Generic Insight Radio is a weekly Internet radio show that airs on Wednesday nights from 10:00 PM until midnight EST. I personally have never listened to the show because I'm usually in bed by 9:00 PM CST. Not to mention my computer has a hard time playing the pinball game that comes with Word. I can only imagine what streaming a two-hour radio program would do to it. Oh well, maybe some day. Anyhow, this compilation I can only assume showcases bands Generic Insight Radio plays every week.
As with most compilations they are usual tally of hits and misses. Generic Insight Radio Volume One thankfully is a decent listen with very few bands I needed to skip through. I was already familiar with The Gaslight Anthem, Thieves and Assassins, Capital, One Win Choice, and Murdock. New to my ears and quite enjoyable were Up for Nothing, Dear Tonight, Young Hearts, Dead Set on Destruction, and In the Times of War - all playing one type of hardcore/punk or another.
This compilation also features some bands I wasn't familiar with but I need to point out and feel the need to mention because, well, they rule. Captives; think of Pennywise and Strike Anywhere getting in a whole mess of PCP and speed. This band is fuckin' fast and furious and yet somewhat melodic and catchy. Jena Berlin is a band every one has been telling me to check out but I never got around to it. They play tuneful post-hardcore that reminds of Shift, later Sparkmarker, or a weaker Quicksand. Good stuff. Call it Fire is yet another awesome heavy pissed off hardcore band from once again, Long Island, New York. Finally, there is OnGuard, which is Jason Shevchuk solo project. You might recognize the name since he once sang for None More Black and that little know band Kid Dynamite. This track is more on the lines of None More Black without, well other instruments, besides a guitar, some handclaps, and a tambourine.
Generic Insight Radio Volume One is a solid compilation with only a few stinkers to weed out. This would be a good soundtrack to cleaning the apartment or doing some homework, which is probably the best you can hope for from any CD sampler compilation these days.
7.5 / 10
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