Release Date: Mar 13, 2020
Label: Batcave Records
- Pueblo, Colorado
Current Lineup: (Facebook)
- Lucian: Stand Up Bass, Electric Bass and Vocals
- C. Von Los: Guitar and Vocals
Favorite Tracks: Semjaza: The Sermon, Hellbound, Two Bullets, Semjaza: Occult, Pissin’ on My Leg
Sounds Like: Dick Dale, Lucitones, Gamblers Mark, Rev Horton Heat, Queen City Sinners, Nick 13, Tiger Army, The Meteors, and The Long Tall Texans
I am in a state of absolute shock as many of us struggle with the Covid-19 isolation. There’s one thing we must do, “Stay positive”! For almost all of us this sort of thing has never happened before. Our friends and families are losing their jobs, supplies are running low, and overall hope is diminished. Now is the perfect time to support our underground artists struggling to make ends meet.
The Colorado music community has banded together to help each other out with fundraising and volunteering. We may be into all different types of music, but we all share a common goal of making it through these trying times. This Friday, March 20, 2020, our merch vendor Threadless.com is waiving all fees and allowing artists to collect all proceeds. We here at CPRA will donate all proceeds from Friday to Punk Rock Saves Lives, a local non profit organization. You can find our merch here for the 3/20/2020 sale, https://cpramerch.threadless.com/.
Pueblo’s The Dead End have been nonstop supporters of CPRA since the very beginning. Their style of catchy, dark, psychobilly have made them one of my personal favorite bands. Now it’s our turn to give back to an awesome band that fills my life with hope. They dropped their new record, “Hellbound” recently via their label, Batcave Records. So let’s give this record a spin!
The first track is “Semjaza: The Sermon”. Per, Wikipedia, “In the Book of Enoch, the watchers (Aramaic עִירִין, iyrin) are angels dispatched to Earth to watch over the humans. They soon begin to lust for human women and, at the prodding of their leader Samyaza, defect en masse to illicitly instruct humanity and procreate among them”. I don’t know about you, but Semjaza sounds like he would be fun to party with.
This song feels straight outta the late 1950’s and inspired by legendary guitarist Dick Dale, played by the infamous Creeper C. Von Los. Lucian’s bass pounds with every thump. With no feeling of dread, it’s time to start this journey down with Pickle on drums. The next rack is “Hellbound”. I adore this track! Grab your dancing partner and step on the Hellbound train. Everything about this track is perfection!
Track 3 is “Two Bullets”. Not only is this a great dancing song, but it’s filled with an exceptional story line. We’ve all been there in a fit of jealousy and rage. Now of course we are not acting on our impulses, but with track Creeper is planning love rampage. Pickle’s drums are excellent, while the guitar has an amazing old school country steel sound.
“A bullet for her,
bullet for him,
bang bang baby,
I shot them dead”
The next song is “Young Hollow” and continues a wicked storyline. Lucian’s upright bass foretells a dark, dangerous tale before the drums and guitar join the fray. This song feels a little more on the punk rock side, while still retaining the elements of psychobilly. “Neon Moon”, follows and no it’s not the lame Brooks And Dunn version. This is one of the slower tracks, but another fantastic narrative.
The next track is “Little Sister”, a cover written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and made famous by Elvis Presley. The Dead End’s version is faster, heavy on bass and an overall blast. Next is another personal favorite track, “Semjaza: Occult”. This song is 100% pure psychobilly as it clocks in at a whopping 1:08.
Sadly we are down to the last new track from The Dead End, with “Pissin’ on My Leg”. By far my favorite on the record. This track is addicting with catchy lyrics, combined with heavy bass thumps, wicked drums and perfected vocals. We can ALL relate to this song. Why are they not headlining Viva?
To sum this record up, The Dead End’s, “Hellbound” is by far their best release to date. Their mix of blues, classic country, and punk rock has been masterfully composed and fires on all hot rod cylinders. Be sure to hit the purchase button on many of the links below. Cpra hopes to get the Dead End back into Denver as soon as we are all given the go ahead!