Not so much punk
Reviewed May 2009
Punk Rock High School: Soundtrack for the Motion Picture
By various bands
To hear sound clips or learn more about this release, Turbula recommends viewing its MySpace.com entry.
Forget the name: the music on this project out of El Camino High School in Oceanside has very little punk, but is instead a collection of hip-hop, pop, hard rock, ska and alternative. And this release, though impressive musically, might be a case of putting the cart before the horse as the soundtrack is done long before the indie film it's meant to accompany.
Tom Voris, a member of the San Diego-area band The Fabulous Rudies, is also a teacher at El Camino. When students that had their own bands going approached him about being the faculty advisor for a new rock band music club they wanted to start, this project was born.
Among the student bands found here are hard-rockers Without Warning, whose driving yet catchy "Don't Lead Me On" kicks off the album; Midnight Rose, which shows a mainstream rock sensibility on "Let's Go," and Durty White Chucks, whose "Hip Rock" revisits the 1980s Aerosmith-Run-D.M.C. rock-rap melding with pretty good success here.
Established San Diego bands with tracks here, besides Voris' Fabulous Rudies, are reggae rockers Irieside but alumni of El Camino are represented in its ranks.
Thirteen tracks in all, a broad variety of styles but top-quality music and production values across the board. Some indie labels never put together such a balanced package of playing and presentation; for a high school club project, it's quite impressive.
Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).