GENRE | WHILE YOU’RE VENDING
VERDICT | SOFT SUBWAY SOUNDTRACK
LABEL | NAMA
The vending machine industry has a posse, and they’re taking over. The mavens of street corner convenience just hosted a tour of the US, saying thanks to their young consumers by releasing a free, softhearted mixtape of the bands who performed. Thankfully the sponsored release has no desire to be an edgy, abrasive caricature of the state of music today. We had plenty of those in the ’90s didn’t we?
Instead, the Gratitude Tracks brings together far flung US songwriters and bands, including Boston locals and Dig faves Aloud.
While Aloud and Under the Elephant caught my attention, most of the record sounds like the street busker strumming a few feet away from the vending machine.
It was a requirement on tour that all bands were malnourished on small bags of Doritos, Starburst and Honey Buns. Fuck! My dollar is too creased for the machine. Can anyone swap me a buck? … Is there music playing from this thing? Run!