Denver’s The Mazlows Release New Video For “The Wolf Inside”

The pop punk in me fell in love with this song!

Read our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/03/05/cpramusicnews-denvers-the-mazlows-drop-new-single-the-wolf-inside/

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Hardcore Vs Pop Punk Night At Antero Hall (AKA Ecks Saloon) Tonight! Who will take the win?

A battle of epic PROPORTIONS, The fight of the century!

Tonight is the fight we have all been waiting for. The match of the century! Let’s first meet our referee! Weighing less than 3lbs from Adams County, Colorado is Slappy! Slappy has been busy as you can see below. He is the booker, security team, and overall ladies man for Dryer Fire. Slappy will be under scrutiny as he is currently in a substance abuse program.

Be sure to ready up and read our review of Dryer Fire’s, “Van Candy” here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/dryer-fire-van-candy/. He is in no relation to Mr Marbles, although this editor has heard some small footsteps in the night.

The contestants

Nebraska Pop Punks Liar Wire are are coming in hot off the heels. Check out their interview with Spotlight Omaha! Does Liar Wire have what it takes to take the crown?

Steadfast is rolling through with an impressive record for street punk and hardcore savagery! This Houston based band is ready to fight!

Who will this fight? You be the judge tonight at Antero Hall, Doors at 8, show at 9!

Pop Punks Slap Happy Drop New Ep, “Cruisin” on 6/28/2019 at BAR BAR EP Release Show

Release Date: June 26, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Luke Slouka
  • Andrew Larson
  • Adam Parker

Favorite Tracks: Last Night, Cruisin, Crack Up, and Blast Off

Sounds Like: Greenday, Blink 182, and The Ataris


I like to call Slap Happy a straight up CPRA band. They started back in the early days of CPRA by sending us videos asking if we liked their music. They invited us out to many shows and now we can finally review their brand new EP, “Crusin”. The EP starts out with,  “Thousand Yard Stare” this track totally reminds me of Greenday’s, “1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours”. It has the garage feel, that seems to be really lacking in major commercial releases.

The next track up is, “Last Night”. This is my favorite track. It’s quick and has a great little intro. The drums are killer! “Danger Days” is next and not to be confused with MCR’s album of the same name. This track is probably the fastest on the EP. Personally I really dig this song as well. This song is quite catchy and seems to bounce from riff to riff. “Cruisin” follows and is the only purely instrumental tune. It has a real kickass surf sound. I love it. Fans of King Shelter, and even older fans who like Dick Dale should give this track a listen.

“Crack Up”, follows and brings back that Slap Happy sound. The bass and guitar absolutely shred! The last track is “Blast Off” with a great drum into. Let me call this a wrap. Slap Happy is 6 tracks of pop punk bliss. This is a great sample of the future of Slap Happy. Be sure to pick this one up on 6/26/2019 here, https://slaphappytunes.bandcamp.com/.

Be sure to hit their EP release show on 6/28/2019 at BAR BAR with Younger Than Neil and State Drugs, https://www.facebook.com/events/607787679630596/.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Thousand Yard Stare
  2. Last Night
  3. Danger Days
  4. Cruisin
  5. Crack Up
  6. Blast Off

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CPRA New Music Alert – Stream Wild Lives, New Track, “Streets” here first, from new ep, “Return Of The Kid”!

The Wild Lives EP Release Party is only a few days away! Out of nowhere we stumbled across this kick ass streaming tune, from their new EP, “Return Of The Kid”. Read our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/18/denvers-wild-lives-set-to-drop-new-ep-return-of-the-kid-at-streets-of-denver-release-party-on-6-22-2019/

The Amazing Line Up for 6/22/19!

Cheap Perfume brings their anger and rage hot off the heels of, “Nailed It” . Remember kids its always OK to punch a nazi!

Denver icons Vic N’ The Narwhals, bring their legendary sound!

Event Info and Tickets!

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/2252032021716823/

Venue: Streets Denver

Doors: Door at 8, Show at 9pm!

Cover/Tickets: $8 Advance and Day of Show

Denver’s Wild Lives Set To Drop New EP, “Return Of The Kid” at Streets of Denver Release Party on 6/22/2019

Release Date: 6/22/2019

Format: Digital                              

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Production: Mixed and produced by  Felipe Patino at Green Door Studios (Bricheros) and Ira Decther who mastered (OverTime)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Blake Pendergrass, drums
  • Hans Meyer, vox
  • Lindsey Housel, keys and vox
  • Jason Tollen, bass
  • Taylor Pendergrass, guitar

Track listing:

“Streets”

“Talk”

“Only One”

“Riots”

“Kill You to Live”


Normally when writing a review, we choose a few of our favorites…but I can’t choose a song I like best on this EP! I love every single track. Things that stick out to me: the opening riff of “Streets” is awesome and I love the vocal delivery.  Great choice as the EP opener. “Talk” is one of the faster tempo tracks, and the lyrics are awesome. It’s upbeat, rhythmic and relatable.

“The more they talkity talk

The less you walk walk walk

And the more they squakity squak

The more we walk walk walk away!”

“Only One” is perfectly aggressive, the guitar riff on “Riots” is infectious and has quintessential sing-along vocals: “The bell tolls. The riots roll!”

“Kill You to Live” has an awesome breakdown and the build up is well placed and timed.

Reminds me of: Suicide Machines, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Pennywise, The Buzzcocks, Rancid, Ten Foot Pole, Dwarves, Murder City Devils, TSOL, The Muffs.

Overall: Production wise, I think this EP is very well done. The drum sound is punchy and in your face but not overpowering, the bass and guitar tones are energetic yet still warm, the keyboards are mixed very well, providing a lush harmonic noise floor, and both vocalists deliver tireless, passionate words that you know they believe in. This band is not posing at all! This recording captures their energy and enthusiasm which I can only imagine is equally as good live.

Be sure to catch the Wild Lives EP Release Party this Saturday at Streets Of Denver with Cheap Perfume and Vic N’ The Narwhals. Get your tickets soon as this banger is likely to sell out!

About The Reviewer:

Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

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CPRA Music News: Toronto Punks Hangtime Release New EP, “Invasion”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital and physical

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: A Thousand Years Ago, One Nine Nine Five


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


Let’s face it Mondays blow! Sometimes you need a little pick me up, beer, coffee, weed, or maybe some new kick ass music. Toronto punks Hangtime released, “Invasion” back on 3/1/2019. We may be a little late to the party on this one, but that’s because this EP was made to serve as the perfect pick me up.

This EP may seem small at a whopping 6 tracks, but it’s full on nonstop pop punk goodies. The album kick off with “A Thousand Years Ago”. This song hits home for me.  How many hearts have you broken and regretted for years to come? The lyrics are really the star on this track, while the band provides the anthem like charisma.

Next up is “One Nine Nine Five”, this song kicks absolute ass! The perfected hooks on this track are brilliant. I keep feeling I’ve heard this song before, but can’t pin it down. It may be they are just so damn good, it gives a good familiar feeling. My favorite track is up next, “See You Soon”. The drums are killer, the chords bleed perfection. The lyrics are catchy, yet none generic.

“Can I Take You Out”, is up next and continues a wonderful Ramones like sound. This record so far portrays an innocence really only found in pop punk. This is a love song and I feel the teenage boy in me giggle a little. “She”, comes roaring in next and no this isn’t a Greenday cover. Yet another track for all of us on a simple relatable level. When you have found the one, you just know it. The drums and power chords are sweet!

The last track up is “Lucky”. This track a an energetic fast romp reminiscent of the Penske File. I suppose I should wrap this up. Hangtime’s, “Invasion” is a great EP for anyone who is craving that pure pop punk sound. Pick it up here, https://hangtimeband.bandcamp.com/album/invasion.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. INVASION
  2. A Thousand Years Ago
  3. One Nine Nine Five
  4. See You Soon
  5. Can I Take You Out
  6. She
  7. Lucky

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Keeping 90s Skatepunk Alive, Trashed Ambulance Releases, “Shorthanded”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital, cassette (limited to 100 copies, order now!!)

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jawsh
  • RB
  • Shark

Favorite Tracks: Open Road, Buy In, Round 3

Sounds Like: 90s Skate Punk, NoFX


Growing up, there was the holy trinity of punk rock labels. It was Epitaph, Hellcat, & Fat Records. This band takes me back to listening to the Fat Records for Fat People compilations. Obviously influenced by NoFX, a band that is apparently easy to hate on by many punks now, but fuck that hate stuff. I never understood how hating things & bands made you a more interesting person. They are a band still influencing great music, like Trashed Ambulance.

The band’s new EP, Shorthanded, isn’t set on reinventing music here, but they take a sound & do it well. Vocals & guitar that serve the sound very well. Excellent melodies that will stick in your head. Driving drums that are vital to giving the record the energy needed to make the band work. What stands out the most though, is the bass. I love bass solos, walking the bass instead of simply playing the notes. Rad bass lines throughout the EP.

Open Road is an excellent opening track for their new EP. it’s everything I mentioned above, & everything you need to know about how you’ll enjoy this record. Fun guitar and bass solos break up the end of Trash Queens, helping the track stand out. Buy In is a great self-deprecating track, “I’m never gonna win, so I might as well buy in.” Great hook. The standout lyric to me though, is from Round 3, the closing track from the band. “Don’t find solace by being a dick.” Great lyric, great message, fantastic song. Be good to each other, be good to this band. Check them out.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Open Road
  2. Super League
  3. Buy In
  4. The Very Best
  5. Trash Queen
  6. Round 3

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About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.