Favorite Tracks: Blow Smoke Up Your Ass, The Return Of Karl Marx and many more!
Sounds Like: Buzzcocks, The Damned, Zipperz and Subhumans
The One Man Punk Rock band has retuned with a new Greatest Hits collection out 4/20/2021! Our last review “Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx” back in August 2020 hit almost 500 views alone. Sam has also announced he has joined a (a new solo project) led by Naked Raygun/Big Black, Jeff Pezzati! You check out Sam’s music here, https://smokinsambabin.bandcamp.com/
Sam’s DIY approach is a welcome return to punk rock’s roots. Be sure to support Sam below!
Sounds Like: Last Real Hero, NOISE, Drowns, and Cocksparrer
Ok so we are late to the party on this release. But alas we did not fail to bring this kick ass track and new video from the ANTAGONIZERS ATL via our amazing friends over at Pirate Press Records. The video features a guest appearance from Monty Neysmith of the famed British reggae band Symarip who also lent his vocals on the track.
Tyler has had a strange relationship with plasma over the past few months, was forced into sobriety on doctor’s orders, and is currently screen-printing (in his basement) pictures of his husky onto various forms of merch.
I fucking love this guy. He is unabashedly honest, and cool-minus the bravado. He plays guitar for Voice of Addiction and has toured extensively throughout the US. He has this genuinely earnest approach to life. Let’s all be like Tyler.
“Bringing decent lyrics back in the game. Songs by a traveling punk about life. Pretty much sounds like Tony Hawk Pro Skater record” is how Tyler describes his sound.
She’s whirling up the criss-cross stairs of a New York staircase when we connect. She tells me she has just woken up. It’s 10:30pm in New York. I take another sip of my cab sav and buckle up. It’s gonna be a ride. We talk about everything aside from the questions I have so diligently prepared. Those are no longer needed, nor wanted. She opens the door to the apartment she shares with her partner. They are sectioning out a loft space utilizing link chain and what appears to be cast-off wooden front doors. Guitars adorn the walls punctuated by scraps of papered art and the authentic weathered brick that every eatery in Denver aspires to emulate.
CPRA: Hey tell me about your cat?
Whitney Flynn: Ya this rescue cat is 4 and has barely any teeth, name’s Kiko.
CPRA: Did Kiko inspire the video for Addvice? (My notes: flying cat loses his shit)
CPRA: Do you have a favorite joke?
WF: Oh my fucking god, yes. This is a horrible fucking joke- the first time I heard it I laughed for an uncomfortable amount of time.
What did Cinderella say when she got to the ball?
<insert gagging sounds here>
CPRA: <laughing hysterically> First time?
CPRA: Tell us about your most recent Days N Daze release, “Show me the Blueprints”.
WF: I feel like this is the first album that people actually took us seriously. We are our songs, we are writing our life story. I was just like, let’s believe in the process to get there. Everybody is fucking broken, but you don’t have to be that bad person. I found an appreciation for my hurt. After I listened to the master for the first time I was like “What the fuck did you just create?” My voice is louder than my own narrative.
CPRA: It seems there is a difference in the harmonies on “Show me the Blueprints” and your earlier work- is there something new going on?
WH: (Marked excitement, nodding in agreement) It was all Johnny (John Carey of Old Man Markley). Johnny is the King of Harmonies. With him, you’re allowed to grow and still be yourself.
CPRA: Do you have a favored track from “Show Me the Blueprints”?
WF: Rewind! I fucking love that song! I wrote it in an hour. I was going through withdrawals. It wasn’t like I wanted a high. I needed something more. I suppose that’s what addicts say, what we all say. I didn’t want the high. I just wanted to be in control of my brain. I wrote this manic love letter to myself- where did your dreams go? Where did everything you aspire to, go?
CPRA: You have a new split with Andrew Paley from The Static Age; “Caroline”. Can you expand on this song and how it came into existence?
WF: They (Management? Aliens? Never did clear that up…) picked this song out for us and I listened to it like 50 times. And cried like 5 times. It was serendipitous. I love that song, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. This was our (Jesse and Whitney) first time recording separate from each other, and my first time recording myself to send over. Such an incredibly rewarding experience. Everyone is trying to find their worth and sometimes the opportunity is just sprung on you. And I did it.
CPRA: So you recorded in New York?
WF: Yea, I recorded here, Jesse in Texas.
CPRA: And this was through FLIX AGENCY in Berlin?
WF: Yea, we didn’t know Andrew (Paley) until we covered his song.
(Caroline was mixed by Kay Petersen and mastered by Jurik Maretzki)
WF: This experience reminds me why we chose this label (Fat Wreck Chords). They’re friends- not pushing you into things. You forget that you are human sometimes. It’s not the feeling of “feed me bullshit and make me look pretty”.
CPRA: What are you listening to?
WF: Attaboy! Oh my gosh, so great! They messaged me back on Facebook! Mac Miller. Mall Rat. Amy O. Post Malone- his song “Circles”- I’m gonna be THAT BITCH who plays it on the ukulele! I get asked to listen to a lot of bands and even if I fucking hate it, there has to be someting that I love.
CPRA: So what have you been up to during the shitshow also known as 2020?
WH: My quarn is I’m just gonna shave my eyebrows forever. I couldn’t find a perfect planner, so I started prototyping my own. I love spreadsheets and post-it notes and highlighters. (She starts pulling reams of paper and packages of neon markers from a blue rolling cart and waving them around like a game show prize model.) There’s a crazy planner community- I found these perfect clips and was like “Yay! All the cool planner people have them!” As far as all of my addictions go, I’m not sure it’s the healthiest! I’ve got some 120# paper (waves that around) and some vellum. My partner Sturgeon (Scott Sturgeon/STZA) got me a craft cart for Christmas. It has three shelves and I’m happy. I should be sponsored by planners. (She busts out another brick of paper) See this- this is the good shit! Oh, and I have a printer now! Here’s my planner. Get your shit together- I’m a different person every day.
Sturgeon also got me this camera for me to play with. It’s a… uhhh Sony Ziess. I like messing around to see what does what instead of watching YouTube videos and saving time. It’s not a two dimensional relationship (with Sturgeon). I told him if I “had to spend the rest of my life with just one person, it would be you” and he’s like “we’re already doing that”. We are in a one bedroom apartment in New York.
(The atmosphere changes, she becomes quiet and solemn.)
It’s been a rough year. My partner lost his best friend recently.
CPRA: The entire community felt the loss of Alec (Baillie), we mourn beside you. He will be sorely missed.
WF: I lost 16 people this year, including my tattoo artist that did these tattoos (motions to her eyes; which are marked by tiny green lines, a sort of hybrid between kitten whiskers and eye crinkles). I got these tattoos because they are my smile lines. They aren’t ever going to go away.
CPRA: Fuck ya. Don’t ever give up. PMA is key.
WF: I talked with my therapist two days ago. I suppose I’m constantly running away from being jaded. I felt it creeping up on me, that harsh apathy, that disconnect. I felt myself looking at everything and just despising it. Trying to get over these hurdles, like I’ve been here before and I smiled again- that’s pretty much how I deal with my depression. I’m grateful for my band- finding the little joys; it fucking makes a difference. A distraction from the harsh reality. You never get to know what happens if you dip out. I think we need to give each other a little more of a fighting chance. You gotta fight for that shit. Or distract yourself. Go to Buzzfeed and take a quiz. Be like: who am I? You are a pancake with a smile on the side. You are lightly powdered.
(We go outside for a smoke and hear what sounds like music)
WF: Hey this is my favorite song! Is he (Sturgeon) working on something new?
CPRA: I don’t know but it sounds pretty cool.
(We realize at the same time we are listening to construction sounds and it bangs. This is how desperate the world is for shows- we both confused construction noise for music.)
WF: Hey check out this Gretsch I just bought for $250! Isn’t she pretty? (She brandishes a 5 string Hunter green Gretsch)
CPRA: (Nodding) Yeah those Gretsch are a piece of art.
WH: I had to leave all my guitars behind in Texas when I moved to New York. This is the first place I have ever lived for more than a few months. I remember back in Texas, when I first bought my trumpet it was between paying the electricity and paying for the trumpet, and as you do, I paid for the trumpet.
CPRA: Excellent choice.
CPRA: Are there any benefits to livestreaming as opposed to playing a stage?
WF: My anxiety (on stage) got really bad. It made me very cold and unresponsive. When I got on stage, I just choked. If you think too much about existing, it trips you up. My new reality was ‘I’m scared of performing, I’m afraid of playing’. I looked fly as fuck though! And then Covid happened.
CPRA: I read that Jesse loves playing 7th Circle, one of our prized spaces here in Denver.
WF: I know 7th Circle! I love 7th Circle!!! Aaron Saye & Crew were genuinely one of my earliest influences with booking shows in Houston. There’s this pic of my playing “Blue Jays” with the crowd in the background- I do believe that playing 7C was the first time we really felt like we “made it”.
(I looked everywhere for this photo. If you have this picture, please send to email@example.com and we will publish it with photo credit.)
CPRA: How did “Go Fuck Yourself” land as a secret track on “Show Me the Blueprints”?
WF: (to Sturgeon) Hey, she’s asking about “Go Fuck Yourself”, do you want to answer this?
Sturgeon: Who are you?
CPRA: Colorado Punk Rock Army
Sturgeon: Haha! We had this Lyft lady who was completely naked drive us from Denver- Colorado Springs.
CPRA: Ya that sounds right.
Sturgeon: I always thought that DND should put a song at the end of their record that didn’t sound like them. They didn’t have one, so I offered one of mine. I like old anarcho punk records that have that one acoustic song that really connects. So this was like the reverse of that concept.
CPRA: Cool shit!
CPRA: What is a typical show like for you, Whitney?
WF: It’s like when you make friends for a night. Hi humans- I don’t know what’s happening anymore.
WF: Hey! Can I show you my tattoo?
WF: (pulls down pants and thrusts left hip) Check this out: it says LADY VODKA. They made me get a bandaid under it.
CPRA: Hey, is that a cheetah-print bodysuit?
WF: Haha, ya! I’m strapped in here!
CPRA: Last question: You are slated to appear on the European leg of the upcoming Punk in Drublic tour- what’s going on with that?
WF: Buy all of the tickets. It’s happening. Buy the tickets. The first step to adjusting is buy those tickets. Drink our beers. Buy our tickets. Listen while you sleep.
Favorite Tracks:Your Story, Broken Record, Here We Go Again, Silent Screams, Bitter, Panic, Not Okay, and Burnout
Sounds Like: Save Ferris, Last Reel Hero, No Doubt, Dance hall Crashers, People Corrupting People, Band Manners, Sorry Sweetheart, The Interrupters, and The Transplants
Let’s hop in the way back machine kids. All The way back to 2018. CPRA started our quest to bring you the best music and news reviews for Colorado. We quickly surpassed our Colorado goal and started looking internationally. By pure happenstance I happened to come across skapunks, Millie Manders & The Shutup. Their first EP release, “Shutup”, blew me away. You can read that review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/millie-manders-the-shutup-shutup-ep/.
Since April 2020, we’ve been featuring Millie Manders & The Shutup through CPRA TV on youtube with their new videos for “Your Story” and “Silent Screams”. So today it’s my pleasure to review their new album, “Telling Truths And Breaking Ties”. Let’s start out this review with the first track, ‘Your Story”. I LOVE this song. Millie’s heartfelt and powerful vocals, blazing horns, incredible bass and guitar, and the drums will have you dancing right along.
This track reminds me what it feels like to be wanted by someone who doesn’t love you back. We’ve all been there going through hoops just to play a part in their story. The next track up is “Broken Record’. This one goes out to all those people who sound like broken records. “I’m sorry, I’ll never hurt you again”. We all know that’s bullshit, but somehow manage to let them creep back in. Millie’s vocal range on this song is nuts!
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The next song is “Here We Go Again (Black Dog”. The chorus will have you singing along from the start. The bass thumps deep, while the guitar and sax lend a friendly hand. The track gets gritty and I love it. Before we go onto the next song, I feel it’s important to discuss mental health. This year has been extra hard on all of us and especially those with mental health challenges.
If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. We don’t want to lose anyone! Let’s get back to the next kickass song, “Silent Screams”. This one is for all of us whomever felt no one could hear our silent screams. Mander’s voice speaks to my inner soul. The lyrical writing on this song is remarkable, while each instrument plays an equally important part.
“Bitter” is the next track and it’s angry. I really didn’t expect this one coming; but I absolutely love the dark bass lines, the guttural almost sinister like vocals, and tribal drums. I think I also hear a theremin in there which was definitely unexpected. Shout out to People Corrupting People for introducing me to the crazy sound of the theremin.
“Poor Man’s Show” follows up with a more old school Two Tone sound. It speaks of the poor suffering while the rich stay nice and warm. This track may be referring to England, yet I feel it relates to the entire world. Here in the states we have so many people laid off and suffering yet our government can’t agree on any sort of stimulus to help us out. Let’s get dark and nasty next with “Panic”. “Panic” speaks on climate change and the dangers of staying on the course we have. Here in Colorado we have historic fires that have been burning for 3 months!
After listening to tracks like “Bitter” and “Panic” it’s hard to imagine going back to a softer tone yet they do just that with “Glitter Mix”. At first listen I thought this might be Adele and actually had to check my phone. This track shows the amazing talent the band holds and Mander’s voice seems to reach new heights. “Not Okay” speeds the tone back up and the skapunk sound fully returns. Here’s yet another track that will make you dance. Were all going bored out of our minds with quarantine so put on this song and make your own dance party. I love the lyrics on this track.
||: I’m not ok I don’t see myself being that way I haven’t been for years But I’ve got masks made up to cover up my tears :|| I’m not ok…”
The last and final track is up next with a great upbeat tempo, “Burnout”. Did you ever think about the bands bringing you music? Many of them struggle to bring you the music. They are working jobs just like you and me and still manage to hit the road. They manage to produce new music as often as they can afford it. That’s why CPRA really pushes underground bands. We may occasionally write on mainstream music, but let’s face it. Those bands already have a massive following. This track is badass!
In closing, Millie Manders & The Shutup’s, “Telling Truth And Breaking Ties”, is an absolute lyrical and instrumental masterpiece. This record is now a nominee for my best album of 2020! I can only see the number of plays on Spotify and other media distributors growing and growing. It’s the perfect gift for the teen you’re trying to get into punk rock. You can check it out here, https://milliemanders.bandcamp.com/album/telling-truths-breaking-ties.
Favorite Tracks: Recover, The Bellows, Dust, and The Flight of The Banshee
Sounds Like: No Use For A Name, Good Riddance, Direct Hit, Joy Division, Gang Of Four, and Bauhaus
Halloween is quickly approaching. For some people Halloween is their favorite time of the year. In the age of Covid it may damper our usual celebrations. Two kickass bands are back and in action again just in time for a Halloween 7” Split. Love Equals Death (Fat Wreck Alumni), return after 14 years to team up with Static Age on a new split due out on Halloween 2020!
Love Equals Death, last release was Nightmerica on Fat Wreck in 2006. The Static Age released an EP called Mercies on Uncle M / Riptide Recordings in 2012. Both records are amazing so be sure to check those out as well. The new split contains 4 brand new and spooky tracks. The combination of post punk and melodic punk seem to go perfectly together. Let’s see what the bands have to say regarding the new release.
“Flight Of The Banshee was from an experience I had while on Tour that took place at an old Texas campground that was said to have been the burial ground for victims of the Mexican Cartel. We were really tired of driving so we pulled over there at about 3 am and instantly started to see, hear, and feel what we could only conclude to be, a Banshee spirit experience.
Dust is a very personal experience that I had that lasted about four years that had me at odds with myself. Some days I would be strong and others I would almost feel a sense of depression and I felt that there was nothing left to do but rot in isolation, so I started writing my thoughts out and it was the world around me that had me bummed, so I realized that I couldn’t change the world but I could get myself out of the situation that I was in and now I kind of chuckle at the lyrics, “until I turn to dust”, because I found away to remove myself from the downward spiral. It’s vague, but as I stated before, it’s very personal. I hope this helps. If you need more detail, please let me know. Thank you guys!” – Love Equals Death
“The first song, “Recover,” was revived from a spate of recordings from 2016. We’d played versions of the song on tours as early as 2014, but this version was actually recorded during Andrew’s own process of recovery following an accident. We ended up liking the demo vocals so much we kept the originals and built the song around them. The other song, “The Fan and the Bellows” is a cover of the seminal post-punk band The Chameleons.” – The Static Age
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This split 7″ co-release between Say-10 Records (USA) and SBÄM (EU). Check out this beautiful looking vinyl. Collectors beware this record is limited to the first 50 buyers! Make sure to pre-order asap so you won’t miss out!
Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Stray The Course, and FIDLAR
Denver’s The Mazlow’s dropped a fresh single this morning called, “Leaving Town”. Is it the best pop punk single to release this summer? It comes off the heals of some of their previous releases, which you can hear and read about here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. This track was originally written 15 years ago when the Mazlow’s were angsty teenage boys.
Per their recent article in Westward, “Leaving Town” is about just that. Seeking out those teenage desires to run free out into the world. Per guitarist Colton Kooker, “The song connects our young dreams of moving away, to the current realities of still having challenges in life,”. For me this track encapsulates that teenage feeling of wanting to break free and experience life as we know it.
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With COVID currently stalking us, it’s awesome to have something energetic and hopeful to sing along with. This writer couldn’t be more excited for their full album release in August 2020. You can pick up the single now from all the major music providers.