Triple Pak Of Punk is a 43 song, 3-CD set including three of Tooth & Nail's best selling punk titles. The set includes all the songs from three albums: Slick Shoes "Wake Up Screaming" (2000), Value Pac "Value Pac" (1995), Ghoti Hook "Sumo Surprise" (1995).
This new anthology will be a great addition for fans that may not have these physically out of print albums.
Ghoti Hook: Sumo Surprise
Ghoti Hook formed in November, 1991, when Joel Bell, Adam Neubauer and former member Justin Levy, started the band. The boys grew up in the same church and discovered a passion for music in 1989. Christian Ergueta, Dan Feliciano, and Conrad Tolosa were other friends in the church who became part of the original line-up. The band contained three guitar players (Conrad, Dan, and Justin), a bass player (Christian), drummer (Adam) and a vocalist (Joel). They chose the name Ghoti Hook from a suggestion by Adam's dad ("ghoti" is the phonetic spelling of the word "fish" and is pronounced "go-dee"). Shortly after the band was conceived, Justin and Dan left the band to pursue other interests.
After years of struggling to make a name for themselves, finally in January of 1996, Ghoti Hook signed their contract with Tooth & Nail. They embarked on their first full length recording entitled Sumo Surprise. The band recorded at Oz Studios in Baltimore, MD with engineer Drew Mazurek. Kevin 131 continued to act as the band's producer and also worked on the album. Sumo Surprise was recorded in ten days and contained fourteen original songs, though seven of the songs included in the record had been included on the first two independent releases. Ghoti Hook was pleased with their first album and excited for their future on Tooth & Nail.
The band's last concert was at Cornerstone 2002 and reunited for a charity event in 2009 in support Jeannie Pierce, wife of Huntingtons' drummer Mikey Pierce (a.k.a. Mikee Huntington), who is suffering from brain cancer.
Value Pac: Value Pac
Value Pac was started by Ryan Sheely, Isaiah Coughran, and Ben Cater while they were still in high school in 1995. They struggled quite a bit with choosing a name. At their beginning they went by One By One (already a band named this), One Bye One (appearing on the I'm your Biggest Fan compilation Volume 1 by Tooth & Nail) (too close to the other bands name), Berserk (already taken by another band), and Bizzerk (still too close and the label hated it). Finally, it was Value Pack and then Value Pac.
Value Pac's self-titled debut (also referred to as Down & Out) was released on Tooth and Nail, and was soon followed by Jalapeno on BEC Recordings. After their first album, Isaiah was replaced by Shawn Humeston. In 1998, Ben Cater left for college and was briefly replaced by Ethan Luck. Shortly after Ryan Sheely's mother died, Value Pac was cut from BEC Recordings due to their failure to tour and meet contractual obligations. Value Pac then signed with Four Door Entertainment. Ryan was joined by Jason Feltman (Fanmail, Rainy Days) on drums and Sean Paul on bass. The band recorded Incognito, which was produced by Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell. Value Pac then disbanded. Ryan and Jason still play together in Radio Saints.
Slick Shoes: Wake Up Screaming
Slick Shoes is Green Day minus the Dookie. Vocalist Ryan Kepke sounds so much like Billie Joe Armstrong that note for note the two bands are practically interchangeable. With the first cut, "Another Day", Slick Shoes play a snappy, energized brand of punk. Songs like "Hide and Seek" and "Lucky" are hooky keepers. The tune "Have I Said Too Much" features the quirky, melodic lead and picking work of guitarist Greg Togawa. The cut is one of the discs' best. Chunky guitars, ecstatic drumming, and mid-song tempo chang?__