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Vegas Valley Drive Releases Debut Album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” And It’s…

Release Date: Summer 2019                                        

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Production: Blasting Room 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • B-Vox, Hamon-Gitter 
  • Hamona-Bass
  •  Maj-Gitter
  • Hendo-Drums

Favorite Tracks: Sweetly, Punk Rock Frank, Chardonnay Shakes, Everything To Me, 
Sounds Like: Nova Kicks, The Lillingtons, Alkaline Trio, and The Flatliners


A few weeks ago I ran into a local band member.. We discussed how the Ft Collins production company the Blasting Room is putting out a ton of great local music. Check out our tags from Blasting room posts here. In our discussion in became way too apparent that CPRA must have a Blasting Room show here in Denver for our bands that have recorded with the company. 

Let’s jump to today. I get word that Denver’s Vegas Valley Drive has dropped a new album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” and it was recorded at the Blasting Room! So we’ve been around a few years and watched some bands grow like Bury MIA, Stray The Course and Vegas Valley Drive. It fills this writer with pride when the albums they produce come out. Let’s check out the new Vegas’s record! 

The record begins with, “All The Difference”. It comes in with some great chord strikes on guitar. I love how the guitar drifts out into a few notes alone. Lyrically this song is catchy and fun. The next track is “Sweetly”. This is by far my favorite track on the album. Have you ever had a huge crush on someone and turn into a mumbling moron when they talk to you? 

I’ve been there too many times to count. I see huge potential for this track. Don’t be surprised if this track ends up on the radio. It definitely needs a great music video to accompany the wonderful story line. Up next is, “Brake Park Reverse”. This track really reminds of Big Head Todd and The Monsters, although much faster and harder.  

Do you have a friend who claims his punk cred to everyone every 5 minutes? “Punk Rock Frank” is that guy and that song. The singer sounds like, Les Claypool from Primus. Not sure if that’s what they were going for, but I love it. In one word the song is hilarious. “Holding On” follows and takes on a more serious tone. This track has potential as well. The lyrics are catching, hooks are strong, and the melody addicting. 

“Wake Up Call”, sounds very comparable to The Lillingtons. The message is conveyed by some great vocals and a great bass line. Another favorite track is up next, “Chardonnay Shakes”. The song is introduced with a famous quote from Neverending Story. Already I kind of want to cry just thinking about the Atrex. Anyhow we shall proceed! 

This track is one small step away from going metal. The extreme power chords, mini guitar solos, bass edge provide a ballad like atmosphere. If this track becomes popular. You read it here first! Let’s slow it down and go acoustic. “Everything To Me” is next and you will be sure to hear this one at the next wedding you attend. It’s beautiful. Yet another hit? 

Let’s speed things back up with “Anesthetic Paramedic”. This song has a sweet skate punk edge to it. The bass is strong with some sweeping guitar hooks. The drum work is excellent. “Powers”, follows again following a skatepunk like sound. I could be wrong, but I think this track refers to the Power Rangers? Haha I have no idea, but this track kicks ass.  

“Sober Elbow” is next. This one is super catchy. This track is for all the people when drunk think they are superheroes. They think they can leap tall buildings, but usually land on their face. The chords are remarkable. The last song on the album is “Punk On The Radio”. It has some great pop punk melodies, lyrically simple, but so much fun. 

Well there you have it. Vegas Valley Drive’s, “Kentucky Lawnmower”, is a trip through some fantastic music with all right hooks and guilty pleasures pop punk. Fans of alternative in general will definitely want to give this one a listen. This record should be hitting all major streamers here soon. You can purchase the record here, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vegasvalleydrive

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Track List 

  1. All the Difference
  2. Sweetly
  3. Brake Park Reverse
  4. Punk Rock Frank
  5. Holding On
  6. Wake up Call
  7. Chardonnay Shakes
  8. Everything to Me
  9. Anesthetic Paramedic
  10. Powers
  11. Sober Elbow
  12. Punk on the Radio

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CPRA Exclusive Video Premiere: Dude The Dog By People Corrupting People

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Goosetown Tavern Announces GooseFest Tickets On Sale Now!

Holy crap look at this incredible line up! 2 Nights of kick ass music followed by a show with the Kids Are Alright!

Next weekend Goosefest 4 at Goosetown Tavern
Fri.Sept.27th – Sun.Sept.29th
Doors 7PM – 2AM

Day1 https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/335241

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Day3 https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/337737 (Special Kids Are Alright Show)

Is Crimson Riot’s, “Classy Punk For Trash People” One Of The Best Albums Of Summer 2019?

Release Date: May 31, 2019                                          

Format: Digital 

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Roxy Gunn – Guitar/Vocals
  • Chris Reject – Bass Guitar/Vocals
  • Ryan J – Drums/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Hurt, Fight Song, I’m Not Punk, Lola, Click (To Make Me Happy), Riot and so much more!


Sounds Like: Teenage Bottlerocket, Millencolin, Dolly Rots, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Haley and The Crushers, and Evil Engine


Pic by Steven Matview

Crimson Riot popped up on the CPRA radar about a year ago. A kick ass friend who runs a Las Vegas based band called JERK reached out to us for a Denver book. By the way he also books shows in Vegas so hit up JERK if you’re looking to play. Josh mentioned Chris Reject from Crimson Riot would also reach out for a future book. 

Anytime we are looking at bands the very first thing we do is check out their music. So I headed my happy ass off to Youtube. There I heard my first taste of Crimson Riot with, “Heres’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine is Down)”. The music brain in me started popping with a little joy, but I soon realized their catalog at the time was low. Let’s jump to May 2019.

Crimson Riot announced a brand new album and a new video to boot. Of course the skeptic in me was like, “Hey their last song the one mentioned above was pretty good”. So today let’s check out the new album, “Classy Punk For Trash People”. The album starts with by far my favorite song on the record, “Hurt”. I’m telling you right now. This track has mass potential. The video below has already hit 2,414 views in only 4 months’ time. The track is not only super catchy; it has some great guitar and bass. Roxy’s voice is perfect. 

The track also seems to speak of the entertainment industry taking advantage of people. They have been doing it for years. At least Harvey Weinstein and many others have been rooted out for the horrible people they are. This FIGHT song is a wonderful introduction to the band. 

“Fight Song”, follows as a punk rock love song. I’m not a fan of love songs, but this song is truly wonderful. Get your toe tapping cons on and grab your pit partner. Ryan’s drums perfectly accompany Roxy’s voice. This is another track with huge potential. Has someone ever questioned your punk credentials? 

The next song, “I’m Not Punk” is about just that. I know I have let it get to me sometimes. I don’t have the funds, or the time to be dressed to the nines. Punk isn’t about the clothes, it’s about being you. 

“So how did we get to this, 
And when did it become about fashion, 
I don’t wear spikes or a misfits patch,
Cause I’m not punk enough,
No I’m not punk enough”

Crimson Riot – I’m Not Punk

“Lola” follows and the catchy lyrics flow through the song. I could be wrong, but this song may be a reference to the Kinks famous track, “Lola”. Or it is simply a rad song. “The Ballad Of Dr Chop” is hilarious and up next. This rocksteady like song is about a dirty rotten plastic surgeon (Nip Tuck). I wonder if we’ll ever get a ska track from the band. That would be sweet! 

Pic by Steven Matvie

Now it’s time for a little psychobilly with “Lost Souls”. Chris Reject sets the melody with dark yet dreamy vocals. The bass joins into the shade. This track is similar to something the Lillingtons would write, but lacks the overproduced feeling and lends more heart to the track. “Click (To Make Me Happy” is next with Roxy back on vocals. The guitar intro sets a kickass tone. Roxy’s voice is amazing. The track is about immediate self-gratification, and narcissism.

 No matter how many clicks and shares. The selfies will never heal what’s really going on inside. “Down We Go” is next and follows a darker path. This track has a kickass backbeat from the drums. As well as some great little guitar riffs. This tracks deals with self-reflection. The lyrical content is on point. 

So Mike Muir only wanted a Pepsi and nobody would give him one. Well “Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down)” is a tribute to all of us. Always being told the damn shake machine is down! It’s hilarious, yet kick serious ass at the same time. Check out the video below! 

“Anchor Me” is the second to last song on the album. We all need a rock to cling to when things go bad. This is another love song. The melodies are perfected. I’d love to sing this song at karaoke someday. Although I recommend you plug your ears if it’s me. Chris and Roxy compliment each other making this track absolutely beautiful. 

Well friends we have come to our final destination, “Riot”. Roxy leads this track in a very Bad Cop Bad Cop like fashion, while throwing in her amazing sound. This track talks about injustices and making changes for the betterment of everyone. In reflection Crimson Riot’s new album, “Classy Punk For Trashy People” is a masterful blend of bubble gum punk rock. This record is fit for any fan who loves the Go Go’s, Distillers, or the Ramones. I highly recommend you buy this one now, https://crimsonriot.bandcamp.com/releases

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

1.Hurt 

2. Fight Song 

3. I’m Not Punk

4. Lola 

5. The Ballad Of Dr. Chop 

6. Lost Souls

7. Click (To Make Me Happy) 

8. Down We Go

9.Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down) 

10. Anchor Me

11. Riot 

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Pics in this review by Steven Matvie

CPRA Presents: Episode 9 Cheers To Failure (Misifts Show Review)

CPRA is celebrating failure today. Sometimes it takes epic amount of failure (Practice) to rise again.

Skabones gives his take on the recent Misfits show!

Bands Featured In This Episode

Sunset Silhouette – https://sunsetsilhouette.bandcamp.com/
Sorry Sweetheart – https://sorrysweetheart.bandcamp.com/
Tejon Street Corner Thieves – https://tejonstreetcornerthieves.bandcamp.com/
People Corrupting People – http://pcpsux.com/ Check out their brand new album Street Urchin!
United Defiance – https://uniteddefiance.bandcamp.com/
Vladopus9 – https://vladopus9.bandcamp.com/
A? and the Clusterfuc*it Choir
Theme by PCP!

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CPRA Presents: Crimson Riot Returns To Denver W/Ragetones/Filthy Hearts

TBD Booking Productions
Colorado Punk Rock Army
Present …
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Crimson Riot (NV) returns to the Mile High after unleashing their brand new album, “Classy Punk For Trashy People”.

https://crimsonriot.bandcamp.com/releases

With Special Guests
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The Ragetones https://theragetones.bandcamp.com/

Filthy Heartshttps://filthyhearts.bandcamp.com/releases

Doors – 8:30 pm 21+ W/ID

Netherlands Punks Ink Bomb Drop “Fiction” To Explode Ear Holes

Release Date: August 23, 2019                                     

Format: Digital 

Location: Nijmegen (NL).

Favorite Tracks: Griefwalker, Brittle, Rerun, Ploughshares, 

Sounds Like: Voice of Addiction, Bitter Grounds, Off The Marks, FOL, New Narrative, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Good Riddance


Photo By Arian Stoetzer

You know what’s rad? Ink Bomb is based in Nijmegen (NL). So that means CPRA is reaching all over the world! I check our stats almost daily. I find it interesting when we are getting website visits from places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and etc. Now this review is not about web data, it’s about Inkbomb’s, “Fiction”! 

The record starts with my favorite song, “Griefwalker”. The drum intro is the perfect introduction to the album and Inkbomb. The chorus is quick to get stuck in your head. The bass plays a minor role, but adds that extra dark edge as the guitar playfully joins in. “Brittle” is the next track. 

This track could have easily ended up on a Pro Skater soundtrack. The overall progression has that old school skate sound. The lyrics have a message of confidence and unity. I know here in the states all of watching things go down the drain. The drums and lyrical content are the stars on the track. 

“So say your piece , 
Grit your teeth, 
Let them all blow, 
As you find your feet”

Griefwalker by Ink Bomb

Are you ready to pull out your rad air guitar skills? “Anchors” will have you doing just that. The lead singer’s voice is powerful as he slams poetry along with a heavy skate punk sound. “Sternschanze” is next and I may be wrong, but mentions the infamous Reeperbahn in Germany.

 “Scourge” is next and opens with a slower progression before it builds into a giant crescendo. The mix of perfect melodic, “Whoas”, combined with some amazing guitar skills is fantastic. “Count to Ten” follows with some powerful lyrics. This may be the slowest track on the record. “Rerun” bounces back with a fast progression. I am doing kickflips in my head as this track plays!  

Pop punk fans will love, “Midnight In The Desert” with its melodic and hopeful sound. This chorus is bound to get stuck in your mind. “Leap Of Faith” brings back the harder skate punk sound. This track seems to be more focused on the instrumental versus the vocal. 

“Cauterize”, slows down the album with an acoustic and flawless sound. This is beautifully written song as it dances through the shadows. Where did my skate punk go? Don’t worry though, “Ploughshares” brings it back with a vengeance as it is the final track. The drums and casual notes on guitar set up a revolution of sorts. While the chord strikes kick in to send the message. 

In summation, Ink Bomb’s, “Fiction”, is a masterful blend of pop and skate punk. Don’t overlook this little diamond in the rough. The album is currently up on major streamers and for purchase here, https://inkbomb.bandcamp.com/album/fiction.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Griefwalker
  2. Brittle
  3. Anchors 
  4. Sternschanze 
  5. Scourge 
  6. Count to Ten 
  7. Rerun 
  8. Midnight in the Desert 
  9. Leap of Faith 
  10. Cauterize 
  11. Ploughshares

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