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
Sounds Like: Good Riddance, NoFX, Descendants, and Sponge
If there’s one thing we need right now is more love songs! Let’s face it punk isn’t really known for its love songs. I know many would beg to differ, but overall punk is known more for it’s political leanings. Toronto’s Wasting Time released “Only You” back on April 10, 2020.
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This track while being brand new sounds like it’s right outta of a Tony Hawk Proskater game. I’m getting some serious 90’s feels with this track. Time to go play some Tony Hawk PS, eat some Doritos, and drink some Mtn Dew! Oh and this single cover is badass! Pick it up right here, https://wastingtimemusic.bandcamp.com/track/only-you
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
Episode 7 of CPRA Presents is now up! This week’s episode features such kick-ass bands as, Over Time, The Vanilla Milkshakes, Bricheros, Sorry Sweetheart, Zephyr, Bolonium, #PCPSUX, The New Narrative, Bury Mia, Younger Than Neil, Filthy Hearts, and Slap Happy
Theme Music by People Corrupting People, PCPSux.com!
Favorite Tracks: Get Out, Champion, So Far So Good, Out Of Time, Sounds Like: Came And Took It, 10ft Pole, Teenage Bottlerocket, Jerkswitch, Pegboy, Tightrope, The Lillingtons, and Descendents
Yes there have been rumors swirling about like ravens caught in a tornado of fire. Those rumors are that The Lucky Eejit’s, new album, “Out Of Time” is pretty damned good. Their last release “Do It Again” was released in 2016. That record is amazing. Could the rumors be true? Can The Eejits stand the test of time?
So how does “Out Of Time” hold up? Let’s check it out! The record starts out with, “Get Out”. This track is energetic from the start of the feedback sample. I’m already digging it. The drum work is beyond good. Hit the pit! Have you ever left a relationship feeling all to blame for the fall? This track is about recovering from a bad relationship.
The next track is “Re-Light”. The lyrically writing on this track is brilliant and immediately catchy. The guitar and bass seem to be both doing their own work while working in tandem. My favorite song on the record is next, “Champion”. It starts out with some wicked anthem whoas, before the immaculate drum work begins. This track is driven by hope, and calls for a united drive for change.
“So Far So Good”, follows with a great guitar intro. This song has a darker theme, but seems meticulous in composition. More amazing lyrics with great vocals from Fitzpatrick! “Happy Accidents” is comes roaring next. The speed on this track is nuts!
“Out Of Time” is up next and slows down the pace. The bass is prominent on this song. The lyrics are fantastic and near to my heart. You know when you’re in a bad relationship, even though heart and head may not be on the same page. This track has serious potential. Be sure to tell Punk Tacos to play it! This is a sad song, but so damn good.
“Got No Heart”, follows and feels like it follows the love story in “Out Of Time”. The drums stick out, along with the well written chorus. Damn I’m starting to think these rumors are true. So far this album kicks major ass. “Check Your Math”, is up next. This track is 100% skate punk! The call is a call to action for all of us!
“Cold Stare” continues the amazing raw sound, slows the pace a little. The track I feel is in relation to the government’s lack of action on gun control. It’s sad, because it’s true. Still a kick ass song! “Return Of A Black Rose”, comes next and talks of liberation. The guitar and drums steal the show on this track.
“Jailor Serry”, is up next. This track is a kick ass old fashioned drinking song. It’s fast, fun, and funny. The last song is up next, “Warm Guinness”. This track is about the tour life and mentions the legend that is Nick from Bridge City Sessions. Check out the video below for “Re-Light” from the Eejits session on Bridge City.
Now it has come time to review the rumor. Is “Out Of Time” by the Lucky Eejits a good record? Considering I haven’t stopped listening in 3 days I have to confirm this rumor is indeed FACT! With tracks like, “Get Out”, “Re-Light”, “So Far So Good”, the Lucky Eejits have compiled a fantastic record. I cannot wait for them to visit Denver. We all owe them an ice cold Guinness.
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Chicago punks, Wilmette have recently signed with the coolest label name ever, Mutant League Records. Their new EP, “Anxious Body” hits the airwaves on 7/19/2019. This album had some serious production efforts from Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck and Real Friends) at AGB Studios and was mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens). Wilmette seems to encompass many different styles let’s check out the tracks on “Anxious”.
The EP starts with “Anxious Body”. I can already hear the production efforts in full effect. The simple intro leads into a climatic drum driven melodic tune. I really love the lyrics on this track. It has somewhat of a pop punk sound, but swings into metal like bridge. This is my favorite track on the EP.
Next up is, “Carol From HR”, who is a fan of HR? Anyone? Anyone? This track is for all musicians stuck working a 9-5 to survive. Aaron’s vocal range on this track is amazing. How he can still talk after singing this song is beyond me. The drums and guitar lead the foray as Aaron tells us the story.
“Paul Rutt”, follows seems to continue this onslaught of awesome music. I feel like anyone can really relate to this track. When your going through the darkness, sometimes it’s hard to claw back out again. The song is perfect melodic hardcore. The next song is “Where I Sleep”. This track is deep, with strong guitar strikes, and a great bass line.
The last song is, “Winter Stay (Featuring Safe Bet”. Be sure to check out the kickass video. I through personal experience have found that many people in the music scene. Suffer from Bi Polorism. It’s awful, but I think it drives some of the best music I’ve ever heard. This is a fantastic track, and an anthem for the hopeless.
“Anxious Body” By Wilmette has been composed with an articulous love for humanity, music, and endless dose of courage and personal strength. I will not be surprised to see this band hit it in a very big way. The talent they possess seems beyond their years. If you love bands like, MCR, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio, you’re going to love Wilmette’s, “Anxious Body” EP.
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Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile
Let’s take a moment to congratulate the US Women’s soccer team on their hard earned victory in this years World Cup! Wait is it really a victory if you’re earning less than your male counterparts? Per NPR’s article this is the case and severely messed up. LA based The Damed are ready to kick ass in the name of feminism and sexual equality. Their debut record dropped 6/28/2019 via their label, A Diamond Heart Production.
Let’s take a listen. Please promise to avoid all anarchic activities until you have fully read this review. I kid of course. The record starts out with “Extreme Vacancy”. This is a great tune to set the mood. You can feel the anger brewing, yet there is some playful melodies. This track is great for those leaving and moving on.
My favorite track rolls up next, “Equal Pay Day”. The track has a great old school sound similar to Bikini Kill or even some Distiller tracks. The message is in the title. The delivery is solid gold. This will make all punks pogo with a cause. The intro riff is kick ass!
“Ritual Revolution” follows and goes heavy like L7. The drums provide the backdrop for what feels like some sort of ritual dance. You have to hear, Hellskiss’s vocals on this track. She is wicked angry and ready to rip a head off. “Pulse”, comes in with another dark theme. The bass and drums come with a gothic tone, providing the mystery.
In the 1980’s, alternative came in many different forms from many different bands. “Little Ship”, contains so much more besides punk. It’s a great example of a wonderfully composed song that has the ability to switch structured genres in a flash. While it encourages the end, it also encourages self-improvement and self-worth. Is this Siouxsie And The Banshees? Na, but it could give old Siouxsie Sioux a run for her money.
“Pursuit” starts out with this crazy bass line that I adore. Did I mention Suzanne Slade of Denver’s Battle Pussy and H2awesome is on bass! This is a track you can dance to. The post punk influences return with a rhythmic fashion. In “We Are The Proof” the message is simple the #METOO is a movement that will only get stronger. This anthem like song, speaks of bonding together to fight a society. That has allowed women to be treated like shit for too long.
“Escape From The Shadows” is the last track. The song is like a culmination of this record up until now. The anger has brewed, the storyline foreshadowed. They are ready to step out from the shows in a tribal like blast of violence, destined to reclaim everything in its wake. For a society that refuses to accept equality, that change will come with a fury.
In closing the Damed’s new release is a brilliant composition filled with punk, post punk and synth. If you’re looking for a definition of Riot Grrrl music, look no further. The band could have easily sold out CBGB’s, or any local venue in the 1980s and just as easy in 2019. You can download the album here, https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/album/the-damed.