Ft Collins Based Bad Desicions Bring That Classic Punk Feel With Their latest Self Titled Release

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Release Date: July 12, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Gus Gonzalez (Gustavo la Douche)–throat
  • David Brack-bass
  • Jason Brack-guitar
  • Beckett Martin- drums
  • John Hunter-guitar.  

EP Lineup: Gus, jason, and beckett, + Rasputin Sane–bass and Damian Schoeneke guitar

Favorite Tracks: Snake, Goin To Jail, She May Not Think, and Please Die Soon

Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dag Nasty, and Hüsker Dü


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When a band purposefully, spells their name wrong. It makes your brain go what? As a writer I’m watching my spell checker red line almost everything haha! Per vocalist Gus Gonzalez, “Crawling out from under forgotten rocks, Bad Desicions’ humble beginnings began in 2016 when drummer Beckett “Tommy B” Martin (drums) and Gustavo “I’ve been doin this for 30 years” le Douche (vox) met in a dark alley after a back and forth Craigslist conversation.

Neither wanted the other to know where they lived at this point. It took about 6 months to get the ball rolling but roll it did.  With the help of bassist Zeke “el churro” Olguin and Damian “American Blackout” Shoeneke, the band began scaring the crap out of bar patrons from Fort Collins to Denver regularly.

Unfortunately, dealing with both Tommy B and le Douche became too much for the aforementioned “members” (except for Jason “he makes guns” Brack–who had also scared many an IPA drinker with the boys).  After a stint with “el Turbo Jugend” Rasputin Sane (bass), the guys finally got some relief as David “__” Brack (bass) and John “I got fired from Wax Trax” Hunter (guitar) joined the band in its present incarnate.

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With a foot in 80s hardcore and the other in progressive metal, Bad Desicions plays music that may sound familiar but then moves in another, less expected direction.”

That’s a pretty interesting little bio. So kids the story here is pick up an instrument when you’re young so you have a badass story to tell your interviewer! So let’s dig into their latest self titled EP and incorrectly spelled name, Bad Desicions. Personally this record was a very welcomed relief for me. I’m old school and personally tired of the emo based punk stuff. I like my punk, angry, energetic, and raw.

With tracks like “Snake”, “Goin To Jail” and my personal favorite, “She May Not Think”. Bad Desicions latest release spurs the classic punk feeling, with a tiny bit of occasional metal. They are currently working on a record! See them Saturday night at Tennyson’s Tap for CPRA’s Skate Or Die Night. Other bands on the lineup include, Admiral, Unusable Signal, and Modern Goon. You can check out the event page here, https://www.facebook.com/events/938762672984213/.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Snake 02:14
2.Goin To Jail 02:01
3.She May Not Think 02:06
4.Makin a Pipe Bomb 01:50
5.Pompous Hippies 01:48
6.Please Die Soon 01:16

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SPIDER – “ST” EP

Release Date: May 4, 2017

Format: Digital

Label: CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS

Location: Long Beach CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
Hector Martinez (vocals) Karl Izumi (guitar) Steve Westerkamp (bass, vocals) Alf Silva (drums)

Favorite Tracks: PCE, Pleasure Fold

Sounds Like: DK, Black Flag, and The Damned


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It should come as no surprise I am in the “dad-punk” or in my case “mom-punk” category. Because of this I am always looking for a new version of the old sound. This is the sound that got me through the angst of my youth. The insecurity of my 20’s and now to the cranky old me stage. I like to yell out the lyrics along with the band. I like a good base line that lays the foundation. I even like the old school punk guitar solo.
I want the founding fathers, Bad Brains, DK, Black Flag with all the different singers and of course OG ST. There’s a reason they are still listened to. There is a reason they have had such staying power, even with the kids today. This is Spider! They can hold their heads up and join the pantheon of old school bands that gave us the good sound. They have breathed new life into an old sound. With each song I listened to on the new EP I said, “I like this.”

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By the end I loved it and started it over. This band was raised on West Coast Punk. Every element I listened for was checked off and blown out. The band has seen some ups and downs over the years. They have had some lineup changes, long breaks and an ever evolving scene. They continue to keep Spider going and melting faces on the way. Their sound not only embraces the foundation of punk, but adds something new with each song. I can’t wait for Spider to hit Denver for a show. I am also looking forward to the full length release.

Tracks:

  1. PCE
  2. New Junk II
  3. Barcode Baby
  4. Shooting Stars _ Get Caught
  5. Can’t Control

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About the writer: Old crab that stands in the back and complains that it was better in my day, but is 100% for the youth take over. I’m a contradiction that thrives on holding on to rebellion with one foot on either side. – Lala

Dirty Work – “In The West End”

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Release date: October 10, 2018

Format: Digital

Canada: United Rebels

U.S.A.: AngryYoungandPoor.com

Album features a cover by The Strike, and a feature by Paul Sorrels of the The Virus

Label:

  • Food Waste Records
  • Back From The Dead Records

Location: Toronto

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Zack-Lead guitar/Vocals
  • Mac-Bass/back up vocals
  • Sal- Drums/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Where Are You, Let’s Hit The Road, Never Say Die, and Hogtown Hooligans.

Sounds Like: Street Dogs, Almataha, US Bombs, Exploited, Subhumans, Zipperz, Potato Pirates, Bad Engrish, and Last Reel Hero.


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Toronto-based punks, Dirty Work released their new album back on October 12, 2018. CPRA has been slammed with album requests. If you didn’t guess by now we love music! I go into every album review with an extremely open mind. This is because what’s considered “Punk” to someone may not be, “Punk” to another.

We also like to review other subgenres like ska and rockabilly so keeping an open mind is essential when it comes to music. So how is the Dirty Work new album, “In The West End”? In one word, excellent, na two words fucking excellent! I’ve probably listened to this about 20 times in the last 24 hours. This album combines some epic elements, classic punk like the Damned or Subhumans, OI like Cocksparrer and The Business, and old fashioned street punk like the Street Dogs or GBH. There’s also a sweet turbo smash here and there.
I reached out to Sal (Drummer) for comment regarding the new album. “We started writing this album about a year and a half ago. We were hoping to have it out before our last U.S. tour, “Dart’n USA”, when we played at fywrok, but unfortunately the labels that were interested would have needed a year to put it out, so once we got back from that tour we started pressing it ourselves to have it ready for our last Canadian tour, “Hogtown to Halifax”.

We will be touring down to Florida, along the east coast, in April and hopefully back throughout the Midwest next July. Rather than that, a few more Canadian runs and hopeful plans to make it back out along the west coast up through to Denver at some point.

We absolutely love hitting the road and bringing our tunes to new places and new faces. We have started writing new stuff, but no plans as of yet for a new release. Right now we’re just focused on touring this album” Hopefully we get a Denver show sometime in the future!

Some of my personal favorite tracks are, ‘Let’s Hit The Road’, ‘Ready To Go’, ‘Never Say Die’, ‘In The West End’, and ‘Hogtown Hooligans’. My favorite by far is ‘Force To Fight’. The drums are wicked good, and the gutter style is just fucking epic.

I’ve laced my reviews with expletives so my job here is done. This album is guaranteed to blow your speakers out! Pick up this record, right now, https://dirtyworkofficial.bandcamp.com/.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Ready to Go
2. Attack, Attack
3. Force to Fight
4. Hogtown Hooligans
5. The Kids (Know What’s Going On)
6. Let’s Hit the Road (featuring Paul Sorrels)
7. Steel Toes
8. Never Say Die
9. Where Were You?

10. Brother
11. In the West End
12. Gang Warfare

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R.A.S.P – “State Of The Union”

Release Date: September 29, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup:

  • Gabriel Paz Soldán  (Vox)
  • Kohl Gerster (Guitar)
  • Abe Dashnaw (Bass)
  • Luke Thompson (drums)

Favorite Tracks: I Don’t Care, Why?, Ups And Downs, and Join Or Die

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Vibrators, New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, and Minor Threat


 

Favorite Tracks: I Don’t Care, Why?, Ups And Downs, and Join Or Die

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Vibrators, New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, and Minor Threat


I’m sure you have all seen our pics from the Vibrators show a while back at 7C. If not be sure to check out our interview with Filthy Hearts. While watching the show that night. I kept thinking to myself, “Damn these young punks are so damn good”. When I mean young I mean under 21. Bands like, Almataha,  Wet Brain Hooligans, AFD, Noogy, Screwtape, and Upstanding Citizen are prime examples of Denver’s amazing young and talented bands.

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Speaking of that 7C show, R.A.S.P actually formed the same night of the show! They are releasing their new record, “State Of The Union”, tomorrow! I reached out to the band for comment. Their response it quite good, “We are a group of 16 and 17 who make east coast hardcore. There’s three things we can promise. 1. Shit recording quality. 2. Shit Musicianship, and 3. A shit ton of anger.”

I found that bit hilarious. So let’s check out, “State Of Union”. This album is packed with a very as promised, East Coast hardcore sound”. I’ll be skipping the Intros and Outro on this review as I think you need to listen for yourself.  “I don’t Care”, is first up on the track list. The lead singer sounds just like a young Jello Biafra. So this really peaked my interest. The drums and riffs on this kick serious ass, along with Gabriel’s vocals.

“No (my own way), is fast paced and heart throbbing adventure. I love the very vinyl sound this one has. Some might say it’s shit recording, but that’s what really gives it a pure sound. You can tell the band loves Minor Threat on “Ups and Downs”. “Why”, reminds me of Black Flag or Rollins at the intro with the spoken word section. It’s probably my favorite on the record.

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“State of Union”, has a great riff to start it out. This one needs a bit of polish at the beginning. Maybe a deeper bassline to accompany. Still very Fugazi like in nature. I definitely dig it. “Tools and Fools”, has kick ass drums solo to start of the song. It continues the more spoken word style, but retains a fast hardcore progression. “Join Or Die”, this one encapsulates punk! It fast, fun, and will wreck the pit.

Let me get back to my original point real fast about the talent this town has. RASP formed and made pretty good album in less than a month’s time! You can hear the kick ass talent these guys have. I’m personally very excited to see where they end up. This album is one you’re gonna want so you can say, “I’ve been listening to these guys since their days at 7C”.

Be sure to catch them at their next show at 7C on 10/27/2018 with epic band Some Kind Of Nightmare, Arctobog, and more! Be sure to pick up their new record here, https://raspofficial.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-the-union.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp Release)

1. Intro

2. I Don’t Care

3. No (my own way)

4. Ups and Downs

5. Why?

6. State of the Union

7. Tools and Fools

8. Join or Die (Rough)

9. Outro (New Day)

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Walter Lure & The Waldos – Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo

Release date: August 17, 2018

Format: Digital and physical (Available on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets! Per Bandcamp)

Label: Cleopatra Records

Location: NYC

Current Lineup:

  • Walter Lure (guitar and vocals)
  • Takanori Ichiuji (bass and vocals)
  • Tak Nakai a.k.a. Takto (guitar and vocals)
  • Joe Rizzo (drums
  • and vocals)

Favorite Tracks: Crazy Kids, Damn Your Soul, London Boys, She Doesn’t Love You Anymore, Little Black Book, and Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day

Sounds Like: The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, The Jam, Sham 69, and The Damned.


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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

In 25 years a lot can change. We’ve lost some legendary punk pioneers like, David Bowie, Steve Soto, GG Alin, most of the Ramones and sadly the list continues to grow. This leads me to Johnny Thunders and the legacy he left with his iconic sound.

Of course you’re like Ska Bones. This isn’t about Johnny Thunders and his legacy? This review is about Walter Lure and the Waldo’s. Well Yes I say on both accounts. Johnny’s unique sound left an unforgettable impression throughout the punk world.

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Walter Lure and Johnny Thunders photo by Justine Fitzpatrick

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Walter Lure and Johnny Thunders photo by Justine Fitzpatrick

From his start with the New York Dolls, Johnny aka John Anthony Genzale, was changing the face of North American rock. In my opinion punk was direct spit in the face to so called, “Pop” music. His guitar riffs and style can still be heard today through various other bands.

Per Johnny’s Wikipedia page, he formed the Heartbreakers after the New York Dolls began to have issues. Thunders formed the Heartbreakers with Jerry Nolan, Richard Hell and Walter Lure. Ratch replaced Nolan shortly after.

The Heartbreakers would go on to tour after with such acts as the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Damned. Their popularity was stronger in Europe and there they recorded their iconic album, “L.A.M.F.”. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. They would sadly breakup shortly thereafter.

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Walter Lure and Johnny Thunders photo by Justine Fitzpatrick

Sadly we lost Johnny Thunders to a drug overdose and some people may argue foul play. Let’s fast forward 25 years later. The punk scene has changed, but the Heartbreakers have remained in our hearts. Walter Lure has picked up the pieces of the Heartbreakers to form Walter Lure and The Waldos. His new album, “Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo” drops August 17, 2018 via Cleopatra Records.

We decided to give the record proper spin and also because it contains the introduction track, “Crazy Kids”. Per Lure, “Crazy Kids”, is about the final days of Johnny Thunders. This song will be featured in the upcoming full-length film ‘Thunders: Room 37’. So let’s go ahead and start the review here!

“Crazy Kids” starts off with an amazing drum intro. The guitar and bass soon join in. This is really a fitting tribute to Johnny Thunders. It maintains that classic punk sound with edgy and steel like riffs. This song is extremely catchy and sure to strike some nostalgia from the CBGB days.

“Damn Your Soul”, this one has some great lyrics and that steel sound from the guitar. This one really reminds me of more of an English pub rock style song. The guitar solo midway through is quite impressive. “Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)”, is up next on the track list.

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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

This cover of Lloyd Pierce’s song is backed with trumpets. Who says trumpets don’t belong in punk rock? I’ll fight anyone who disagrees. Haha! Lure’s voice on the track really adds the needed edge to this one. “London Boys” is a cover of the original Thunders/Heartbreakers tune.

You should definitely read the history of this song over at Punk 77. This song brings a cleaner version to it, yet continues to pay tribute to Johnny. “Lazy Day”, follows it’s probably the slowest track on the record. Yet it’s catchy and fun. The chorus pushes in that classic punk sound. “Take A Chance On Me” and no this not an ABBA cover, thank God

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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

This one has more of a Pittsburg/NYC sound to it. It reminds of something Bruce Springsteen would compose. The harmonica sends the message of power, but sends in the sexy. The chorus is almost addictive. “Wham Bam Boo”, keeps the harmonica style from the last song. The drums are really prominent on this one. Is Walter Lure really the Wanderer? I kid of course.

“Bye Bye Baby”, is up next on the record. The lyrics make this a great anti love song. The guitar chords and progressions are remarkable. This is probably my favorite next to “Crazy Kids”.

“Bye Bye Baby,

I ain’t that crazy,

I know that it’s time to go,

I ain’t that lazy,

You’ll be the first to know”

“She Doesn’t Love You Anymore”, this one has melodies reminiscent of the Ramones. Considering Lure worked with The Ramones on their albums ‘Subterranean Jungle’ (1983), ‘Too Tough To Die’ (1984) and ‘Animal Boy’ (1986) this sounds fantastic.

 

“Little Black Book, comes next with a kick ass opening bass line. This song has sort of a jazzy southern/City Of Steel sound to it. The combination of the bass, guitar riffs, harmonica, and saxophone contribute to this blues like anthem. “Don’t Mess With Cupid”, comes ripping back to set the album tone. The trumpets in the background, along with the background vocals push the progression along. This one is catchy and fun jam.

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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

Now let’s talk a cover song. The classic song, “You Talk To Much”, by Joe Jones, gets a proper cover treatment from Walter Lure And The Waldo’s. This version sounds almost like some kinda rockabilly sock hop version. The sax comes in blasting to join the popular melody. Lure has definitely made this song his own.

 

In conclusion I am absolutely honored that CPRA received this review. This album pays tribute to Thunders, while proving Walter Lure is still an absolute punk icon. Lure has compiled a record that will appeal to old and new punks alike. Be sure to hit that preorder button on this one!

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Track List

  1. Crazy Kids
  2. Damn Your Soul
  3. Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day) (Lloyd Price cover)
  4. London Boys  (Thunders/Heartbreakers Cover)
  5. Lazy Day
  6. Take A Chance On Me
  7. Wham Bam Boo
  8. Bye Bye Baby
  9. She Doesn’t Love You
  10. Little Black Book
  11. Don’t Mess With Cupid (New York Dolls cover)
  12. You Talk Too Much (Joe Jones cover)

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Bamboo Vipers – “Haunted House”

Bamboo Vipers – “Haunted House”

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Release date: July 13, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Santebal Records

Location: South Central England, UK

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Shaun Morris – Vocals.

Jon Webb – Guitar.

Al Woodcock – Guitar.

Alex Rook – Bass.

Jake Stillwell – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Haunted House, Payback, Malcontent

Sounds Like: The Damned, The Exploited, GBH, Rat Scabies, NY Dolls, The Cramps, and Sex Pistols


 

In yesterday’s review of Blinding Eye Dog- “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon!”, I talked about how punk rock has changed so much over the last 40 years. In fact I’ve been on bit of The Damned kick lately, probably since they are due back in Denver this October. I recently listened to the Damned’s, “Plan 9 Channel 7”.

Don’t get me wrong I love the song, but it has this lady singing in the background. It just sounds super strange. In fact it’s actually kind of annoying. Yet it was downright creepy. I popped on the Bamboo Viper’s latest ep, “Haunted House”. How awesome is it CPRA gets to review two bands that have a classic English punk sound back to back? Let’s check this one out!

“Haunted House”, this track is amazing. It has this kind of rockabilly Misfits undertone to it. The guitar shreds on this one. The vocals are dark, yet still have a fair amount of OI. These guys should’ve been on an episode of the, “Young Ones”!

“Malcontent”, is up next on the list. This one has a great little guitar riff leading the song. The sound on this one is fantastic. The song is a bit slower, but the progression leads back into mayhem. “Payback”, rolls us into the next. The hooks on this are spectacular. The bass lends it low tone to follow suit.

This one sounds a little more western than the last. It’s basically about catching your spouse with your boss. Haha! Again there’s another awesome riff. The drums really stick out on this track, by being a bit more commanding and noticeable. This is one of the longer track on the record. It clock’s in at 07:02.

Being a fan of classic punk rock I have to say. I was very surprised how much I REALLY loved this ep. The Bamboo Vipers are paving the way for the return of horror punk. I don’t mean punk like the Lillington’s (Still love them too). I mean punk with a grittier street sound. This whole ep sounds like it came straight off the record player. That my friend’s is a truly great thing!

Track list:

  1. Haunted House
  2. Payback
  3. Malcontent

 

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/

Bandcamp: https://bamboovipers.bandcamp.com

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/77gVLUrnwpGL9bnJz5zasD

The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential (Revisited) (LP)

Release Date: 6/10/18

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: Monster Zero Records in collaboration with Asian Man Records and Rad Girlfriend Records

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Album Lineup:

  • Joe Queer – Guitar/Vocals
  • Cheeto Crash – Bass/ Vocals
  • Hoglog – Drums

Sounds Like: The Ramones, The Dead Milkmen, The Buzzcocks, and the Descendants

Favorite Tracks: Beat Your Heart Out, Motherfucker, Sayonara Sucker, Tamara is a Punk


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Purchase Link: https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/punk-rock-confidential-revisited

Well, to start, what can I say about this band that hasn’t been said before? These guys are legends; 35 years of kicking some serious ass. So it makes sense that they look back and pay homage to a record that helped define their sound.

It’s been 20 years since Punk Rock Confidential first landed, but with the revisited release, it sounds like it could’ve been made yesterday. Having been a while since I heard this album, I was excited to hear it again. Within the first few seconds of the opening track, Tamara is a Punk, it all came rushing back. This is one of those albums you’d blast on a boombox during the summer while biking or skating around town. Yea, I’m old, shut up.

 

The Ramones influence has always been so palpable on this album, but not in a derogatory way. The music doesn’t feel like a rip off, rather like a continuation of the amazing music The Ramones created. In my opinion, its hard to do that, but The Queers make it seem effortless. The spirits of the Ramones clearly live on in these dudes.

Of course, this release wasn’t done without a little fanfare. Two new songs have been added from the original release (Punk Rock Confidential Revisited and Beat Your Heart Out) as well as two killer color choices, if you’re like me, and want the vinyl.

Bottom line, this revisited version is worth the time to check back in. It’s everything to be fondly remembered from 1998. Now, excuse me, I’m gonna go find my boombox.

Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Queers-156515077754764/

Streaming: https://open.spotify.com/album/1qyWXt0qComRP2IASvsjhG

Asian Man Records: http://asianmanrecords.com/

Monster Zero Records: https://monsterzerorecords.com/

Rad Girlfriend Records: http://radgirlfriendrecords.storenvy.com/

Purchase the vinyl version: https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/queers-the-punk-rock-confidential-revisited-lp