You may remember that a couple of weeks ago we reviewed “Rock Back For Nepal Volume 1” and were pleasantly surprised by the album. This installment starts of heavier than the last and for me that’s a good thing because it highlights the diversity of the series. Asalto al Parque Zoologico, from Argentina, really kick out the jams with “Lose Love Handles” and the transition to Malka’s “For Now We Live” and Chatham Rise’s “Here” really set a somber yet introspective mood that really gives peace and clarity to the listener.
For me, even though this is a second installment of a 3 part series, I would not classify them that tightly together as similar. You could easily pick a favorite compilation among the three and even though I haven’t heard the third as of this writing the first two give me a longing for it. Bravo!
About Rock Back For Nepal Volume 2:
Rock Back for Nepal is the first in a 3-part series of disaster relief compilations being released by U.S. indie label Patetico Recordings. The label is partnering with nearly 60 independent artists and several small indie labels around the globe to make this happen. They have all come together in order to raise funds for victims of the recent catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal. All money raised will go directly to the relief efforts.
The compilations are being supported by several luminaries of the independent rock and shoegaze scene, among others. “Whenever Tom Lugo reaches out to his musical family, you know it’s for a crucial and essential cause. The Rock Back for Nepal CD compilation is no exception,” explains Dean Garcia of seminal shoegaze bands Curve and SPC ECO. “I’m proud to be part of this relief effort / fund raiser for anyone affected by the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal and if I can help or contribute in some way to aid support and assistance to the many displaced people, I will without question. Please support this cause and donate as generously as you can.”
Perhaps one of the most renowned personalities in the shoegaze / noise rock spheres, Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers, Skywave) has also lent his support to the cause. “It is a horrible tragedy this destruction of culture and life. I feel lucky that I can use my craft and contribute a song to this fund to help them raise money for relief. If we can all do something to help and give relief for the people of Nepal we should do it now.”
“It’s great to be among this sparkling array of brilliant artists, taking action in support of a great cause,” says Marc Joy of Welsh outfit Lights That Change. Alexx Kretov of Canadian-Ukrainian duo Ummagma is also hopeful.”May the common freebie attitude fall to the wayside for this project. We really hope that people will support a higher cause by spending a few dollars and spreading this music far and wide.”
All three volumes are being released at the same time, and will be available through Bandcamp and Amazon.com exclusively, both digitally and on CD.The album artwork and design is by Gardy Perez.
The concept of the Rock Back compilation series was born in 2011 when disaster hit Japan and Tom Lugo, owner of Patetico Recordings, acted on his empathy for charitable causes and non-profit organizations by reaching out to the community of artists in his network. They collectively put together a compilation and the profits were donated to relief efforts. The response was overwhelming, with over 100 artists from across the globe joining in the efforts. What was to be a single CD compilation grew into the 8-disc compilation Rock Back for Japan. The compilation series hit the top 10 Indie Rock releases on Amazon.com’s chart for several weeks, with certain volumes holding the number 1 spot.
- Malka (NYC-Peru)
- Asalto al Parque Zoologico (Argentina)
- Stella Diana (Italy)
- Chatham Rise (USA)
- Tape Runs Out (UK)
- Under the Wire (USA)
- Psiconautas (Puerto Rico)
- Car Crash Sisters (Mexico)
- Last Remaining Pinnacle (USA)
- The Narentines (Switzerland)
- Human Colonies (Italy)
- Sueño con belugas (Puerto Rico)
- Blackfeather Jane
- Dead Parties (Spain-Australia)
- Estrella Oscura (UK)
- Mayflower Madame (Norway)
- Los Sub (Argentina)