Reviews of Regime Change
"A dozen killer indie and outie rock bands from Pennsylvania including the amazing Hi-Frequencies, the harmonious We're Wolves (best wolf band name yet), the dramatic Kevin Finn, and the eighties-never-ended Shopping. All awesome, by the way."
- Fall 2006 (Issue #43)
"Hey, it's a compilation of Pennsylvanian bands! What makes it neat and different is that the songs were all recorded by the label for a (somewhat) consistent sound and flow - it's got an organic kind of sound. What's surprising to me is that I actually like a lot of the songs on here! The bands I like the most (Boxstep, Working Poor, Breakup Society, etc...) seem very down-to-earth, old-fashioned and poppy. It's a very good compilation!"
- Justin Kearbey, Fall 2006 (Issue #21)
Delusions of Adequacy
"If you enjoy indie pop or rock, especially with a bit of a 60s flair, you will surely find some new favorite bands on Regime Change. Beyond offering some great new music, this disc gets high marks for being one of the few compilations to have an organic enough feel that it comes off like a complete album. Bill McAdams should write a book for all other record labels on how to select songs for a compilation album. If you purchase only one collection this year, Regime Change should be it."
- Jennifer Patton, March 2006
Pittsburgh City Paper
"The ever-brilliant Working Poor's 'Go Away' rings with its signature '50s-country-meets-pop-and-chaos sound; Vale and Year's 'Slumber' and We're Wolves' 'Welcome to the Childhood Home of Andy Warhol and Dan Marino' mark more belt notches for two of Pittsburgh's most prolific groups...
Regime Change stands the studio, its operator and Pittsburgh's music scene in good stead by discovering what too many before it never learned: that a cohesive, producer-driven string of original, quality recordings, rather than mass inclusion or genre-mad diversity, is the way to document a city's music..."
- Justin Hopper, February 2006
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"Regime Change gathers a loose coalition of rockers who probably started out in punk bands, but soon moved on to more fertile, melodic pastures -- the pristine power-pop of Big Star, the woozy, melancholy ballads of Nick Drake. 'Pop' is a default description -- nobody's going to find the next Beyonce here -- but maybe the next Guided By Voices or Fountains of Wayne... [3 out of 4 stars]"
- Michael Machosky, February 2006
"Even the best multi-band compilations tend to take the listener on a bumpy ride through various styles, textures and volume levels. Regime Change is an exception to that rule, a record that can almost (almost) fool you into thinking it's one seamless album by a band with a number of talented frontmen..."
- Scott Mervis, February 2006
"...this record, the record that's inspired a daydream of adolescence and has me thinking about pre-rawk rock'n'roll is actually a newly released comp of contemporary Pittsburgh bands lovingly recorded at Teen Regime studios by Bill McAdams. A slew of comps featuring local bands have hit the streets this past year from Unicorn Mountain to 20/20 Proof and others, each very fine in its own right. Was another necessary?
Yes, and that's a resounding Yes!
McAdams has wisely chosen to eschew mere compilation and has created an actual album. Each track sequenced specifically to give Regime Change a graceful flow. The production on the record is first rate. Everything is warm and round.
If you only want one comp of the current Pittsburgh scene, this is definitely the one to have."
- December 2005
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