The REUTERS are back in the #CPRAMUSICNews spotlight again with their latest LP release, ‘Incubation’. I once described this band as “Killing Joke Meets The Doors” and that label still seems to apply with ‘Incubation’. Their blend of garage and psychedelic punk rock continues to pay homage to the greats of music’s past.
I really enjoyed the new lp and want to thank Erik Pols for sending us a copy of the vinyl. I really miss getting records from bands. Thanks Erik!
Favorite Tracks: Killer Disco, Ghosts, Send in the Clowns, The Idiot, The Fireman
Sounds Like: The Damned, FEAR, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Vibrators, and The Clash
Peephole, The Red Lite District’s second EP, is a welcome new addition to CPRA’s collection of Favorite New Sounds. This is our second review of The Red Lite District and we are honored to review this five song collection.
Killer Disco / Track 1
The Red Lite District’s Peephole starts off with a haunting tale of a Glasgow killer targeting Scotch discos of the sixties. Killer Disco features both Graham and David on guitar and a nimble pace; this will be a blast to experience live. There’s a lot of old school UK influences on this EP, and this track is perfectly colored with shadows of punk and garage rock.
Killer Disco has a music video to accompany the track. Check it out here.
The Idiot / Track 2
The lyrics bring to mind the never-ending pretentious part-time residents of Aspen. The sounds make me want to find a dive and get beer spilled all over my shoes while screaming about idiots. Listen often, listen loudly.
The Fireman / Track 3
The third -and longest- track on the EP, The Fireman, presents a highly relatable 2020 motto: “life is impossible / when chemicals are your only pleasure”. Why is this so accurate? Rapid-fire guitars layered with a dynamic bass line perfectly suit Derek’s volatile beats.
Caution: Infectious “Hey-Aohs” will commandeer your brain.
Send in the Clowns / Track 4
At 2:30, Send in the Clowns keeps it short but not so sweet. This humorous rant hands out a thought-provoking refrain: “food banks for the fat/ the Cayman Islands are just that” which is, coincidentally, perfect for blasting while stuck in traffic amongst the never ending interstate buffet of Teslas and Audis.
Ghosts / Track 5
I’ve always hated my birthday. This track reminds me why: “light a candle and wish away the dark / don’t you see it’s your birthday”. I spent untold years waiting for my father to show up on my birthday, like a fucking Hallmark movie, which never happened. When I listened to this song the first time I wanted to simultaneously turn it up, and cry. This is a song about the illusions of life set against the harshness of reality.
Add it to your playlist.
Peephole tastes like gravel and honey but for your ears. Buy it. Love it.
Krista Brewer is a Colorado local with an undying passion for snowboarding, loud music, and photography. Krista specializes in street/art, architecture, ambient light/no flash photography through gingersnapshots.
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.
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Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm! Check out my Top 5 List of the year below!
Favorite Tracks: Death Of A Nation, Stronger Than This, 23, Sadder Day, and The Darkest Night.
Sounds Like: TSOL, Ramones, Dickies, The Vibrators, The Heartbreakers, and The Cramps
It’s no surprise your friendly neighborhood punx here at CPRA love classic punk rock. Maybe we’re just all 40+? I kid of course. We grew up when punk rock was planting its roots. You couldn’t simply walk into Hot Topic and buy a Misfits shirt. You had to seek out a locally owned record shop hoping they may have one in stock. Now it’s 2019 and my have things changed. There’s one thing that hasn’t changed. My love for a classic punk sound!
It’s my pleasure to review the new Sin City Rejects new album, “Death Of A Nation”. This record features, Scotty Griffin (L.A. Guns) on Lead Vocals, Johnny Roxx (Ian Mitchell’s Bay City Rollers) on Lead Guitar & Jason Green (Sin City Sinners) on bass. This album also features guest appearances by Richie Ramone (Ramones) Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) & Anthony Tiny Biuso (T.S.O.L., The Dickies).
“The Death Of A Nation” starts the record with a speech clip from Malcolm X. “Our forefathers weren’t the Pilgrims. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; the rock was landed on us”. (Ballot or the Bullet (Washington Heights, NY, March 29, 1964). Talk about a powerful opening. The classic punk sound is so evident, yet the simplicity of it all is encouraging.
“Ask not what your country can do,
But when and how,
They’re gonna fuck you”
“Stronger Than This” is one of those songs you NEED to have when going through a tough relationship break up. It’s also my personal favorite track on the record. Green’s bass lines quickly become an addiction, while Griffin’s vocals lead the guitar into an excellent solo. The kick drum on this track will be your new best friend.
“23” is up next and grab that pogo. It’s not quite the mosh of all moshing songs, but it’s catchy, hilarious, and simple. This track is about dating a person much younger than you. I’m 42 and deathly afraid of ever having to rejoin the dating scene. Plus at 23 we are all bat shit crazy trying to figure shit out.
“(I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You” follows and features legend, Richie Ramone. This Ramonescore song is wonderfully crafted. Grab your partner head for the pit. This is a punk rock love song! The guitar on this track is fantastic. The next track is “Sadder Day”. This track has to be inspired by the Ramones. The “Bop” is clearly evident and adds meticulously to grand culmination. I love this track!
“Mama Always Knew” follows with a darker edge. We’ve all been in shitty relationships with people whom are bad for us. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. If you’re like me, probably a few times haha!. The track has a nice heavy bass line, great drum work, and catchy lyrics. “If Mary Wanna” in next. This catchy anthem to cannabis is a Sin City Sinners cover. This track has been stuck in head since first listen.
“On The Darkest Night”, feels like the Cramps crawled out of the grave and reunited for just one track. The heavy bass lines, circus freak like drums, surf rock guitar riffs, and metal like vocals. This is another one of my favorite tracks. Be sure to add this to any Halloween playlist!
In conclusion this record kicks serious ass! “The Death Of A Nation” by the Sin City Rejects is MUST own record. This is one of those albums that will appeal to not only punks, but old school metal lovers as well. The catchy songs, wicked drums, amazing bass and guitar will have you clamoring for more. Hit the link below to download now!
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Track List (Per Bandcamp)
Death of a Nation
Stronger Than This
(I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You Ft Richie Ramone
RW Hellborn- Vocals; Skinny Timo – Bass, Backing Vocals; Matty Cobra – Guitar, Backing Vocals; Dan Beswick – Lead Guitars;
Favorite Tracks: Above The Dirt, I Don’t Care, Savage, Kill The Machines, Animal, and She’s Bad Sounds Like: Old school Black Flag, Motorhead, Supersuckers, Strung Out, I Am The Owl, and The A-Holes
So there you are at work having a shitty day. The clock is slowly ticking eating your soul away. That tie is your hangman’s noose. Yet you’re surfing the web, because the fuck the man. You run across this here, bad ass album review for Riverside Odds – “Get Into It”. Your eyes and ears perk up. That was my exact reaction upon checking out, “Get Into It”. Let’s face it work blows, when it’s not your passion.
So let’s check out this album. The album kicks off with my personal favorite, “Above The Dirt”. The chord strikes on the intro kick ass. This song should be every punk’s anthem. This song is about staying strong and taking shit from no one.
“I’m indestructible you’ll find, You’ll never get inside my mind, Retaliate with all my might, No chance in hell you’ll win this fight”
“Savage” comes roaring up next. Now I’m not sure if this is a tribute to Randy “Macho Man” Savage, but it seriously kicks ass! The drumming on this song is killer!
The next track up is my second favorite song, “I Don’t Care”. Sometimes you just stop caring about someone or something, because it’s just too shitty to deal with. Well this tune is for you. This song really reminds me of some of Motorhead’s best songs. Hellborn’s vocals are killer. The guitar solo near the end is epic and remarkable. This song will be stuck in your head for days on end.
“Tonight”, is about grabbing your crew and hitting the town. The one is pure speed punk all the way. It brings that nostalgic feeling of watching old skate videos with a Black Flag soundtrack backing. “G.O.A.T”, follows with some amazing drum work. Here’s another that’s catchy, but not generic. The anger is Timo’s voice is deep.
“Kill The Machines”, is my third favorite song on the record. Get your pogo and head to the pit. Fans of Strung Out will love this song. Their message is sad, but true. We live in the “Golden Age Of Technology”, yet people are starving in the streets. Hackers if you’re out there do the world some good and clear our debt. Let’s move back to a production country instead of a mass consumerism country.
“She’s Bad”, is up next and yet another banger of a song. Here’s another catchy tune to grind your board to. I mentioned anger in my headline. Here’s that anger part right here, with “Animal”. The bass and guitar hooks leave you ready to smash that pit up.
“PBR ME”, is next and fucking hilarious. PBR is like the generic brand cornflakes your mom used to buy. Yeah, it’s not the best taste in the world, but it’s cheap as hell. The song kick ass. Speaking of PBR we do have some limited edition CPRA PBR knock off merch below!
Sadly we are nearing the end of this album and review with another ripper, “Dominos”. The chorus is catchy and truth be told this song is a bit sad. I think the band’s pint though it to live life to the fullest. Also, it may be to help your fellow friends and families through tough times. Personally I’m tired of losing my friends and friends of the community to suicide. I don’t blame them. I blamed our fucked up mental health system.
Riverside Odds new album, “Get Into it” is one word fantastic. The mix of different styles from hardcore to melodic to old school classic. Will keep me coming back to listen to this one on repeat. If you’re pissed off at the world, “Get Into It” must be played to get that anger out. I’m surprised I’ve never heard them before until now. Time to download their entire discog!
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
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/.
Track List Per Bandcamp
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
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
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
“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”.