Album Reviews & Music News

The Red Lite District Release Smashing Sophomore Effort: “Peephole”

Release Date: 12/11/2020                                                         

Format: Digital

Label: DCC Records

Current Lineup: 

David Cameron – Guitar and vocals

Graham Dickson – Guitar and backing vocals

Barry McAvoy – Bass and backing vocals

Derek McKee – Drums and backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Killer Disco, Ghosts, Send in the Clowns, The Idiot, The Fireman

Sounds Like: The Damned, FEAR, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Vibrators, and The Clash


Peephole, The Red Lite District’s second EP, is a welcome new addition to CPRA’s collection of Favorite New Sounds. This is our second review of The Red Lite District and we are honored to review this five song collection.

Killer Disco / Track 1

The Red Lite District’s Peephole starts off with a haunting tale of a Glasgow killer targeting Scotch discos of the sixties. Killer Disco features both Graham and David on guitar and a nimble pace; this will be a blast to experience live. There’s a lot of old school UK influences on this EP, and this track is perfectly colored with shadows of punk and garage rock. 

Killer Disco has a music video to accompany the track. Check it out here.

The Idiot / Track 2

The lyrics bring to mind the never-ending pretentious part-time residents of Aspen. The sounds make me want to find a dive and get beer spilled all over my shoes while screaming about idiots. Listen often, listen loudly. 

The Fireman / Track 3

The third -and longest- track on the EP, The Fireman, presents a highly relatable 2020 motto: “life is impossible / when chemicals are your only pleasure”. Why is this so accurate? Rapid-fire guitars layered with a dynamic bass line perfectly suit Derek’s volatile beats. 

Caution: Infectious “Hey-Aohs” will commandeer your brain. 

Send in the Clowns / Track 4 

At 2:30, Send in the Clowns keeps it short but not so sweet. This humorous rant hands out a thought-provoking refrain: “food banks for the fat/ the Cayman Islands are just that” which is, coincidentally, perfect for blasting while stuck in traffic amongst the never ending interstate buffet of Teslas and Audis. 

Ghosts / Track 5

I’ve always hated my birthday. This track reminds me why: “light a candle and wish away the dark / don’t you see it’s your birthday”. I spent untold years waiting for my father to show up on my birthday, like a fucking Hallmark movie, which never happened. When I listened to this song the first time I wanted to simultaneously turn it up, and cry. This is a song about the illusions of life set against the harshness of reality. 

Add it to your playlist. 

Peephole tastes like gravel and honey but for your ears.  Buy it. Love it. 

Track List (Subject To Change)

Killer Disco

The Idiot

The Fireman

Send in the Clowns

Ghosts

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Record Thieves Release ‘Wasting Time’, And All The 90’s Skatepunks Rejoiced, Vinyl Coming Feb 2021

Release Date: 11/24/2020                                               

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike Waterhouse

Jim Wilcox

Allen White

Fred Bear

Chad Gilbert

Favorite Tracks: Sacrifice, Work It Out, Transmission Clear, Sunburn, Actors For Hire, Who’s Driving, Wasting Time, The Feed, Daily Revolver, Crown Of Foil, and Slumber Party

Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, Pennywise, Authority Zero, and Pulley


Are you looking for some new kickass skatepunk? Look no further, Denver’s Record Thieves have released their debut album ‘Wasting Time’ via Thousand Islands Records. CPRA has been wanting to get our hands on this one since the band released their first single a few months back. This punk rock supergroup, features members from, Of Authority Zero, Allout Helter, and Boldtype. Each member brings their own unique and epic style to this record. 

Sacrifice

The first track is “Sacrifice”. I was immediately thrown back into my highschool era 92-96. This was back when bands like NOFX, and Propagandi were bringing joy to my little teenage ear holes. The quick guitar hooks are my favorite in the track and the lyrical content hits home. 

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Work It Out

We’ve all been there when a relationship is failing. You question everything and anything. I think we can all relate to the songwriter on this track. I love the drums on this track, The melodic hardcore style feels perfected, yet not too close to being overproduced. I’ll be adding this track to my next relationship mixtape. 

Transmission Clear

This track is about letting go and moving on. The song is more on the melodic hardcore side which is unexpected, but gives the track a more deeper feeling. The lyrics again steal the show while the lead vocals perfectly align. If you are currently leaving a tough relationship listen to this track. Music soothes a damaged soul. 

Sunburn

This track swings right back to the skate punk side with it heavy chords, fast hooks, and awesome change ups. I love the guitar on this track. It harkens back to an early Suicidal Tendencies feeling. 

Actors For Hire

This track goes full hardcore. It reminds me of early Strung Out with its kickass riffs on guitar, thumping bass, and crazy fast drums. The vocals are killer. This is by far my favorite track on the record. 

Who’s Driving

This is my second favorite track. I love everything about this track, Waterhouse’s vocals are killer! The ending guitar riff sends it over the edge! We’re gonna need a music video for this one. 

Wasting Time

I don’t know about you, but I’ve wasted plenty of time in anger. Mainly with things completely out of my control. Things I really should’ve let go. Some of those things took me years to get over. We all feel out of control right now with Covid, so put this on and get some of that out! This track is beautiful. The bass gives this a dark edge. 

The Feed

This track comes in at a breakneck speed. Hit the pit, this is the track to do it. I hear some older influences and I love it. This track talks about the dangers of technology and nonstop “Feeding The Machine”. 

Daily Revolver

The guitar riffs on this track are fucking rad. It speaks about breaking the daily 9-5 cycle and remaining true to yourself. 

Crown Of Foil 

With the invention of the internet of course conspiracy theories had to follow. The gang vocals, “We can run, but we can’t hide” are by far my favorite part of this song. 

Slumber Party

Sadly we have reached the final song on ‘Wasting Time’. I have no idea where this came from, but this track reminds me of the movie/series, “High Fidelity”. Isn’t that what art/music is supposed to do? This is the perfect ending for an album. 

Pic by Jacob Fox

CPRA Conclusion

In Denver we have 2 scenes, Metal and Punk Rock. Occasionally there may be a show which features bands from both, but unfortunately it’s not very often. ‘Wasted Time’ by the Record Thieves may just be the album that can bridge these 2 scenes under one roof. The 90’s skate punk sound will leave you with “Devil Horns” in the air as you hit the skatepark. It will leave a lasting impression on you as it has on this writer. This record is just what I needed to cure my Covid 19 blues.

Seriously get this on vinyl for that authentic sound here, or buy the digital release here, https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wasting-time

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Amazon Originals Announces Special Free Pre-Screening Of “Uncle Frank” Code inside

Amazon Studios family drama and Sundance film festival favorite, UNCLE FRANK (details below) will open exclusively on Amazon Prime on Wednesday November 25th- just in time for Thanksgiving. Accompanied by his teenage niece, a gay literature professor reluctantly returns home to attend his father’s funeral.

Must RSVP today to be registered for the Prescreen!

Go to AmazonScreenings.com and enter the code: WOMDenverUF

About the film

In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) — an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank’s father — Beth’s grandfather — Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from. 

Writer-director Alan Ball’s heartfelt and hilarious road movie travels from the bohemian scene of post-Stonewall New York City to rural South Carolina, following Frank’s painful journey from hitting rock bottom to acceptance and forgiveness and, finally, reintegration into his family and into life itself. Bettany reveals Frank’s fragile core by peeling away the layers of Frank’s sophisticated but guarded persona. Sophia Lillis plays Beth as a naïve but observant young woman whose eyes are opened to a world she could never have imagined. Peter Macdissi also has a standout performance as Wally, a man whose capacity for compassion runs deeper than he even knows. Ball (known for his ensemble TV work on Six Feet Under and True Blood) also elicits strong turns from his superb supporting cast, including Stephen Root, Margo Martindale, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer and Lois Smith. 

Amazon Originals have been turning out some amazing movies/series lately such as BORAT, The Boys, Truth Seekers, WAYNE, and Good Omens. Don’t miss this chance to see “Uncle Frank” before it goes public!

The Mazlows Open Pre-Order Link For “Community Locker” On Vinyl

11/9/2020 – File Under #CPRAMUSICNEWS

So apparently when I write out my dreams they do indeed come true? Denver’s The Mazlows are releasing their debut album, “Community Locker” on vinyl. I love this album and so happy to see a release on record! You can read our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2020/08/06/best-pop-punk-album-of-2020-denvers-the-mazlows-release-community-locker-and-skabones-realizes-hes-a-music-snob/.

Considering this album is a nominee for best pop punk album of the year, You definitely wanna grab a copy of the vinyl as fast as humanly possible! You can pre-order here, https://www.themazlows.com/new-products/the-mazlows-community-locker-limited-edition-12-deluxe-vinyl.

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Denver’s Poor Me Drops Surprise New track, “Classwar”, Don’t Forget To Vote!

Release Date: 11/1/2020                                                          

Format: Digital

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Brett Delaney: Vocals / Nick Butler: Guitar / Nick Chmel: Drums / Mike Goyn: Bass/Vocals / Jason McWhinnie: Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Classwar

Sounds Like: The Shell Corp, Propagandhi, Good Riddance, and Anti-Flag



Denver’s Poor Me dropped a surprise new single yesterday in support to remind you to get out and vote. Poor Me’s latest release, “Classwar” is an anger driven punk rock anthem that begs you to challenge the truth. The gang vocals really make this track stand out. You can pick it up here, https://poorme.bandcamp.com/track/classwar

Make sure your voice is heard on November 3, 2020, You can find your local polling place here, https://www.usa.gov/election-office.

“This oath is class war – tandem discourse.

No wished reward. Here’s giving to lofty goals.

Ugliness took the polls.

Touché. Well played.

And they never cared at all.

And they never cared.

No, they never cared at all.”

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Track List (Subject To Change)

Classwar

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#CPRA Book Reviews – “Tony Fly Tames The Sky” By Curt Fulster, Supporting The Tony Sly Music Foundation For Kids

In this video Skabones reviews the new children’s book by Denver’s very own, Curt Fulster. In this book a fly played by Tony Sly helps out others in need. “Tony Fly Tames The Sky” supports the Tony Sly Music Foundation For kids. You can check out the foundation here, https://www.facebook.com/tonyslymusicfoundationforkids/. Curt has some amazing kids books! You can order, “Tony Fly Tames The Sky” and more here, https://cfulstybooks.com/

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With 54,000+ Plays On Spotify, Millie Manders And The Shutup’s Latest Release, “Telling Truths And Breaking Ties” Is…

Release date: October 23, 2020

Format : Digital, CD, and Vinyl

Location: Norwich/London

Current Lineup: 

-James Pendle – guitars
-Alessandro Vitiello – drums and samples
-Georgina Boreham – bass guitars
-Dom Walker – sax, trumpet and synth.

Favorite Tracks: Your Story, Broken Record, Here We Go Again, Silent Screams, Bitter, Panic, Not Okay, and Burnout

Sounds Like:  Save Ferris, Last Reel Hero, No Doubt, Dance hall Crashers, People Corrupting People, Band Manners, Sorry Sweetheart, The Interrupters, and The Transplants


Let’s hop in the way back machine kids. All The way back to 2018. CPRA started our quest to bring you the best music and news reviews for Colorado. We quickly surpassed our Colorado goal and started looking internationally. By pure happenstance I happened to come across skapunks, Millie Manders & The Shutup. Their first EP release, “Shutup”, blew me away. You can read that review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/millie-manders-the-shutup-shutup-ep/

Since April 2020, we’ve been featuring Millie Manders & The Shutup through CPRA TV on youtube with their new videos for “Your Story” and “Silent Screams”. So today it’s my pleasure to review their new album, “Telling Truths And Breaking Ties”. Let’s start out this review with the first track, ‘Your Story”. I LOVE this song. Millie’s heartfelt and powerful vocals, blazing horns, incredible bass and guitar, and the drums will have you dancing right along. 

This track reminds me what it feels like to be wanted by someone who doesn’t love you back. We’ve all been there going through hoops just to play a part in their story. The next track up is “Broken Record’. This one goes out to all those people who sound like broken records. “I’m sorry, I’ll never hurt you again”. We all know that’s bullshit, but somehow manage to let them creep back in. Millie’s vocal range on this song is nuts!

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The next song is “Here We Go Again (Black Dog”. The chorus will have you singing along from the start. The bass thumps deep, while the guitar and sax lend a friendly hand. The track gets gritty and I love it. Before we go onto the next song, I feel it’s important to discuss mental health. This year has been extra hard on all of us and especially those with mental health challenges. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. We don’t want to lose anyone! Let’s get back to the next kickass song, “Silent Screams”. This one is for all of us whomever felt no one could hear our silent screams. Mander’s voice speaks to my inner soul. The lyrical writing on this song is remarkable, while each instrument plays an equally important part. 

“Bitter” is the next track and it’s angry. I really didn’t expect this one coming; but I absolutely love the dark bass lines, the guttural almost sinister like vocals, and tribal drums. I think I also hear a theremin in there which was definitely unexpected. Shout out to People Corrupting People for introducing me to the crazy sound of the theremin. 

“Poor Man’s Show” follows up with a more old school Two Tone sound. It speaks of the poor suffering while the rich stay nice and warm. This track may be referring to England, yet I feel it relates to the entire world. Here in the states we have so many people laid off and suffering yet our government can’t agree on any sort of stimulus to help us out. Let’s get dark and nasty next with “Panic”.  “Panic” speaks on climate change and the dangers of staying on the course we have. Here in Colorado we have historic fires that have been burning for 3 months! 

After listening to tracks like “Bitter” and “Panic” it’s hard to imagine going back to a softer tone yet they do just that with “Glitter Mix”. At first listen I thought this might be Adele and actually had to check my phone. This track shows the amazing talent the band holds and Mander’s voice seems to reach new heights. “Not Okay” speeds the tone back up and the skapunk sound fully returns. Here’s yet another track that will make you dance. Were all going bored out of our minds with quarantine so put on this song and make your own dance party. I love the lyrics on this track. 

||: I’m not ok
I don’t see myself being that way
I haven’t been for years
But I’ve got masks made up to cover up my tears :||
I’m not ok…”

The last and final track is up next with a great upbeat tempo, “Burnout”. Did you ever think about the bands bringing you music? Many of them struggle to bring you the music. They are working jobs just like you and me and still manage to hit the road. They manage to produce new music as often as they can afford it. That’s why CPRA really pushes underground bands. We may occasionally write on mainstream music, but let’s face it. Those bands already have a massive following. This track is badass!

In closing, Millie Manders & The Shutup’s, “Telling Truth And Breaking Ties”, is an absolute lyrical and instrumental masterpiece. This record is now a nominee for my best album of 2020! I can only see the number of plays on Spotify and other media distributors growing and growing. It’s the perfect gift for the teen you’re trying to get into punk rock. You can check it out here, https://milliemanders.bandcamp.com/album/telling-truths-breaking-ties.

Tracks: 

1. Your Story

2. Broken Record 

3. Here We Go Again (Black Dog) 

4. Silent Screams

5. Bitter

6. Poor Man’s Show 

7. Panic 

8. Glitter Mix 

9. Not Ok 

10. Burnout 

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Rubika Shah’s, “White Riot” Is A MUST SEE, Documents The 70’s Rock Against Racism Movement

Photo Syd Shelton

Release Date: 10/15/2020        

Directed By:  Rubika Shah                          

Format: Digital 

Featuring: (Per White Riot website)

Featuring: Red Saunders; Roger Huddle; Kate Webb; The Clash; Steel Pulse; Tom Robinson; Poly Styrene; Sham 69; Alien Kulture

For Fans Of: Pick it Up Ska In the 90’s, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, The Decline Of Western Civilization, and Punk’s Not Dead
CPRA Rating: 9.5


Photo Syd Shelton

In the age of the Trump administration we have seen a meteoric rise in facism and systematic racism. It has been there all along, but it was lurking, sure to peek it’s ugly head again. In Rubika Shah’s new movie, “White Riot”, 1970’s England was a breeding ground for a fascist and racist movement called the “National Front”. The economy was bad causing many of the youth to go without work.

See the video review here, https://youtu.be/dLkg2fjtnCI

Many popular music acts at the time showed their support for the “NF”, such as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and yes even David Bowie. A movement was started by a punk zine called “TempoRaRy Hoarding”. The magazine was a complete DIY project. The magazine was used as a political tool to combat the “NF” members such as Enoch Powell. The magazine also interviewed bands like Sham 69, The Clash, and Steel Pulse. Out of Temporary Hoarding, the movement Rock Against Racism was born. I absolutely loved this movie.

Here are a few things I loved about the movie. 

  1. The inspiration for Temporary Hoarding and Rock Against Racism was England’s economy, and a right wing fascist movement called, The National Front. The National Front was inspiring youths to go out and commit acts of hate. 
  2. I had heard that Eric Clapton was in favor of the National Front, but I never looked into it. I think people want to shove this under the rug. I no longer hold him with the respect I once did. I also had no clue that other mainstream artists from England at the time held Fascist/and Nationalistic views. David Bowie s also mentioned,
  3. The archival footage is amazing. Kate Webb’s story details how Temporary Hoarding created the zine, and distributed. The DIY element still survives today and I feel Temporary Hoarding was a major inspiration into today’s punk rock culture. 
  4. Seeing The Clash and Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69 performing “White Riot” to a crowd of 100,000 supporters at the Rock Against Racism Carnival was amazing. Jimmy Pursey showing his support for RAR after a riot by National Front Kids was pretty cool. 

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Photo Syd Shelton

“White Riot” by Rubika Shah is by far one of the most profound punk documentaries of the 21rst century. No time is more important than now to embrace the grassroots element of Temporary Hoardings and the Rock Against Racism Movement. We MUST continue the fight against fascism and racism, in the alley and in the voting booth. For information about making your vote count go here, https://www.headcount.org/state/. You can watch “White Riot” here, https://www.filmmovement.com/white-riot 

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Battle Pussy Drops Surprise New Single, “Vote”, Vote So They Don’t Kick Your Ass!

Release Date: 10/15/2020                                                       

Format: Digital 

Current Lineup: 

Suzy Slade – Guitar and lead vocals

Judy Porter-Bosco- Bass and back up vocals

Betty “the Beet” Romero – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Vote

Sounds Like: The Damed, Distillers, Bikini Kill, Babes In Toyland, and the Lunachicks


Denver’s Battle Pussy pulled out a giant surprise this morning with their new single release, “Vote”. The new track is super catchy, Suzy Slade’s vocals are riveting and tight, while Judy’s bass thumps. Betty’s drums feel like they are channeling the ghost of Tommy Ramone.

 This politically driven track reminds me of how important it is to vote! Most Colorado residents should be receiving their mail in ballots soon. If you need to register to vote please go here, https://vote.gov/. I don’t want to hear anyone complain about the election results if you didn’t vote! And if you don’t Battle Pussy will kick your ass! Ok maybe they won’t, or will they? 

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Denver’s Punk Rock Supergroup, Record Thieves, Release New Single, “Sacrifice”, And We Want More!

Release Date: Oct 2020, New Record releases 11/24/2020                                                         

Format: Digital 

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Pic by AnarchoPunk

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike Waterhouse
Jim Wilcox
Allen White
Fred Bear
Chad Gilbert

Favorite Tracks: Sacrifice

Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, The Unindicted Co-Conspirators, Authority Zero, All Out Helter, and Boldtype


One of our favorite small labels, Thousand Islands Records, just got a little bigger with their addition of Denver’s new punk rock supergroup, Record Thieves. The Record Thieves just released their newest single, “Sacrifice” a few days back. I personally cannot wait for their debut album, ‘Wasting Time’ out November 24, 2020. 

I love the guitar solos, drums, vocals, in fact everything about this track hits home. By listening and not knowing one may think the Record Thieves were a 90’s Fat Wreck band. So be sure to download this now through your preferred format,https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/recordthieves/sacrifice. I’m hoping there will be a vinyl release!

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