Paul Lawton, writer for Single Filed out of Vancouver, CA, owner of Mammoth Cave Recording Co., and member of Myelin Sheaths, was kind enough to write this here review.
6X2X12 - Various Artists
Volar Records (2010)
Volar Records 6x2x12 compilation has been on my highly anticipated list for quite some time. Three Canadian bands (Calgary’s Sharp Ends, Montreal’s O’Voids, Vancouver’s Defektors) and three San Diego California bands (Ale Mania, Spirit Photography and The Beaters), each more or less sonically related. Starting things off are Vancouver’s Defektors, a band I have had a love/hate relationship with, in that I completely love their stuff on the Emergency Room comp and their singles, but found the LP to be lacking the spark that got me interested in the first place. Luckily, Defektors bring out some A-material here, unlike Montreal’s O’Voids, who phone in an instrumental that is entirely disappointing because I have obsessive relationships with everything else they’ve released. The Canadian side goes out on a high-note with Calgary’s Sharp Ends and an excellent recording of their set-staple “Whiteout.” All biases aside, “Whiteout” is the best thing on this comp. The San Diego side of the comp makes a compelling case for the quality of music coming out of that city. Ale Mania and The Beaters both work out apocalyptic post-punk dark jams that has me eager to hear more from both, yet Spirit Photography’s contribution, “Where is the Light.” stands out on the B-Side, totally in their own league. Excellent release here. (Paul Lawton)