Hawaiian Punk Vol. 2 -  Jason Miller

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - August 10, 2007
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Hawaiian Punk Vol. 2
Hawaiian Punk Vol. 2

Producer Jason Miller serves up another helping of Hawaii’s best punk bands in the recently released Hawaiian Punk Volume 2.

The album is 24 full tracks of hardcore punk rock and even some ska-punk, showcasing the local talent in Hawaii’s punk scene.

“Each track is obviously going to be a little bit different, but it all is going to have an element of rock or punk, but there’s variations,” says Miller. “If you’ve got 24 tracks and they all sound the same, it’s either going to get annoying or boring or something. So I try to mix it up to keep people’s interests.”

The Knumbskulls
The Knumbskulls

The track list includes My Consciousness Weighs On Me by Philapoane, The Langoliers by The Hit, Remember Me by National Product, Lest We Forget by White Rose, Blue Balls by The Enhancements, Party of One: Live on KTUH FM by Icon Flu, Al-Azif (Necronomicon) by Crawling Chaos, Without Reason by The Knumbskulls, Your Knife My Blood by Neural Void, 3 Page Letter by Upstanding Youth, Two Weeks Notice by Red Light Taxi, Caribbean Passion by The Golfcart Rebellion, Aloha Means Goodbye by The Pettyfords, 8th Grade Teacher by No Bare Feet, This Town by The Hell Caminos, Justin’s Song by Black Square, Tile Floor by Pocket Hero, Jima by B.Y.K. (Beat Your Kids), Pizza by The Substitoots, Face It by 36 Chambers, Surfage by The Ex-Superheroes, Mail Order Junkie by The Catalogs, Have Another Beer by F.F.O.R. (Fists Full Of Rage) and Anatomy of Losing You by Supersonic Space Monkeys.

“This album has more of the lighthearted and catchy of punk bands, some people refer to it as pop-punk or melodic-punk,” adds Miller. “So there’s different sub-categories, and I try to have representations of those categories.

White Rose
White Rose

“I produced it in hopes that by listening to it someone will then go to that band’s shows. It’s sort of a sampler introduction.”

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How many albums have you released through your label, Hawaiian Express Records?

Total releases are up to 110, but that’s over 12 years and includes cassettes, vinyl records, DVDs and CDs. So not everything is a CD, and not all of them have been completely finished. Some projects are still pending, but there’s been 110 scheduled releases. This is No. 95, so that’s the most recent one to be completed. No. 110 is at the printers right now.

How did you get into music?

Ultimately sports brought me out here to UH, and so I started doing a radio show at KTUH, and at one point became the promotions director and sort of met people in the music business here. I really felt like there was a lot of great music being made here in Hawaii, but due to isolation, costs and all that stuff, it’s hard. Plus, people were telling me it’s hard to get shows and make a CD, so I just felt that I should start to volunteer my services and essentially help my friends. I wasn’t going to make the music myself, but I could certainly do things behind the scenes. I eventually started meeting a lot of great local bands, and I’ve always had a preference for rock, punk and more alternative music.

Why do you think music is so important?

It affects people and can change your outlook on things. It may not even be a conscious thing. It’s hard to resist music. It’s one of those things that, whether it’s positive or negative, it gets inside of you.

How do you measure success?

As far as I’m concerned, if you enjoy what you’re doing then that’s a success. I don’t think in music you have to be a rock star to be happy. It’s about having fun and being proud of what you do.

How do you think music in Hawaii is different from music elsewhere in the world?

On so many different levels I could answer this question. One, obviously we are isolated so we aren’t as heavily influenced by other places. But I think that’s a good thing because culturally we’re different and that influences the music. However, at the same time we miss out on a lot of the bands not being able to come here, and our bands aren’t able to travel. Although in the ‘90s a lot of bands were touring and I was taking some on the road. Lately it’s been happening again, and these bands are being very well-received. So that’s good. It kind of reinforces what I always thought, which is we’re holding our own, but really no one really knows about it. I try to do whatever I can to let people know.

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