Coconut's House (1996)
This four band compilation 7" is another record that I picked up record shopping in Tokyo two years ago. Since Husking Bee was one of the bands on it, there was no way I wasn't going to buy it, though I wasn't familiar with the other three bands.
First up on side A was Crickets with their song "Sad Rubbish." They reminded me a bit of the UK band Exit Condition and also a little bit of the band Reverse. Their song has a strong melody and a catchy chorus with a pretty cool tempo change. It looks like they put out a few other releases back in the 90s, so I may have to look into them a bit more. Next up is Scrap Yard Dogs. They're a little bit faster and a gruffer than Crickets, but have a similar knack for putting together a catchy song. While I'm not sure I'm as inspired to go try to find more of their record as I am with Crickets, it's still pretty good.
On the B side we have "Listen To This Song" by Scape Goat. Scape Goat is a band name that I'm pretty sure I've heard before and I wouldn't be surprised to find out I own some other Japanese compilation that they are on. That said, this is my least favorite song on the 7", built around that galloping NOFX style drum beat that is never my favorite thing to hear on a pop punk song.
Last up is Husking Bee and their song "Only Way." This song is also on their first album Grip, which I highly, highly recommend if you haven't heard before. Husking Bee has been a longtime favorite of mine, ever since an old friend named Tetsu put them on a tape of Japanese bands he made for me back in the 90s. He was such a big part of helping me discover a lot of non-Snuffy Smiles bands and it makes me sad that I lost touch with him. I often wonder if he still listens to punk rock as one of the last emails I remember getting from him was him telling me he was mostly listening to techno, but It's probably been twenty years since I last heard from him.
V/A - All Temptation 7":