Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Essential Break the Point's Compilation CD Could Be the Boost Several Local Bands Have Longed For

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Essential Break the Point's Compilation CD Could Be the Boost Several Local Bands Have Longed For

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You would think that everyone with a guitar in a 100-mile radius tried to land a spot on "Pointes sen tial Volume 4," the annual com pilation of local alternative music produced by KPNT 105.7 (The Point). Some 500 bands, from Springfield, Ill. to Springfield, Mo. and everywhere in between, sent in tapes to the station, hoping to join the ranks of past winners like Gravity Kills and The Urge.

"We actually listened to every single submission. I think all the songs are really solid and I think it's pretty diverse," said Point program director Alex Luke who, along with Matt Costello, host of the Point's local show, selected the top 40 tracks. The rest of the Point music staff and other music- industry types were called in to make the final picks.

To celebrate, the Point is throw ing a CD release party Saturday at Mississippi Nights, featuring four of the bands included on the re lease: Soul Kiss, Sugardaddy, Kris teen Young and Jungle Dogs. Ad mis sion is $10 and includes a copy of the disc. Bands that had already ap peared on other "Pointes sential" discs weren't eligible for this year's contest, but Luke insists that finding fresh talent hasn't been a struggle. All the same, he says, next year's "Pointessential" may inc lude the best artists from previous discs. "Half of the bands didn't exist a year ago. Half the bands on next year's `Pointessential' are probably forming now," said Luke. The station has pressed 6,500 copies of the disc. Every previous volume has sold out within weeks of its release. The album contains 19 tracks from newcomers like Ultrafink and Swirl and established acts like Andrew John and Soul Kiss, which had been rejected three years running. This year, however, not only did Soul Kiss make the cut, its song "Itch" leads off the disc and has been put into regular rotation on the Point. "We've been doing this for three years, just hoping someone, somewhere was listening and now things are crazy," said Soul Kiss manager Nate Dixon. He said that EMI, Atlantic and Lava Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic, all have called in the past week. "This can set you off and take you to the next level. It's that strong. …

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