Vols. 6 and 7

An Album By

United We Skate

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Christian Skaters International Photo by Ericson Cezar

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“For me, punk is about real feelings. It’s not about, ‘Yeah, I am a punk and I’m angry.’ That’s a lot of crap. It’s about loving the things that really matter: passion, heart, and soul.”

Joey Ramone

After five years, Thumper Punk Records has returned to their United We Skate benefit compilation series, with Vols. 6 and 7 featuring artists from several different countries. With songs in multiple languages and roots in old- and new-schools of punk philosophy, these collections truly have enough variety for every kind of punk rock fan. The two records are jam-packed (for real: 34 total tracks) with bangers and grooves that are classically messy and unkempt – the true-blood punk rock you crave, met with a message of faith that welds together the sounds of the past with a hope for the future.

Among a handful of the conventional tracks, there are a few that stand out with originality and conviction. Bands like False Idle return from their hiatus and seize the opportunity to debut a new song and music video, “Eat, Sleep, Breathe,” and songs like Nate Parrish’s nostalgic “Mind Monopoly” and The August Gun’s fun anthem, “Born Into Noise,” showcase the vision of the collection and the spirit of the skating community.

United We Skate Vols. 6 and 7 are unmistakably fueled by freedom and fellowship, made evident in each band’s passionate contribution and Thumper Punk’s vibrant advocacy for its artists. Both albums are now available and can be independently purchased as digital downloads or in CD format from the Thumper Punk Records Bandcamp page. All proceeds from album sales will go to Christian Skaters International, a global family of skateboarders who are dedicated to living and sharing a life of faith with fellow skaters around the world.

Christian Skaters International Photo by Ericson Cezar


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