Swami Records is releasing a new compilation that brings together 22 local bands, with proceeds benefiting a San Diego school. The label, run by John Reis of Rocket from the Crypt and Drive Like Jehu, will issue Hardcore Matinee, a vinyl collection that includes artists such as Pinback, Octagrape, Gary Wilson and Mrs. Magician. It was released in limited quantity for Record Store Day, and will have a wider release on April 23, with proceeds benefiting the Museum School, and in particular its music department.
In a phone interview, Reis says the idea comes from records he listened to when he was younger.
"I really like the concept of compilation records," he says. "As a teenager, that's how I found out about a lot of bands. Since then, I've really liked the idea of getting a lot of bands together to do different stuff on a record."
All of the tracks on the record are new or unreleased, including an unreleased Hot Snakes song and the first new Sultans track in more than a decade. ("It definitely was a good excuse to get the band back together," Reis says.) Each song clocks in at two minutes or less in order to fit on one piece of vinyl, which added a challenge to the release.
"There's so much great music here," he says. I had a hard time whittling it down to 22 bands. If it was a month later, I'd probably have even more bands."
On May 15, Bar Pink is hosting a unique sort of release show for the album, in which most of the bands will perform their contributions to the compilation. Reis says he's not quite sure how it'll work out, but it's meant to mirror the experience of listening to the album.
"I don't know what to expect," he says. "I know there is a vision. We'll see if it's able to be executed. Most of the bands are playing. The album has a flow to it, and we're trying to make the live concert feel like that. Hopefully it'll feel more like an art installation than a rock show."