As Steven Matview has beefed up his Punks in Vegas music archive, he’s half-expected some band to balk at the distribution model. “I wondered if anyone would be weird about giving their stuff away for free,” says Matview, founder and executive editor of Punksinvegas.com. “But luckily everyone has been really cool with it, really excited that there are still people out there that remember them and want to hear their music.”
Matview launched his site’s digital vault in 2012 by restoring key releases from local hardcore legends Faded Grey and Tomorrows Gone, then followed those up with reissues from Slam Dunk and OffWithHisHead. This year, however, he’s ramped up his archival efforts considerably, already unveiling four new additions: full discographies from 3rd Man In, The Weirding Way and Mercury Sky, and a series of demos from the still-active Happy Campers. “For bands from the pre-2000 era, when the Internet wasn’t like it is now, they won’t have Bandcamp pages up until the end of time, so it’s good to get it back out there,” Matview explains. “There’s no way to replace those old records.”
Matview, who cites “highlighting the diversity of the Vegas punk-rock scene” as another goal for the project, says he hopes the archive will “snowball” as more bands become aware of it. “I’d really like to get something up from 7 Foot Midget, Attaboy Skip and Boba Fett Youth, in particular,” he says.