Silver Girl Records, 2021

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


It only makes sense that the soundtrack to the low-budget, indie-rock thriller Fanboy—a film full of local musicians from the San Diego area—features some of Southern California's finest, too, spread out over a pair of 12” slabs of colored vinyl. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Hot Snakes start the party with their swirling and driving brand of post-hardcore on “Hatchet Job,” and Death Eyes follows with the thick and ominous “Si La Revancha Fuera Una Opcion,” which comes with strong riffs, thundering drums and barked vocals.

Further on, Red Fang bring their accomplished brand of stoner rock on the dense “Malverde,” though the quieter, harmonic delivery of Miniaturized’s “Miniaturized” is equally impactful. Scott Mercado’s solo moniker, Manouk, offers the best track on the first half of the listen, where the dreamy, textured “Jacob’s Ladder” is full of atmospheric and post-rock nods in its graceful climate.

The back half of the listen is equally diverse and impressive, and includes the droning post-punk of “Hollow,” by Tulpa Luna, which radiates gorgeous singing, as well as mysterious darkwave of Hexa’s “The Trees.”

Moving towards the end, The Black Heart Procession, who are probably the most known band in attendance, contribute the nearly ten-minute “The Waiter #7,” where a bit of ambience enters the gentle, cryptic indie-rock.

The best band name belongs to Hostile Combover, who bring their progressive brand of hardcore to “Go It  Alone,” and Tourettes Lautrec, who appear twice on the album, exit the listen with the noisy yet oddly melodic “Blood And Glass.”

An excellent way to explore the always fertile independent rock scene of San Diego, we're treated to indie-rock, punk, metal, hardcore and many places in between on a soundtrack so good, you'll feel compelled to watch the movie.

Rating: A-

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