Denver’s Filthy Hearts have been playing a ton of shows as of late, while preparing a full album release! Read our review here of, “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Inside). You can watch our interview with them below!
Favorite Tracks: Revolution Part II, Survive, Suicide Mission, Fuck God and Fuck Reality, Fuck No, Manhole To Hell, Drink And Stink, Jake,
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Skudfux, Op Ivy, and Abolitionist
Why start this article off with a clip of High Fidelity? How is Jerkswitch’s “BUFO” even related to “High Fidelity? Let me tell you why. This 16 track debut album is FULL of non-stop fantasic fucking music. Personally when I heard the Skudfux was no more. I was a bit sad as I love them. Sometimes when something ends, it’s because something bigger and better is coming. Skudfux is now Jerkswitch!
This compilation album of old and new songs is a whopper at 16 awesome tracks. Let’s dig in further. “Revolution Part II” kicks off the record. You can listen to part one here. From the start you can feel a more polished sound. This is probably one of my top 5 intros of all time. The hunger, the passion, this is the ultimate set up.
Now my second favorite is actually the second track, “Survive” from the “FERN” EP. This is some hardcore ska punk. The lead singer has an almost Jello like tone. It’s just shy of being a little to metal, as the ska punk element is beautifully retained. The pit will be dangerous on this track. “Suicide Mission” is up next. It starts out with a heavy bass line before exploding into nonstop pogo madness.
“Fuck God And Fuck Reality” is up next. I absolutely love this track. From the opening guitar strum and drums straight into the heart pumping power chords. How long we will sit by and allow the church and/or Republican Party to dictate moral policy to us? The Catholic Church has died in popularity here in the states. A new and evil Republican church took over. Check out the lyrics below!
“I never was one to believe,
What I could not see,
All them catholic fairytales,
Keep em away from me,
And I don’t like what I see,
They don’t like what I am,
I’ll stand proud and say,
Fuck God and fuck reality”
These lyrics are so simple, yet so spot on to this writer. The swath of southern states passing women’s reproductive rights restrictions proves to us that the church is more concerned about social control and less about society as a whole. Let’s move onto the next song, “Better Days”. This song is providing hope for the hopeless with awesome lyrics and sweet guitar riffs. “AlertA” is next with an instrumental tune.
“Fuck No” is another song from the FERN Ep. This track cracks me up every time I listen. How many times a day do you say Fuck No? This is yet another great song. The anthems and whoas are perfectly timed. It is very catchy. “O Negative” comes up next with more of ska kickass Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, yet gets harder with the progression. This band is insanely talented.
Drown” starts out slow and serious note. I hear maybe some grunge influences, maybe even a bit of some surf punk. “Drink And Stink” comes roaring in with a fast skate punk sound. Advance warning before joining the pit on this track, it’s gonna be rough. I love this song! “Jake” another track from FERN is next up. Jerkswitch goes back to its roots with a great skapunk sound.
“Manhole To Hell”, is another energetic song along the lines of skatepunk. This is for anybody who has ever been oppressed by another. This song is full of anger, passion, and some amazing drum work. This song has to kill the lead singer’s voice. “All By Myself” slows down upon intro and build into circle pit loving madness. With the steely sound, guitar solos, this reminds me a lot of Faith No More.
Jerkswitch goes acoustic next with, “I’m So Sorry”. The composition of this track is beautiful. I think that’s a cello in the background. Wait this is punk. There are no cellos in punk. I kid of course. Again full blown talent and rightly displayed on this track. “About A Punk” speeds the pace back up with some skapunk. I adore this track. Not only is it skankable, the lyrical content is fucking amazing.
Anyone who has ever been in local band, worked with locals, can relate to this track. We all ask or friends and coworkers to come to our shows and they don’t. We ask them to share our albums, facebook posts and they don’t. It’s up to us as bands, promoters, and fans to help support the punk scene in any way we can. This track has serious potential for doing very well.
Here we are at the last track, “Richmond Hill” this is beautiful outro instrumental track. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of anything instrumental. In this particular album though the instrumentals blend like threads of a book binding. So there we have it. Jerkswitch’s debut album, “BUFO” is the definition of a perfect album. This record will appeal to not only fans of punk, but other genres as well. I personally cannot wait for more music from Jerkswitch!
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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!
Favorite Tracks: Still Growing, Tired Of Trying, Cold, I Go Wild, and QSW
Sounds Like: Breeders, Joy Division, Vampire Weekend, and Lucy And The Rats
Miami’s Las Nubes is on par to release “SVMT”, on 6/14/2019. This record is a kicker for fans of mega surf fuzz. These kick ass ladies combine English and Spanish to compose some beautiful melodies. This album is full of Joy Division like riff’s and Kim Deal like vocals. If Las Nubes was around in 1996. I really wouldn’t be surprised if they were on the Trainspotting soundtrack.
Considering they have opened for the likes of Shonen Knife, Casket Girls, Sheer Mag, Institute, Jens Lekman, and Torche. Las Nubes should definitely be on your radar! Per Emile they are planning a tour later this fall.
Favorite Tracks: Brandi, The Latest, No Pegs, Snakes, One Track, Gfy, and Luci
Sounds Like: Strung Out, Good Riddance, The New Narrative, and Modern Goon
So you’re sitting at school or work. Watching that stupid clock slowly countdown till you can hit your favorite show on Saturday. Life seems to come to a full and complete stop. Your boss is on your ass to make deadlines. Then out of nowhere one of your favorite bands drop an album a few days early. It’s like getting hit by a bolt of lightning. Almost as if you drank 20 Monsters and can now run, really, really fast.
Thus, my dilemma. I’m sitting here at work, making the man richer by the minute. I’d much rather somewhere, anywhere else. Out of nowhere Denver’s Trick Punch announces their new album. “The Latest” has dropped. Keep in mind their scheduled release is 4/27/2019 at Streets of Denver for the release party. So to serve my need for instant gratification I hit the download as soon as I saw the release.
If Trick Punch are new to you be sure to check out their last release, “Third Bridge”. Now if you have listened to “Third Bridge”, you’re gonna love, “The Latest”. The album kicks off with “Brandy”. They couldn’t have picked a better song to start with. Super deep bass lines, guttural like vocals, and even a little melodic hardcore thrown in. This my friends defines CPRA’s definition of “Break Up Punk”. “Don’t Look Down” is next up. This track continues the amazing fast and hardcore pace. The lyrics are heartfelt and sung with great passion comparable to Jason Cruz of Strung Out. It may seem like this song may be in reference to suicide. For this writer it’s about going head first into something with all your energy, heart and soul with zero fucks given.
“The Latest”, comes in with a couple of sweet guitar strikes. The tributes to the movie “Office Space” are hilarious. This one is for all of us feeling like we are wasting our time. Those of us sitting like robots in the assembly line. “No Pegs”, comes up next with a master flow. This is my personal favorite song on the album. I reached out to Billie Riot for more information. “No pegs is all about the hundreds of crazy nights spent at Denver skate park and all the shady or crazy stuff that went down. There is one gap called “no pegs” that anyone who skates knows. It’s also an anti bmxer song just for some fun shit talking, because they always sit right at the landing of the gap.
So when I would land my trick I would power slide into them like a bowling ball until, they got the fuck out of the way. The hot dog cart lady would sell single cigs if you were in the know and I suspected she sold more than just that.” I’m not going to ruin this kick ass song with my personal thoughts, because it deserves more than that! This song needs a great video for it, wink! “Snakes”, follows “No Pegs”. That heavy skate punk sound returns. The track is just fun as hell and it’s about fireworks! It’s catchy as hell! “Secret Of The Pros” is up next and is probably my second favorite song. Listen to Trick Punch on this one and learn the secrets of the pros! This track has some wicked drums and some very impressive guitar riffs.
“Gyf”, is pure and furious. I suggest you add this to your “Break Shit” playlist. Throw this one on it right now! This one will have all those crazy drunk guys running straight for the pit. “One Track” is up next and likely the slowest track on the album. It has a darker, more emotional side. This one is heavy on bass and guitar shreds. It’s heartbreaking, yet relate-able on many levels.
“Bowser”, this track is just some plain fuckery from the band. Get your pogo shit on with this tune. “Luci” closes out this fucking rad record. Another prime example of excellent “Break Up Punk”. I love the thumping western sound. I should probably stop fan boying all over this album.
Trick Punch’s, “The Latest” is likely getting my vote for best local LP release. The amount of skate punk, old school rock, and even a hint of rockabilly will leave you coming back for another listen. This is the perfect album to introduce to those young skate punks in your life. Be sure to hit their release party show Saturday night at Streets of Denver with Bottom Bracket/Chemical X/Dryer Fire!
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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