The roots of punk and hardcore have always been about taking a stand for what you believe in, and today seventeen bands come together for the release of the Exhibit A compilation. Put together by Bitter Branches drummer Jeff Tirabassi as a call to action against the political and civil injustices taking place in the United States and beyond, 100% of proceeds from both physical and digital sales will benefit Southern Poverty Law Center*. The Alabama-based non-profit organization focuses on ensuring the promise of civil rights through legal advocacy, exposing hate groups, and providing communities with educational resources. The compilation highlights up and coming bands with contributions from GEL, HIRS Collective, Truth Cult, School Drugs and Faim, plus newer projects from seasoned vets with Be Well (Fairweather, Darkest Hour) and Every Scar Has A Story (108, Hundreds of AU). Exhibit A is available for purchase on multiple physical formats including vinyl co-released by Atomic Action and Hellminded, cassettes by Knife Hits (US), and cassettes by Ugly & Proud and Shove Records (EU). You can also find it digitally on Bandcamp and on streaming services.
On the inspiration for the compilation, Tirabassi expands: “The kids need to have their say again. I thought it would be a great idea to collect songs from these bands we connected with during the pandemic for a compilation, much like Dischord did for the State of the Union Compilation in 1989. This comp was a game changer/eye opener effecting change and raising awareness through the power of a diverse music scene in DC. We chose the Southern Poverty Law Center as our organization to benefit since they have a single focus of protecting the rights of the disenfranchised. With people under constant attack for their race, sexual orientation, and keeping control of their own bodies, this was the most important cause we all agreed would be the best to focus on.”
*Exhibit A is in no way directly affiliated with Southern Poverty Law Center and is committing to a donation of 100% of sale proceeds to the organization. For more information visit HERE