Compiled by Julian Teakle
Mastered by Greg Wadley at Spill Studios
Art & layout by Brendan Boucher
Thanks: Mel Page & everyone at Edge Radio 99.3fm, Tommy Gun Records, Mess & Noise, the Dwarf, Robert Forster, community & student radio, independent record stores.
released October 1, 2011
Right when you least expected it, naive little dears that you are, it’s that magical time again: Rough Skies Records proudly, boastfully presents Community 2: a compilation of Hobart music, another enchanting visit to the sleepy Tasmanian seaside town last seen in 2010’s Community. The first compilation was heard far and wide, disseminated, analysed, dissected; reviewed eagerly, dismissively, fawningly, hyper-critically; and finally hidden away in that awkward “various artists” corner of the CD cabinet between the Mojo Magazine covermount discs and the copy of Smash Hits ’93 left behind by an ex-housemate. How else to put it: here we go again!
If we’re being literal about it, this is a collection of rare and exclusive tracks from Hobart’s current musical underground. For the artists involved, however, this compilation represents a collection of stolen moments in very busy lives: moments between workdays; between uni assignments; between children’s naps (or during, if they’re not too loud); between thunderstorms; between assassination contracts. They do what they can when they can, and when they do, it’s astounding. Listen to the individual songs and you’ll see they are beholden to no faction, fashion or movement. Listen to the whole disc and you’ll never hear the same idea twice.
Hobart music was already in flux at the time of the first Community, and sure enough, there’s a lot of change and upheaval evident on Community 2. Emerging champions let obscure success and minor victories go to their heads in the best possible way. Restless kids from the eastern suburbs storm the city streets, the outsiders of the outsiders. Some of your favourite bands from the original do not appear here. Some of your least favourite bands from the original each make a desperate ploy to become your new favourite bands. Familiar names drop deeply unfamiliar sounds on your heads. Rumour has it that two of Hobart’s best-known bands have submitted tracks for this compilation under each other’s names, like unruly students trying to bamboozle a substitute teacher. There is indeed something in the water around here, and it’s something only we can handle with our sanity and preconceptions intact. Best of luck to you and yours.