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With Rates Of Domestic Violence On The Rise, Married A Dead Man Releases Surprise Cover of Til Tuesday’s, “Voices Carry”

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

  • Jaime Noah: drums
  • Luca Grieman: guitars
  • Megan Kelley: lead vocals and keyboards
  • Travis Rosen: bass and backing vocals 

Favorite Tracks: Voices Carry (Til Tuesday Cover)

Sounds Like: Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, The Room In The Wood, Mazzy Star, Gary Numan, The Damned (Darkwave Era), and Dead Can Dance. 


As the world copes with the COVID pandemic and stay at home orders. Statistics are showing cases of domestic violence are on the rise. Way back in 1985, Til Tuesday dropped their chart topping hit, “Voices Carry”.

Denver’s Married A Dead Man dropped a surprise cover of the song yesterday. I love this track! MADM is one of the best bands to cover such an iconic track. They are donating a portion of the proceeds to Safehouse Denver, a local nonprofit organization. Per Safehouse’s website, “SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by: 

-providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse;
-working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
-and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence

Pic by Anarchopunk

I loved this track so much. I reached out to front-woman Megan Kelley for comment regarding the track. Per Megan, “”We have wanted to cover this song for three years, and it’s finally come to fruition. The lyrics are written from a female’s perspective of being controlled by her male partner. Re-imagining this song, getting in touch with the lyrics, and making it our own, musically, was very important to us. We hope you like it! Digital release format only: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, SoundCloud, our Youtube channel, and any other streaming platforms. 

It’s also for digital purchase at Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Safehouse Denver, who assist adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. On a personal note, the reason we decided to cover this song is because of relationship experiences our singer has had. It was cathartic and healing for her and us to play this song.”

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Did you know that physical violence is not the only form of domestic violence? If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of an emergency. If you need to talk with someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

You can check out Married A Dead Man’s cover of “Voices Carry” here, https://marriedadeadman.bandcamp.com/. Per MADM, this single was self produced, rearranged, some the chords were given a darker tone. The changing of the chords really makes this sound like an original MADM track,  The band is also seeking a guitar player. Maybe if we all donate enough money they can put this one out on vinyl!

Best Pop Punk Album Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release ‘Community Locker’ And Skabones Realizes He’s A Music Snob

Photo by Rick Kooker

Release Date: August 6, 2020                                                              

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Album Art – Mckenna Kooker (album art design)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them!

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Bury MIA, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Modern Baseball and Stray The Course


Photo by Lola Marie

The Mazlows have been making headlines within the pop punk world for the last year or so. You can read our posts about the Mazlows here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. From the first time I heard I heard their single, “The Wolf Inside”. I knew this band was going places. I’ve been bugging them since day one for a new album. Today my wish came true with the release of “Community Locker”.

Photo by Lola Marie

Back when I reviewed “The Wolf Inside” and “Leaving Town” I mentioned you needed to listen to this band so you could be proud to say, “I knew about them before they got big”. I realize now that is straight up music snobbery. Am I sorry for this? Nope, I’m proud of this and that’s why we started CPRA to share new music with those looking for it. So why Skabones did you say, “Best Pop punk album of 2020? Let’s dig into The Mazlows ‘Community Locker’. 

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The album is a whopping 14 tracks long. That’s impressive as hell! Some of my favorite tracks are “Best Days”, “Where Were You”, “Leaving Town”, “Here To Stay”, ”Thrown Away”, “Head First” , “Say Yeah”, “Were Not Dead Yet”, and last but not least, “Night Caps And Goodbyes”. All of these tracks have major potential to break the music airwaves. 

“Best Days” reminds me of my teenage years. I dated a girl at the one one would consider an “Alternative Girl” or “Punk Rocker”. Boy did I feel super cool at the time. We both moved on, but when a song can trigger a memory like that. You know it’s good. “Where Were You” also has a youthful tone with some great riffs from bass and guitar. Beatmaster D kills it on the drums. The overall harmony is amazing. This is not another “Pop Punk Love Song”. 

Pete. Photo by Rick Kooker

I reviewed “Leaving Town” a few weeks back. This track is exactly about leaving town. As we get older our desire to grow often leads us out of town. You may leave town, but you always return back to the community locker. “Here To Stay” has some wicked hooks and change ups. Nate’s vocals are amazing as the rest of the band joins into the fray. I love Hodel’s bass lines as they are unexpected. This track will surpass 1,000 plays within a few months or maybe sooner. Who knew punk rock could make you dance? 

Colt. Photo by Rick Kooker

Now “Thrown Away” actually threw me for a giant loop. Here I’m thinking the track will maintain the catch pop punk formula. Nope it didn’t happen. This track is dark, with a AFI like sound. The bass is wicked, Beatmaster D’s drums are insane! “Head First’ returns to back to the pop punk. It’s very addicting. It wouldn’t surprise me if “Say Yeah” does become the next pop punk anthem of the decade. The bass and drums with the “Say Yeah” chorus is awesome! 

Nate. Photo by Rick Kooker

Next up is another personal favorite, “We’re Not Dead Yet”. It goes to the dark side fast with a progressive melodic hardcore tone. The drums are nuts. The chorus is ultimate perfection. My last favorite track is “Nightcaps and Goodbyes”. This is a great ending track to an overall incredible album. We’ve all been there as we leave the bars at 2am. We all hope this won’t be the last time we can be together. 

Beatmaster D. Photo by Rick Kooker

In closing, The Mazlows, ‘Community Locker’ blew my expectations away. This crotchety old Misfits loving punk rocker now believes in the power of The Mazlows. The tracks will not only will make you dance, make you cry, but most of all provide a deeply needed sense of hope. This album is definitely getting added as a nominee for best pop punk album of 2020. Don’t wait till you hear them on the radio, check them out right now, https://themazlows.bandcamp.com/

Track List (Subject To Change)

Best Days
Where Were You
Leaving Town
Here to Stay
Leave It All Behind
Echoes
Thrown Away
Head First
Breakfast Epiphanies
Say Yeah
Forever And
We’re Not Dead Yet
Last Call
Nightcaps and Goodbyes

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San Diego Punks Corporate Citizen Drop New EP, “Six Minute Meeting” Proving SOCAL Skate Punk Is Thriving

Release Date:  May 29, 2020                          

Format: Digital

Label: El Topo Records

Location: SD, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Dan Achin (Drums), Mike Ruggiero (Bass), Bob Meder (Vocals), Steve O’Brien (Guitar), Steve Diaz (Guitar) and Louis Ramsey (Guitar).

Favorite Tracks: Culture Vulture, Not the One, Positivity Anthem

Sounds Like: Strung Out, Protected Left, Early Cro-Mags, Chew Thru, CHASER, and PULLEY


Photo by Joel Gelin

It’s been a year since we checked out Corporate Citizen’s last release ‘A Brief Moment Of Sanity’. I still listen to this record on a fairly regular basis. So to my excitement and pleasure the band dropped a new EP back on 5/20/2020, ‘Six Minute Meeting’. If there’s anything we need now more than ever is more hardcore punk rock! This EP is only 3 tracks, yet full of anger, energy, and everything you need for a quick skate sesh. 

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The EP starts out with “Culture Vulture”. The intro bass line has got me hooked. The little metal riffs and insane drum work is brillant. It speaks of the dangers of materialism and us all becoming Corporate Citizens, just like Joe Strummer warned us all about. The next track, “Not the One” is by far my personal favorite on the EP. While retaining a hardcore edge it slows, not by much, to the melodic side. Check out the video below!

The last track is “Positivity Anthem”. I can’t stress how important the message in this track is. We MUST especially during this ongoing pandemic encourage and promote positivity towards one another. See an article that’s really sad on Facebook? Don’t share it. I know it’s hard. We all want to feel a part of something right now since we can’t go to shows. This track is not only unexpected, but reminds me to share positivity more and negativity less. 

Overall, Corporate Citizen’s, ‘Six Minute Meeting’, is 3 tracks that will leave you begging for more. One can only hope these tracks will be added to a full album release sometime in the near future. This EP also reminds that punk rock, even though often political in nature, can still provide messages of hope and love. I strongly suggest you pick this one up here, https://corporatecitizensd.bandcamp.com/album/six-minute-meeting

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Culture Vulture

Not the One 

Positivity Anthem

Links:

Corporate Citizen

Previous releases: https://corporatecitizensd.bandcamp.com/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/corporatecitizen2017/

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/corporatecitizensd/

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Dos Cobros “Synesthesia” Is A Walk Through A Post Punk, Metal Infused World Of Insanity & We Love It

Release Date: June 19, 2020                          

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Snow Wolf Records

Location: US

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

Cobra Brother 2: Additional Guitar/Vocals/Double Pen Vocals, Additional Bro

Cobra Brother 2: Additional Drums(Kit of Pain) Double Pen Vocals, Additional Bro

Jarred McKinney:(Guitar/Keys/Vox on Xtra Track)

King Kobra:Out Camping

Cover Art created by: Jim Maddison at Print Mafia

Album art enhancement and Layout by Pat Miller

Disc Art By Pat Miller

Favorite Tracks: Space Wolf, The Russian Sleep Experiment, Kiss The Knife, Domestic Punk


Sounds Like: Vashon Seed, Early Metallica (Kill Em All), Fuzztones, The Melvins, Sonics, All Out Helter, Dream Theatre, Denver’s Wild Lives and Judas Priest


Order Here – https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia

Dos Cobros released their new album, ‘Synesthesia’ back on June 19, 2020 via Snow Wolf Records. This album is unique in so many different and exciting ways. “Space Wolf” begins sounding like a Misfits track, yet spins around into an almost dark Metallica theme. Whereas the next song, “The Russian Sleep Experiment”, sounds more like an updated version of the Stooges or Velvet Underground track. “Kiss The Knife” even throws in a bit of Industrial sound. The heavy guitar and deep bass are amazing. 

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“Domestic Punk” is for all of us Punk Rock Dads. We are trying to maintain our punk creds while raising our little monsters. It’s hilarious and sad but true, “You’re So Cool is up next and sounds a bit like the Stooges mixed with the Dead Kennedys. “Pretty Kitty follows with a sensual Iggy Pop groove. The guitar has a kick ass Motley Crue sound with dark vocals and a New York Dolls heavy bass line, The drums are frantic and rad on this track. 

“Danger Wank”, is up next with a groovy bass line. The drums lead all out assault as the lead singer spins his tale. The track is only 1:45, yet when it’s over you will be hitting that repeat button. The final track is next, “(To)Night Beat”. I immediately reached for the nearest air guitar. This track gets progressively faster before slowing down only to regain steam. I love this track! 

Overall, Dos Cobro’s ‘Synesthesia’ is truly a walk through so many different and eclectic musical  genres. The sheer talent of pulling together all of these genres is not only admirable, but fascinating. The storyline of this record is like being immersed in a Dark Horse comic book and doing your best to survive just one day. You can and you should pick up ‘Synesthesia’ here, https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia.  

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Space Wolf
The Russian Sleep Experiment
Kiss The Knife
Domestic Punk
You’re So Cool
Pretty Kitty
Danger Wank
(To)Night Beat

Links:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/doscobros/
Bandcamp: https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dos_cobros/
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Best Pop Punk Single Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release “Leaving Town” Out Now!

Art work by @_mck.k

Release Date: 7/16/2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: Leaving Town

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Stray The Course, and FIDLAR


Photo By Lola Marie

Denver’s The Mazlow’s dropped a fresh single this morning called, “Leaving Town”. Is it the best pop punk single to release this summer? It comes off the heals of some of their previous releases, which you can hear and read about here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. This track was originally written 15 years ago when the Mazlow’s were angsty teenage boys.

Photo By Lola Marie

Per their recent article in Westward, “Leaving Town” is about just that. Seeking out those teenage desires to run free out into the world. Per guitarist Colton Kooker, “The song connects our young dreams of moving away, to the current realities of still having challenges in life,”. For me this track encapsulates that teenage feeling of wanting to break free and experience life as we know it.

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With COVID currently stalking us, it’s awesome to have something energetic and hopeful to sing along with. This writer couldn’t be more excited for their full album release in August 2020. You can pick up the single now from all the major music providers.

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#SOCAL Skatepunks CHASER Announce ‘Look Alive’ 7” Pre-orders Open 7/31/2020

Release Date:  Drops 9/4/2020, Pre-orders begin 7/31/2020                        

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Available worldwide in 4 different color variants via Thousand Islands Records (Canada), Sound Speed Records (USA), SBAM Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia). Limited to 333 copies with pre-orders going live on July 31.

Location: Orange County, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike LeDonne (vocals), Jesse Stopnitzky (bass/vocals), Bill Hockmuth (guitar) and Davey Guy (drums

Sounds Like: Good Riddance, Sick Of It All, Strung Out, JFA, Bigwig, and The Faction


Legendary socal skatepunks Chaser have announced a new 7” ‘Look Alive’ to be released on 9/4/2020 with 100% of the profits going to Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation. As COVID continues to rage across the world the band hopes they can help keep up the good fight. 

“Our proceeds from the record will be donated to 4 carefully handpicked charitable organizations: Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation. 2020 has been a year like no other. In the face of such unprecedented crises, one’s impact feels further minimized. However, if we have learned anything from these experiences, it is that we are all in this together and have a responsibility to do our part. At the minimum, manage what we can control.”

After their 2018 amazing album, ‘Sound The Sirens’, the band continues on 20 years later with main stage invitations and a desire to give back to the community. Be sure to stay tuned for that pre-order link! 

Look Alive 7” tracklist:

Look Alive (Side A)

Found Myself Again (Side B)

Links:

Previous releases: https://chaser.bandcamp.com/

Facebook- https://chaser.bandcamp.com/

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/chaserpunk/

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#RiotGRRLs The Damed Drop New Video for “Ritual Revolution” Out Now

Out Now!

Release Date: 7/13/2020

Production Company: Ting Ting Took These                                                      

Format: Digital 

Label: A Diamond Heart Production

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Hellskiss – Vox/Gtr

Watts – Drums

Suze – Bass/Vox

Favorite Tracks: Ritual Revolution

Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile


Directed by: Melissa Yu

The Damed continue to kick-ass and take names. They dropped their new video yesterday for “Ritual Revolution”. Per the band, “Ritual Revolution is a song about real covens of witches around the world that participate in a mass occult by casting binding spells over each waning moon to try and remove the president from office so he will stop doing harm to others.

In the video, the sorcerer symbolizes the president and we the witches are fighting back in self-defense to stand up for human rights at all costs to take our power back from the Trump administration.” Take a second and go read our review here from their self title release, ‘The Damed’, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/07/11/riot-grrrl-in-full-effect-with-the-dameds-latest-self-titled-release/.

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Photo by Melissa Yu

This little track and video from the Damed, shows how strong the punk rock community is in our endless fight against the Trump administration and fascism. Be sure to pick up the record here, https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/releases.

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/album/the-damed

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMgIkdGl9xbAqX_2KXKsUQCPRA

Review Youtube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6

#NewVideoWednesday Hangtime Drops “When We Were Young”, From New EP, ‘Destroy’

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto, ON

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar
  • Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar
  • Dan Scicchitano – Bass
  • Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: When We Were Young

Sounds Like: Aimless Again, Dorkatron, The Livermores, Penske File, and the Mazlows


It appears Toronto Punks, Hangtime have dropped a new video for “When We Were Young” from their Fall 2020 EP release, ‘Destroy’. Ok so even though this whole quarantine pretty much sucks. It’s awesome bands are still putting so much out!

Check out our album review below from 6/7/2019! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/17/cpra-music-news-toronto-punks-hangtime-release-new-ep-invasion/

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Oakland Punx,Year Of The Fist, Launch Summer Of Singles Video Drop (Watch Here)

Release Date: 5/29/2020 and 6/26/2020 (More To be added)

Format: Digital release buy the singles here, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

Location: Oakland, CA

Label: Heart On Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Squeaky, Katie Cash, hal9000 Beers, Serge

We here at CPRA are huge fans of Oakland based, Year Of The Fist. We reviewed their last full release, ‘Revive Me’. I’m still listening to this record often over a year later. You can check out our thoughts here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/10/10/year-of-the-fists-new-record-revive-me-anger-and-animosity-and-punk-rock-at-its-core/.

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To my pleasant surprise they have launched, “The Summer Of Singles”, featuring new tracks and videos! The first two new tracks are “Bed Of Nails” and “The Fight”. Check them out below. This post will be updated as new tracks are released.

You can pick these up here, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

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Scottish Alt Rockers Take Today Release New Video From ‘Visions’ EP, Highlighting The Importance Of Mental Health, Check Out “Divide” Now!

Release Date:  June 26, 2020                         

Format: Digital

Label: Unsigned

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Paul Daly – Vocals
  • Neil Parkinson – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
  • Cameron Wilson – Lead Guitar
  • Kai Cairney – Bass/Vocals
  • Scott Craig – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Divide

Sounds Like: A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Taking Back Sunday, and Brand New


Since placing in 2019 Fireball’s Hottest Band and opening for Flogging Molly in Glasgow, Take Today has hit a historic rise in popularity. Check out their new animated video, “Divide”, from their EP, ‘Visions’.

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You should definitely pick this one up right here and right now, https://open.spotify.com/artist/5eYgC285Ux3Mw8wXKCt8fO?si=ZbegPuOFTySXpjSvCT4ewA

Links:
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/taketodayofficial/
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/taketodayuk/

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