Denver Punker Brian Braukoff released Junkie Lullabies back  in March 2017 on  Prophecy Records. We love reviewing our local artists as it helps us better understand the city we live in. It also helps us understand why so many have come to call Denver home! On any given night of the week you can find a kick ass local show. My suggestion today is, GO see 86-B!

1. My Jacket – My favorite song on the record by far. It’s about holding onto something that means something to you. I lost my leather jacket years ago. Not only did I lose that jacket, but probably some of the memories that went with it. My favorite patch was from a ripped Damned tee. Also the buttons I lost given to me by locals trying to get their name out like Foreskin 500, Fourth Yeer Freshman ,  etc. Overall this song hits home.

2.  2 Years- A somber tune, with nice laid back riffs, and intro.

3. And You Think Your Life Is On The Fritz- My favorite song from the record.  I  really enjoy the piano in this song and the lyrics.

 

4. Bottle Of Pills – This song is sad as it speaks of struggling with addiction,. welll written, and melodic.

5. Junkie Lullaby- This song really made me think of how hard it would be to struggle with addiction. Always looking for that last fix.

6. My Shitty Jiffy- I love Braukoff’s voice on this track. The guitar riff fits perfectly with the melody.

7.  Apathy- I really enjoyed the ukulele in this song. It also brought back some memories I had felt the need to bury. Memories when there was no rent to pay and hangovers slim they were good. Somehow the rat race made me forget what it was to dream. Overall I really enjoyed this album and cannot wait to see 86-B perform. here in Denver.  You can catch 86-B here on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Im86B/
Be sure to download his tunes from most major providers, Google Play and I-tunes

​I have been meaning to review this album for so long. Even though Beat The Smart Kids released this album almost 2 years ago in 2016. This album constantly plays on my  phone over and over again. It’s filled with amazing songs that put a smile on your face. I imagine myself leaving a BTSK show dripping with sweat and exhausted from skanking my ass off.  I actually found these guys through What do you know about Ska Punk.

It seems that bands like Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish somewhat ruined the end of the 3rd Wave for me. They keep releasing cover albums and just plain shit albums. Although I love both bands their sound became so generic after awhile I got super tired of the hearing the same shit over and over again. This is where BTSK brought me back into the ska punk fold. Let’s get this review onwards!

1. RISE UP- The best intro track for the album. The song speaks of taking back our society from assholes! Favorite line- “The Illusion of choice is the ultimate deception”.

2. Chemical Reaction- Another kick ass tune. It speaks of gentrification and watching the wealthy take over your city, This song really reminded me of what Denver is going through now. Have you gone down to Ink for $15.00 coffee drink? Nope go somewhere local, where they give a shit about you!

3.  Emoticons- A song about how online interactions are changing the way we socialize with one another. I love the horns in this tune!

4. Go To Bread- A great song based off the Simpson’s popular meme, https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSimpsons/comments/1bef4d/tired_old_memes/ .

5. Brain Pollution- By far one of my favorite tracks off the album! Try some different things, move on from the shit that’s dragging you down!

 

6. One Point Twenty What?!- I love this awesome mix of horns and skacore!

7. Ruby Crystals- These guys are some Transformer nerds! And I freaking love it!

8. Do NOT Disturb- Introverts Unite!
9. Blind Faith- This tune is about a kid growing up with religion and realizing it’s all pretty much full of shit.

10.  You Haven’t Lived (Until You’ve Died) – Time to demand a change in the way we treat each other and the rest of the world. “The music really hits you when you think about it”.

11. Life’s Lessons- Enjoy life while you can! A song about the rat race and fighting that bastard we call life.  “It’s just another one of life’s lessons”.

12. M.$.O.T.E- Modern Slavery is going to a shitty job, everyday where you don’t get paid what you are worth. Where people are easily replaced and their names easily forgotten.

In conclusion this album kicks ass! Since this release the band has already released 2 EPs, Call In Sick and Better Luck Next time. They also did us a huge favor in helping CPRA get our name out there! So do yourself a favor and download ALL of their stuff!

Pick up the here https://btskska.bandcamp.com/ .  Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/btskska/

SO glad I went to the album release party at 3 Kings for this one!  The show was a blast, all the bands that played were INCREDIBLE, and it was just a great room full of great people having a great time!
Cheers!

​The very next day, I put the needle to the vinyl.  Since then, I’ve probably listened to the full album 15 or more times in the month (or so) since it’s release.

​The Dendrites are an instrumental ska band; but could easily be called Jazz, as well (is there such a thing as “Jazz Ska”???  That’s what this is.)

​The warm, welcoming jazzy brass is beautifully balanced with an amazingly talented meandering ska-style bass and percussion.  The music has a very nostalgic feel, like Grandma’s House (either your ACTUAL Grandma’s house, or Grandma’s House, the Brewery… take your pick… either one applies)… it reminds me of good times… it makes me want to get up and move around… it makes me dance while I clean my house…

​It’s the PERFECT album for any gathering!  People really enjoy the music, and it stimulates conversation nicely!

​Honestly, there aren’t enough good things I can say about this album.  Quite frankly, I think it’s my favorite album of 2017!

Pick up the here https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/. ​

Hailing from Denver the Two-Fifties recently released , “Ride With Me”.  Per their Facebook page they consider themselves, “We are a ROCK band influenced by punk, grunge, mental, hard rock, and pop”. I couldn’t agree more after this album. I can hear the sounds of so many different bands it would be impossible to categorize the band as simply rock or punk. Let’s start with, “Story Of My Life”, not a cover of Social Distortion’s. This track is a nice segway into the bluesy rock, surf punk, reminiscent of The Butthole Surfers, and Social D.

Next up is the song, “Alcohol”. This song is definitely something we can all relate to. It has a dark overtone, with almost an industrial sound with a mix of hardcore punk. It seems as the album almost has a theme as the next song is, Rock N Roll Girl. A bittersweet love or anti love song. Now follows, “LAC”. I loved this song and it’s dark hardcore edge.

“Suspect” the next track sounds  like it’s straight from a Dead Kennedy’s album . I really loved the drums and guitar riff on this track. Next up, “Stranger Danger”. A warning to the listener, you’re gonna a have a great time with the song writer, but you might not live  to tell the tale. Great track, a good slower tune with some deep riffs. “Who Do You Think You Are”, again with this track we hear some classic influences a little

Nirvana or even the Melvins. Also reminded me a bit of the Dead Boys, slowed down a little.  Time to get dark with, “Can’t Have Everything”.  Dimebag Darrel has been reborn! Ok not so much,  but I felt this song was a bit Pantera like with a Black Flag mix.

Overall this album kicks serious ass. I can’t wait to get my hands on a vinyl copy if there is one released!
Pick up the here https://250rox.bandcamp.com/releases .  Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/thetwofifties/

King Shelter is a Salad Rock band from Los Angeles, who are previously known for their surfy pop punk hits.  Also featuring their “Holy Ghost” single, but may have moved on to reinvent their sound to a distorted, drippy, and riverbed sound.

The songs on the Failure EP reflect messages perseverance despite hardship and self-doubt. Holy Ghost and Failure  are the two strongest songs on the EP.  “Luv Sub” is a song about someone who is intimidated by another’s love interest, but is not in the social situation to win that person over. While “People Change”,  shows
a reluctance of a break up and not being able to let go. The only thing that brings this EP down is the end track, “….But Bye”, which seems a bit out of place. I think the band maybe felt they  the track needed to put it in.

Overall I give this EP an 87%. I cannot wait for the next to hear what’s coming from the band next.!

Pick up the new album here http://kingshelter.com/#music-section. Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/kingshelter/ .

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Can someone say Killing Joke  meets the Doors?  I recently checked out the The REUTERS new EP, simply titled, E.P.  The album contains 5 new songs based on late 1970’s material.  You’ll be wanting this record in a vinyl format right away. Per the band’s bandcamp only 200 copies of the record have been pressed. In fact it may already be too late. So make sure you try and pick it up soon.

As the first track loaded up, Ambient Ambulance. I had to check my phone to make sure it wasn’t playing The Cramps, Killing Joke, or The Damned.

 

I really enjoyed the organ in the background of Schmerzhaft (Painful in English). The song is definitely heartfelt and deep. And yes the song is in Danish, but still easy to sing along with. No Friend of Mine is by far the winner on the EP. A great tune with some melodic punk mixed with some psychedelic background.  I will be also picking up their album prior to E.P., called, “We  Are From Hu”. As I think The REUTERS have got me hooked!

Pick up the new album here https://sejarecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-reuters-e-p. Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/TheReutersBand/​

The Philadelphia boys’s released Status Quo back in 2016.  From the opening track Biochemistry to last, Drinking To Brazil. This album is filled with happy ska tunes mixed with melodic punk. My first thoughts were something in between Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This is great album for questioning personal relationships. My favorite song by far is “Six Months”. The one thing I really enjoyed was the tempo changes between the different tracks.  I plan on picking up anything I can from this band!

 

So if you want to skank or break stuff in the pit. Do yourself a favor and pick up the LP! Pick up the new album here https://behinddeadlines.bandcamp.com/album/status-quo. Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/BehindDeadlines/ ​

Two Great Albums! 

I knew I wanted to write about Off With Their Heads; but I wasn’t sure which album I wanted to write about.  Quite frankly, they’re all good!

After much contemplation and hard thought, I decided that this was the best format in which to express my thoughts, so I’m going to review two albums at once.  The reason will become apparent as you read this.

I made a serious mistake when I started listening to Off With Their Heads…

I listened to the last album first.  Usually, when I start dissecting an artist’s music, I start at the beginning and listen to all their music chronologically, so as to fully appreciate the musical journey they have taken.  I didn’t do that this time, and my initial impression was distorted by my lack of context within the full picture.

Let me explain.

My first thought was,  “Are these guys from New York?”

-nope… Minnesota… but if GG Allin were to start singing for the Ramones, it would sound like this.

… but with somewhat depressing lyrics.

THAT’S where I was lacking the full context… 

I went back, and listened to their music chronologically… and found something that hit me in a deeply personal and emotional way, across two albums.

When I got to the album, Won’t Be Missed, I found some of the most relatable music I’ve heard since I listened to the library of The Eels.

This is an acoustic album that fully embraces emotional honesty, dealing with the multitude of confused and erratic emotions relating to the death of someone close.

Every song portrayed a different feeling or thought that went through my own head while dealing with the very painful and untimely death of my brother.  This album has a very deliberate way of addressing and putting words to some of the hardest things that we, as humans, have to deal with; and I commend them for doing it with such brutal honesty.

With the newly acquired perspective from Won’t Be Missed  (and the several listenings thereof), I returned to the album, From the Bottom with “fresh ears,” and now understand that it’s largely a continuation of the hard journey of recovery from personal trauma.

I don’t think I can say enough about the pertinence of these albums, for anyone that’s had difficult losses in their lives, and struggle with finding the right place for their emotions and thoughts.  Furthermore, I look forward to following this musical journey as far as I can!

Download your copy today! https://owth42069.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-bottom

​This review is a bit of a departure from our typical wheelhouse, but great music doesn’t just come from one particular genre or sub-genre; and I happen to be a (selective) metal fan. I don’t like the typical “cookie monster” bands. Being that I come from a theatrical background, I place high value on bands that have more than the ability to play the same note REALLY fast for two minutes to cover up the faults of a shitty singer… that’s not the metal I like.

​When I listened to the album, This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, by Crusades, I didn’t hear a punk album. I heard some punk elements, and certainly an influence by Rise Against, but what I really heard was a power metal album… which is the metal I like!
​The bands that I would compare Crusades to are bands like Kamelot, Queensryche, Blind Guardian, and Sabaton; with maybe a little Ministry and Killing Joke-style 90’s industrial-ish edge.

If you’re into epic builds, theatrical vocal performance, and more of a “Dream Theater” kind of feel; this is probably up your alley!

​I liked this album a lot; and in fact, I recommended it to my friends with whom I regularly see metal shows!
Their new EP is availble here, https://crusades666.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-a-sickness-and-sickness-will-end and a full length album on most online music retailers.

Now my neighbors think I’m a  weirdo
…thanks…

After hearing lots of good things, I made the WISE decision to get the album,​ Leonard, by DEFORESTERS! “They” were right to push me in that direction!

Every song on the album has a part that makes you want to sing along, even if you don’t know the words and have never heard the song. Tracks like “Is This A God Damn?” and “Exercise in Futility” are almost impossible to listen to without wanting to sing along!

The music is a ceaselessly energetic combination of Dropkick Murphys, Bad Religion, and just a dab of U2 in the guitars.

I made the mistake of listening to this album while cleaning; which IS recommended, because it’s GREAT music to clean your house to; but if you have a tendency to dance around like a moron while badly singing the wrong lyrics to music, don’t do it with the curtains and window open… consider this a PSA.

​Seeing as how I’m SURE you’ll want to get this album for yourself, you can find it HERE! https://deforesters.bandcamp.com/