Current Lineup: Aaron (guitar) Tim (guitar) John (bass) ben (drums) and me, griffin (vocals)
Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Fine Dining, Four Year Strong, The Flatliners and Wilhelm Scream
Denver’s Years Down just released their first new single, “Better Off”. I don’t know about you guys, but I think another KILLER band has entered the Denver stage. We cannot wait to hear more from this up and coming band.
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Sounds Like: Op Ivy, Abolitionist, Classics Of Love, Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, and Street Light Manifesto
Jerkswitch recently released a brand new track for “Poking The Blind”. I am beyond excited to see them return to the music scene. If you love these guys as much as we do. Check out our interview with them below.
It’s a big news today here at CPRA! DeeCRACKS has released a brand new video for “We Can’t Help It” via Pirate Press Records. This is the first single from their upcoming album Serious Issues which comes out March 12th on Pirates Press Records.
Per Pirates Press Records News Release –
“The song’s basically about life and love. How we can direct ourselves in a certain direction. Make things better or worse for us every day. But we can’t help to fall in love with someone. It just happens,” says lead singer Matt DeeCRACK.
Serious Issues is the follow-up record to the band’s 2017 LP, Sonic Delusions. The band toured relentlessly around the world in support of the album including a month-long European tour with the legendary CJ Ramone.
Although these hard-working fellas won’t be able to hit the road amidst the pandemic, they have not lost their DIY spirit and pension for staying active. Instead, the band has refocused their energy and will be releasing multiple music videos and live studio sessions over the next few months to promote the record.
Make no mistake about it, DeeCRACKS will be on the road as soon as the pandemic is over so we can safely enjoy these new tunes live!
Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook for order announcements!
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Speaking of Bad Desicions, our singer Gus had a breathalyzer in his car for like the first three years we were a band. But that’s a whole different Bad Decision story.
Our first and probably only tour was 4 days in Nebraska and Kansas, which should qualify as its own fucked up decision. Gus got so drunk most of the nights that he still couldn’t drive in the morning, but of course that’s kind of the point of touring. The good news is that the left guitarist Jason (aka your humble narrator) is straight edge (and pretty damn lonely in this drunk ass band) so I drove Gus’ car.
Right on the edge of Omaha we stopped for gas. Gus was in a different car halfway to Wichita. I was outside pumping gas and the breathalyzer started buzzing and counting down. The right guitarist John, who’s by far the best educated and supposed to be smart band dad, was like “Gus is a nasty motherfucker there’s no way I’m touching that thing.”
So he grabbed a bottle of hand sanitizer and absolutely pumped the breathalyzer tube full before anyone could stop him. Without any better ideas I took a deep breath and blasted hand sanitizer out the back of the tube and all over the steering wheel. It was a thick goopy mist of pure alcohol.
The buzzer started freaking out and flashing red lights saying “fail” and we all just assumed helicopters were coming any second. I took the thing apart and started furiously cleaning all the alcohol out of the mechanisms. It was still counting down so with like 4 seconds left I tried again and passed.
Gus didn’t think it was funny, and neither did the guy in Guitar Center when we were cry laughing and telling him that Gus was going back to jail as soon as we got home.
Slap Happy has always been a fun band! Until now, they’ve pretty much stayed in their own lane, as a band that was strongly influenced by Green Day. Their newest album is a slight bit of a departure and an expansion.
I LOVE the 90’s! They had the best music, the best styles, the best economy (of my lifetime), and contained my “coming of age” years. They were a decade of growth, prosperity, and peace (for the most part). The sounds of the 90’s have always felt like “home” to me.
When I started listening to the new album, “Prophylactic Shock,” by Slap Happy, I was expecting something that was more or less in line with the rest of their catalogue. What I got was a much-needed mental vacation from the 2020’s!
The first track is the perfect introduction to the album. It relies heavily on their original sound, while giving hints as to what else is coming. It feels familiar, for those who have been acquainted with the band for a long time.
After the first track, however, it feels like I’m back at the Warped Tour with Skabones, back in 1996! The second track reminded me a lot of Goldfinger; a band I had almost forgotten about, but whom I really enjoyed back in the day. Also, one of the bands that played at the aforementioned Warped Tour.
(Side note: remember when Goldfinger was on Conan O’Brien, and the drummer dropped Conan on his head, after their performance? Good times!)
While listening to this album, I felt like I was 17 again, listening to KTCL (BEFORE they got bought out by Clear Channel), smoking pot in my parents’ basement, sitting in the leather chair that was in the living room until they got new furniture (sorry, Mom).
As the album continues, Slap Happy emulates a lot of the 90’s, channeling their inner Cobain on a few tracks; getting a little dirty, a little screamy, a little angry. It encapsulates the politics of the 90’s, combined with some of the more modern sentiment about climate change and other more modern problems.
In short, this is a GREAT album for anyone who loves the 90’s as much as I do, and a gereat move forward for people who have always liked Slap Happy! I fully expect to keep this album in my regular rotation of music that I regularly listen to!
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..So.. Where was I?.. After recording our first 45, Warhero/Somebody Help Me, we kinda hit a lull for a month or so in Dayton Ohio. We played a couple local shows. Just drunk stuff really…We weren’t getting any real feedback from a lot of media. Trouser Press and Thrasher gave it a good review, other fanzines liked it.
Locally we were quite the rage being that we just did the thing and it was out pretty quickly, but we were kinda stagnant.. This was 1979/80. You had to call people and write letters and shit to get information, book tours. The ‘network’ was small, and we really knew no one….So….drummer, Mark Patterson took off to Penn University for a semester, and while there caught the Dead Kennedy’s. He managed to talk to Jello who told him much to his surprise, that the Warhero single was in the top of the alternative radio charts in and around San Francisco. Number one at a few, KUSF maybe.
Mark comes home and we get invited to play with DOA and the DK’s, in Vancouver. We drive three straight days to play one show. It went very well of course. Both DOA and the Kennedy’s were always great help to us and others. From there we had help setting up some shows in S.F. with the DK’s and others. MMR and Tim Y. were real good to us too.
We meet up with Mark Barbaue, and Risky Records. We have tunes for a second single, and East Bay Ray wants to produce it…Great! We had “Ghostown” and “Noise Boy’s” from this second single written in Dayton. The third tune “Killer” had just been written in Vancouver, the same time I wrote “Riot Squad”.
We recorded some of this on the way downtown to the Mabuhay Gardens to play with Black Flag and Flipper… came back and finished it up with vocals and second guitar track. Stuckey’s lead guitar on this is so good. Midwest Hardcore Rock and Roll. Enjoy…
Stay tuned for Issue 3 of this story arc….
Courtesy: Edward Pittman and Jared Distortion, thank you
Sounds Like: Last Real Hero, NOISE, Drowns, and Cocksparrer
Ok so we are late to the party on this release. But alas we did not fail to bring this kick ass track and new video from the ANTAGONIZERS ATL via our amazing friends over at Pirate Press Records. The video features a guest appearance from Monty Neysmith of the famed British reggae band Symarip who also lent his vocals on the track.