Parasites - Compost
Go-Kart Records

The Parasites are pop punk, and are not afraid to hide it.  They've been
around for some time now, and they have paid their dues, in some people's
eyes.  So does this warrant a retrospective/B-sides CD, while the band is
still alive and kicking?  I think not.  Material like this really slows the
band down, in my opinion.  The Parasites have put out some pretty good punk
rock [I can't tell you how often I play my Boris the Sprinkler/Parasites
7"] and with this CD chock full of throwaway tracks, it seems to cheapen
them.  Yes, there are some catchy songs on here that probably deserved a
spot on a full-length, but for every one of those, there are two that bore
you.  They even put on a Queers cover song ["Daydreaming"],  which I didn't
understand.  They played it almost note for note, which seems like
something a garage band just starting out would do, not an established act
like the Parasites.  The most interesting part of the whole thing were the
liner notes, which gave a [very] comprehensive history on said band.  I
guess if you enjoy the Parasites, pick this up, it will act as an addendum
to their music.  Otherwise, pass on it and buy one of their full-lengths
which you will enjoy much more.      
...scott heisel...

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