With Rates Of Domestic Violence On The Rise, Married A Dead Man Releases Surprise Cover of Til Tuesday’s, “Voices Carry”

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

  • Jaime Noah: drums
  • Luca Grieman: guitars
  • Megan Kelley: lead vocals and keyboards
  • Travis Rosen: bass and backing vocals 

Favorite Tracks: Voices Carry (Til Tuesday Cover)

Sounds Like: Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, The Room In The Wood, Mazzy Star, Gary Numan, The Damned (Darkwave Era), and Dead Can Dance. 


As the world copes with the COVID pandemic and stay at home orders. Statistics are showing cases of domestic violence are on the rise. Way back in 1985, Til Tuesday dropped their chart topping hit, “Voices Carry”.

Denver’s Married A Dead Man dropped a surprise cover of the song yesterday. I love this track! MADM is one of the best bands to cover such an iconic track. They are donating a portion of the proceeds to Safehouse Denver, a local nonprofit organization. Per Safehouse’s website, “SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by: 

-providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse;
-working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
-and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence

Pic by Anarchopunk

I loved this track so much. I reached out to front-woman Megan Kelley for comment regarding the track. Per Megan, “”We have wanted to cover this song for three years, and it’s finally come to fruition. The lyrics are written from a female’s perspective of being controlled by her male partner. Re-imagining this song, getting in touch with the lyrics, and making it our own, musically, was very important to us. We hope you like it! Digital release format only: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, SoundCloud, our Youtube channel, and any other streaming platforms. 

It’s also for digital purchase at Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Safehouse Denver, who assist adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. On a personal note, the reason we decided to cover this song is because of relationship experiences our singer has had. It was cathartic and healing for her and us to play this song.”

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Did you know that physical violence is not the only form of domestic violence? If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of an emergency. If you need to talk with someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

You can check out Married A Dead Man’s cover of “Voices Carry” here, https://marriedadeadman.bandcamp.com/. Per MADM, this single was self produced, rearranged, some the chords were given a darker tone. The changing of the chords really makes this sound like an original MADM track,  The band is also seeking a guitar player. Maybe if we all donate enough money they can put this one out on vinyl!

Best Pop Punk Album Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release ‘Community Locker’ And Skabones Realizes He’s A Music Snob

Photo by Rick Kooker

Release Date: August 6, 2020                                                              

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Album Art – Mckenna Kooker (album art design)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them!

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Bury MIA, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Modern Baseball and Stray The Course


Photo by Lola Marie

The Mazlows have been making headlines within the pop punk world for the last year or so. You can read our posts about the Mazlows here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. From the first time I heard I heard their single, “The Wolf Inside”. I knew this band was going places. I’ve been bugging them since day one for a new album. Today my wish came true with the release of “Community Locker”.

Photo by Lola Marie

Back when I reviewed “The Wolf Inside” and “Leaving Town” I mentioned you needed to listen to this band so you could be proud to say, “I knew about them before they got big”. I realize now that is straight up music snobbery. Am I sorry for this? Nope, I’m proud of this and that’s why we started CPRA to share new music with those looking for it. So why Skabones did you say, “Best Pop punk album of 2020? Let’s dig into The Mazlows ‘Community Locker’. 

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The album is a whopping 14 tracks long. That’s impressive as hell! Some of my favorite tracks are “Best Days”, “Where Were You”, “Leaving Town”, “Here To Stay”, ”Thrown Away”, “Head First” , “Say Yeah”, “Were Not Dead Yet”, and last but not least, “Night Caps And Goodbyes”. All of these tracks have major potential to break the music airwaves. 

“Best Days” reminds me of my teenage years. I dated a girl at the one one would consider an “Alternative Girl” or “Punk Rocker”. Boy did I feel super cool at the time. We both moved on, but when a song can trigger a memory like that. You know it’s good. “Where Were You” also has a youthful tone with some great riffs from bass and guitar. Beatmaster D kills it on the drums. The overall harmony is amazing. This is not another “Pop Punk Love Song”. 

Pete. Photo by Rick Kooker

I reviewed “Leaving Town” a few weeks back. This track is exactly about leaving town. As we get older our desire to grow often leads us out of town. You may leave town, but you always return back to the community locker. “Here To Stay” has some wicked hooks and change ups. Nate’s vocals are amazing as the rest of the band joins into the fray. I love Hodel’s bass lines as they are unexpected. This track will surpass 1,000 plays within a few months or maybe sooner. Who knew punk rock could make you dance? 

Colt. Photo by Rick Kooker

Now “Thrown Away” actually threw me for a giant loop. Here I’m thinking the track will maintain the catch pop punk formula. Nope it didn’t happen. This track is dark, with a AFI like sound. The bass is wicked, Beatmaster D’s drums are insane! “Head First’ returns to back to the pop punk. It’s very addicting. It wouldn’t surprise me if “Say Yeah” does become the next pop punk anthem of the decade. The bass and drums with the “Say Yeah” chorus is awesome! 

Nate. Photo by Rick Kooker

Next up is another personal favorite, “We’re Not Dead Yet”. It goes to the dark side fast with a progressive melodic hardcore tone. The drums are nuts. The chorus is ultimate perfection. My last favorite track is “Nightcaps and Goodbyes”. This is a great ending track to an overall incredible album. We’ve all been there as we leave the bars at 2am. We all hope this won’t be the last time we can be together. 

Beatmaster D. Photo by Rick Kooker

In closing, The Mazlows, ‘Community Locker’ blew my expectations away. This crotchety old Misfits loving punk rocker now believes in the power of The Mazlows. The tracks will not only will make you dance, make you cry, but most of all provide a deeply needed sense of hope. This album is definitely getting added as a nominee for best pop punk album of 2020. Don’t wait till you hear them on the radio, check them out right now, https://themazlows.bandcamp.com/

Track List (Subject To Change)

Best Days
Where Were You
Leaving Town
Here to Stay
Leave It All Behind
Echoes
Thrown Away
Head First
Breakfast Epiphanies
Say Yeah
Forever And
We’re Not Dead Yet
Last Call
Nightcaps and Goodbyes

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Colorado Based Bad Desicions Releases 20 Second Hand Washing Track To Help Fight COVID-19

Release Date: 4/8/2020

Format: Digital 

Location: Ft Collins, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

Gus – Vox

Jason – Guitar

John – Guitar

David – Bass

Beckett – Drums

Favorite Tracks: “Wash Yer Hands”

Sounds Like: TSOL, Minor Threat, Tuck Knee, and The Exploited


Per the band, “(Ft. Collins, Colorado) April 8, 2020. Fed up with people not taking social distancing and proper handwashing seriously, Colorado punk band Bad DeSiCions (note spelling) decided to take matters into their own hands, so to speak. The Ft. Collins-based punk band released a new song with an accompanying music video on Thursday April 9, 2020. “Wash Yer Hands” is a 20 second blast of punk fury—just the amount of time the Center for Disease Control & Prevention recommends for proper hand washing.

If you’re tired of the birthday song, or prefer a more rock ‘n roll approach to your personal hygiene, check it out. The song will be available free for download and streaming on all major music platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.”

If you like the kick ass track below, You can read more about Bad Desicions here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/04/05/ft-collins-based-bad-desicions-bring-that-classic-punk-feel-with-their-latest-self-titled-release/

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Links:

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

Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/baddesicionstheshittypunkband/

Bandcamp: baddesicions.bandcamp.com

It’s Friday, You Ain’t Got Sh*t To Do, But Listen To The New Dendrites Release: “Lunchin With The Dendrites”

Cover art by Christian Jaramillo

Release Date: 4/3/2020   

Format: Digital 

Production: Recorded and mixed at Green Door Recordings

Mastered at Dog Gate Studios. Cover art by Christian Jaramillo. Pic in the headline by  Laura Lateralus

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

Nick Dolan Drums
Luis Morales Bass
Keith Turner Guitar
Evan Ballinger Keys
Keith Larsen Trombone
Matt Clement Trumpet/Lead Vocal
Matt King Saxophone
John Olsson Percussion

Favorite Tracks: No Money No Sunshine, Don’t Wanna Go, Snap Patch, and Bottom Feeders


Sounds Like: Pietasters, Last Reel Hero, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Pilfers, The Toasters, Slackers, Hepcat, and The Uptones


We are in some weird and uncertain times. Covid-19 is decemating the world, our venues, and sadly our entertainers. This hasn’t stopped the Denver music scene as we continue to kick ass locked inside our fortresses of solitude. Denver Ska legends, The Dendrites will drop their new record, “Lunchin’ With The Dendrites” today! Just when things were getting hopeless, again some sun shines through the darkness. So let’s give the new release a spin!

The first track is “Snap Patch”. This track has a funky groove able bassline. This is the Dendrites we all know and love right here! Now I am no Dick Clark, but I know when I hear what feels like a hit song. That song is next with, “No Money, No Sunshine”. I’m telling you here and now this track has serious potential! This is the ultimate ska love song! I’m gonna push this one over to Tazy Phillipsz with Ska Parade. 

The next track is “Dujak”. This track seems “experimental” as one might say. It’s heavy on jam riffs, before bringing in this amazing big band ska sound. All players are really hitting some great notes. “Xaasj” follows with an amazing Latin sound. I could totally see this track being featured in a movie, sexy dance scene or even an action sequence. 

Pic By Rios Photo

Now has anybody coined the term, “Surf Ska”. Well that’s one the next song, “Bottom Feeder” sounds like. The surf like bass, drums, guitar, and keys are killer.  This track is best listened to with headphones, and even better when it’s accompanied by some MJ. The final track is called, “Don’t Wanna Go”. Here’s another surprise track with vocals! I love this song so much! If you’re not dancing to this shit, you are indeed dead inside. 

Overall, “Lunchin’ With The Dendrites” blew me away! Their mix of different genres from big band, northern soul and 2nd wave ska is just what I needed to make it through this Coronavirus crap. This record will put a smile on your face. I really hope we get more tracks with vocals from the Dendrites in the future. May your Friday kick ass as much as this album does! Buy it now, https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/album/lunchin-with-the-dendrites

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Snap Patch
  2. No Money No Sunshine
  3. Dujak
  4. Xaasj
  5. Bottom Feeder
  6. Don’t Wanna Go

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedendritesmassive/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedendrites/
Bandcamp: https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/album/lunchin-with-the-dendrites
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CPRA Music News: Colorado Horror Punks, The Midnight Horrors To Release Debut EP, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves” in March 2020

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Format: Digital 

Location: 

  • Northern Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Band Members
  • Evan – guitar and vox
  • Chris – drums
  • Corben – guitar
  • Previous members:
  • Steven – drums (2016-2017)
  • Austin – bass (2017-2019)

Favorite Tracks: Siren Song, Poison Oak, The Spider

Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Blitzkid, Tiger Army, Nick 13, Hotel Murder, The Followups, Livermores, and Alkaline Trio


Northern Colorado Horror punks, The Midnight Horrors are set to release their debut EP, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves” on March 13, 2020. Let’s face a true hard fact. Here in Colorado. We don’t really have a huge horror scene. Sure we have some great bands like The Dead End, but aside from them we really don’t have many. So I must admit I’m excited to see horror punk being represented more. 

So let’s check out, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves”. The first track is, “Siren Song”. This track is strong on drums and power chords. Evans vocals provide and dark and dangerous backdrop to haunt the track even more. The chorus will be stuck in your head. The second track is, “The Unholy”. This track is heavy on bass with perfectly placed, “Whoas”. The 1950’s theme is awesome. 

“Poison Oak” is the next track up. The progression is much faster. The pop punk sound is much more evident. This song is dedicated to all those zombie exs that never seem to go away. 

We are no good, It’s plain to see, You’re poison oak, And it’s killing me”

The following track is “21st Century Frankenstein”. The sound of a slapping bass is amazing; although I’m not sure an upright is used. This song is a bit slow and more on the rockabilly side. The story line is beautiful, dreamlike, and deeply haunting. Next up is my favorite track, “The Spider”. This track is much harder in comparison to the other tracks on the EP. The lyrics are thought provoking while remaining dark and spooky. I LOVE this track! 

Picture by @tiertwolive

Overall, The Midnight Horrors, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves” is a 5 track treat providing an amazing mix horror punk, pop, and rockabilly. Their ability to swing over into different genres, without sounding generic is fantastic. Personally I am very excited to see what’s in store for the Midnight Horrors. I’m definitely nominating this track for EP of 2020! So prepare that download button on 3/20/2020 and buy it here, https://themidnighthorrors.bandcamp.com/

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Tracks: 

1. Siren Song

2. The Unholy

3. Poison Oak

4. 21st Century Frankenstein

5. The Spider

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Skabones Picks For Best Album/EP For 2019

Best of 2019 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

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! 

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Skabones’s Top Local LP Or Full Albums of 2019

1. Trick Punch – The Latest
2. AFD – Bruised (Out Now on all platforms)
3. New Narrative – Story So Far
4. All Waffle Trick – Second Breakfast
5.  Married A Dead Man – Awakenings

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP

1.  Tuck Knee The Way Back Up and S/T
2. Sunset Silhouette   Far Beyond Suburbia
3. Barking Mad Rampage
4. Wild Lives Return Of The Kid
5.  Implied Risk Demo 2019

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. Jerkswitch BUFO
2. Crimson Riot Classy Punk For Trash People
3. Abolitionist Ugly Feeling
4. Year Of The Fist Revive Me
5.  The Follow Ups Don’t Like You Either
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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1.  Vera Kay  Pink Roses
2.  Spider Energy Gone Wrong
3. Trashed Ambulance Shorthanded
4.  The Damed  The Damed
5. Fine Dining Grass Fed Tunes
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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

Bury MIA And Sleep It Off
Slap Happy  Cruisin
Hangtime Invasion
Spewers A New Disappointment
Over Time Decades
Wilmette Anxious Body
Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets Shake, Stomp And Stumble

It’s Not Too Late To Get CPRA Merch for xmas!

Well there you have it my picks for 2019! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/. Bands we love ya! Happy Holidays and stay safe. See everybody on December 14 At 3 Kings!

Update: Cancelled for a later date!

CPRA and Cpra Skates Present: Coping and Chaos at Progresh Skate Park!

We have 3 kick ass bands!

1. Bad Desicions from Ft Collins! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/bad-desicions/

2. Modern Goon – Hardcore skatepunk from Denver! https://moderngoon.bandcamp.com/

3. The New Narrative – https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/new-narrative/

Event Invite Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2050232685081260/?ti=as

Episode 2 Of Season 1 is up! What Does Punk Mean To You?

CPRA Presents; What Does Punk Meant To You?

The Bands in this episode

The Dead End, https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadEndpunk/ Kirsten Lyon Music, https://www.facebook.com/kirstenlyonmusic/ Last Reel Hero, https://www.facebook.com/lastreelhero/ People Corrupting People, (Love IS Love and Theme Music)https://www.facebook.com/peoplecorruptingpeople/ Reno Divorce, https://www.facebook.com/renodivorce/

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#CPRAMusicRadar Alert, Boulder’s Apodyopsis Releases First Debut Single -“Lead On”

Release Date: 5/13/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY                              

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Cody Townsend – Vocals

Rei Belmont – Bass

Sam Musinsky – Guitar

Max Lynch – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Lead On

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and The Cramps


Boulder’s Apodyopsis are new to the Colorado scene and these kids kick some ass! Per the band, “We formed this band because high school and boulder both suck. We’re a very unique band, our guitarist has green hair, our bassist is an edgy chia pet, our lead singer is lactose intolerant, and our drummer sometimes has glasses.” I really dig their sense of humor! Keep at it my dudes!

Be sure to pick it up here, https://deadsmurfs.bandcamp.com/releases

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Lead On

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