Hardcore Thrashers ATD Release “A Total Disappointment” Via Kinda Cool Records, Cue My Blood Pressure Rise

Release Date:  May 29, 2020                          

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Kinda Cool Records

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Ben / Joe / Marco / Dave / Dan

Favorite Tracks: Boomerang Kids, Spies Among Us, Gaslighting, Poverty Row, and many more

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Protected Left, Chew Thru, The Corps, Anti-Flag, and The Shell Corp


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Vancouver punks ATD aka A Total Disappointment dropped their first self titled release today via Kinda Cool Records. Why did I decide to checkout ATD? Well I’m fucking pissed as many of us are. George Floyd was murdered by those who swore to protect and serve. The world watched as cowards in uniform held George to his death. I really didn’t want to write about this today, but I’m boiling. This morning as I pursued the headlines my anger and blood pressure rose. I decided instead to escape into music with ATD’s, “A Total Disappointment”.

The first track is “Slipt” comes in fast, with some wicked drums. They remind me of being a kid and skating my ass off. There’s a sense of unity while the guitar busts out a quick change up. Next up is another amazing track, “Boomerang Kids”. Holy shit is this track fast as hell! 

The next track is my favorite off the record and is called, “Spies Among Us”. This sounds so much like the Dead Kennedys. From the onset of the intro to the lead singer’s Jello-like voice. The lyrics on the song are not only scary, but sadly true. We are spied on everywhere we go. Our phones listen to our conversations so later they can recommend, “The best burger in town”. How long before “Minority Report” becomes the real deal?

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If you’re at the protests today wear a mask and sunglasses. Don’t get added to their list! The next tune is “Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper”. It’s really heavy on bass, sounding a bit like the early Cro-Mags or Gorilla Biscuits. Another favorite follows with, “Moonlight Clan”. It speaks of the dangers of capitalism and materialism. This track feels like another kick ass nod to the Dead Kennedys.

Pic by Micheal Elliott-Golding

“Gaslighting” is next and times out at a massive 1:32! Speaking of that I’m gonna add this to my list of favorite songs under 2 minutes. “Poverty Row” follows with Bouncing Souls like charge. I feel like many of us can relate to this track.

“I’ve got my rights, my human rights.
But without fair pay I can’t make rent today.
I won’t lose sight, but still I know,
I’m living on Poverty Row.”

I remember when my daughter was little, spending my last few dollars on getting her fed, while I went hungry that night. Our society panders to those with cash and throws everyone else in the gutter. This track needs a music video! “Let Down” is next up. This track feels like a tribute to all of us who feel like we let down our friends and family. It’s yet another pogo worthy track. I love the chorus!

Photo by Bob Hanham

Sometimes we need a push to do something great. Maybe it’s a friend’s advice, a job loss, a fucking ruthless pandemic, or just a kick in the ass. “Good Things” is next and is exactly the kick in the ass we need right now. It follows the fast and rhythmic tone of the record. I really want this on vinyl now! “Peak Paranoia” is next and has some awesome guitar riffs. The “Whoas” were unexpected, yet seem to fit perfectly. 

“Teenage Vanities” follows its fast and crazy and clocks in at a massive 16 seconds! Sadly the last track is next. “Bunk Monk” is a direct fuck you to organized religion. It reminds me of the TV show, “Father Ted” from the 90’s. The head priest of the region was an evil bastard of a man and definitely a “Bunk Monk”. The track may be referring also to the 39 men who committed suicide in the name of their cult in 1997. 

In reflection, ATD’s “A Total Disappointment” is a fantastic record. The mix of hardcore, metal, and thrash are like entering your first punk show all over again. As you see above I posted a quote from Mr Rogers. Music helps me through some of the hardest times. I sure hope it will help you too. I highly recommend you grab this one on vinyl before they sell out! You can check them out here, https://kindacoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-total-disappointment

Track List (Per Bandcamp)
Slipt
Boomerang Kids
Spies Among Us
Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper
Moonlight Clan
Gaslighting
Poverty Row
Let Down
Good Things
Peak Paranoia
Teenage Vanities
Bunk Monk

Links:

A Total Disappointment

Previous releases: https://total.bandcamp.com/

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Joey Ramone Would Be Proud As JERK! Reissues “Panic Via Mom’s Basement/Cellar Dweller Records

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Release Date:  Original Release July 19, 2019                            

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Mom’s Basement Records

Distro: Mom’s Cellar Dwellers

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Josh The Jerk Bass/Vocals

Matt Brown Guitar/vocals

Josh Howard Drums/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Suzy Is A Bonehead, Atomic, Goodbye Sonia, JERK!, I Killed The Prom Queen, F*ck You Moron, I Hate Guys Like You, Just You, Mr Metalhead and Radical

Sounds Like: Ramones, Follow Ups, Teenage Bottle Rocket, Lillingtons, The Corps, and the Queers


Right now more than ever. We need new music that not only helps us cope with this new world we are living in, but music that makes us happy. It seems everyday we get more and more bad news. Last week my favorite local venue, 3 Kings announced they were closing for good. My heart sank as I knew this would be a blow to the community. I needed a boost of serotonin and decided to check out JERK!’s new reissue of “Panic Attack”. 

The reissue is brought to us by Mom’s Basement/Mom’s Celler Dweller Records. Mom’s is quickly becoming one of my favorite independent record labels. We seem to love just about everything they are releasing. So what about JERK!’s “Panic Attack” record makes me happy? So let’s take a look in track by track fashion. The first track is “Invader Of My Mind”. This is a wicked introduction to the record, The drums are powerful, chords ripping, and seems to bring light with a Ramonescore sound. If something or someone is in your mind and you want it out. Put on this track. 

My personal favorite track is next up and called, “Suzy Is A Bonehead” this seems to be a spin on“Suzy Is A Headbanger” by the Ramones. This track is lyrically addicting, and fun to sing along with. My second favorite track follows, “Atomic”. Both of these tracks are simple in beats and measures, but call out to the youth inside me. When listening I feel transported back into the 90’s when my worst fear was failing math. 

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Another kick ass track is next with “Goodbye Sonia”. This is “Break Up Punk” at it’s finest. If there’s one thing most breakup songs leave out. Sometimes breaking up a relationship is indeed the best thing for everyone involved. So instead of crying along with Sarah Mclachlan’s, “Angel” put on this track and feel better about yourself. This track seems to have too many influences to mention.

“JERK!”, follows and is full of some awesome skatepunk. Everything goes into full on turbo mode. Personally I really wasn’t expecting hardcore since most of the tracks follow more of a Ramonescore sound. “In My Dreams” returns a melodic more feel. This is an optimistic love song with some fantastic bass and guitar lines. “I Killed The Prom Queen” is next and the theme is from the Halloween movie series. This track cracks me up, yet kicks ass. “I killed the prom queen, she was no Jaime Curtis, I stabbed her in the back”. The guitar lines are amazing.

Josh’s vocals remind me of the legendary Joe Queer on this one. “Hey Bud Let’s Party” follows and it reminds of the Ramones track, “Rock N Roll Highschool”. This track will be my theme when we can finally break out from quarantine land. “Freak” is next and comes in rolling hard. It almost has a rockabilly feel, while maintaining  a true punk rock sound. Man I need to listen to more JERK! 

“I Hate Guys Like You” is next and I love this track. Have you ever had a close friend screw you over or act like they are more “Scene” than you? The next song is “F#ck You Moron” and is the perfect remedy for blowing off some steam. The hardcore is strong with this track. This song is about being yourself in the eyes of the opposition. 

“Just You” is a love song. This track makes me feel young again. I’d really like to see this track get played on Punk Tacos! “Mr. Metalhead” follows and is hilarious while it also shreds. Good luck getting this out of your head! We’ve come to our final track, “Radical”. When I was a teen I was known for my mix tapes. Yes I was a music nerd. Music was my gateway to expression. This love song should definitely end up on your “2020 Love Playlist”.

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Overall, if you’re looking for something to help you out of this COVID hole, this record is the one. JERK!’s, “Panic Attack” is a romp of good old fashioned Ramonscore punk rock, saddled with some great hardcore skatepunk tracks. I highly recommend this record and will be adding it to the nominee list for Best Album of 2020! You can pick it up here, http://www.momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com/

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Invader Of My Mind 

Suzy Is A Bonehead

Atomic

Goodbye Sonia

Jerk!

In My Dreams

I Killed The Prom Queen

Hey Bud, Let’s Party!

Freak

Hate Guys Like You

F#zck You Moron

Just You

Mr. Metalhead

Radical 

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Email – Momsbasementrecords@gmail.com

Webstore – www.momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com

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Instagram – @momsbasementrecords Twitter – @momsrecs

Pueblo, Colorado Psychobillies, The Dead End Release “HELLBOUND” Via Batcave Records

Release Date: Mar 13, 2020          

Format: Digital

Label: Batcave Records

Location: 

  • Pueblo, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Facebook)

  • Lucian: Stand Up Bass, Electric Bass and Vocals
  • Pickle:Drums
  • C. Von Los: Guitar and Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Semjaza: The Sermon, Hellbound, Two Bullets, Semjaza: Occult, Pissin’ on My Leg


Sounds Like: Dick Dale, Lucitones, Gamblers Mark, Rev Horton Heat, Queen City Sinners, Nick 13, Tiger Army, The Meteors, and The Long Tall Texans


I am in a state of absolute shock as many of us struggle with the Covid-19 isolation. There’s one thing we must do, “Stay positive”! For almost all of us this sort of thing has never happened before. Our friends and families are losing their jobs, supplies are running low, and overall hope is diminished. Now is the perfect time to support our underground artists struggling to make ends meet. 

The Colorado music community has banded together to help each other out with fundraising and volunteering. We may be into all different types of music, but we all share a common goal of making it through these trying times. This Friday, March 20, 2020, our merch vendor Threadless.com is waiving all fees and allowing artists to collect all proceeds. We here at CPRA will donate all proceeds from Friday to Punk Rock Saves Lives, a local non profit organization. You can find our merch here for the 3/20/2020 sale, https://cpramerch.threadless.com/.

Pueblo’s The Dead End have been nonstop supporters of CPRA since the very beginning. Their style of catchy, dark, psychobilly have made them one of my personal favorite bands.  Now it’s our turn to give back to an awesome band that fills my life with hope. They dropped their new record, “Hellbound” recently via their label, Batcave Records. So let’s give this record a spin! 

The first track is “Semjaza: The Sermon”. Per, Wikipedia, “In the Book of Enoch, the watchers (Aramaic עִירִין, iyrin) are angels dispatched to Earth to watch over the humans. They soon begin to lust for human women and, at the prodding of their leader Samyaza, defect en masse to illicitly instruct humanity and procreate among them”. I don’t know about you, but Semjaza sounds like he would be fun to party with. 

This song feels straight outta the late 1950’s and inspired by legendary guitarist Dick Dale, played by the infamous Creeper C. Von Los. Lucian’s bass pounds with every thump. With no feeling of dread, it’s time to start this journey down with Pickle on drums. The next rack is “Hellbound”.  I adore this track! Grab your dancing partner and step on the Hellbound train. Everything about this track is perfection! 

Track 3 is “Two Bullets”. Not only is this a great dancing song, but it’s filled with an exceptional story line. We’ve all been there in a fit of jealousy and rage. Now of course we are not acting on our impulses, but with track Creeper is planning love rampage. Pickle’s drums are excellent, while the guitar has an amazing old school country steel sound.  

“A bullet for her,

bullet for him,

bang bang baby,

I shot them dead”

The next song is “Young Hollow” and continues a wicked storyline. Lucian’s upright bass foretells a dark, dangerous tale before the drums and guitar join the fray. This song feels a little more on the punk rock side, while still retaining the elements of psychobilly. “Neon Moon”, follows and no it’s not the lame Brooks And Dunn version.  This is one of the slower tracks, but another fantastic narrative.

The next track is “Little Sister”, a cover written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and made famous by Elvis Presley. The Dead End’s version is faster, heavy on bass and an overall blast. Next is another personal favorite track, “Semjaza: Occult”. This song is 100% pure psychobilly as it clocks in at a whopping 1:08.

Pic by Deadhand Art

Sadly we are down to the last new track from The Dead End, with “Pissin’ on My Leg”. By far my favorite on the record. This track is  addicting with catchy lyrics, combined with heavy bass thumps, wicked drums and perfected vocals. We can ALL relate to this song. Why are they not headlining Viva? 

To sum this record up, The Dead End’s, “Hellbound” is by far their best release to date. Their mix of blues, classic country, and punk rock has been masterfully composed and fires on all hot rod cylinders. Be sure to hit the purchase button on many of the links below. Cpra hopes to get the Dead End back into Denver as soon as we are all given the go ahead! 

The Fullers – “Cheers”, A Live, Laugh, Love, Get Drunk, Get Back Up Again Record, Drops 4/24/2020

Release Date: April 24, 2020          

Cover Art: Stefan Beham

Format: Digital

Label: SBAM Records (Austria) and ProRawk Records (Chicago)

Production: Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls

Photos:  Doug Dresher

Location: 

  • Oceanport, N.J.

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Ian Egloff: Bass and vocals
  • Nic Fuller: Guitar
  • Rob Spahr: Drums and vocals
  • Pete Vincelli: Vocals and Guitars
  • Yotam Ben Horin: Guest vocals on “New Year’s Eve”

Favorite Tracks: My Good Friends, Remember Me, Richard Parker, Cold and Drunk, and This Girl is Crazy

Sounds Like: Doc Rotten, Bouncing Souls, Teenage Bottlerocket, Pennywise, and Lagwagon


CPRA had the pleasure of hosting NJ’s Doc Rotten a few weeks back and I got to thinking. New Jersey gets alot of shit for putting out some wicked music. As a state it’s been the blunt of many jokes like, “Q: What’s the difference between Newark, New Jersey and yogurt? A: Yogurt has an active living culture. The music coming from NJ has been incredible with such acts as Bouncing Souls, The Misfits, Richie Ramone, Streetlight Manifesto (AKA Catch 22), and many more. 

So before you take a dump on the Garden State keep all that in mind! Let’s talk about another kick ass band from New Jersey, The Fullers! They are set to release their brand new album, “Cheers”, produced by Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls on 4/24/2020. This album is being released by SBAM Records (Austria) and ProRawk Records (Chicago). ProRawk is quickly becoming one of my favorite small labels! 

We reviewed their last album, “Kingdom By The Sea” way back in October 2018. The one thing I love about the Fullers is their ability to tell a fantastic story through music. I rotate “Kingdom By The Sea” on a weekly basis. We got lucky and scored an early preview release! Read that again, Haha! So let’s take a deep look at the record. 

The album starts with an anthem like ballad called, “My Good Friends”. Per the band, “”My Good Friend” portrays a man who takes advice from the records he listens to”. I love this song! We can all identify with bands we can relate to. It mentions Joey Ramone and possibly Shane McGowan. I often equate myself with Shane. Though I’m not an alcoholic, I can relate as he spins his tales. This track has strong radio potential. 

The next song is “Remember Me” comes in on a somber note. We’ve all been there going through some major shit. This track is heavy on bass, excellent harmonies, and lyrically perfect. The “Whoa’s” will have you singing along instantly. This is the perfect song when you’re feeling down and out. “Tell The World” is up next and yet another favorite for me.

“Tell the world I’m here, Tell the world I’m better,
Tell the world I’m not ready to give up on myself”

Sometimes you just need something to believe in. I know I’ve thought about quitting booking shows, doing reviews, creating merch, but occasionally I’ll run into someone. They quickly remind me how important we are to the punk rock community. For those feeling like giving up, put on this track, drink some water, get up and kick some ass! “These Days” is up next and comes in hard with a great skatepunk sound. The drums, heavy bass, awesome guitar make this song not only pogo worthy, but fun to dance in your car too.  

“Richard Parker” follows up and per the band, “the narrator recounts a dream he had: a curious case of life imitating art. The drums are killer on this track and is yet another personal favorite track! This track is yet another that may be bound for the airwaves. 

“19 days not a bird in sight,
I don’t think I’ll make it through another night,
Sorry mates one of us got to die,
I’ll see you in the boozer on the other side”

I love everything about this track. The lyrics are perfectly composed, while the drums imitate a death march tune. I dare you to not get this track stuck inside your head. “My Carolina Home” is the next track and reminds me a little of Johnny Cash’s, “Orange Blossom Special”. We all reminisce about a time when things seemed simpler. Not really anywhere close to a country song, yet I see punks in my head running a circle pit to this track.

“Cold And Drunk” is next and kicks more and more ass. Personally I think I already have a 2020 best international of the year award right here! It sucks when all your friends are getting married, having kids, and joining the rat race. This song times out at 01:17 and has become another one of my favorite tracks under 2 minutes long. Let’s talk on the next song with “Beatrice”. Per the band, “The man at the heart of “Beatrice” is willing to travel through the depths of Hell to find his long lost love”. 

Have you ever met someone who is absolutely terrible for you, but end up falling in love with them anyways? I know I have and that brings us to “This Girl Is Crazy”. That heavy bass line is back with a vengeance. This song is catchy as all hell! The last track on the record is “New Years’s Eve”, with guest vocals from Useless ID, Yotam Ben Horin. This is a perfect way to end an excellent album. The beautiful acoustic sound, incredible vocals, leaves me feeling hopeful for a better tomorrow. 

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Tracks: 

  1. My Good Friends
  2. Remember Me
  3. Tell the World
  4. These Days
  5. Richard Parker
  6. My Carolina Home
  7. Cold and Drunk
  8. Beatrice
  9. This Girl is Crazy
  10. New Year’s Eve

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Skatepunks Laughing In The Face Of, To Release ‘Here Lies Ordinary’, their 2nd Full Album In Almost A Decade On 2/07/2020

Release Date: February 7, 2020

Label: Lockjaw Records                                       

Format: Digital & Physical

Master: The record was mastered by a friend and fellow skate punker John Harcus from Scottish punk band PMX.

Location: Birmingham UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Steve: Vocals / Guitar
  • Jon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
  • Jim: Bass 
  • Andy: Drums / Backing Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Running With Coffee, Regression Session, Projectile Dysfunction and Bullshit With A Smile

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, Implied Risk, Modern Goon, The Drowns, Ten Foot Pole, Lagwagon and the Descendents


A decade is a long ass time. If we look back at the last 10 years here in America. We have been at war the entire time, elected a fascist President, and the economy is currently hurting the poor more than ever. I mean it’s good for the rich, but very bad for the poor. So I feel like I speak for most punks when I say, “We need a bloodless revolution. We need to band together on all fronts to stop the horrible direction the United States is heading. Personally I need some new anger driven punk rock in my life. 

So what’s different about today compared to yesterday? I got word, Birmingham skatepunks, Laughing In The Face Of are dropping their first full album in almost 10 years, “Here Lies Ordinary” on 2/7/2019! We previewed their single for “Running With Coffee” back in September. I’m stoked to check out a new album from the band. 

The album kicks off with “Regression Session”. This track is killer! Forgive for my slang, but when I was kid things were being called “Killer” as opposed to “Cool”. Yep I’m a punk dad now. One of the many things I love about skatepunk is sometimes it can seamlessly blend straight into metal. Keep in mind I’m not really a metal fan, but I do like some.  “Projectile Dysfunction” is the next song and does just that with some amazing guitar and bass lines. 

“Bullshit With A Smile” feels like it starts out more on the pop punk side, before going nice and hardcore. I love this track! This tune will be stuck on repeat for a long time. Raise your fists it’s time to charge! Next up is my second favorite song on the record, “Running With Coffee”. This track is apparently 20 some years late to being on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack. The hooks and solos sound like old school Suicidal Tendencies.

“Modus Operandi” follows and is defined by Google as, “a particular way or method of doing something, especially one that is characteristic or well-established”. The track feels heavy with some ripping bass lines. Steve’s vocals are amazing as he leads the band through a rambunctious charge. “The Insane Continue” is next and speaks of mankind using technology to its downfall. That’s how Trump was elected after all. 

“Rationalisation Of Stupidity” is next up and is fucking perfected. See the Trump tweet above? Since we have a ton of fans from across the pond. I need to explain. The Kansas City Chiefs who recently won the big sportball game. Are actually from Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas. As an American student this is something you learn at a very early age. Yes both states host the city, but our “Dear Leader” is a certified moron. 

“Looks Can Be This Evening” come in next with a great assault. Damn I really want to go skate right now!  You can hear the guitar and bass battle this track out. Next up is “Helldweller”, the track reminds me of Strung Out as it bounces from hardcore over to skatepunk. This is pure anger as it works itself out.  

The 10th track is “Penguins”. I love Penguins they’re cute and appear cuddly. This song is no way cute or even cuddly. It’s time to hit the pit and get some emotions out as Steve’s vocals again go deep. “Reasons And Reminders”, follows and what is my first thought? When the hell is this band coming to the US on tour? This track is wicked!  

The final song is “From The Ground Up”. Again some amazing work on bass and guitar. The speed is insane and admirable. Skatepunks get your boards, it’s time to skate! This song is reminiscent of the Ft Collins based band, “I Am The Owl”. 

In conclusion I am throwing this record in as a nominee for best International Record for 2020! This album is 12 tracks of perfected skatepunk in every fashion. It’s angry, aggressive, and full of master craftsmanship. Here Lies Ordinary is available via Lockjaw Records on both 12″ vinyl and CD with multiple bundle options including an exclusive t-shirt design by Dan Allen, and two toxic colored vinyl variants. The album and single feature the vibrant artwork of Mark Bell.
Hit that pre-order link now, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/laughing-in-the-face-of-here-lies-ordinary/?mc_cid=7b97f745ce&mc_eid=2102aa2f56

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Track List 

  1. The Regression Session
  2. Projectile Dysfunction
  3. Bullshit With A Smile
  4. Running With Coffee
  5. Modus Operandi
  6. The Insane Continue
  7. Rationalisation Of Stupidity
  8. Looks Can Be This Evening
  9. Helldweller
  10. Penguins
  11. Reasons & Reminders
  12. From The Ground Up 

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The Drowns New Release, “Under Tension” Is In One Word, Excellent

Release Date: January 17, 2020                 

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: Cue The Violins, Black Lung, Them Rats, Battery Station, 

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


Let’s take the way back machine to October 12, 2018. Colorado Punk Rock Army was starting to pick up steam and this was directly related to two important events. We brought in our first female team member, Lala. This sarcastic gem of a lady is still kicking ass with us today. The second important event was that Lala reviewed, The Drown’s, “View From The Bottom”

Let’s face the hard reality when it comes to today’s music industry. Local bands, podcasts, and zines face a daily struggle to just stick around. They try to beat social media algorithms, and budget every move they make. Only to get a couple of shares or make 17 cents on Spotify. So after Lala published her review above. Something drastically changed CPRA for the better.  

Within a week Lala’s review had raked up almost a thousand views! To this day that post has the most views ever on our website. So I, Skabones naturally wanted to know why this particular post was so popular. Sadly I don’t have time to check out everything as much as I’d like. It turns out the Drowns kick ass! “View From The Bottom” has been on my constant rotation ever since October 2018.  

So today marks a special day it’s release day for their new record, “Under Tension”. This is their second full album release. It is my lawful duty as a punk and a writer to give this record the old full CPRA album review treatment. The album starts with, “Black Lung”. The intro riff is nuts! The chorus is catchy and a tale of sounds to come. We all have that black lung that festers and keeps us thinking. 

Next up is a personal favorite, “Them Rats”. I love an angry fist pumping sound. This track is politically charged and is reminiscent of Cocksparrer or the Transplants. It sits on a nifty ledge of punk and ska. Aaron’s vocals are killer while the heavy bass and drums inflict the power in his voice. “Wolves On The Throne follows with Andy Wyle on vocals. Andy’s voice is remarkable and sounds so much like Pete Shelley I had to check twice.

The track focuses on social justice and calls for a strong resistance to fascism. Check out these kick ass lyrics! The guitar solo towards the end is an awesome throwback to classic punk rock.

“Their numbers are thinning
It’s just the beginning
Compassion’s in fashion, my friend
I’ll bet my empathy
Against their bigotry
Ignorance won’t win again”

“Hold Fast” is next and continues that in your face assault. Aaron is back with some deep bass vocals. This is a unification song that could easily end up being a popular soccer anthem. I can see crowds of people pumping fists, cheering drinks, and slamming each other in the pit. “One More Pint” is next and thus the reason I mentioned the Tossers above. The track is obvious in title. It’s about hitting the town, after a long week, joining your friends for a nice pint. I LOVE this song! Be prepared to hear this one on your local juke. Will it replace “We Are The Brews”? I sure hope so!

“Demons” is next with Andy back on vocals. We must defeat our demons to carry on! I’m not sure if there is a female on backing vocals, but it adds that extra something to make this song fantastic. 

The next track is for every person who ever felt, “Not good enough” to be dating someone or “Out of your league”. A simple love song about admitting insecurities. We have all been there. Yet eventually you will find that one person that doesn’t give a shit. They will accept you for you. Now that’s punk rock! “Cue The Violins” follows again with Andy on vocals. Check out the opening lyrics! 

“She’s a pistol with a loaded gun
Cocked and raised in the morning sun
Taking aim at all the men
Who would try to reign her in
She’s a feminist flamethrower
Unrepentant whistle blower
A bulldozer to the system
And she’s on the move again”

Not only does this track rock, but the message is strong! We MUST support equality in every shape and fashion. We  MUST lift up those that have been historically oppressed. “The Harder They Come, They Harder They Fall”. Another unification track about fighting religious extremism and choosing a life for you! I love the chorus! Jake’s drums are fast and loud! 

The next song is “The Unknown”. This track is pogo friendly and fast.  It seems almost made for union brothers and sisters. The heavy bass lines, guitar riffs sound a bit on the rockabilly side. Man this band continues to surprise me! Next up is another personal favorite song, “Battery Street”.

“Look mister please the only difference between you and me is I know who I am
I know where I’m from
I’ve got skin in the game”

Have you ever thought about the people that bust their ass to keep America running? I’m talking about dock workers, electricians, plumbers, truckers, etc. They bust their ass so we can be clothed, fed, and bed. I think we forget the sacrifices these people make every day. I could be wrong here, but I think this track is a tribute to Woody Guthrie’s, “Roll On Columbia ” or to the pacfice northwest in general. 

Well I have rambled on long enough and it’s time to wrap this one up. The Drown’s, “Under Tension” is master crafted and encompassing everything we love about good old fashion punk rock and roll. The anthems, musicianship and lyrical content is making me throw this album in for Best Punk Rock Album of 2020! You MUST check it out here, https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/pages/the-drowns

Someone buy some for me!!!!

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Black Lung 
  2. Them Rats
  3. Wolves On The Throne 
  4. Hold Fast 
  5. One More Pint 
  6. Demons
  7. Wastin’ Time 
  8. Cue The Violins 
  9. The Harder They Come 
  10. The Unknown
  11. Battery Street 

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