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These Roving Years (TRY) Release Self Titled Debut EP & Now I Need A🚒 Truck

Release Date: April 16, 2021                                         

Format: Digital 

Label: IM Records

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

Todd Daigle on Bass and Backing Vocals Formally of King Rat and PrideBowl

April Schupmann on Drums and Backing Vocals from Sniper 66, OC45, and more

Adam “Bomb” Segal on Guitars and Backing Vocals of the Faction and Suburban Resistance.

Rob Rover Rushing on Vocals. Founder of Non Profit Punk Rock Saves Lives and formally Jigsaw, Exit 26 and Uncalledfor

Favorite Tracks: Positive Force, Give Up The Ghost, Stand Tall, Drinkin’n With Me, Sight (Began As A Dream), and These Roving Years

Sounds Like: The Faction, Pennywise, No Use For A Name, JFA, and Agent Orange


Today is a great day in punk rock history! These Roving Years has released their brand new self titled EP. This band is basically a punk rock super group with Rob Rushing (Punk Rock Saves Lives Founder, Jigsaw, Exit 26 and Uncalledfor), Todd Daigle on bass formerly (King Rat and Pridebowl), April Schupmann on drums (Sniper 66, OC45 and a ton of other bands), and Adam “Bomb” Segal on guitars (Faction and Suburban Resistance)

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The EP kicks off with “Positive Force”. It’s strong on bass which adds a nice cutting edge. Schupmann’s drums are killer. Adam’s riffs bring back an old school metal sound. The tracks message, “The punks are standing up for you”. The next track, “Give Up The Ghost” has a strong message of not giving up on life. Covid-19 has affected each and everyone of us. The ramifications will be felt for years to come. Check on your friends and family and make sure the don’t give up the ghost. The gang vocals kick ass on this one!

Punk Rock Saves Lives The Album Pre-Order Here!

“Positive Force” is also appears on the limited edition vinyl comp, “Punk Rock Saves Lives…The Album Volume One”. This comp has wicked list of awesome bands such as Descendents Flogging Molly Anti Flag HR The Bouncing Souls The Bar Stool Preachers Face to Face Authority Zero Cigar The Faction – Official Band Mercy Music United Defiance Suburban Resistance Reno Divorce These Roving Years-TRY. The vinyl is almost sold out so pick it up in the IM Records Store soon!

“Stand Tall” follows with some epic sounds on guitar. Schupmann drums are powerful. I actually may have blown my car speaker on this track. The next song is “Drinkin’ With Me”. Well let’s face it. In punk rock there is no shortage of drinking songs. Wait does this make us country fans? Haha I hope not. TRY (These Roving Years) “Drinkin’ With Me” isn’t so much about drinking as it is about comradery felt when hanging out with our friends and the music is pounding. I LOVE this track!

“Sight (Began As A Dream)” slows it down and reminds of some the Ramones slower tracks. This track will make you rethink about your priorities. Are you focusing on the things that are important to you or just scooting by? The gang vocals are a blast to sing along with. Rushing’s vocals are on point.

Sadly we have reached the end of TRY’s EP with “These Roving Years”. This punk rock ballad is likely to make you raise your glass, cry a little and definitely make you smile a lot. I rank this track up there with my favorite punk tracks about friendship such as The Undertones – Teenage Kicks, Pennywise – Bro Hymn, Rancid – Fall Back Down, and The Interrupters – This Is My Family.

In closing, the freshman release from These Roving Years TRY is a journey of self discovery, insanely great sounds on bass, drums, guitar, and vocals, and best of all the music that will make you happy. My personal favorite tracks are “Drinkin’ With Me” and “These Roving Years”. I’m throwing this one into the best local EP of 2021 mix. Do yourself a favor and pick this up now, https://theserovingyears.bandcamp.com/.

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theserovingyears_try/

Bandcamp – https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

Punk Trio Death Trails, May Be One Of The Hottest New Bands Since Lockdown

Photo Credit here – https://www.facebook.com/deathtrailsuk/photos/736182077289053

Release Date: April 2020/April 2021                                    

Format: Digital 

Location: London, England

Current Lineup For This Track: (Per Facebook)

Catlow – vocals & guitarLuke – vocals & bassMuss – drums

Sounds Like: Jerkswitch, Propagandhi, Sorry Sweetheart, Op Ivy, Classics Of Love, Madaline, Crimson Riot, and Younger Than Neil


London’s Death Trails are making some waves with some single releases. One can only hope for a new album soon. Due to Covid-19 the band like many bands around the world had to hold off on a new record. So spin their singles over and over. I love “Ska Dad” and “Animals”. “Animals” has a sweet Riot GRRRL sound reminiscent of The Distillers and Bikini Kill. Their singles are located here, https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/deathtrailsuk/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/deathtrailsuk/

Bandcamp – https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4T42JnW1QY7I2kA9mKMenf?si=dP-imje8TUWjg1gVL1qjJg

The One Man Punk Rock Band (Smokin’ Sam Babin) Returns With A Greatest Hits Release 4/20/21


Release Date: 04/20/2021

Format: Digital and Physical

Current Lineup: Smokin’ Sam Babin

Favorite Tracks: Blow Smoke Up Your Ass, The Return Of Karl Marx and many more!

Sounds Like: Buzzcocks, The Damned, Zipperz and Subhumans

The One Man Punk Rock band has retuned with a new Greatest Hits collection out 4/20/2021! Our last review “Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx” back in August 2020 hit almost 500 views alone. Sam has also announced he has joined a (a new solo project) led by Naked Raygun/Big Black frontman, Jeff Pezzati. You check out Sam’s music here, https://smokinsambabin.bandcamp.com/

Sam’s DIY approach is a welcome return to punk rock’s roots. Be sure to support Sam below!

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-Bandcamp: https://smokinsambabin.bandcamp.com/

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2injjYfkWCRJjYmRkZVew

Red Stinger Flips off the World

Red Stinger has a punk rock vision. And they are commandeering The Oriental on April 8.
Come see what the buzz is all about.

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Crimson Riot Releases Epic Track, ‘St. James Gate’ for St. Patrick’s Day 2021

Release Date: 03/15/2021                                         

Format: Digital 

Label: I Die Laughing Records / Golden Robot Records

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup For This Track: (Per Facebook)

Music and Lyrics written by Crimson Riot ft. Ken Osborne (Banjo, Mandolin)John Lacy (Bazooki)Todd Herfurth (Concertina)Jamie Case (Whistles)Filmed at McMullan’s Irish Pub Las Vegas

Favorite Tracks: St. James Gate


Sounds Like: The Rumjacks, Tossers, Flogging Molly, The Go Set, Keltic Cowboys, Dropkick Murphy’s


In 2020, WE all thought this pandemic would be over by now. That we all would’ve easily returned to normal life by 2021. Truth be told nothing much has really normalized. Some states are allowing live music shows while some remain in lockdown. Last year my St. Patrick’s Day was ruined by Covid-19 and a snowstorm tried to ruin it in 2021. (Lucky for me St. Patrick’s Day is a few days and the weather appears to be getting better)

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If you know me (Skabones) St. Patrick’s Day is my Christmas Day. It’s family tradition that I plan on passing down to my future little Skabrats. Crimson Riot (Las Vegas) a band that normally releases excellent punk tracks, released a gigantic surprise track, ‘St. James Gate’. The track refers to the historically important St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credit – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:DubhEire

At first I thought this has to be a cover of a traditional Irish folk song, but I couldn’t locate it anywhere on the magic Google machine. It does sound a bit like, ‘A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday‘, but I think is more of Mandela Effect than anything. This is a true and beautiful original track. This single will be on their next album release, “It Took An Apocalypse “. I’m really looking forward to it!

Congrats to Crimson Riot for capturing the essence of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the video below. You can read our last review from “Classy Punk For Trash People” here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/09/16/is-crimson-riots-classy-punk-for-trash-people-one-of-the-best-albums-of-summer-2019/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crimsonriotband/
Bandcamp: https://crimsonriot.bandcamp.com/releases
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CPRA Interviews: Record Thieves

These dudes will give you a hug and then destroy your eardrums.

photo credit / AnarchoPunk

Record Thieves are a bunch of incredibly talented goofballs with a killer fresh release and a new label, Thousand Islands records. After listening to the album, Wasting Time, about 1700 times I felt somewhat prepared to launch into a video interview. I was not prepared for the hilarity that ensued.

Amongst other tangents we explore a wild link twixt X-Men and the Olsen twins and a confusing moment when a baguette becomes mistaken for a plastic gem, followed by the music video for Work It Out.

Oh yeah, there’s a story arc AND Carole King! But everyone thinks she’s someone else. It’s a blast.

CPRA is so beyond grateful to Record Thieves for allowing us to film and pester them with questions, thanks guys!

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#CPRAmusicNews – Bury Mia Releases New Single, “Better Off” Out Now

Release Date: 03/05/2021

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Justin – Vocals/Guitar Devin – Vocals/Bass Noah -Vocals/Lead Guitar Marcus – Drums

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Saves The Day and The Ataris


It’s Pop punk Release Day here at CPRA. Today we’re kicking it off with Denver based Bury Mia. We have been fans of Bury Mia for a long time now. Today they released a new single “Better Off”. Check it out below!

This track was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room in Ft Collins, Colorado. Per the band this is the first single from a new record out later this year!

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Denver’s Years Down Release New Single, ‘Better Off’ – And It’s FIRE

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Aaron (guitar) Tim (guitar) John (bass) ben (drums) and me, griffin (vocals)

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Fine Dining, Four Year Strong, The Flatliners and Wilhelm Scream


Denver’s Years Down just released their first new single, “Better Off”. I don’t know about you guys, but I think another KILLER band has entered the Denver stage. We cannot wait to hear more from this up and coming band.

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Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/YearsDown/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3Amm5wMsuXfqKC2eZUMGDP

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/yearsdownband/

CPRA Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVQvD4SZa_Y&list=PLAHReU2iGck38UVKrtQ2-ZR0-srWoYIIH

Jerkswitch Releases Surprise Single, “Poking The Blind”

Release Date:  02/22/2021                                                        

Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Montréal, QC, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • EJ – Guitar & Vocals
  • Will – Guitar & Vocals
  • Dewey – Drums
  • Gab L.A. – Bass & Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Poking The Blind

Sounds Like: Op Ivy, Abolitionist, Classics Of Love, Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, and Street Light Manifesto


Jerkswitch recently released a brand new track for “Poking The Blind”. I am beyond excited to see them return to the music scene. If you love these guys as much as we do. Check out our interview with them below.


You can read our full review on BUFO here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/06/born-from-the-ashes-of-the-skudfux-rip-jerkswitch-releases-debut-album-bufo/. This album has been on heavy rotation since 2019! We are really hoping 2021 brings Jerkswitch to the states. In a time when everything feels uncertain I can put on “BUFO” and everything seems to get better.

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Track List On Bufo

  1. Revolution Part II 03:32
  2. Survive 03:18
  3. Suicide Mission 02:00
  4. Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
  5. Better Days 02:58
  6. AlertA 04:40
  7. Fuck No 04:05
  8. O Negative 04:16
  9. Drown 03:20
  10. Drink and Stink 01:27
  11. Jake 02:23
  12. Manhole to Hell 03:10
  13. All by Myself 03:07
  14. I’m So Sorry 03:12
  15. About a Punk 03:16
  16. Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24

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Wake up your Wednesday: Belvedere releases new track ‘Good Grief Retreat’

Oh dang! Here’s a rockin new jam to get you through the rest of the week.

Belvedere’s new album “Hindsight is The Sixth Sense” is expected to drop May 14 via Thousand Islands records (US/CAN), and Lockjaw Records (UK/EU).

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Give it a listen: Good Grief Retreat

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