The Frontier Circus, The See and Ginsu Wives play Stickyz Friday for the Thick Syrup Summer Comp release show.

The Frontier Circus, The See and Ginsu Wives play Stickyz Friday for the Thick Syrup Summer Comp release show.

  • The Frontier Circus, The See and Ginsu Wives play Stickyz Friday for the Thick Syrup Summer Comp release show.

THICK SYRUP SUMMER COMP RELEASE SHOW
9 p.m. Stickyz. $5.

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This here 18-and-older shindig is the release show for the Summer Comp 2012 from Thick Syrup Records, Travis McElroy‘s sonically adventurous indie label that has released a ton of stuff from a rogue’s gallery of avant-garde legends, including Half Japanese, Chrome Cranks, To Live and Shave in L.A. and numerous projects from members of Sonic Youth.

This latest comp has been released in a couple of formats. You can get the 26-track CD or a 61-track 64-track download, both of which offer an exhaustive array of Central Arkansas-made rock ‘n’ roll of damn near every flavor.

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I don’t even have room to list all the artists included, but here are just a handful of highlights: Collin Butler’s “Here I Am” is an awesome lo-fi nugget a la Guided by Voices; “Old Kids Know,” 1:22 of early SST-style aggression from R.I.O.T.S.; “She Wears Leather” by Older Women, a blast of nervy garage pop; Color Club’s “Femes” is a snarly, pulsing slice of what I’m gonna call hypno-wave; Adam Faucett’s “Blood is Blood” is great, rollicking fare that swings like Crazy Horse.

As I noted, these are only a few of the many, many excellent tunes on this thing. It’s definitely one to pick up. Performing at the show are the country-psych blender known as The Frontier Circus (their positively violent take on the garage rock classic “You’re Gonna Miss Me” is a must-hear), The See (check the triumphant “Bring it Back”) and Ginsu Wives (“Tent Revival,” from the comp, is sinister synth pop that comes off like Prince in a K-hole).

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