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Madison bands contribute to massive comp benefitting rape victims

“A Step Forward” features tracks from No Hoax, Trophy Dad, Heavy Looks, and Cave Curse.


The Wisconsin-via-NYC music website Heartbreaking Bravery released a two-volume compilation this week called A Step Forward. It’s a fundraiser for the Chicago-based Rape Victim Advocates, and clearly a ton of work went into it: The comp features 100 different bands contributing a track each. It’s heavy on lesser-known rock outfits, including a lot from the Midwest, and includes a few slightly bigger names like Mike Krol and Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me).

On top of being a big effort for a worthy cause, A Step Forward has tracks from a few Madison artists, namely Heavy Looks on volume 1 and Cave Curse, Trophy Dad, and No Hoax on volume 2. Heavy Looks’ “Those Guys” is a charming acoustic demo, and Cave Curse’s “Arcadia” is a previously unreleased instrumental track from the gloomy synth-punk project. Trophy Dad contributed an early mix of their recent single “Addison,” and No Hoax threw in “Date With Death,” from the new EP (untitled).

The comp is available as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp.

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