Free compilations have always been the best way to make new music discoveries in the opinion of this humble punk enthusiast. Admittedly, there are a lot of shitty ones out there but the Winter 2016 comp from Wiretap Records isn’t one of them. It skews a little indie at points but there are a lot of great up and coming punk bands on here worthy of your attention including Spanish Love Songs, Civil War Rust, UnderTipper and even Dying Scene Records act Problem Daughter, just to name a few. There’s even an acoustic cover of Offspring’s “The Kids Aren’t All Right” worthy checking out.
Here’s a little note from Wiretap founder Rob Castellon about the comp:
“We started doing the Wiretap comps in 2014 as a way to help promote the bands on our roster, but also sort of test the waters on bands we were hoping to work with down the line. I still actively listen to some of the samplers/comps I received in the late 90’s/00’s and like many, learned about so many new bands from them. If you don’t find at least 5 bands on here that you get excited about… there’s something seriously wrong. Bands in all genres of punk, indie, ska, post/punk, emo, etc are doing some exciting things today.”