Punk/Rock Legends, Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.), Sean Elliott (D.I., Mind Over Four), Paul Gray (The Damned, U.F.O.) and Rat Scabies have joined together again to compose a new exciting progressive rock and pop punk album, ‘Séance‘.
Coming right off the heals from their 2018 wildly successful “Disintegrate Me” record, they plan to focus the new album in an exciting direction. Per Alfie Agnew, “The new material is definitely eclectic. It’s less punk-influenced than our previous three studio albums. The 1960s and ‘70s musical influences are more pronounced. We’re big fans of The Kinks, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin, and, of course, The Damned. Sean and I also had musical productions like Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Paradise, Tommy and Hair in mind when writing this album.”
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1. All the Lonely Souls (Voice: Elliott) 2. Séance (Vocal: Elliott) 3. So Long (Vocal: Agnew) 4. Real Me (Vocal: Elliott) 5. A Child’s Eyes (Vocal: Agnew) 6. Time Machine (Vocal: Agnew) 7. Man With Nothing to Lose (Vocal: Elliott) 8. Two Tickets to the Afterlife (Vocal: Elliott) 9. The Council of Purgatory (Vocal: Agnew) 10. All the Lonely Souls (Reprise) 11. Greetings From the Other Side (Vocal: Elliott) 12. New World (Vocal: Elliott)
Produced, mixed & mastered by Sean Elliott and Alfie Agnew at Hollydale Studios, Fullerton, California; March 2019-March 2020
All songs by Professor and the Madman
Alfie Agnew: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, horn, tea kettle Sean Elliott: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, horns, bamboo Paul Gray: Bass guitar Rat Scabies: Drums and percussion
Way back in 2018 CPRA first checked out Denver’s Stray The Course. I have been a fan ever since. While their music sounds happy and go free. It’s actually full of depth unlike some of their predecessors. I’m looking at you New Found Glory! I kid of course.
So to my delight the band dropped a new video yesterday for “Between The Walls”. This awesome track is just another amazing example of why we here at CPRA love them so much!
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Favorite Tracks: Semjaza: The Sermon, Hellbound, Two Bullets, Semjaza: Occult, Pissin’ on My Leg
Sounds Like: Dick Dale,Lucitones, Gamblers Mark, Rev Horton Heat, Queen City Sinners, Nick 13, Tiger Army, The Meteors, and The Long Tall Texans
I am in a state of absolute shock as many of us struggle with the Covid-19 isolation. There’s one thing we must do, “Stay positive”! For almost all of us this sort of thing has never happened before. Our friends and families are losing their jobs, supplies are running low, and overall hope is diminished. Now is the perfect time to support our underground artists struggling to make ends meet.
The Colorado music community has banded together to help each other out with fundraising and volunteering. We may be into all different types of music, but we all share a common goal of making it through these trying times. This Friday, March 20, 2020, our merch vendor Threadless.com is waiving all fees and allowing artists to collect all proceeds. We here at CPRA will donate all proceeds from Friday to Punk Rock Saves Lives, a local non profit organization. You can find our merch here for the 3/20/2020 sale, https://cpramerch.threadless.com/.
Pueblo’s The Dead End have been nonstop supporters of CPRA since the very beginning. Their style of catchy, dark, psychobilly have made them one of my personal favorite bands. Now it’s our turn to give back to an awesome band that fills my life with hope. They dropped their new record, “Hellbound” recently via their label, Batcave Records. So let’s give this record a spin!
The first track is “Semjaza: The Sermon”. Per, Wikipedia, “In the Book of Enoch, the watchers (Aramaic עִירִין, iyrin) are angels dispatched to Earth to watch over the humans. They soon begin to lust for human women and, at the prodding of their leader Samyaza, defect en masse to illicitly instruct humanity and procreate among them”. I don’t know about you, but Semjaza sounds like he would be fun to party with.
This song feels straight outta the late 1950’s and inspired by legendary guitarist Dick Dale, played by the infamous Creeper C. Von Los. Lucian’s bass pounds with every thump. With no feeling of dread, it’s time to start this journey down with Pickle on drums. The next rack is “Hellbound”. I adore this track! Grab your dancing partner and step on the Hellbound train. Everything about this track is perfection!
Track 3 is “Two Bullets”. Not only is this a great dancing song, but it’s filled with an exceptional story line. We’ve all been there in a fit of jealousy and rage. Now of course we are not acting on our impulses, but with track Creeper is planning love rampage. Pickle’s drums are excellent, while the guitar has an amazing old school country steel sound.
“A bullet for her,
bullet for him,
bang bang baby,
I shot them dead”
The next song is “Young Hollow” and continues a wicked storyline. Lucian’s upright bass foretells a dark, dangerous tale before the drums and guitar join the fray. This song feels a little more on the punk rock side, while still retaining the elements of psychobilly. “Neon Moon”, follows and no it’s not the lame Brooks And Dunn version. This is one of the slower tracks, but another fantastic narrative.
The next track is “Little Sister”, a cover written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and made famous by Elvis Presley. The Dead End’s version is faster, heavy on bass and an overall blast. Next is another personal favorite track, “Semjaza: Occult”. This song is 100% pure psychobilly as it clocks in at a whopping 1:08.
Sadly we are down to the last new track from The Dead End, with “Pissin’ on My Leg”. By far my favorite on the record. This track is addicting with catchy lyrics, combined with heavy bass thumps, wicked drums and perfected vocals. We can ALL relate to this song. Why are they not headlining Viva?
To sum this record up, The Dead End’s, “Hellbound” is by far their best release to date. Their mix of blues, classic country, and punk rock has been masterfully composed and fires on all hot rod cylinders. Be sure to hit the purchase button on many of the links below. Cpra hopes to get the Dead End back into Denver as soon as we are all given the go ahead!
Flatliner’s front man Chris Cresswell dropped his brand new acoustic release track, “Feel” this morning. This track is beautiful and deals with aging. Denver loves Chris and the Flatliners. We are hoping he will play this one when they come into town on 5/24/2020 to play the Marquis!
Per Chris, “Playing music for a living can cause you to live a life with blinders on. Maybe life in general is just like that at a certain age no matter what you do for a living. You’re barreling down your own path so fast and determined, an awful lot of time can pass before you even know it. As we age, relationships become more and more crucial to our existence. We’ve all heard that “you are the company you keep”, and as time goes on we’re able to choose our own family, choose our own people, and I feel that it’s important to cultivate those relationships and allow them to continue to shape you fundamentally as a person.
This song is about the simple fact of effort being paramount in a relationship and that sometimes that effort can break down if you’re always the one out there floating in space around the people you love.” You can purchase and stream the new track here.
Chris Cresswell Live on Tour: Feb 24 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub Feb 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Waverly Brewing Company w/Joey Cape Feb 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/Joey Cape Feb 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery w/Joey Cape Feb 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/Joey Cape Mar 01 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/Joey Cape Mar 07 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern w/Dave Hause & the Mermaid Mar 08 – Montreal, QC @ Café Campus w/Dave Hause & the Mermaid Mar 23 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge May 11 – Manchester, UK @ Castle Hotel May 12 – Southampton, UK @ Planet sounds May 13 – Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks May 14 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
Chris with his band The Flatliners: *Indicates the band playing “Cavalcade” album in full for 10th anniversary of record Apr 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo* Apr 26 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Punk Fest* Apr 28 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange* Apr 29 – London, UK @ New Cross Inn* Apr 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Q Factory* May 01 – Cologne, DE @ MTC* May 02 – Munster, DE @ Uncle M Fest * May 04 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang* May 05 – Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia* May 06 – Nuremberg, DE @ DESI* May 08 – Vienna, AT @ Flex* May 09 – Wels, AT @ SBAM Fest* May 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill* May 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo* May 22 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick* May 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling May 24 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater*
Chris as guitarist of Hot Water Music: Feb 20 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry Feb 21 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry Feb 22 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair Feb 23 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclai Mar 19 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar Mar 20 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar Mar 21 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge Mar 22 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge Jun 11 – Nürnberg, DE @ Hirsch Jun 14 – Hamburg, DE @ Booze Cruise Festival
Sounds Like: NOFX, Bad Religion, Johnny Thunders, The Ramones and even Chuck Berry
Over the weekend I was asked to listen and review The Pistol Mystics newest 4 song EP called “Strip Mall Love Songs”. First glance I was a little confused by the image choice, old rusty broken Ferris wheel. I think it was a missed opportunity for a photo of a creepy abandoned strip mall. With broken abandoned carts in the parking lot, but you can’t judge an album by the cover (that’s what my dad always said). Anyways I tuned in via Spotify and have been listening to this album all weekend.
I want to provide you with my honest opinion about this record. Shhiiittt, I’m even listening to it right now as I’m typing. The Pistol Mystics have an interesting origin story. After Joe Rains mutually parted ways with their bass player due to medical issues he added Seth DeHart. **Seth joined The Pistol Mystics after recording of this EP; all bass tracks on this EP were performed by Cheetoh Bandito of The Queers!
Joe chats about the honor they got working alongside Joe Queer from The Queers, which is pretty rad. Joe Queer recorded “Strip Mall Love Songs”. I went into “Strip Mall Love Songs” just knowing this much about them. I didn’t want to see any images or videos of them until after I got to listen to the record. My first thought about The Pistol Mystics?
Rockabilly / Punk/ Melodic sound that takes you back a few decades. Back when parents would have considered this the “Devil’s Music”, because it made you want parents would have considered this the “Devil’s Music”, because it made you want to shake your hips, raise your fist in the air and party all night. The song I probably dug the most and caught myself singing a few times were “All Eyes on You”.
The drums, the melody of the song, guitars and everything just made me want to get up and groove. Groove is probably not very “punk”, but shit this song had me doing some hip shakin , hand jiven and dancing like the devil myself took over my body. While “Work My Way” gave me this chanty, gotta have you now and I’m going to get it vibe. These two songs have left an impression on me.
Sounds Like: Flatliners, Came And Took It, Nerdlinger, and Fourbanger
It seems that Stray The Course is prepping up for a new EP! We here at CPRA are huge fans! Today they released their brand new cover of DUA LIPA – “IDGAF”. The track is pop punked with a side of metal. The original version is not my style, but I”ll rock this one everyday!
Favorite Tracks: Burn, Quit It, Compassion, and In Limbo
Sounds Like: Manges, Teen Idols, The Lillingtons, The DollyRots, Nine Inch Nails, Ramones and Bomboloni
Let’s take a minute to recognize one of my favorite small labels, “Monster Zero Records”. They are not owned by the devils at Warner, or Sony, CBS, etc. The folks on their promotion team are just like you and me. In fact per their website, “Monster Zero is a semi-unprofessional punkrock label, based in Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria, Europe. We like punk rock, pop punk, power pop and beer. We love Ramones and 5-Star hotels”. I like punk rock, beer and 5 star hotels!
They are professionals at getting music on their label out to the masses. We’ve done a ton of reviews from Monster Zero bands, see them here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/monster-zero/. Today I’m happy to show ex pop punks from Forli, Italy, Teenage Bubblegums. The ex pop punks recently dropped their 3rd release, “In Limbo” back in September. Let’s give it a run through!
The first track is “Quit It”. The buzz saw like notes come flying in before joining in a dark and delicious melody. The next song is “Burn”. The track continues the dark them. The backbeat is amazing. Ally’s vocals make it seem as if the listener is traversing through some creepy haunted house. The bass takes it even deeper.
“How I Feel” follows with some insane work on guitar and strong chords. As I listen I can feel a sense of anger, emptiness, and hope. The next song is “In Limbo”. We’ve all been there stuck waiting on a change, waiting for an outcome. It can plain suck sometimes! This track; however does not suck! Extremely dark power chords, combined with excellent drum work make this track stand out.
The track could easily be added to an industrial playlist without sounding out of place. “Never Again” is the follow up track. In starts with Ramonescore sound, yet more on the Horror/Lillingtons side. The simple lyrics seem to fly through like a witch on a broomstick, flying around, searching for kids to add to her brew.
The next track is “Full Of Agony”. This tracks belongs in a horror movie. It’s fast, fun, although the lyrics would suggest otherwise! “My Mind” follows by coming in with a kick ass buzz saw sound before joining in with the bass and drums. The next track is “High”. Damn this song makes me want to get high haha! It’s pogo worthy in my book, with its energetic and fast melody.
“Shame” follows up coming in with a siren like intro. I love this track. Goth and industrial fans this may also appeal to you as well. The lyrics are dark and powerful.
Flames, I was walking through the flames
I’ve got some poison running through my veins
And I’ve got so much shame
Flames, I was walking through the flames
My name is loneliness, where did I fail?
And I’ve got so much shame”
The last track on the release is “Compassion”. Have you ever tried to change someone for the better in a relationship? You don’t want to lose them, but also cannot make them love you. I’ve been there and never going back. This track is for all of us whom have undergone the emotions associated. A Ramonescore melody sets the theme before unleashing into onslaught of punk.
In conclusion Teenage Bubblegum’s, “In Limbo” is angry, emotional river, which pulls in different genres such as post punk, pop punk and industrial to an incredible punk rock combination. Be sure to pick this one up on vinyl for the purest recording here, https://teenagebubblegums.bandcamp.com/album/in-limbo.