Album Reviews & Music News

CPRA Music News: One Man Band Seattle Stomp To Drop Maudlin Madness on 1/3/2020

Release Date: January 3, 2020                                                             

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: Crush Grove Records

Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • All songs written and performed by Alex Molica

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Favorite Tracks: Anxious Thoughts and Great Unknown

Sounds Like: 86-B, Prav Grant, Cokie The Clown, and Frank Turner


Former Denver transplant Seattle Stomp is set to drop, “Maudlin Madness” on January 3, 2013. We got our hands on an early preview. From the 2 tracks available we thoroughly enjoyed both “Anxious Thoughts” and “Great Unknown”. Give it a listen below and pick it up tomorrow here, https://crushgroverecords.bandcamp.com/album/maudlin-madness 

I reached out to Alex Molica, aka Seattle Stomp to get his thoughts on the latest release.  See his thoughts below


CPRA: What brought you to Denver?

Seattle Stomp: Well, I had graduated from Indiana Univ. in 2016 and was going through an anywhere but here, “running from myself” so I quit music, sold all my personal possessions and cruised the US for 6 months. On the road I fell in love with Denver and after I ran out of money decided to move there. A long personal struggle with drugs and alcohol caught up with me and that’s when these songs came to be during my time in Denver in 2016 and 2017 because you can’t run from the music that creates itself inside. Lived in Denver 2016-2018 and came to Ann Arbor in 2018.

CPRA: How is the music scene here compared to where you came from?

Seattle Stomp: The scene in Denver was awesome, I really loved Hi-Dive and Lions Lair and my favorite show was seeing Guantanamo Baywatch at Hi-Dive in November 2017. Denver is very different from most places in the midwest, here if you are in a band, cites are so much closer to tour and play and develop a route if you want to not play your hometown all the time, not so in Denver. The thing I found in Denver though is that all the hippy crap seems to be overbearing so the punks really show up when there’s a good local show going on because they don’t have it as much as we do in the midwest (at least thats what I saw)

CPRA: What does 2020 have in store? 

Seattle Stomp: January is the big month for Seattle Stomp, January 3rd will be the album release in Ypsilanti, MI with Idle Ray, Jim Cherewick and CT James….January 16th St Petersburg, FL at Black Crowe Coffee with Emily Turnage and Eyelid CinemaJanuary 17th at Uncle Lous in Orlando, FL with The Grizzly Atoms, Dougie Flesch and the Slashers and Alien WitchJanuary 18th at Shanghai Nobby’s in St. Augustine, FL with AC Deathstrike, Flora LiCrame and Half my Home

CPRA: That’s fantastic! Where are you based now in Michigan? 

Seattle Stomp: Ann Arbor, MI and as you can see I did come back to music, the label and the bands after some much needed readjustments to life. 

—–END INTERVIEW—–

Thanks Alex and be sure to check out his label Crush Grove Records and download the new record here tomorrow, https://crushgroverecords.bandcamp.com/album/maudlin-madness.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Anxious Thoughts
  2. January
  3. Great Unknown
  4. Denver Song
  5. Little Red Riding Hood
  6. No Idea
  7. Power Jam Situation
  8. Mon Frere

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How Do You Get To Be Ok? German Ska Punks, No Authority, Drop New EP, “This Is Your Time”

Release Date: 11/15/2019

Format: Digital and physical

Label: 

Location: 

  • Blackforest Germany 

Favorite Tracks: Be OK, Far From Loving, Do It Right, Alone, For A Day, That Style

Sounds Like: Five Iron Frenzy, Madaline, Holophonics, Mad Caddies, Bad Brains, Transplants, Rancid, Last Reel Hero and MU330


What do you do when you find a band and absolutely love them? You share them everywhere you can! So back in October 2019 the cool dudes in No Authority sent me their new EP, “This Is Your Time”. They mentioned they would be dropping 2019, but not until their EP release party in November. So for the last 2 months I’ve scoured the internet hoping to see the EP had been dropped to the major music streamers. 

I have to admit not being able to share kick ass music with the rest of the world was super hard. Today I get to introduce, or shall I say reintroduce German Ska punks, No Authority! The band has been doing the dog since the 1990’s. How did I not know this band already? Be sure to read my article, “Pick It Up Ska In The 90s” for more historical information on ska punk. Don’t forget to hit the Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Show as well! 

From the first day I received the CD from No Authority. “This Is Your Time” has been stuck on repeat. As you can see the EP even landed on CPRA Presents: the Youtube Channel! I approached this EP just like everyone other piece of music we listen to. I admit I tend to be a pessimist when it comes to new music. It’s not that I don’t want to listen, more like I don’t want to hate it. That’s probably the Dad Punk in me coming out. 

So imagine me repeating the same tracks over and over again. BTW I think my wife is gonna toss my radio out the window! Haha! Anyhow let’s check out this EP. I have one question for you. How Do You Get To Be Ok? Ya know when life just sucks? When everything around you blows? You put on “Be OK” by No Authority. 

The track is upbeat with power horns placed perfectly and well timed. The lyrics will be stuck in your head for days. You will also have something to lift up your spirits.  The pick it up is strong with this track. Personally I think this track has huge potential with transatlantic airplay.

Go to 17:56 For Skabones take on “This Is Your Life”

The next track “Far From Loving” comes in strong with guitar and horns. The drums are impressive. “You know this is a bad time to fall in love, You know this is RAD, Why don’t you fall in love again”. I’m skanking at my desk just listening to this track. So what have you got to lose by falling in love again? We all have been there at some point, afraid to lose and even more afraid to win.

The next track “Do It Right” reminds me of early Mad Caddies. It’s more on the slower side. The story is gold. Another track I absolutely adore. This is definitely a skanking song! “Alone” is the next song and more on the Northern Soul side. The track is heavier than the others and more on a serious note.

“This is why you feel so alone,
This how you want to be,
Pretty sad you know,
You’re failing life and you give it away.”

“For A Day” follows again with some epic lyrics, fantastic pick it up sound and amazing vocals. I love the repeat of “This Is Your Life”. It’s not your boss, your spouse, or even your kids. It’s YOUR life! Last and certainly not least, “That Style” is next. Something about this song just makes me smile. Maybe it’s the gentle horns, upbeat tempo, or a nerd trying to get some loving like me. This track will make you dance!

In reflection, “This Is Your Life” by No Authority is every ska punk fans dream. This EP is 6 tracks of pure old. In comparison to some of their older albums. This record absolutely kills it! This little record will become one of your favorites in no time. Also they come in a super rad color on vinyl. So pick it up, right now, here, now, http://www.noauthority.de/

Photo by Max Orlich Photography

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Tracks: 

1. Be OK

2. Far From Loving

3. Do It Right

4. Alone

5. For A Day

6. That Style

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CPRA Music News: Bands Against The Ban Announce Show At The Oriental In Support Of Planned Parenthood

We’ve got some important news to share from Denver’s Bands Against The Ban. See the full press release below!


Bands Against the Ban
Contact: David Pereira/Megan Kelley/Ethan Kotel
Phone: 303.587.5543/303.910.9367/303.956.7556
Email: info@hateminor.com/info@marriedadeadman.com/info@ethankotel.com

For immediate release: 12/13/2019

BANDS AGAINST THE BAN IS BRINGING MUSIC AND ACTIVISM TOGETHER!


Join Denver’s pre-eminent artists as they work to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood at the Oriental Theater on January 4 th

Denver, Colorado: Spearheaded by Megan Kelley, of the band Married a Dead Man, and
David Pereira, of the band Hate Minor , Bands Against the Ban is a new coalition of
Denver-based artisans, music-lovers, and activists, teaming up to defend a woman’s right to affordable, accessible health care. Their first event – a benefit concert for Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado – will be held on January 4th, 2020, at the Oriental Theater.

Photo By Devon Broderick

BATB is thrilled and honored to partner up with Denver-local businesses – Evergroove
Studio , Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado , Spruce Barber and Clothier , the Oriental
Theater
, Mutiny Information Cafe , and more – to take a stand for reproductive rights, and
create an event that’s as fun as it is effective!

Headlined by Church Fire , with direct support from post-punk gothic band Married a Dead
Man, rock-duo newcomers Hate Minor, and burlesque-troupe Rebel Girl Productions , this
show promises to deliver some serious punch, while raising some serious funds for a cause that every Denverite can get behind. We are thrilled to do our part to elevate female artistry as we work towards a better future for every woman; with each featured band boasting a strong female presence, from conceptualization to execution.

Music and activism go hand in hand, and BATB is proud to honor Denver’s strong tradition of conscientious songwriting and performance with an event designed to raise awareness and help embattled non-profits like Planned Parenthood to accomplish their missions. As we press into election season, we believe BATB’s goals will resonate with the Denver Music Scene, and help to inspire political activism from musicians and music-fans alike as we fight for what we believe in.

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CPRA Music News – Stray The Course Drops New Single cover of "Dua Lipa’s IDGAF" aka Pop Punk Goes Metal!

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Release Date: December 16, 2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ronnie Toplyn: Vocals/Guitar
  • Steve Nelson: Vocals/Guitar
  • Ben Baroch: Bass Guitar/Back up Vocals
  • Cooper Travis: Drums/Back up Vocals

Favorite Tracks: IDGAF

Sounds Like: Flatliners, Came And Took It, Nerdlinger, and Fourbanger


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It seems that Stray The Course is prepping up for a new EP! We here at CPRA are huge fans! Today they released their brand new cover of DUA LIPA – “IDGAF”. The track is pop punked with a side of metal. The original version is not my style, but I”ll rock this one everyday!

I LOVE this song! Be sure to check out our other articles on the Stray The Course here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/

Tracks: 

  1. IDGAF

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Hotel Murder Releases H.H. Holmes (Serial Killer) Inspired Track (S/T)

Release Date: October 31, 2019

Format: Digital 

Location: 

  • Toronto, ONT, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nick MacDougall – Drums
  • Faraz Jabbari – Bass/Vox
  • Jeff Mouland – Guitar
  • Chris Boneless- Guitar
  • Alex Spence – Lead Vox

Favorite Tracks: Hotel Murder

Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, AFI, Murderdolls, Hangtime, and Balzsac


Ontario based, Hotel Murder launched their brand new single, “Hotel Murder” on 10/31/2019. We may be a little late on this, but in the spirit of the Nightmare Before Christmas. We all need more horror punk in our lives. This track isn’t your average new school emo punk. This is old school horror punk in your face, Heavy bass, fast riffs, and punch out drums lead a chorus of nightmarish ghouls. 

The fact that is song is based off of serial killer H.H Holmes should be enough to check this out! You can read up on H.H. here, but don’t say I didn’t warn you! Personally I think H.H. was actually Jack The Ripper. I know some historians would beg to differ. See the debate here, https://www.biography.com/news/american-ripper-hh-holmes-jack-the-ripper. This track is just a sample of some kick ass music coming from Hotel Murder! 

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Tracks: 

1. Hotel Murder

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Jagger Holly Releases Tongue In Cheek Christmas LP, “It's Christmas Somewhere” Out Now on Monster Zero Records

Release Date: 11/15/2019

Format: Digital and physical

Label: 

Location: 

  • Innsbruck, Austria. The band includes members from The Spastic Hearts (USA) DeeCracks (Austria) and On My Arms (Italy) 

Current Lineup:

  • Jagger Holly- Vocals/Bass
  • Darby McCartney- Guitar/Vocals
  • Izzy Adler- Drums

Favorite Tracks: Christmas In Hawaii, What Do You Want For Christmas?, Santa Baby, All Alone On Christmas, 

Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Queers, Came And Took It, Neon Bone, Lost Love, Latte+, Lawrence Arms, Flatliners, Nerdlinger, and Teenage Bottlerocket


What happened to the crazy Christmas videos from the 70s, 80s, 90’s? They say video killed the radio star, did internet streaming kill the video star? Actually MTv pretty much killed itself by switching over to a reality TV format. This started way before internet streaming became the popular format. So I thought in the spirit of Christmas and that of Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”. I’d revisit some ghosts of Christmas past before checking out the new Jagger Holly release. 

Let’s start things off with the The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight). Next to FEAR’s. “Fuck Christmas” this is by far one of my favorite Christmas videos. The popular school of thought is Joey wrote this for his current girlfriend at the time Linda Ramone. We may never know, but the legal battle over the Ramones copyright continues today.

Another favorite Christmas video of mine is RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”. Not only is the video hilarious; but the song proved that rap could create some excellent seasonal tunes.

Last but number one in my book overall, The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York”. This controversial song reminds us that not all is happy and joyous.

This review is not really about any of the songs above, but they are all about Christmas. Since the rise 90’s punk. The amount of covers and originals are endless. So how is, Jagger Holly – “Somewhere It’s Christmas” in 3 words, A TOTAL BLAST! The intro track, “Ghost Of Christmas Past”, pays homage to the classic setting up the rest of the album. Personally I’d throw in some hits from the over consumed, People Corrupting People’s album, “White Elephant”. 

“Christmas in Hawaii” is next and comes in with some surf like chords while paying tribute to “Mele Kalikimaka”. “What Do You Want For Christmas” follows with a fantastic love ballad. Speaking on love ballads. I have yet to be Whammed, by “Last Christmas”. Let us hope I don’t hear it. Haha! “Santa Baby” is next with twist on the popular song with Jagger Holly giving us an original version. The lyrics are hilarious. 

“Santa Baby, 

I feel so good lately, 

except for the drugs we used, 

Satan made me do, 

I’m sorry”

The next track is “Lonely”. Talk about seasonal blues! I love this ballad. It’s sad, but it’s for all of us missing someone special this time of year. As Clark Griswold introduces, “Holiday Without You” you are set up for old Griswold family christmas! This is a fun track! The “Ghost Of Christmas Present” follows with a super heavy bass line! This is a great instrumental track only. 

Next up is a fantastic cover of Darlene Love’s, “All Alone On Christmas”. This track appeared on the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Sadly the movie was forgettable and somewhat strange to say the least. This cover features Lucy Spazzy ( Lucy And The Rats/ Spazzys) on vocals. I dig this version much better than the original. Lucy’s voice reminds me of Kirsty Maccoll. She nails this track! Side note the original was written by Steven Van Zandt

“Number One On My Christmas List” follows with a strong pop punk tune. Jagger Holly is one of those bands I simply love listening to and “It’s Christmas Somewhere” incorporates everything we love and hate about Christmas. The next song is an anthem ballad called, “I’m Not Coming Home Christmas”. Now I’m not sure if this is a rip at Don Henley’s, “Please Come Home For Christmas, but It just might be.   

The “Ghost Of Christmas Future” follows and returns a strong surf/rockabilly beat. I’d be lying if I said, “I hate rockabilly Christmas tunes”. In fact I was raised on them! The final track is, “Mistletoe” and continues the country twang. It pokes fun at atheists celebrating Christmas. It’s time I go try and wrap some presents! 

In conclusion, Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere” is like a snowy Hawaiian adventure from Christmas’s past, and a pop punk rumble through the future. I would love to see, “All Alone On Christmas” hit the pop charts as we need new Christmas songs forced down our throats on November 1rst. I swear to God If I hear one more song! My only con of the album? Well at one point they mention, “Jingle All The Way” as their favorite Christmas movie. I beg to differ! “Christmas Vacation” is the ultimate winner. I kid of course. So if you need a change to the yule, throw on Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”! 

What are your favorite Christmas jams and movies? Let us know down the comments! 

below!

Tracks: 

  • 1. Ghost Of Christmas Past
  • 2. Christmas In Hawaii
  • 3. What Do You Want For Christmas?
  • 4. Santa Baby
  • 5. Lonely
  • 6. Holiday Without You
  • 7. Ghost Of Christmas Present
  • 8. All Alone On Christmas
  • 9. Number One On My List
  • 10. It’s Christmas Somewhere
  • 11. I’m Not Coming Home For Christmas
  • 12. Ghost Of Christmas Future 
  • 13. Mistletoe

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Skabones Picks For Best Album/EP For 2019

Best of 2019 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm!  Check out my Top 5 List of the year below! 

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Skabones’s Top Local LP Or Full Albums of 2019

1. Trick Punch – The Latest
2. AFD – Bruised (Out Now on all platforms)
3. New Narrative – Story So Far
4. All Waffle Trick – Second Breakfast
5.  Married A Dead Man – Awakenings

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP

1.  Tuck Knee The Way Back Up and S/T
2. Sunset Silhouette   Far Beyond Suburbia
3. Barking Mad Rampage
4. Wild Lives Return Of The Kid
5.  Implied Risk Demo 2019

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. Jerkswitch BUFO
2. Crimson Riot Classy Punk For Trash People
3. Abolitionist Ugly Feeling
4. Year Of The Fist Revive Me
5.  The Follow Ups Don’t Like You Either
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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1.  Vera Kay  Pink Roses
2.  Spider Energy Gone Wrong
3. Trashed Ambulance Shorthanded
4.  The Damed  The Damed
5. Fine Dining Grass Fed Tunes
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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

Bury MIA And Sleep It Off
Slap Happy  Cruisin
Hangtime Invasion
Spewers A New Disappointment
Over Time Decades
Wilmette Anxious Body
Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets Shake, Stomp And Stumble

It’s Not Too Late To Get CPRA Merch for xmas!

Well there you have it my picks for 2019! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/. Bands we love ya! Happy Holidays and stay safe. See everybody on December 14 At 3 Kings!