Tampa Bay-based Mohawk Bomb Records just issued its debut disc, an impressive compilation dubbed No Lip Vol. 1. The 13-track CD features bands running the rock gamut: alternative, indie, punk, emo, power pop, garage, screamo and Goth. Five of the acts are local: Soulfound, Adrift, Anareta, Knowing Stu and Drew Street Mary, all of which contribute winning numbers. The rest of the bands are from across the country and Canada, with the scrappy garage rockers Pirate Love calling Norway home.
"Mohawk Bomb Records is a new kind of indie label, trying to figure out how to outmaneuver the current music industry business model without having to drain our artists souls," reads the letter sent to CL by label founder/Soulfound singer/bassist Ivan Pena. "We are driven to succeed on our own terms and bring new texture to the bland pourage that is the pop music sonicscape. We believe in 1) open communication 2) transparent accounting 3) using technology to drive music distribution and 4) reinvesting in our bands."