90’s And 2000’s Pop Punk Fans Rejoice! Hangtime Releases New ‘Destroy’ EP

Release Date: 09/25/2020                                                          

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Dental Records; https://www.facebook.com/rentalrecordspunk

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar

Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar

Dan Scicchitano – Bass

Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Too Many Days, When We Were Young, My Only One, Start All Over, Looking For You, and Radio Don’t Care

Sounds Like: Oldschool Greenday, TBR, The Livermores, Penske File, Lillngtons, Follow Ups, Sunset Silhouette and the Mazlows


Back in 2019 we posted our “What does punk mean to you?” video over on our Youtube channel. Now I don’t recall answering this question personally. Punk to me is being yourself no matter what and not allowing others or the government to control you. Punk can be political, it can be poppy and it can be hardcore. Most of all it can be whatever you want it to be. Why do I bring this up? I was raised on 70’s, 80’s and 90’s punk rock. 

Some of my favorite bands like Good Riddance, Propagandhi, NOFX, and yes even Green Day helped me form the person I am today. Toronto’s Hangtime released their new EP this morning called, “Destroy”. They have been releasing various singles in anticipation of “Destroy” and I have loved every one. You can read all our coverage on Hangtime here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/hangtime/. Why correlate my punk upbringing with “Destroy”? Let’s take a look into the EP to find out. 

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It starts with “Destroy!” which is a kick ass little instrumental. Next up is ‘Too Many Days”. This love song is for all of us who pine for the love of another. The vocals and melodic tone could easily pass as a pop punk song from the 90’s. It’s addictive, catchy and brings a smile to my face. Check out the hilarious video below! 

The next song is “When We Were Young”. Life seemed so much easier when we were younger. No bills, no mortgage/rent, going to punk shows, and best of all no Covid-19. Those days may be gone, but the memories will never fade. This track encapsulates that nostalgic feeling. I love drums and vocals on this track. 

“My Only One” follows and this track is fantastic. There’s something in the lyrical nature of this track that really pulls me in. Guitar and bass shine along with the vocals on this perfect song. I am not sure if this is a love song or a father talking to his children. I’d like to think it’s the latter. 

Now the next song, “Start All Over” is most definitely a love song. The melodic pop punk sound is not formulaic, and feels refreshing. “Looking For You” is next. The bass is killer on this song. This song feels a bit more on the hardcore side. When looking for love we all have so many questions to ask. 

The last and final track is my favorite song on “Destroy”. This song sounds straight outta 1996, while giving a nod to the Descendants and The Ramones. I was lucky back in the day to have friends to trade punk tapes with. Even back then the radio sucked and never played punk rock. I doubt that will really ever change. I’ll keep listening to my favorite punk podcasts, like Punk Tacos, The Cpra Denver Punk Rock podcast, and The Mable Syndrome Podcast

In reflection “Destory” is an EP we all need in a time where our future feels uncertain. Hangtime has meticulously crafted a record which not only appeals to my youth, but I cannot wait to share this one with my kids. Who knows maybe Hangtime will create another punk rock kid? I sure hope so!

Track List (Subject To Change)

DESTROY!

TOO MANY DAYS

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

MY ONLY ONE

START ALL OVER

LOOKING FOR YOU 

RADIO DON’T CARE

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Fat Wreck Alumni, Love Equals Death, Return After 14 Year HiatusTo Team Up With The Static Age To Release 7” Halloween Split

Release Date: 10/31/2020                                                            

Format: Digital/Physical – Pre-order now only 50 copies of the vinyl are available!

Distribution: SBÄM Records Europe: https://bit.ly/2ZrMrPp

SAY-10 Records US Release: https://bit.ly/3m9EaJS

Location: 

  • Love Equal Death (CA, USA)
  • The Static Age (IL, USA)

Love Equals Death is: (Per Facebook)

  • Chon Travis-Guitar & Vocals 
  • Jeremy Lantz-Bass
  • Johnny Myers-Drums

The Static Age is: (Per Facebook)

  • Andrew Paley
  • Adam Meilleur
  • Joe Sowinski

Favorite Tracks: Recover, The Bellows, Dust, and The Flight of The Banshee

Sounds Like: No Use For A Name, Good Riddance, Direct Hit, Joy Division, Gang Of Four, and Bauhaus


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Halloween is quickly approaching. For some people Halloween is their favorite time of the year. In the age of Covid it may damper our usual celebrations. Two kickass bands are back and in action again just in time for a Halloween 7” Split. Love Equals Death (Fat Wreck Alumni), return after 14 years to team up with Static Age on a new split due out on Halloween 2020!

Love Equals Death, last release was Nightmerica on Fat Wreck in 2006. The Static Age released an EP called Mercies on Uncle M / Riptide Recordings in 2012. Both records are amazing so be sure to check those out as well. The new split contains 4 brand new and spooky tracks. The combination of post punk and melodic punk seem to go perfectly together. Let’s see what the bands have to say regarding the new release.

“Flight Of The Banshee was from an experience I had while on Tour that took place at an old Texas campground that was said to have been the burial ground for victims of the Mexican Cartel. We were really tired of driving so we pulled over there at about 3 am and instantly started to see, hear, and feel what we could only conclude to be, a Banshee spirit experience.

Dust is a very personal experience that I had that lasted about four years that had me at odds with myself. Some days I would be strong and others I would almost feel a sense of depression and I felt that there was nothing left to do but rot in isolation, so I started writing my thoughts out and it was the world around me that had me bummed, so I realized that I couldn’t change the world but I could get myself out of the situation that I was in and now I kind of chuckle at the lyrics, “until I turn to dust”, because I found away to remove myself from the downward spiral. It’s vague, but as I stated before, it’s very personal. I hope this helps. If you need more detail, please let me know. Thank you guys!” – Love Equals Death

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“The first song, “Recover,” was revived from a spate of recordings from 2016. We’d played versions of the song on tours as early as 2014, but this version was actually recorded during Andrew’s own process of recovery following an accident. We ended up liking the demo vocals so much we kept the originals and built the song around them. The other song, “The Fan and the Bellows” is a cover of the seminal post-punk band The Chameleons.” – The Static Age

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This split 7″ co-release between Say-10 Records (USA) and SBÄM (EU). Check out this beautiful looking vinyl. Collectors beware this record is limited to the first 50 buyers! Make sure to pre-order asap so you won’t miss out!

Track List (Subject To Change)

Love Equals Death – Flight of the Banshee

Love Equals Death – Dust

The Static Age – Recover

The Static Age – The Fan and the Bellows

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King Rat’s Front Man Luke Schmaltz, New Book, “The Belcher” Out 9/30/2020

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We are anxiously awaiting the release of Denver punk icon, Luke Schmaltz, new book, “The Belcher” which is due out September 30, 2020 via Mutiny Press aka Mutiny Information Cafe. After listening/reading to a few chapters this writer is officially hooked on, “The Belcher“.

Photo by Tyner Photography

Oh and if you have never heard of Denver’s King Rat. Be sure to give them a listen here, https://kingrat1.bandcamp.com/. Be sure to pre-order “The Belcher” here, https://lukeschmaltz.com/ or pick up on on 9/30/2020 from Mutiny!

Heart On Records To Release New Comp, “This Will Not End Quietly”, In Effort To Support Charitable Orgs, Fair Fight & Get Her Elected

Release Date:  9/29/2020 (Pre-orders open now!)

All CD pre-sales will receive an exclusive “This Will Not End Quietly” Koozie!!                                                             

Format: Digital

Label: Heart On Records (Women based punk label)

Location: Oakland, CA


We love our underground punk rock labels here at CPRA! A few days ago, Oakland based and women focused, Heart On Records announced a new comp, “This Will Not End Quietly” This comp features some of our favorite bands such as Faux Replika, City Mouse, Year Of The Fist, Cheap Perfume, Broken Baby, Teenage Bigfoot, Sad Girlz Club, Future Tense, Cut-Rate Druggist, Gina Volpe Music, Failing Up, It’s Embarrassing, Enemy Of My Enemy, Skip The Needle, Whoosie What’s It’s, The Humblers & Dee Skusting & The Rodents

Proceeds of the new comp will benefit Fair Fight and & Get Her Elected. There is no time to waste and must ensure our elections are free and open to all. Don’t forget to vote this November. You can go here it’s quick and easy, https://register.rockthevote.com/. I’m so excited for this comp which features 17 bands from across the country! Let’s hope it gets a vinyl release! You can pre-order here, https://heartonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/this-will-not-end-quietly-compilation-pre-order.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp and subject to change)

Faux Replika – White Throne
City Mouse – Bullets
Year Of The Fist – Blood Bath
Cheap Perfume – Time’s Up
Broken Baby – Meat Week
Teenage Bigfoot – Bystander
Sad Girlz Club – Ex-Men
Future Tense – Centrifuge
Cut-Rate Druggist – Run Rabbit Run
Gina Volpe – Time To Come
Failing Up – Antichrist
It’s Embarrassing – Dry Heat
13Enemy Of My Enemy – Never Again
Skip The Needle – We Ain’t Never Going Back
Thee Whoosie What’s It’s – Middle Feather
The Humblers – Our Best Customers
Dee Skusting & The Rodents – Cold War

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The Drown’s Release New Music Video For “Black Lung”

Release Date: September 3, 2020 (Music Video Released)              

Format: Digital and Physical (Get the vinyl)

Label: Pirate Press Records

Location: 

  • Seattle

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Rev (vocals/guitar), 
  • Andy Wyle (bass/vocals), 
  • Jonny Wade (guitar), 
  • Jake Margolis (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Black Lung

Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and the Street Dogs 


Pic By Alan Snodgrass

2020 sucks, but there’s one thing I have loved so far and it’s Seattle based, The Drown’s album, ‘Under Tension’. The band dropped a new video this morning for “Black Lung”. You can watch it below. Be sure to read everything you need to know about The Drowns here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/?s=the+drowns.

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Year Of The Fist, Drop New Video For “Undertow”, In Summer Of Singles Collection

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. A new track was dropped yesterday for “Undertow”, watch it here!

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

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Radio Blast Drops “In Your Face” EP Via Mom’s Basement Records/Mom’s Cellar Dwellers Records

Release Date: August 10, 2020                                                            

Format: Digital

Label: Radio Blast Productions • Mom’s Cellar Dwellers

Production – (Per Bandcamp) – Mastered by Justin Perkins at the Mystery Room Mastering

Guest appearance on “In Your Face” provided by Reverend Norb

Location: NYC

Album Art – Radio Blast

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kaspar (Vocals/Guitar)
  • Dom (Drums, Backing Vox)
  • Mike (Guitar, Backing Vox)
  • Francis M Dial (Bass)s

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them!

Sounds Like: Latte+, Follow Ups, Queers, and JERK


This summer may be the summer of COVID 19, but not all is a loss. New York City based, Radio Blast dropped a new EP, “In Your Face” back on August 10, 2020. We have been blasted by awesome releases this summer and “In Your Face” is another EP to add to your “Buy Now” list. This record is another amazing addition from Mom’s Celler Dwller/Mom’s Basement Records. So let’s check out “In Your Face”. 

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The first track is indeed, “In Your Face”. It has a kick ass Tommy Ramone style beat. The track is lyrically catchy. It’s fun with an old school throwback sound. The next song is “She’s A Cannibal”. This song slides to the horror punk side, but retains that fun Ramonescore beat. This is my favorite track on the record. The 3rd track up is “Boy With A Six Pack”. This song is heavy on bass and speaks on the dangers of adolescent alcoholism. It’s quite catchy! The final track is “Teddy”. This track has great bass, drums and extremely catchy chorus.

In conclusion “In Your Face” by Radio Blast is a short and in your face blast of fun. Ramonescore fans will dig this record. Personally, keep your eye out for another vinyl release. They are currently sold out, but I’m guessing another will come! You can check it out here, https://radioblast.bandcamp.com/album/in-your-face-ep

Track List (Subject To Change)

In Your Face

She’s A Cannibal

Boy With The Six Pack

Teddy

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Happy Birthday CPRA!

We recently hit 5K likes on Facebook. To think 4 years ago we were happy to have 100 after 2 months. In celebration we decided to record a new episode down at the undisclosed location.

Pic in this post by Anarchopunk

Join Rev A and Skabones as we celebrate our 4 birthday. Skabones sat down with Lala and Matt from the Punk Rock Horror Podcast to discuss their newest podcast, “2 Witches Bitchin About Horror”. Check out the Punk Rock Horror Podcast here, https://www.facebook.com/punkhorrorpodcast/

Bands Featured: People Corrupting People – Theme music – https://www.facebook.com/pcpsux/
Pleading Guilty – “Away From Here” – https://www.facebook.com/pleadingguilty/
Barking Mad – “Divide & Conquer” – https://www.facebook.com/BarkingMadDenver/
Amazing Flying Dumbasses – “Would You” – https://www.facebook.com/TheAFDband/
Stray the Course – “Between The Walls” – https://www.facebook.com/StrayTheCourseOfficial/
Hangtime – “Too Many Days” – https://www.facebook.com/hangtimeband/
ATD – “Boomerang Kids” – https://www.facebook.com/atdvan/
theredlightdistrict – “Trump, Tories, and Other Relics From Middle Earth”Shot by DDC Productions – https://www.facebook.com/theredlitedistrict/
Dirty Work – “Hogtown Hooligans” https://www.facebook.com/DirtyWorkofficial/ Originally premiered on Hardcore Worldwide – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChdN4PK44AaZ7weyy1MEofQ
The Pistol Mystics – “All Wound Up” –https://www.facebook.com/PistolMystics/
Due to technical issues the following videos are not in this episode, People Corrupting People “Achromatopsia” and Russian Girlfriends – “The Antidote”. Please see S3EP1 for these videos.

***Warning some videos my be dangerous to photosensitive viewers.

Best Local EP Of 2020? The Unindicted Co-Conspirators Drop Surprise Release ‘Colfax Confidential’

Pic by Heather K

Release Date: August 11, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Artwork By – Heather K

Location: Denver, Colorado

Production – Recorded by Felipe Patino With Green Door Recordings

Current Lineup: 

  • Fletcher Neeley – Guitar and Vox
  • Troy Thill – Sax on “To Catch A Theif”
  • David Dinsmore – Trombone 
  • Steve ‘Filthy’ Illich on trumpet.
  • Felipe Patino – Bass on Counterfit and Koi Tattoo 
  • Brian Barrows – Drums

Favorite Tracks: To Catch A Thief, Counterfit, La Mentirosa, D-Days In Pacific, and Koi Tattoo 


How many records can you say you had a straight impulse buy with? I’m guessing not many. In this day and age we have to be careful where and when we drop that hard earned cash. So to my surprise I noticed a new Denver band, The Unindicted Co-Conspirators released a 4 track EP called, “Colfax Confidential”. From the very start to the very end I was hooked. So what makes this record so rad? Let’s take an in depth look. 

The record starts with, “To Catch A Thief”. There’s something I really love about Fletcher’s vocals. Not only are they very well done, but feel more like a storytelling experience. Don’t get me wrong I love me some Danzig, yet sometimes I can’t understand him. Thill’s saxophone on this track is wicked and totally unexpected. 

The next track is “Counterfit” and starts out with a kick ass rockabilly feel. This track has a Cold War theme with legendary Felipe Patino on bass. Patino’s bass, Barrow’s drums and Fletcher’s vocals come together for a wonderful sound. I love the story line and lyrics. How many punk tracks talk about spies? 

“She was set up at some sketchy punk rock dive bar just off of East Melrose and 101
And the suitcase from a spooky looking g-man by the Pan Pacific Auditorium
We made love in the bed of her director guess that she was trying to settle some old score
Then he burst in I fired twice and hit him one time
That’s when we left him bleeding on the floor”

“La Mentirosa” is up next and translates to “The Liar” in English. The guitar on this track is on point. This love song is aggressive and fast and retains the storytelling element of the EP. The next track is  “D-Days In The Pacific”. The Japanese were a well oiled machine before and up until the very end the Pacific Theater in WWII. It took two atomic bombs to stop them from continuing the war. This track is frantic till the very end!

“Koi Tattoo” is sadly the last track. It opens with a traditional Japanese tune, before launching into madness. To sum all of this up, “Colfax Confidential” by the Unindicted Co-Conspirators is EP that deserves the full album treatment. The mix of different genres, talents of the players, and incredible storytelling make this record stand out among others. It’s only $4.00 over on Bandcamp right now, but I have a feeling the price will go up. Pick it up right here, https://theunindictedco-conspirators.bandcamp.com/

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Tracks: 

1. To Catch A Thief 

 2. Counterfit 

 3. La Mentirosa 

 4. D-Days In Pacific 

 5. Koi Tattoo

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Smokin’ Sam Babin The One Man Punk Rock Band Is Back With Vol 5!

Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx

Release Date: July 25, 2020

Format: Digital

Current Lineup: Smokin’ Sam Babin

Favorite Tracks: Blow Smoke Up Your Ass, The Return Of Karl Marx and many more!

Sounds Like: Buzzcocks, Dirty Work, Zipperz and Subhumans


The ever popular one man punk rock band is back with ‘Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx’! This 19 track album is FREE right now on Bandcamp, but make sure you throw some cash to help cover the cost!

Sam’s latest release “Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx”

Originally born and raised in Chicago, IL. Sam has taken his music throughout the states. Let’s show Sam some DIY love and check out his tunes below!

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Links:

-Bandcamp: https://smokinsambabin.bandcamp.com/

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2injjYfkWCRJjYmRkZVew