warehouse/etc. shows I would play or attend would have some sort of affiliation with Food Not Bombs. I hadn't really heard so much from them over the past ten years or so, but then the other day I saw a banner and a group of people giving out food from a shopping cart at the plaza across from City Hall East on Ponce. It was a nostalgic moment for me.
So this compilation came out sometime 1997, but for some reason I never owned it. Jon Lukens gave me a copy a while back and finally I'm getting around to posting it here. This is actually a great compilation, with many unreleased songs by some awesome bands from this time period, at least in the tiny scene we had at the time. I believe the CD was put out by someone in Athens and maybe came with a zine, but I definitely do not have the zine or any more information on its origins. The bands on this compilation mainly hailed from the Atlanta/Athens area, however you have some notable regional bands (i.e. Bughummer from Savannah and Griver from Chapel Hill area) as well as some bands from farther out (i.e. The Party Of Helicopters from Kent, Ohio and Cerberus Shoal from Portland, Maine), which I'm sure are on the compilation due to their connections with Stickfigure Records.
As for the local talent, there are some unreleased songs by Wheeljack and The Forty-Two, songs I very much remember from their live shows, so for me it was like a little trip into my house show past. There is an Aslund Constant song, which was Bryan Fielden and Craig Lee Dempsey from The Forty-Two (pre-At the Price of the Union and San Agustin) along with Lewis Lovely from Scout on bass. We have a song by The Mike Douglas, which was a band started by Will Greene from Quadiliacha up in Athens, and included Damian Schafer from Levelhead and later The Walt Lariat. There is a Quadiliacha song included as well, once again being probably the most prolific band - compilation wise - from this era. I believe this was the only Flakscrampe Tramauntra song released (post Wheejack, pre Electrosleep International, Carbonas, GG King, etc.), but you can get all their other songs on this blog as well. Another noteworthy item on this compilation are two of Josh Fauver's early bands, The Perpetual Sciamachy Theorem and Titus (also featuring Dave Ahuja from Wheeljack on drums), before he played in The Mascara Aesthetic, Electrosleep International, Action Porn, SIDS, Diet Cola and most recently Deerhunter. I am not sure about the origins or conclusions of Orlock, Blue Stockings or Full Scale Replicas, but maybe someone out there can inform us. I also never heard of Twenty Seven Hours before, but I did find their Myspace page and found out they were related to the Pink Collar Jobs, which I remember from the old days. Enjoy the music.