V/A – Lake County Freak Show compilation 7″


Lake County Freak Show compilation 7″ (Dental, 1994):  Another eclectic taste of Chicago area 90’s punk, this time from the eponymous Lake County.  The A side of this slab is the more raucous, boneheaded punk rock fare, starting off with region staples LUNKHEAD.  STAMPY, a band that seems to share members with LUNKHEAD based on the fact that they share a mailing address, has the goofiest most typically pop punk song on the comp.  It manages to be dumb, but still in a charming way.  Side B is a little weirder, a little more alt, and a little more varied.  NOSTRILSAURUS delivers a song that’s half ska, half bombastic punk that has a huge hook in the chorus.  It’s stuck in my head right now.  THE SMOOTHIES close it out with a sort of dissonant, repetitive alternative rock/punk track that’s really interesting.  This compilation’s a great starting point for getting a handle on the suburban Chicago bands from this time period, so what’re you waiting for?


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