Twin Cities Electropunk releases are available for FREE at all involved artists' shows (while supplies last). You can also download the entire compilations by right clicking the links and hitting "Save Link As...". Enjoy!
About this "Electropunk" thing...
Nobody invented this electropunk thing. No city can claim it (though New York certainly tries). It's simply what happens when you take a generation of bored teens and twentysomethings - raised on hardcore punk, British techno, Nintendo, and Doritos - and place cheap digital recording technology within their grasp. Next thing you know, you've got a million zillion half-rock, half-electronic, cyborg bands thrashing out one MP3s after another of ragged, jagged synthesizer pop and giving it away for nothing on their websites. Nobody asked for some big record label's permission – heck, most of them didn't even pay for the software they're using - they're just doing it for the hell of it. Because there's no excuse for boredom when you’ve got computers and guitars.
If that ain't punk, I don't know what is.
And while I said no city owns the electropunk movement, the kids in the Twin Cities are definitely ahead of the curve. Maybe it's because they had Prince to show them the way of the synthesizer, and Hüsker Dü to teach them how to make a big noise in the underground. Or maybe it's just because, with the weather being as cold as it is, they spend more days locked inside with their instruments and their PCs, while those of us in sunny L.A. and temperate Chicago are down at the beach. Don't ask me why... all I know is that, everywhere you turn in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, there's another band mixing punk attitude and electronic noises in bitchin' new ways.
So here you have it, the Twin Cities Electropunk Series. One-hundred and eleven tracks of raging, Technicolor techno-punk from the Great White North. Lap it up, love it, copy it, give it to all your friends, or throw it away. Then go get a computer, a CASIO, and microphone and start your own scene. Hey, if it can happen in Minnesota, it can happen wherever you live, too.
-forward written by Emil Hyde (Death By Karaoke)
Like what you hear?
Over the course of 9 years we have had the pleasure of being associated with 59 Minnesota-based "electropunk" acts. Check out their sites below and pick up an album, buy a shirt or just PayPal them a large sum of money (hey - you never know unless you ask!). Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the music!
The Eighth Day
Envy is Blind
Gabber Nullification Project
Iron Balls Magente
Little Tin Box
One Two Three Dead
Screaming Mechanical Brain
St. Anthony Falls
Tim Rally Gold
Uber Cool Kung Fu
Don't just take our word for it...
Below are some articles, interviews and reviews about us kids, our noises, and this "Electropunk" thing. Viva la Revolution!
Please direct any questions, concerns, comments, praises, insults or death threats about the Twin Cities Electropunk Compilation Series (or us as individuals) to Todd Millenacker at avenpitch "at" avenpitch.com.