Face-melting, teeth-shattering, ear drum-bursting, raw-throated mayhem from 18 of Lawrence’s rowdiest appear on Lawrence, Kansas Punk Rock Vol. 3, a compilation featuring two tracks each from (deep breath): Arc Flash, Bloom, EXTRA ordinary, Folklore Suburbia, Four Arm Shiver, Hatchet Game, The Havok On Polaris, Iron Guts Kelly, Lower Ranks, Nancy Boys, Nitemirror, Rackatees, Something & the Whatevers, Stiff Middle Fingers, Vedettes, Vigil & Thieves, Wayward Gallivant, Westbound Sign. The endeavor is a major collaboration not only from the groups named before, but Sound+Vision Studios (where the majority of tracks were recorded), Tyler Truesdell and Chris Maddox (who split duties mixing and mastering almost every track), curator (and The Havok On Polaris guitarist) Tony Mendez, artist Jon Hunter (who did the Green Day homage cover art), and photographers Ailecia Ruscin, Jacob Gill, and I Heart Local Music’s Editor-In-Chief, Fally Afani. Be sure to read through the insert to see the portraits for the compilation and band bios with their thoughts on the scene.

Harmonies and hooks, savage screams, and even Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Great Dictator appear on Vol. 3 (it also ends with a cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the LFK Punk Rockers). It’s a massive project that lovingly represents a portion of the music landscape. A beam of optimism for the new year. Or at the very least a kick in the ass to send this last one off.



Nathan has contributed to I Heart Local Music since November 2012. He lives in Kansas City, MO.


  • Ralph Tomlinson, December 15, 2017 @ 11:21 am

    Are the compilations available on CD? We have a growing local music collection here at the Olathe Public Library, and I’d love to add all three volumes to the collection if you have CDs. [email protected]

    • Tony Mendez, December 15, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

      We have only made these as digital downloads, but maybe I could burn them on some CD-R’s.

      • Ralph Tomlinson, December 15, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

        Hmmm. Don’t know if that would pass the library requirements or not. Would need a label and CD cover. BTW, I think you were in a panel discussion that preceded mine at the Crossroads Music Fest. Glad to hear you finished the CD.

        • Tony Mendez, December 15, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

          Yes, we were there with Jim Barnes to talk about the recording space the Library offers, such a cool thing for musicians. Its nice to see other Libraries following suit and bringing music to their communities in different ways!

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