Artwork by Graham Shirley.
In February, not long after President Trump was inaugurated, two area recording studios—engineer Mike Albanese's Espresso Machine in Athens and Jay Rodgers' Full Moon in Watkinsville—invited 20 local groups over for a marathon weekend-long recording session, during which the bands laid down new songs inspired by the election and its aftermath.
The resulting compilation, Athens VS Trump Comp 2017, is out now, and it's a doozy, featuring scorching tracks from The Powder Room, Lingua Franca, Monsoon, Five Eight, Shehehe, Hot Fudge and many others.
"Cut predominantly live both to facilitate the daunting task of recording 20 bands in two days and to emphasize the immediacy of the moment, this comp is a 48-hour snapshot of one of the most uncertain artistic climates in American history and has only grown exponentially more relevant over four months of ever-escalating new normals," say organizers.
Stream the compilation below, or download it on Bandcamp. Proceeds from sales will benefit the ACLU.