Photo Credit – BCS FB Page

Release Date: April 16, 2021

Format: Digital

Label: IM Records

Location: Portland, Oregon

Photo by Bryon Jeremy – @bryon.jeremy (Instagram)

Album Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

Libby Lux – Lead Vocals & Banjolele
Michael Sinner – Resonator Guitar
Lightnin’ Luke – Fiddle
Clyde McGee – Banjo
Scott Michaud – Upright Bass

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS
Supporting back up vocals on “Rock Bottom” by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D’Amario, & Spencer Mode of the all mighty Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Supporting screams on “The Fear” by Veronica Sendejas & Jesse Edward Sendejas. Supporting back up vocals on “Unholy Hymns” by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D’Amario, Spencer Mode, Whitney Flynn & a girl named Lyz. Trombone on “Unholy Hymns” by Andrew Carew of Larry and His Flask. Guitar on “The Devil’s Swing” played by Clyde McGee.

ALBUM ART
Front cover BCS symbol designed by Michael Sinner. Back cover victrola art by Anastasia Guzinskaya. Layout and all other album art by Cud Eastbound.

THE RECORDING
Engineered & Mixed by Jesse Payne at LowShelf Recording in Portland, OR
Engineered & produced by Lightnin’ Luke
Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio in Portland, OR
Mastering for vinyl by Adam Gonsalves Telegraph Audio Portland, OR
All songs written by the Bridge City Sinners

Favorite Tracks: The Devil’s Swing, Rock Bottom, Departed, Love Of Mine, The Legend of Olog​-​hai, Pt. 1 and 2, The Damned, and Unholy Hymns

Sounds Like: Days N’ Daze, Amigo the Devil, Crow Cavalier, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Flogging Molly, Frank Turner, The Dolly Rots, The Jazz Spiders, The Damed, and The Dead South


Photo Credit Bryon Jeremy – @bryon.jeremy (Instagram)

As summer comes to an end. Things begin to get colder and darker. The shadows grow bigger, as daylight is slowly overtaken. The dead rise to to walk among the living and Bridge City sinners are leading the pack with their new release, “Unholy Hymns”. The record actually has two amazing stories combined into 11 tracks. The record begins, “The Devil’s Swing”, plunges the listener into a darkened barroom where the shadows playfully dance to this jazz infused track. The skeletons arise as if commanded by Lightnin’ Luke’s incredible fiddle. You too will be dancing along under the Devil’s magic spell. This track has some huge potential for movies and TV shows as it currently sits at 2k streams on YouTube.

Now our barroom is empty except for one single solitary soul and a band behind her. They are covered in darkness. As if to provide comfort from shadow only. Libby Lux’s vocals on “Rock Bottom” will draw you as she sings her tale. The Devil plays bartender has he continues to provide the nonstop rounds of alcohol. Every aspect of the track is beautifully written.

“Depression, Hello my old friend, It’s so good to see you again, At least with you I won’t die alone”

Rock Bottom – Unholy Hymns – Bridge City Sinners

Call in the skeletons the party has returned on “Departed”. It’s time to dance to this lively track. Be ready as you cannot control it. You’re under Libby’s spell now, move those dancing shoes! “Pick Your Poison” continues this zombie-like trance. Here’s another track with large potential. The story seems to be about getting over a lover, and having as much fun as possible in the process. The old Appalachian sound is given new life by Libby and amazing back up vocals. “Devil Like You”, tells the tale of a marriage gone bad and how it can turn seemingly normal folk into monsters. Unfortunately I am unsure who the male supporting vocal is on the track, but he is damn good!

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“Love of Mine” feels like it changes the tone from a 30-40’s sound to more of an early 50-60’s iconic sound side like The Animals or the Shangri La’s. Libby’s vocal’s feel like a cross between Amy Winehouse and Adele, and meet in the middle to provide a perfect overlay, while the backup singers support from the wings. I can picture our barroom dark and spooky, with a single spotlight on our singer. Only going out to focus on our skeletal dance troupe as they return to take the stage. The heavy bass brings us closer to end as we start our journey into the forest.

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Deep in the dark forest of the Appalachian mountains a demon sits waiting for you to join him on, “The Legend of Olog​-​hai, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2”. Acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, lead you into this forlorn journey only to arrive within the demon’s cave. This may be a reference to the mountain trolls from J. R. R. Tolkien’s, “Lord of The Rings”. As Libby sings the tale, our demon joins in singing the ballad, giving the track a terrifying tone, yet as I listened, a little hesitant and unsure, I was glued to her voice and remaining humanity.

Our heroine has escaped the cave and trudges through the forest as “The Fear” extends its massive black cloud. A dark mass of foreboding uncertainty and all consuming evil, that destroys all in it’s path. The demon continues to echo Libby as she screams in pure agony. The tune reminds me of Disney’s “The Headless Horseman” as Ichabod Crane tries to flee from certain death. Will Libby meet her fate as did poor old Ichabod? We are nearing the end with “The Damned”. The full orchestra brings doom and gloom, as poor Libby is consumed by the Fear.

Photo by Bryon Jeremy & photo editing by Divine Chaos Art

Our heroine has met her fate as we have reached the end of the story with, “Unholy Hymns”. The gentle pick of the acoustic guitar will not save her now as she confronts her past and future. This is by far my favorite track as orchestra and trombone lead her descent into the bowels of hell. Andrew Carew’s trombone (Larry and His Flask) is outright phenomenal.

“Matthew, Mark, Luke And James, It’s Time To March The Saints To Their Graves, It’s Me Against The World In This Fable, Which One Is Cain And Which One Is Abel?”

Unholy Hymns – Unholy Hymns – Bridge City Sinners

In conclusion, Bridge City Sinners, “Unholy Hymns”, is an amazing piece of dark Americana with a story driven musical singalong. The potential for this album to hit movies and television will not only help achieve new fans, but keep present day fans asking for more. The very best part about “Unholy Hymns”? It doesn’t matter how punk rock you think you are. You’ll be dancing to that swing beat in no time.

You can catch Bridge City Sinners tonight in Colorado Springs, 10/01 and 10/02 Denver (With Daze N Days). Oh and you luck folks going to the festivals below can see them as well! CPRA has more in store with BCS. Stay Tuned!

Psycho Fest – Las Vegas, NV (Aug,2021)
Punk Rock Bowling – Las Vegas (Sep,2021)
Muddy Roots – Cookeville, TN (Sep,2021)
Moonrunners – Chicago, IL (Oct,2021)
The Fest – Gainesville, FL (Oct,2021)
Boomtown Fair – United Kingdom (2022)
Rebellion Fest – United Kingdom (2022)
Resist to Exist – Berlin, Germany (2022)
SBÄM Fest, Tabakfabrik, Linz, Austria (2022)

Links

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

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

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

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/67koLjNJIwd3at8sM8EAkt?si=YpIJKarXQ6OsNWsxIwDBnQ&dl_branch=1

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Release Date: August 13, 2021

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Album Info – (Per Bandcamp)

Rosie Rebel: Lead Vocals, Gang Vocals
Jeff Crews: Lead Guitar, Gang Vocals
Matt Van Ernest: Bass Guitar
Phil Wartell: Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Bass (Track 10), Gang Vocals

w/ special guests:
Coolie Ranx (Pilfers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1 and 2), Lead Vocals (Track 2)
Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1-10), Harmonies (Tracks 2, 4 and 9)
Jay Prozac (The Prozacs): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1-8)
Jenny Whiskey (Hub City Stompers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-10), Harmonies (Tracks 1, 9, and 10)
Rob George (Hub City Stompers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1, 6, 9 and 10)

Album artwork, layout and design by Paul Kepple of Headcase Design

Mixed & Mastered by Jesse Cannon
Produced & Arranged by Phil Wartell
Recorded remotely at home in quarantine during Covid-19 with the exception of drums and bass, recorded at Cannon Found Soundation in Brooklyn, New York

Favorite Tracks: Queen Of Swords, All I Need, 1:11, Defend Your Temple, When We Were Young, This One’s For You, The Riveter, On My Way,

Sounds Like: The Damed, Lucy And The Rats, The Linda Lindas, The Spazzys, Crimson Riot, Babes In Toyland, and Amyl and the Sniffers


Photo: Mark Doyle

Has a killer release ever quietly snuck past you? Now I’m going to admit something which may cause my punk cred to fall. I never heard a Stiff Little Fingers track until 2010. Keep in mind I was born in the late 1970’s so how could this be? Maybe I didn’t have enough kick ass punk zines to keep me up to date? So now it’s time for me to share a brand new kick ass release ‘Queen Of Swords’ by Brooklyn’s Typhoid Rosie!

So let’s dive right in and check out ‘Queen Of Swords’. The first track shares the name of the album. Thinking about leaving the unhealthy toxic relationship? Well put on this track. You are the Queen Of Swords. This song has some quick hooks and a powerful message about self love. You deserve something better in your life! The Riot Grrrl message continues with “All I Need”. This track has Coolie Ranx from the Pilfers! The riffs, drums, and gang vocals are awesome. It feels a bit surfpunk infused, yet feels so punk rock.

Photo: Mark Doyle

“1.11” is heavy on bass and has some killer drums. The lyrics are great and will have you singing along. Although I am not sure you an or I could ever match Rosie’s amazing vocals. Per the band’s press release on this track. “I’ve gone through a change where I no longer need other people to fill that void like I once did, because I found my own source of divine love inside of me. This song helps me remember how rare and unique I am and that its time to get back on the saddle of fulfilling my purpose and mission while my heart still beats.

“The next song is “Two of Cups”. Hmmm I’m starting to notice a trend. This album has so many tracks named after Tarot cards. “Two Of Cups” goes harder and much darker. The distortion in the guitar will transport any listener down a vast rabbit hole as Rosie puts you into a gentle musically induced coma. My favorite track on the record is next with, “Defend Your Temple”. As a boy I was told, “Defend your temple by working out, eating healthy, blah, blah, blah”.

Buy the Vinyl Here, https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords

What I wasn’t told was that a woman is not property, a woman has to fight harder to get everything she needs, and that society will try to control almost every aspect of a woman’s life. I feel that every parent should make it a point to teach their children these important points. Or maybe you can play, “Defend Your Temple” and help explain the lyrical content. This track has some incredible fuzz, killer drums and bass. This track alone just might put this on our top album release list of 2021.  

Photo Mark Doyle

“When We Were Young” is up next. I love this track! It’s a bit slower, but still has some power on bass and adds a little variety to this already stellar album. We all have at least a few rad moments from our childhood we will never forget. “This One’s For You” follows and continues the album’s theme of self empowerment. The gang vocals really make this track shine with contributions from Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches) Jay Prozac (The Prozacs). 

“The Chariot” is about not taking crap from anyone and moving forward no matter what. Rosie’s vocals hit some insanely high notes! Next up is my second favorite track, “The Riveter”. This is a pro-union, pro-woman song inspired by The Rosies from WWII and Rosie Rebel’s own experience working with the Local 52. Per the band’s press release, “In my day job, I do props and set dressing for Local 52 on movies and television shows. I am very grateful to work with Local 52. I love my job, and it’s nice to know that as a woman, I earn the same wage as the man doing the same job as me.’ 

Well we have reached the final track, “On My Way”. It has a great message about moving on and leaving all that toxic crap behind. The whole song is fantastic. I love the dramatic tempo changes. It’s a perfect ending to already stellar album.

Buy Now! https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords

In Conclusion, Typhoid Rosie’s, “Queen Of Swords” is a Riot Grrrl indie whirlwind. It mixes genres of punk, surf punk and rock and roll with ease while staying true to it’s message of feminism, self empowerment, and combines all of these in an unforgettable experience. You can listen now on your favorite streaming service or pick up the vinyl here, https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords.

Links

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

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

Bandcamp – https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords

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San Francisco Bay area punks, United Defiance dropped a new single today from their highly anticipated new album, “Change The Frequency” due out October 1, 2021 via Thousand Islands Records. This writer cannot wait to get my hands on some new United Defiance! Be sure to preorder the new record here, https://uniteddefianceband.com/

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Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Uniteddefiance/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uniteddefiance/

Website: https://uniteddefianceband.com/

Smokin’ Sam Babin is back once again in CPRA newsroom with a new video for “The Return Of Karl Marx”. If you recall Sam is a one man punk rock band and performs all aspects of his tracks. If you look close at the 56 second mark. You can see Sam wearing a CPRA shirt! You can read more up on Sam here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/smokin-sam-babin/.

Links:

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

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

Today’s #CPRATrackOfTheDay comes from a one man OI band based in Las Vegas, NV. The track, “It’s A Problem” and it’s KILLER!

Sounds Like: The Bronx, Last Reel Hero, The Drowns, Barking Mad and NOISE.

Links: https://foolserrand702.bandcamp.com/track/its-a-problem

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These Roving Years (TRY) members, Adam “Bomb” Segal of The Faction, April Schupmann from Sniper 66, bassist Todd Daigle, and Rob Rover Rushing (Punk Rock Saves Lives) have announced a Colorado Mini Tour in August 2021. CPRA reviewed their new EP here a few months back, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2021/04/16/these-roving-years-try-release-self-titled-debut-ep-now-i-need-a%f0%9f%9a%92-truck/. I myself cannot wait to see them play!

8/12/2021- FT Collins Invite Link – https://fb.me/e/dVOcHGzlj

8/13/2021 3pm (ALL AGES) – Information Mutiny Café – Denver Show

8/13/2021 – 5pm Till Close – Punk Rock Saves Lives Happy Hour – TRY/Bricheros/The Hacks/

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Listening Links:

TRY Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theserovingyears

TRY IG – https://www.instagram.com/theserovingyears_try/

TRY Bandcamp – https://theserovingyears.bandcamp.com/

A Bartender from Denver’s The Oriental Theater serves a drink to a customer

Strange things are afoot in Denver, Colorado this evening as a brand new ALL PUPPET (Jelly Pupps) band takes the livestream stage for the first time from Denver’s The Oriental Theater. They join Denver’s Creature Canopy and The Hellgrammites. So what exactly are we in for?  

Livestream Trailer

Why did Hellgrammites drop this still of Kyle Clark from 9News on there Facebook page a few days back? Is their to be a clash between the puppet band and news media? Do the puppets have a drug problem? Oh geez! What on earth is going on here?

Lucky for you and this writer tonight is the Livestream event and there are 2 ways to watch this awesome show. 1. You can purchase livestream tickets here, https://hellgrammites.ticketleap.com/orientaltheater/. 2. You can attend the kickass watch party tonight at Kuma’s Corner (New Metal Bar W/ Burgers!) from 6pm-9pm., be sure to call ahead and reserve a table!

Release Date: April 23, 2021

Format: Digital

Location: Denver, CO

Sounds like: CHASER, I Am The Owl, Fine Dining, and Record Thieves


Todays the big day for Denver’s A Little Off as they release their brand new video for “The Space Between Us”. Sunset Silhouette’s Brian Bonsall makes a guest appearance on this video. I personally cannot wait to see A Little Off as soon as possible! This track comes from their latest killer EP, “Symptomatic”. Get it now, https://alittleoff.bandcamp.com/releases

In case you need more check out their video for “Cauterized”!

Links

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

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

Bandcamp – https://alittleoff.bandcamp.com/releases

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3jNuezSskC4Zk5pSWp8pqQ

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

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/.

Links

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

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

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