In the two years after the first "Broken Lamps & Hardcore Memories" compilation came out, a few things changed: I was in law school; Pastepunk had made a tilt to covering more hardcore and metal; and the death of the low-priced CD sampler was upon us. I felt that while there were plenty of pop-punk oriented compilations, there wasn't a lot out there covering the heavier side of things, so that was the initial push on Vol. 2.
There was also one more important thing about Vol. 2 - it was financed by Suburban Home Records and the original goal was to have it out by Warped Tour and available from the Suburban Home tent all summer. Our cards did not line-up. Suburban Home did not have a Warped Tour tent all summer (just a few cities); and by the middle of 2004, kids weren't buying a ton of $4 CD comps. Suburban Home made a big in-store push for Vol. 2 (Hot Topic, Best Buy, Tower, etc.), and it was a thrill to see them on store shelves, but unfortunately, that's where they sat, and the store returns to Suburban Home were staggering. At some point we agreed to give them away through Suburban Home's mailorder. I will always be grateful to Virgil Dickerson for taking a risk on Vol. 2 and bearing the brunt of it.
I still listen to this compilation pretty often. I sequenced the first nine songs so that they would sound like an absolute continuous rush of adrenaline pumping music, and I think it turned out very well. It's led off by my favorite BLOOD RED song, "Conscious Calling", and later on TAKEN contributed an unreleased, and very intense demo version of their scorching tune "Arrested Impulse".
After Vol. 2, I was done with the CD format for Pastepunk compilations. The romance that started when I bought the legendary Liberation Records comp, "Punk Sucks" in 1995, had run its natural course. From here on, it would only be digital.
released June 7, 2004
Produced by Jordan Baker, Art by Aaron Ray, Photography by Dave Lehl, and Mastered by Jeff Merkel.
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