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The New Crazy

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Deep Elm's August 2005 label compilation -- number six in the series -- features 20 songs from current and upcoming releases. Long Island punk-pop combo Latterman starts it out with "Doom! Doom! Doom!," one of the strongest tracks on its August '05 release No Matter Where We Go, followed in quick succession by the early-'90s emo-sounding Lock & Key ("303"), and the urgency of Minneapolis' Clair de Lune. Sounds Like Violence's "Nothing" is New Crazy's first real highlight -- the Swedish group has been one of Deep Elm's brightest spots since the Pistol EP and "You Give Me Heartattacks," which is included for good measure later on the comp. With "Sincerely I" South Carolina's Burns Out Bright offers something quieter than their Distance and Darkness EP, while the piano-driven "Batteries" offers a glimpse of Desert City Soundtrack's September 2006 full-length, Perfect Addiction. Slowride's unreleased "Rust Killer" is also promising, like a more rangy Sonic Youth. With its exclusive material, lengthy run, and general strength of material -- not to mention the 99-cent list price -- New Crazy is more than worth a pickup for fans of Deep Elm or the punk-pop/post-hardcore indie realm in general.

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