CPRA Music News Alert: Hi/Jack Releases New EP, “Rank And File”, And It’s Badass

Release Date: December 6, 2019

Format: Digital 

Location: 

  • Milwaukee, WI

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ron “Hi” Terrell – Drums
  • Maxwell “Jack” Liam – Guitar and Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Don’t Wanna See You Anymore, That Fucking Bitch I Work With, Better Now

Sounds Like: Fugazi, The Strokes, Drive Like Jehu, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, and Nomeansno


In November/December of 2019 we here at CPRA got hammered with booking/review requests. We like to treat every band that comes through our email with equality. Sometimes we have an important event/show that takes priority. Now that I’m finally getting through the queue. It appears I missed a major opportunity. Milwaukee punks, Hi/Jack released their “Rank And File” EP back on 12/06/2019. 

This EP is small in number with only 4 tracks and one being a radio edit. As SLF once said, “You can’t say crap on the radio”. This EP has major potential to hit your shelf as an all-time favorite. Why you may ask? Let’s check it out! The first track is “Don’t Wanna See You Anymore”. As I started the track. I thought damn this sounds just like Fugazi. 

The guitar riffs and frantic drums bring this track down to a simple old school punk rock feeling. Most of us can totally identify with the lyrical content. I’ll never forget when I dyed my hair blue and my father kicked me out the next day. Well we made up, but that memory is still there. Side note, don’t kick your gets out for expressing themselves in a peaceful manner. It only creates resentment.   

The next rack up is, “That Fucking Bitch I Work With” or if you prefer the radio edit, “That Crazy Chick I Work With”. We all have a Karen we work with that drives us nuts. That Karen can indeed be non-binary. It’s that person we cannot stand. Personally for me that Karen is actually the 9-5 rat race in general. Why can’t I quit and work in the music industry full time? 

Anyhow, this track is fast and a blast to sing along with. Ron’s drums are intense while Max’s vocals send the message home. The last track is, “Better Now”. The song feels similar to the Strokes. The progression is a bit slow, yet the melody is easy to fall in love with. Are you Better Now?  After a traumatic event we affirm to ourselves we are better after the fact. Are we? Max’s guitar solo is epic. 

In conclusion, Hi/Jack’s “Rank And File” EP is a throwback to classic punk and rock n roll. This EP is original and mastered with some real blood, sweat and tears. The only con being that it is a little small and I personally cannot wait for more tracks. Since I missed their nomination for 2019 EP of the year. I’ll add this to 2020! Check them out here, https://hijackmke.bandcamp.com/

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Don’t Wanna See You Anymore
  2. That Fucking Bitch I Work With 
  3. That Crazy Chick I Work With (Radio Edit)
  4. Better Now 

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CPRA Music News – Stray The Course Drops New Single cover of "Dua Lipa’s IDGAF" aka Pop Punk Goes Metal!

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Release Date: December 16, 2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ronnie Toplyn: Vocals/Guitar
  • Steve Nelson: Vocals/Guitar
  • Ben Baroch: Bass Guitar/Back up Vocals
  • Cooper Travis: Drums/Back up Vocals

Favorite Tracks: IDGAF

Sounds Like: Flatliners, Came And Took It, Nerdlinger, and Fourbanger


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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!

I LOVE this song! Be sure to check out our other articles on the Stray The Course here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/

Tracks: 

  1. IDGAF

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New Episode of CPRA Presents is LIVE – “We Love Halloween”

In today’s CPRA Presents we celebrate Halloween! Ska Bones talks about No Authority new EP, “This Is Your Time”.

Links for the next 2 CPRA Shows coming up!

Slaughter To Prevail – https://www.facebook.com/events/1336827599809446/

Voice Of Addiction – https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

CPRA Presents: RockaHalloween At 3 Kings – https://www.facebook.com/events/2611124392273709/

Bands in this episode by order of appearance are!

Bolonium “Side Kick!” https://www.facebook.com/Boloniumband/
The Follow Ups – “Monsters” https://www.facebook.com/TheFollowUps/
Vladopus9 – “Transparent Fences” https://www.facebook.com/Vladopus9/
I Am the Owl – “New Horizons”
Denver Legends – King Rat – “E.M.T” https://www.facebook.com/kingratdenver/
Skabones
Pistol Mystics – “Lovesick” https://www.facebook.com/PistolMystics/
Dead End – “Bombshell” https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadEndpunk/

Special thanks to the band, families, all of those behind the scene.

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CPRA Presents: Episode 9 Cheers To Failure (Misifts Show Review)

CPRA is celebrating failure today. Sometimes it takes epic amount of failure (Practice) to rise again.

Skabones gives his take on the recent Misfits show!

Bands Featured In This Episode

Sunset Silhouette – https://sunsetsilhouette.bandcamp.com/
Sorry Sweetheart – https://sorrysweetheart.bandcamp.com/
Tejon Street Corner Thieves – https://tejonstreetcornerthieves.bandcamp.com/
People Corrupting People – http://pcpsux.com/ Check out their brand new album Street Urchin!
United Defiance – https://uniteddefiance.bandcamp.com/
Vladopus9 – https://vladopus9.bandcamp.com/
A? and the Clusterfuc*it Choir
Theme by PCP!

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New Music Release Day On The Next Episode Of CPRA Presents!

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!

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Horror/Scifi Punks The Follows Ups To Drop New Record “…Don’t Like You Either” on 10/31/2019”

Release Date: 10/31/2019                                                    

Format: Digital, Physical, Vinyl 

Location: Moncton New Brunswick Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Mike K – Guitar/Vox
  • Tyler A – Guitar/Vox
  • Jamie O – Bass
  • Greg M – Drums/Vox 

Favorite Tracks: Love Letters From The Black Lagoon, Idiocracy, Crystal Lake, Monsters, 

Sounds Like: Ramones, The Queers, NOFX, Aimless Again, and the The Lillingtons


CPRA fan favorites The Follow Ups are back again with a response to “The Half Of It”. The Ramonescore boys are dropping, “…Don’t Like You Either” on 10/31/2019. We couldn’t be more excited! This release is currently in pre-order stage. For the best copy be sure to pick it up on vinyl here, https://punkdisorderlyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dont-like-you-either

Let’s take a look at the new record. The first track is, “Nancy Pelosi”. This song is hilarious with some great drum work, and pure Ramones core melodies. Damn do they know how to write tracks with addicting melodies. The next track is, “Love Letters From The Black Lagoon”. 

Have you ever been in love with a person and felt not good enough? Based on the famous 1954 movie, “Creature From The Black Lagoon”. This track is written from the perspective of the monster. 

“I’m lurking just below the surface, 
Patiently waiting for you”


I love the theme and the killer backbeat. The midway guitar solo kills! The whoas are perfectly timed and well placed. “Crystal Lake” follows as a nod to, “Friday The 13th”. The track is like a frontal lobe assault of punk rock. If Jason Voorhees was a punk, this would be on his iPhone playlist. This track is not so much Ramonescore, yet still kicks ass with an original sound. 

The next song is “Idiocracy”. The Ramonescore sound returns with a punch. This track may be related to the movie with the same name. Since the 1980’s the United States has become a “Consumer” based nation. Feeding off the nipples of corporate and political entities. We have allowed them to dictate morality and it will be the end of this country. Will you stand up or join the “Idiocracy”?  Don’t believe me? Just take a look at our president. 

The next track is “Depth Of Character” comes flying in with a heavy bass line. Are we as humans losing our depth? Are we losing the “Humanist” inside all of us? This track will be a fun one in the pit! “Hey Ho (The Ballad Of Razor Ramon)” follows with definite tribute to the Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop” and wrestler, Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall

“Monsters” is next and from the “The Half Of It” EP. I still listen to this track frequently from my purchase back in 2019. The track is still a favorite, but I’m even more excited to listen on vinyl now. The minute I started the track I was like, “Hell Yeah”! “No Remedy” is the next song and also a favorite from, “The Half Of It”.

The last song is “Burn It Down”. Now I have to admit this song surprised me. This song seems to be one of the faster paced tracks. It’s sounds like 10 FT Pole with a skatepunk sound, leaving their traditional Ramonescore sound. I would love to hear more tracks like this! This is a perfect ending to an even better album! 


Overall, The Follow Ups, “Don’t Like You Either” is 100% punk satisfying. Not only will it appeal to hardcore Ramones fans, but the pop/skate punks looking for something new. As stated above the record will be best listened to via vinyl. So hit that preorder link here, https://punkdisorderlyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dont-like-you-either.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Nancy Pelosi
  2. Love Letters From The Black Lagoon
  3. Crystal Lake
  4. Idiocracy
  5. Depth Of Character
  6. Hey Ho (The Ballad Of Razor Ramon)
  7. Monsters 
  8. No Remedy
  9. Judy’s Got A Boyfriend
  10. Burn It Down

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Featuring Members From Legendary Bands, Sin City Rejects, Drop New Album, “The Death Of A Nation”

Release Date: 7/4/2019                                                      

Format: Digital

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Scotty Griffin
  •  Johnny Roxx 
  • Jason Green
  •  Max Mazursky

Favorite Tracks: Death Of A Nation, Stronger Than This, 23, Sadder Day, and The Darkest Night. 

Sounds Like: TSOL, Ramones, Dickies, The Vibrators, The Heartbreakers, and The Cramps


Photo by Megan Brooke

It’s no surprise your friendly neighborhood punx here at CPRA love classic punk rock. Maybe we’re just all 40+? I kid of course. We grew up when punk rock was planting its roots. You couldn’t simply walk into Hot Topic and buy a Misfits shirt. You had to seek out a locally owned record shop hoping they may have one in stock. Now it’s 2019 and my have things changed. There’s one thing that hasn’t changed. My love for a classic punk sound! 

It’s my pleasure to review the new Sin City Rejects new album, “Death Of  A Nation”. This record features, Scotty Griffin (L.A. Guns) on Lead Vocals, Johnny Roxx (Ian Mitchell’s Bay City Rollers) on Lead Guitar & Jason Green (Sin City Sinners) on bass. This album also features guest appearances by Richie Ramone (Ramones) Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) & Anthony Tiny Biuso (T.S.O.L., The Dickies).

Scotty Griffin Pic By Benjamin Adams

“The Death Of A Nation” starts the record with a speech clip from Malcolm X. “Our forefathers weren’t the Pilgrims. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; the rock was landed on us”. (Ballot or the Bullet (Washington Heights, NY, March 29, 1964). Talk about a powerful opening. The classic punk sound is so evident, yet the simplicity of it all is encouraging. 

“Ask not what your country can do, 

But when and how,

They’re gonna fuck you”

“Stronger Than This” is one of those songs you NEED to have when going through a tough relationship break up. It’s also my personal favorite track on the record. Green’s bass lines quickly become an addiction, while Griffin’s vocals lead the guitar into an excellent solo. The kick drum on this track will be your new best friend.

“23” is up next and grab that pogo. It’s not quite the mosh of all moshing songs, but it’s catchy, hilarious, and simple. This track is about dating a person much younger than you. I’m 42 and deathly afraid of ever having to rejoin the dating scene. Plus at 23 we are all bat shit crazy trying to figure shit out. 

“(I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You” follows and features legend, Richie Ramone. This Ramonescore song is wonderfully crafted. Grab your partner head for the pit. This is a punk rock love song! The guitar on this track is fantastic. The next track is “Sadder Day”. This track has to be inspired by the Ramones. The “Bop” is clearly evident and adds meticulously to grand culmination. I love this track! 

“Mama Always Knew” follows with a darker edge. We’ve all been in shitty relationships with people whom are bad for us. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. If you’re like me, probably a few times haha!. The track has a nice heavy bass line, great drum work, and catchy lyrics. “If Mary Wanna” in next. This catchy anthem to cannabis is a Sin City Sinners cover. This track has been stuck in head since first listen.

“On The Darkest Night”, feels like the Cramps crawled out of the grave and reunited for just one track. The heavy bass lines, circus freak like drums, surf rock guitar riffs, and metal like vocals. This is another one of my favorite tracks. Be sure to add this to any Halloween playlist!

Damn I wish I could make this show!

In conclusion this record kicks serious ass! “The Death Of A Nation” by the Sin City Rejects is MUST own record. This is one of those albums that will appeal to not only punks, but old school metal lovers as well. The catchy songs, wicked drums, amazing bass and guitar will have you clamoring for more. Hit the link below to download now!

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Death of a Nation
  2. Stronger Than This
  3. 23
  4. (I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You Ft Richie Ramone
  5. Sadder Day
  6. Mary Jane is a Punk
  7. Mama Always Knew You Were
  8. If Mary Wanna
  9. On The Darkest Night FT Johnny Kelly

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