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Desert Rats and Baseball Bats’ compilation showcases Vegas punk scene

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Max Plenke

Acting like a Vegas Punk Rock for Dummies audiobook, the new compilation by Camel Hump Studios and SquidHat records, Desert Rats and Baseball Bats, is 21 tracks showcasing most of the fresher-faced punk rock inhabiting the valley. We’re talking the kind of punk that gargles in the mouth of the Double Down Saloon—blasting, hoarse and by all accounts gnarly.

According to SquidHat label head Allan Carter, most of the tracks included were recorded at Camel Hump Studios and, with international distribution through PlanetWorks beginning October 8, many of the bands featured—including, in no particular order, Deadhand, The Quitters, Peccadilloes, The Core and Battle Born—will fall upon their first overseas ears. “We are very proud of it and have already shipped units to Asia, Europe and of course ... the U.S.,” Carter says. “If it’s successful we plan to do it annually.”

The album release party is a two-night affair at the Double Down, featuring at least 11 of the Desert Rats artists.

Desert Rats and Baseball Bats compilation release show October 11 & 12, 10 p.m., free. Double Down Saloon, 791-5775, squidhatrecords.com.

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