Evaluate What You Tolerate is the name of a new, two-part compilation raising money for the Anti-Police Violence Project, a Bay Area coalition striving to reduce state-led violence against black, brown, and poor people.
The comp is a 49-song barrage of Bay Area punk, featuring artists including Mall Walk, Otzi, Super Unison, and several dozen more. It offers a loud and fast message to the spectators, actors, and victims who have been impacted by these systems in recent months, years, and throughout the nation’s history. Politics aside, Evaluate What You Tolerate does nearly all of your homework for you if you’re unsure how to navigate the local punk scene — it is a sprawling panorama of the genre’s many Bay Area dialects.
But in this case politics are not aside. The last words of the compilation’s Bandcamp description are “made with love and rage on Ohlone lands.” A big part of the message is calling out political indifference through songs like Esses‘ “White Silence,” and Wax Idols‘ cover of the 7 Seconds song “Born Without a Mind.”
There are some stylistic surprises too, like Maya Songbird‘s “People Hold On,” a languid R&B number, and a handful of other tracks skewing more toward metal, no-wave, and post-punk.
Along with the two-part compilation, available on cassette and as a digital album, the project is accompanied by “Evaluate this Zine!” To support the cause further, you can also attend the tape-release party on November 4 at Eli’s Mile High Club.