Whitney Flynn / Days N Daze

She’s whirling up the criss-cross stairs of a New York staircase when we connect. She tells me she has just woken up. It’s 10:30pm in New York. I take another sip of my cab sav and buckle up. It’s gonna be a ride. We talk about everything aside from the questions I have so diligently prepared. Those are no longer needed, nor wanted. She opens the door to the apartment she shares with her partner. They are sectioning out a loft space utilizing link chain and what appears to be cast-off wooden front doors. Guitars adorn the walls punctuated by scraps of papered art and the authentic weathered brick that every eatery in Denver aspires to emulate. 

CPRA: Hey tell me about your cat? 

Whitney Flynn: Ya this rescue cat is 4 and has barely any teeth, name’s Kiko. 

CPRA: Did Kiko inspire the video for Addvice? (My notes: flying cat loses his shit) 

WF: Nah.

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CPRA: Do you have a favorite joke?

WF: Oh my fucking god, yes. This is a horrible fucking joke- the first time I heard it I laughed for an uncomfortable amount of time. 

What did Cinderella say when she got to the ball? 

<insert gagging sounds here>

CPRA: <laughing hysterically> First time?

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CPRA: Tell us about your most recent Days N Daze release, “Show me the Blueprints”.

WF: I feel like this is the first album that people actually took us seriously. We are our songs, we are writing our life story. I was just like, let’s believe in the process to get there. Everybody is fucking broken, but you don’t have to be that bad person. I found an appreciation for my hurt. After I listened to the master for the first time I was like “What the fuck did you just create?” My voice is louder than my own narrative. 

CPRA: It seems there is a difference in the harmonies on “Show me the Blueprints” and your earlier work- is there something new going on? 

WH: (Marked excitement, nodding in agreement) It was all Johnny (John Carey of Old Man Markley). Johnny is the King of Harmonies. With him, you’re allowed to grow and still be yourself. 

CPRA: Do you have a favored track from “Show Me the Blueprints”?

WF: Rewind! I fucking love that song! I wrote it in an hour. I was going through withdrawals. It wasn’t like I wanted a high. I needed something more. I suppose that’s what addicts say, what we all say. I didn’t want the high. I just wanted to be in control of my brain. I wrote this manic love letter to myself- where did your dreams go? Where did everything you aspire to, go?

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CPRA: You have a new split with Andrew Paley from The Static Age; “Caroline”. Can you expand on this song and how it came into existence? 

WF: They (Management? Aliens? Never did clear that up…) picked this song out for us and I listened to it like 50 times. And cried like 5 times. It was serendipitous. I love that song, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. This was our (Jesse and Whitney) first time recording separate from each other, and my first time recording myself to send over. Such an incredibly rewarding experience. Everyone is trying to find their worth and sometimes the opportunity is just sprung on you. And I did it. 

CPRA: So you recorded in New York?

WF: Yea, I recorded here, Jesse in Texas.

CPRA: And this was through FLIX AGENCY in Berlin? 

WF: Yea, we didn’t know Andrew (Paley) until we covered his song. 

(Caroline was mixed by Kay Petersen and mastered by Jurik Maretzki)

WF: This experience reminds me why we chose this label (Fat Wreck Chords). They’re friends- not pushing you into things. You forget that you are human sometimes. It’s not the feeling of “feed me bullshit and make me look pretty”.

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CPRA: What are you listening to?

WF: Attaboy! Oh my gosh, so great! They messaged me back on Facebook! Mac Miller. Mall Rat. Amy O. Post Malone- his song “Circles”- I’m gonna be THAT BITCH who plays it on the ukulele! I get asked to listen to a lot of bands and even if I fucking hate it, there has to be someting that I love. 

CPRA: So what have you been up to during the shitshow also known as 2020?

WH: My quarn is I’m just gonna shave my eyebrows forever. I couldn’t find a perfect planner, so I started prototyping my own. I love spreadsheets and post-it notes and highlighters. (She starts pulling reams of paper and packages of neon markers from a blue rolling cart and waving them around like a game show prize model.) There’s a crazy planner community- I found these perfect clips and was like “Yay! All the cool planner people have them!” As far as all of my addictions go, I’m not sure it’s the healthiest! I’ve got some 120# paper (waves that around) and some vellum. My partner Sturgeon (Scott Sturgeon/STZA) got me a craft cart for Christmas. It has three shelves and I’m happy. I should be sponsored by planners. (She busts out another brick of paper) See this- this is the good shit! Oh, and I have a printer now! Here’s my planner. Get your shit together- I’m a different person every day.

Sturgeon also got me this camera for me to play with. It’s a… uhhh Sony Ziess. I like messing around to see what does what instead of watching YouTube videos and saving time. It’s not a two dimensional relationship (with Sturgeon). I told him if I “had to spend the rest of my life with just one person, it would be you” and he’s like “we’re already doing that”. We are in a one bedroom apartment in New York. 

(The atmosphere changes, she becomes quiet and solemn.)

It’s been a rough year. My partner lost his best friend recently.

CPRA: The entire community felt the loss of Alec (Baillie), we mourn beside you. He will be sorely missed.

WF: I lost 16 people this year, including my tattoo artist that did these tattoos (motions to her eyes; which are marked by tiny green lines, a sort of hybrid between kitten whiskers and eye crinkles). I got these tattoos because they are my smile lines. They aren’t ever going to go away. 

CPRA: Fuck ya. Don’t ever give up. PMA is key. 

WF: I talked with my therapist two days ago. I suppose I’m constantly running away from being jaded. I felt it creeping up on me, that harsh apathy, that disconnect. I felt myself looking at everything and just despising it. Trying to get over these hurdles, like I’ve been here before and I smiled again- that’s pretty much how I deal with my depression. I’m grateful for my band- finding the little joys; it fucking makes a difference. A distraction from the harsh reality. You never get to know what happens if you dip out. I think we need to give each other a little more of a fighting chance. You gotta fight for that shit. Or distract yourself. Go to Buzzfeed and take a quiz. Be like: who am I? You are a pancake with a smile on the side. You are lightly powdered.

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Punk Rock Saves Lives

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(We go outside for a smoke and hear what sounds like music) 

WF: Hey this is my favorite song! Is he (Sturgeon) working on something new?

CPRA: I don’t know but it sounds pretty cool. 

(We realize at the same time we are listening to construction sounds and it bangs. This is how desperate the world is for shows- we both confused construction noise for music.) 

WF: Hey check out this Gretsch I just bought for $250! Isn’t she pretty? (She brandishes a 5 string Hunter green Gretsch)

CPRA: (Nodding) Yeah those Gretsch are a piece of art. 

WH: I had to leave all my guitars behind in Texas when I moved to New York. This is the first place I have ever lived for more than a few months. I remember back in Texas, when I first bought my trumpet it was between paying the electricity and paying for the trumpet, and as you do, I paid for the trumpet. 

CPRA: Excellent choice. 

CPRA: Are there any benefits to livestreaming as opposed to playing a stage? 

WF: My anxiety (on stage) got really bad. It made me very cold and unresponsive. When I got on stage, I just choked. If you think too much about existing, it trips you up. My new reality was ‘I’m scared of performing, I’m afraid of playing’. I looked fly as fuck though! And then Covid happened.

CPRA: I read that Jesse loves playing 7th Circle, one of our prized spaces here in Denver. 

WF: I know 7th Circle! I love 7th Circle!!! Aaron Saye & Crew were genuinely one of my earliest influences with booking shows in Houston. There’s this pic of my playing “Blue Jays” with the crowd in the background- I do believe that playing 7C was the first time we really felt like we “made it”.

(I looked everywhere for this photo. If you have this picture, please send to krista@coloradopunkrockarmy.com and we will publish it with photo credit.)

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CPRA: How did “Go Fuck Yourself” land as a secret track on “Show Me the Blueprints”? 

WF: (to Sturgeon) Hey, she’s asking about “Go Fuck Yourself”, do you want to answer this? 

Sturgeon: Who are you? 

CPRA: Colorado Punk Rock Army

Sturgeon: Haha! We had this Lyft lady who was completely naked drive us from Denver- Colorado Springs. 

CPRA: Ya that sounds right. 

Sturgeon: I always thought that DND should put a song at the end of their record that didn’t sound like them. They didn’t have one, so I offered one of mine. I like old anarcho punk records that have that one acoustic song that really connects. So this was like the reverse of that concept. 

CPRA: Cool shit!

CPRA: What is a typical show like for you, Whitney? 

WF: It’s like when you make friends for a night. Hi humans- I don’t know what’s happening anymore. 

WF: Hey! Can I show you my tattoo? 

CPRA: Absolutely! 

WF: (pulls down pants and thrusts left hip) Check this out: it says LADY VODKA. They made me get a bandaid under it. 

CPRA: Hey, is that a cheetah-print bodysuit?

WF: Haha, ya! I’m strapped in here! 

CPRA: Last question: You are slated to appear on the European leg of the upcoming Punk in Drublic tour- what’s going on with that? 

WF: Buy all of the tickets. It’s happening. Buy the tickets. The first step to adjusting is buy those tickets. Drink our beers. Buy our tickets. Listen while you sleep.

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The Jasons / Black Russians: A War-torn Split

Just in time for the most capitalistic of all holidays, The Jasons and Black Russians bring us a split full of bad tidings and fear. The tension between the two factions intensified towards the release date, with each side demanding allegiance. I feel like Hasselhoff is standing on a wall somewhere, just waiting to herald the huddled masses with whatever shite he sings. I don’t know. I was 6. 

The 7” has four songs, the CD has two bonus songs, each limited to 500.

Label: Mom’s Basement Records

Release Date: 11/20/2020


A-Side / The Jasons 

Kill a Commie for Mommy

Red Dawnna 

A Blaze in the Soviet Sky

Notes

Kill a Commie for Mommy: filtered back up vocals and interesting guitar patterns.

Red Dawnna: a distorted sample of Ritchie Valens’ “Oh Donna” explodes into girl-problem vocals. The instantly recognizable bass line directly transported me to the 90’s with memories of MxPx’s own cover of “Oh Donna”. I want to go buy some JNCOs.

A Blaze in the Soviet Sky: scathing, sneering delivery, graphic lyrics and a ferocious bass line that lingers in your head like a manifesto.

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B-Side / Black Russians  

Kill the Jasons 

Invasion USA

Red Blooded Soviet Punk Rock

Notes

Kill the Jasons: cheery song about killing mongoloids.

Invasion USA: “your freedom don’t mean shit” feels eerily appropriate given the current pandemic situation we are collectively experiencing. 

Red Blooded Soviet Punk Rock: absolutely dirty guitar solo over the bridge, this is a skippy love ballad.

Whether you’re into Ramones-inspired Horror Pop Punk, talking shit, or hockey, here’s a fun and fast addition to your pop-punk collection. Find the split on Mom’s Basement Webstore.

Links:

Mom’s Basement Records: Facebook Merch

The Jasons: Facebook Merch Instagram

Black Russians: Facebook Instagram

About The Writer:

Krista Brewer is a Colorado local with an undying passion for snowboarding, loud music, and photography. Krista specializes in street/art, architecture, ambient light/no flash photography through gingersnapshots.

The Red Lite District Release Smashing Sophomore Effort: “Peephole”

Release Date: 12/11/2020                                                         

Format: Digital

Label: DCC Records

Current Lineup: 

David Cameron – Guitar and vocals

Graham Dickson – Guitar and backing vocals

Barry McAvoy – Bass and backing vocals

Derek McKee – Drums and backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Killer Disco, Ghosts, Send in the Clowns, The Idiot, The Fireman

Sounds Like: The Damned, FEAR, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Vibrators, and The Clash


Peephole, The Red Lite District’s second EP, is a welcome new addition to CPRA’s collection of Favorite New Sounds. This is our second review of The Red Lite District and we are honored to review this five song collection.

Killer Disco / Track 1

The Red Lite District’s Peephole starts off with a haunting tale of a Glasgow killer targeting Scotch discos of the sixties. Killer Disco features both Graham and David on guitar and a nimble pace; this will be a blast to experience live. There’s a lot of old school UK influences on this EP, and this track is perfectly colored with shadows of punk and garage rock. 

Killer Disco has a music video to accompany the track. Check it out here.

The Idiot / Track 2

The lyrics bring to mind the never-ending pretentious part-time residents of Aspen. The sounds make me want to find a dive and get beer spilled all over my shoes while screaming about idiots. Listen often, listen loudly. 

The Fireman / Track 3

The third -and longest- track on the EP, The Fireman, presents a highly relatable 2020 motto: “life is impossible / when chemicals are your only pleasure”. Why is this so accurate? Rapid-fire guitars layered with a dynamic bass line perfectly suit Derek’s volatile beats. 

Caution: Infectious “Hey-Aohs” will commandeer your brain. 

Send in the Clowns / Track 4 

At 2:30, Send in the Clowns keeps it short but not so sweet. This humorous rant hands out a thought-provoking refrain: “food banks for the fat/ the Cayman Islands are just that” which is, coincidentally, perfect for blasting while stuck in traffic amongst the never ending interstate buffet of Teslas and Audis. 

Ghosts / Track 5

I’ve always hated my birthday. This track reminds me why: “light a candle and wish away the dark / don’t you see it’s your birthday”. I spent untold years waiting for my father to show up on my birthday, like a fucking Hallmark movie, which never happened. When I listened to this song the first time I wanted to simultaneously turn it up, and cry. This is a song about the illusions of life set against the harshness of reality. 

Add it to your playlist. 

Peephole tastes like gravel and honey but for your ears.  Buy it. Love it. 

Track List (Subject To Change)

Killer Disco

The Idiot

The Fireman

Send in the Clowns

Ghosts

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Krista Brewer is a Colorado local with an undying passion for snowboarding, loud music, and photography. Krista specializes in street/art, architecture, ambient light/no flash photography through gingersnapshots.