“Tales From the Pit, Vol. 3” Compilation (2013)

My buddy Travis liberated this record while vinyl digging at an antique mall.  It’s been a while since I’ve done that, but my recollections are groups of crappy records with asking prices about 5-10 times their actual value, with most of the records being very common or very obscure.  Travis has better luck in those places than I do, and when he came across this copy of Tales From the Pit, Vol. 3 he recognized immediately that, well, it didn’t belong there.  This is simply not the kind of record that does or should end up in an antique mall.  Plus there’s a local connection because the record was compiled by Whidbey Island Pyrate Punx and Whidbey Island is just a 20 or so minute ferry ride from Seattle.  And he knew just who would want such a record…  Thanks Travis!

I actually hung around on Whidbey Island a bit back in high school.  My friend’s grandfather had a small, rustic cabin on the water and sometimes we’d all pile into my Mustang and head out there on the ferry for an overnight.  When the tide was out a long sand spit would become exposed that was a very short rowboat ride from the beach.  Needless to say, there were some bonfires had on that spit.  And some beers may have been drunk as well.  I can neither confirm nor deny that last part (confirmed).  So I’ve always had fond memories of Whidbey.

As for Tales From the Pit, it’s crammed with 21 different bands.  Most of ’em are from the greater Seattle area, including four from Whidbey itself.  There are also a handful from Boise and one each from Portland, New Hampshire (?), and Bejing (???!!!).  Stylistically it’s a lot of punk, but there’s some thrash here (Coven’s “Mow ‘Em Down” is pretty rad) and even some high-octane rockabilly.  The recording quality varies a bit, but overall it sounds decent.  High points include the previously mentioned Coven as well as The Jerkwadz’s “Already Owned”, which is catchy as hell.

I don’t know much about the record itself, other than that my copy is on marbled orange vinyl, as is the one shown on Discogs.  No clue about the print run size or any of that.  So if you find it, and the price is right, grab it.  It’s worth the listen.