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Need New Skate Tunes? Abolitionist Brings New Record, “Ugly Feeling” Out For A Sesh

Release Date: June 29, 2019                                             

Format: Digital, and Physical

Location: Portland, OR

Label(s):(Per Bandcamp) – “Multi-label release between 1859 Records (Oregon, USA) + No Time Records (SoCal, USA) + Between The Days (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) + Different Kitchen Records!”                                       

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Dustin Herron (vocals, guitar)
  • Jeremy Dunlap (lead guitar, vocals)
  • Joey Mohler (bass, vocals)
  • Sean Rule (drums)

Production (Per Bandcamp): Recorded November 17th + December 15th-17th (2018) at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, Oregon by Rob Bartelson mixed/mastered January 28th & 29th + February 14th (2019) at Supernatural by Rob Bartleson

Favorite Tracks: Failed Mutation, Willie B Bacon, World Inside, Ugly Feeling, The Selfish Gene, Shelter, and Family Affair

Sounds Like: Sounds Like Words, The Shell Corp, 10 Ft Pole, Strung Out, Choking Victim, and Propagandhi


Some bands, Bad Religion specifically get into this rhythm of releasing albums that sound exactly the same as previous records. Often when this happens I tend to grow less fond and lose complete taste for the band. Then you have bands that try something new and the album is terrible. Maybe there’s no happy medium to this and the best we can do is hope for the best. 

Now there’s one band that never seems to repeat the same material ever. That band is Oregon based Abolitionist. We reviewed their last album, “A New Militance” back in January of 2019. So let’s check out the new album, “Ugly Feeling”. The album starts with, “Failed Mutation”. The chord strikes and great drum work set the tone for this powerful album. Oh and the album gets 2 free stars for including the lyrics on their bandcamp! 

The second track is “Yelling”. I love this track. There’s hint of metal with an anthem like melody. Herron’s vocals lead the charge. The next track is “Willie B. Bacon”. This track is sad, yet a listener can identify with both the pig and the boy. My grandpa grew up during the depression and would talk about how his family would be forced to eat the family farm animals to survive. I could always see the sense of loss in his eyes regarding that. 

“Crossroads” follows with a bad ass intro! It’s all hands on deck with this track before exploding into a great song. Is true what they say all my favorite songs are less than 2 minutes? In this case YES! “World Inside”, is the fourth track. This is one of my favorite tracks. The guitar and bass riffs combined with some excellent drums send this one home. 

Another favorite track is up next, “Ugly Feeling”. This track combines some great skate punk, a tad of metal with anthem like chants. I dare you to not sing along with this one. “The Selfish Gene”, follows with an important message. We all have that selfish gene. When the gene takes over you’re left with an orange haired monster for a president. Mohler’s bass on this is phenomenal. 

“Shelter” is another great example of great skate punk.  The riffs and beat remind me of early Suicidal Tendencies. This track definitely shows their metal roots. I keep saying favorite, but yet I find another track I love. “Family Affair” is another track you will be singing along with in no time. The heavy bass lines are amazing. 

“Deep Ecology” is next with some excellent metal infused punk rock.  I know many of us suffer from abuses long past caused by family issues. To move on from those can sometimes never be accomplished. “Ambivalent Nerd” follows and feels more focused on the instrumental side. Herron’s vocals are great, yet the drums by Sean Rule set a kick ass background theme. Last, but not least is “Walls”. I love the ballad like intro, before blasting off into some ruckus only to be resolved in the pit. 

In closing Abolitionist has not only produced an album that’s refreshing, honest, and powerful, but have broken the repetitiveness set forth by many before. I also want to mention the artwork. The artwork by Craig Horky is incredibly good. Even if you’re not a fan musically, this album should adorn your walls. If you are fan hit that order button! So be sure to pick this up on vinyl here, https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-feeling-lp-2019 .

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Failed Mutation 
  2. Yelling 
  3. Willie B. Bacon 
  4. Crossroads
  5. World Inside
  6. Ugly Feeling
  7. The Selfish Gene
  8. Shelter
  9. Family Affair
  10. Deep Ecology
  11. Ambivalent Nerd 
  12. Walls 

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Ratio Beerwerks, Milagro Tequila, And Marble Vodka Present: Goosefest IV This Weekend At Goosetown Tavern

This weekend Goosefest 4 at Goosetown Tavern! Limited 30 tickets available for all 3 days! MUST purchase by Wednesday 9/25/2019!

3 Day Pass – Best Deal valid for all 3 days!

Day 1 9/27/2019 Doors 7PM – 2AM

  • Bud Bronson and The Good Timers 
  • SYCDVK 
  • Spyderland 
  • Hound Heart
  • DJ AKA Miggy

Day 2 9/28/2019 Doors 7PM – 2AM

  • SPELLS
  • Fauxgazi
  • The Trade-Ins
  • Prettymouth
  • Granny Tweed
  • DJ AKA Miggy

Day 3 9/29/2019 (All Ages) $5.00 Kids Are Alright Showcase 2pm – 5pm

  • Worthless commodity
  • Amazing Flying Dumbasses
  • Indecisive
  • The Pollution
  • DJ Support:Dj Roberto Perro, Tommy 2Tone, Dj Brown Fury



Laughing In The Face Of Drops First New Video Single since 2011, ‘Running With Coffee”

Release Date: 2019

Label: Lockjaw Records                                       

Format: Digital 

Location: Birmingham UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Steve: Vocals / Guitar
  • Jon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
  • Jim: Bass 
  • Andy: Drums / Backing Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Running With Coffee

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, and Face To Face


You need some new skatepunk in your life! In fact we all need new skatepunk in our lives. Birmingham, UK based, Laughing In The Face Of dropped a brand new video for “Running With Coffee”. Check it out below and stay tuned for more news as we get it! 

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Track List 

  1. Running With Coffee

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No Cal Punks Tsunami Bomb To Drop First New LP In 15 Years, Listen To The New Single, “The Hathors” Now!

Release Date: 11/08/2019 via Alternative Tentacles      

Format: Digital, Physical, Vinyl (Vinyl extremely Limited!)

Preorder Now: https://alternativetentacles.com/shop/

Production: The Band and Mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock)

Location: Petaluma, CA

Members: 

  • Dominic Davi
  • (bass),
  • Oobliette Sparks (keyboards/Vocals),
  • Gabe Lindeman
  • (Drums),
  • Kate Jacobi
  • (Vocals),
  • Andrew Pohl
  • (Guitars)

Favorite Tracks: The Hathors 

Sounds Like: Bouncing Souls, Go Betty Go, Evil Engine, The Flatliners and The Vandals


Holy crap they are back without missing a beat! Check out the new single for the “The Hathors” below! Kate’s voice is on this track  haunting, yet angry and driven. I personally cannot wait for the full LP to land! Dammit is it November yet? 

The long awaited third release, “The Spine That Binds” drops on November 8, 2019 via Alternative Tentacles. Be sure to hit that preorder link, https://alternativetentacles.com/shop/.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Tidal
  2. Naysayers
  3. The Hathors
  4. Sinkhole
  5. Petaluma
  6. Dead Men Can’t Catcall
  7. Phosphene
  8. Last Call
  9. Lullaby For The End Of The World
  10. Wake The Dead
  11. The Spine That Binds

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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

Check out and download for FREE their new album, Vol. 9 – Street Urchin From The Animal Chronicles here, http://pcpsux.com/street-urchin

I myself couldn’t be happier to have some new PCP tunes! Since you’re hear go check out more of our PCP reviews. See PCP tonight at Bar Bar with Lockjaw and Donger at BAR BAR!

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2411023082489019/

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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

Day2 https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/335242

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