Release date: March 1, 2022

Format : Digital

Location: Pueblo, Colorado

Favorite Tracks: Rudest Gun In The West, The Heat And The Pressure, Shotgun, Ludlow, Away From Me, All In, Rockin’ On Time, 

Sounds Like:  The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, Symarip, The Pilfers, Toots & The Maytals, The Dendrites, and The Skatalites


It’s a great day here on the CPRA news desk. The Pueblo based gunslingers, Last Reel Hero have released their brand-new album, “Back To The Sun”. It’s been a couple of years since their last release. So, we are very excited for some new music from LRH. You can read our thoughts on that one here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/last-reel-hero-s-t/. So, let’s dig into “Back To The Sun”. In case you didn’t read the link above. The band gets their name from a line in the movie, “The Harder They Come”. 

The record starts with, “Rudest Gun In The West”. It’s mellow and a perfect introduction. “The Heat And The Pressure” is next and you can feel the tempo rising. It’s fast with that familiar “Pick It Up”, beat. The horns and gang vocals are awesome. The guitar riffs are unexpected but add that killer ska punk sound. If you haven’t started dancing by now, you my friend have no soul. The next track is “Shotgun”. Check out the rad video below.

“Shotgun: is a callback to simpler times, when life was easy. The next song is, “Ludlow Mine”. It’s a tribute to the workers at the Ludlow Massacre. “The Ludlow Massacre was a watershed moment in American labor relations. Socialist historian Howard Zinn described it as “the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history”.[9] This a wonderful track. 

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“Away From Me”, is next up and speeds the tempo back up. That rad ska punk sound returns. This track is about unity and reclamation. The bass, guitar, drums are amazing. “Back To The Sun”, returns to the western theme. It feels a bit on the northern soul side, but uniquely American in story. It’s about not giving up, no matter the stakes. “All In” comes in with a vengeance. The ska punk is strong on this track. I can’t help but tap my toe. 

“Rockin’ On Time” is the next track on the list. It continues a rad Jamaican beat. I can see this track getting mixed with several other songs from the genre. DJ’s will love this track. “One Fine Day” is about reuniting with friends and loved ones. Be sure to check out the video below. It speaks of hope during times of darkness. 

“Looting And Shooting”, brings us to the end of the line. The horns have an old west Spanish feel to them. While the organ fits in perfectly adding a perfection of ambiance. Now I am not sure if this song is about Miami Police Chief Walter Headley. He was the first person to use the phrase “Looting and Shooting” in a press conference on December 26, 1967. “Headly announced that six three-man teams of officers equipped with “shotguns and dogs” would respond to the “young hoodlums” from “Negro districts” in Miami with lethal force[1][11] and stated “his men have been told that any force, up to and including death, is proper when apprehending a felon”.[12]” Source wikipedia.

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It terrifies me to think that this intolerable act of racism still existed in the United States less than 100 years ago. Sadly, racism will never go away. The only thing we can do is prevent it from continuing. Now this track could also have a way simpler meaning within the storyline and the LRH universe. I of course always read a bit too much into music, but that’s me. 

So how is Last Reel Hero’s “Back To The Sun”? This record is a must have for any ska lover, any lover of Colorado, and anyone who enjoys well written music. I will be adding this record to my nominees for best local album of 2022. I am really hoping we get a vinyl release sometime soon. Until then my friends, you can listen and purchase here, https://lastreelhero.bandcamp.com/

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Rudest Gun In The West 
  2. The Heat And The Pressure
  3. Shotgun
  4. Ludlow Mine 
  5. Away From Me
  6. Back To The Sun
  7. All In
  8. Rockin’ On Time
  9. One Fine Day
  10. Looting And Shooting

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Release Date: February 19, 2022

Format: Digital

Location: Parker, Colorado

Favorite Tracks: Bread, Mama’s Skinhead, I’m Not Joe Nazi, Out Of Beer, I’m Rowed Out, In the Gutter, and Fighting With My Baby

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Subhumans, The Damned, Bad Brains, Noogy, and The Germs


So my first question about Undissassembled are they really the Young Ones in disguise?

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Is Undissassembled really a reincarnation of the Young Ones? The reason I pose this question is their new album, “So Assembled”?” reeks of tongue in cheek humor, hormonal rage, and all sorts of questions about life itself. It’s also a rad throwback to punk’s simpler times. The lyrics are simple, the beat fast. There’s no sad bois on this record. Some of my favorite tracks are, “Bread”, “Mama’s Skinhead”, “I’m Not Joe Nazi”, “Out Of Beer”, “In The Gutter” and “I’m Rowed Out”.  

When I say Undissassembled is definitely one of Denver’s best and upcoming bands to watch. Do it, so you can say you saw them before everybody else. Or wait for your grandma to buy you a copy of their CD. “So Assembled?” is getting my nomination for the best Colorado release of 2022.

Pick it up here, https://linktr.ee/undissassembled?fbclid=IwAR3nc-vg8bbG-65NwsKo_111-6Rjk6rTZU4SB7_vKX0xWOe31lVxNFWhBdo 

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Track List

  • So… Assembled?
  • Bread
  • Mama’s Skinhead
  • I’m Not Joe Nazi
  • Out Of Beer
  • I’m Rowed Out
  • Fighting With My Baby
  • I Don’t Wanna Take Out The Trash
  • Oceans
  • In The Gutter
  • 3 August 2
  • My New Car
  • Just Last Week
  • Quitter See, Quitter Do
  • For The Fans
  • Sussy Simon

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Bands Links: All links located here, https://linktr.ee/undissassembled?fbclid=IwAR3nc-vg8bbG-65NwsKo_111-6Rjk6rTZU4SB7_vKX0xWOe31lVxNFWhBdo

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Release Date: January 4, 2022                

Format: Digital and Physical 

Location: Denver

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • James – Lead Vocals, Guitar 
  • Eric – Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Daub – Bass, Vocals
  • Don-John – Drums, Math

Favorite Tracks: Just A Dream, Toxic Mirror, Snowball, Frontiers Of The Wasteland, Trains, Lies, Searching, Suicide Note, and The Past is Torched

Sounds Like: The Briggs, The Drowns, Buzzcocks, Good Riddance, Stiff Little Fingers, and Face To Face and Get Dead


Denver based punk rock band One Time Crime released their new record “Kill The Lights on January 4, 2022. It’s been almost 5 years since their last release, “The Finale E.P.”. A whole lot has changed since 2017. The world has pretty much gone to as Ozzy Man say’s, “Destination F#cked”. Since then, I find myself needing more things to use as a pick me up, like music, movies, and time with friends. 

We lost an entire year due to Covid and it’s still going! Denver lost some iconic music venues, bars and bands even broke up. So, when I found out One Time Crime dropped a new record. I knew I had to listen immediately. “Kill The Lights” did not disappoint. In fact, it blew my mind. That serotonin I needed was there. It just needed a good healthy trigger. Although the subject matter may be dark. It sparked a fire deep inside me. I love the combination of 90s punk. OI, and modern punk rock. 

(Pic courtesy of the Oner Time Crime website)

Here are some tracks you need to listen to immediately! “Just A Dream” – This track defines my thoughts on 90’s punk. It’s like it was ripped out of a Fat Wreck catalog from 1996, but better. My next favorite track is “Toxic Mirror”. The track goes hardcore off the bat. Hey kids, if you wanna piss off your parent’s play this. “Snowball” is next. This track has almost a metal feel to it. “Trains’ is absolutely a badass track. We all want and need to get away sometimes.  

“Searching” is slower than some of the other tracks, but has some very deep lyrics, and rad work on guitar. This is the kind of track you need to play for the bar. And last, but not least “The Past Is Torched” is about letting go and moving on. The bass and drums are the real stars on this epic track. So what are you waiting for? Go add “Kill The Lights” to your kickass playlist. It’s out now on all major music providers. 

Track List

  1. Just a Dream
  2. Moments
  3. Toxic Mirror
  4. Snowball
  5. Frontiers of the Wasteland
  6. Trains
  7. Lies
  8. Searching
  9. Suicide Note
  10. The Past is Torched

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