CPRA New Music Alert : Sinister Pig – Manifest Destiny

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Release Date: 2/14/19
Format: Digital, physical CD
Distro for North America: self released
Location: Occupied Cheyenne/Arapaho/Ute Territory

Current Lineup:

  • Ratt Dooley – Vocals/Pit Administrator
  • Tenaya Kodze’e – Bass/Vocals
  • Dave Maelstrom – Guitar
  • Cymballic Nate – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Defective Human, Manifest Destiny, Let Them Eat Guillotines, Fascist Killing Machines.
If you like these bands, you will love Sinister Pig: Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Death Angel, TSOL, Adolescents, DRI, Anti-Flag, Circle Jerks.


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Rarely can a recording capture the energy and attitude that a punk band demonstrates live, but I think this album has done it! On tracks like “Let Them Eat Guillotines” and “MMIW”, Sinister Pig trade vocals and phrases between members. This release is full of enthusiastic backing vocals that support the lead vocals, truly getting their message across. This is not music for the faint of heart. It’s political, impulsive, motivating, honest, and kicks your brain into thinking about the world around you. It touches on subjects that only a few bands are brave enough to discuss through their art; such as classism, societal pressures, fascism, residual economic issues leftover from the Reagan era, capitalism, and personal isolation.

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Musically, the band is in great form! Always in the pocket, the drums and bass lay a driving, pulsing, energetic rhythmic landscape for the guitars to shred over, and do they shred! The bass and guitar often have licks that work beautifully together, complimenting each other in unison or in contrary motion, while the vocals sit perfectly on top of the guitar parts. The lead vocalist encapsulates the rage and disdain many people feel about the current state of political affairs, while also maintaining a personal feeling…not an easy combination to attain.

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Overall, I love this album! Sinister Pig truly practices what they preach, and this album illustrates their beliefs very clearly. Listen to it, and listen to it loud!

Be sure to pick it up here on Valentine’s Day, https://sinisterpig.bandcamp.com/

Track listing:

  1. Defective Human
  2. Let Them Eat Guillotines
  3. MMIW
  4. It’s a Great Day…
  5. Solitude
  6. Manifest Destiny
  7. Which One
  8. Fascist Killing Machines
  9. Sick Society

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About The Reviewer:
Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

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CPRA Music Radar Alert: Ft. Collins Based pop punk band, Wheels.

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CPRA was lucky enough to check out Ft Collins based Wheels last weekend at The Toad Tavern! These dudes put on an awesome set! We can’t wait to see what their future holds. Give them a listen below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coyoteandcoyote/

Band Members
Guitar/Vocals: Ian Foster,
Bass: Devon Hoffman,
Drums: Andy Benson

Website: https://www.wheelstheband.com/

Bandcamp: https://wheelstheband.bandcamp.com/

Upper Downer – S/T EP

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Release Date: 11/05/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Los Angeles

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris – Guitar/Vox
  • Bert – Bass/Vox
  • Paul – Drums/Vox

Favorite Tracks: Disarm The Police, Dog Food, Somebody Died, and Glue

Sounds Like: NOFX, Choking Victim, DRI, Fun Abuse, Bitter Grounds, Strung Out, and Beat The Smart Kids


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LA Punks Upper Downer has returned with a brand new EP. If you haven’t checked out our review of their last EP, “Dysregulated” do it now! If there’s one thing I love about this band it’s that each and every song sounds different from the last. So let’s check out the new one!

The EP starts out with, ‘Disarm The Police’. This is one angry track. That everyone can identify with. Sadly I can provide too many examples of why we should disarm the police. The latest example comes out of Laramie, Wyoming where a cop killed a local skater, Robbie Ramirez.

Per the news reports it appears the investigation was pending due to the upcoming “election”. The cop who shot Robbie has been involved with shootings before. Due to Robbie’s condition he suffered extreme distrust of the police. Here at CPRA we hope the justice is served for Robbie Ramirez and his family. Sadly the police will call this yet another, “Justified shooting”.

The next track up is ‘Somebody Died’. This one comes in with a familiar Rancid like ska riff, before the progression builds into a explosion of drums, guitar and vocals. The pit on this one is gonna be nasty as hell. ‘Alone’, is a neck breaking turbo smash like song. This one reminds me of DRI and Black Flag. You will soon be breaking shit to this song.

Next up is my favorite on the record, ‘Dog Food’. I can see this one easily hitting the major airwaves like Punk Tacos, or KROQ in LA. It combines everything I love about ska and pop punk. The lyrics are catchy and you’ll be singing along in no time. ‘Piss Jug’ is the next song. This one is about struggling with addiction and speaks to all of us on some level. The bass, guitar and drums are amazing on this one.

‘Glue’ is sadly the last track. This one sounds like classic, NOFX. The anthem like sound makes for a perfect ending for the record. Ok let’s wrap this review up. Upper Downer have composed an EP that can relate to any punk on the street. It will have you blasting your speakers right out of the fucking car. It also feels a bit heavier when compared to the likes of NOFX or Rancid. I’m throwing this EP into my personal mix for CPRA’s EP of the Year Award for 2018. You can pick it up here now, https://upperdowner.bandcamp.com/releases.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

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CPRA Music News: Neville & Sugary Staple release new video for ‘Way of Life’

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Release date: Available Now on all major music providers

Format : Digital and physical

Label: Cleopatra Records

Location: Coventry, U.K.

Current Lineup:

  • Neville Staple
  • Christine Sugary Staple
  • Featuring Roddy Radiation

Favorite Tracks: Rebel Down, Original Rudegirl Sound, Way of Life, Tattoo King, Be As One, Why Oh Why

Sounds Like: The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners, and Last Reel Hero


If you haven’t listened to, “Rude Rebels”, you’re missing out on some great new 2 Tone ska! Ska Legend Neville Staple has returned! Check out the new video for ‘Way of Life’ below! This record has been running non stop on my Spotify. Pick this one on vinyl for the best listening experience! I’ve included more videos just to give a taste of how amazing this album is!

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Rebel Down (Featuring Roddy Radiation)

Original Rudegirl Sound

Tracks on full album release:

  1. Rebel Down
  2. Tattoo King
  3. When I Call Your Name
  4. Boy (Dub Out)
  5. Be As One
  6. Wrong Shoes
  7. Original Rudegirl Sound
  8. Why Oh Why
  9. Ska To The Beat
  10. Dirty Little Liar
  11. The Border
  12. Way Of Life
  13. Way I Love You
  14. Woulda Coulda Shoulda

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CPRA Music News – Stray The Course announces new single, “JetLag”

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Release Date: December 2018

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: JetLag

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


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It seems like just yesterday. Ok well it was actually Cinco De Mayo weekend 2017. CPRA assisted The Toad Tavern with their first ever, “Cinco De Punko” fest. We set up some epic bands that even we had never heard before. One of them was pop punks, Stray The Course. You can read our review of their self  titled Ep here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/ This EP has been stuck on repeat since last November!

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So when we got wind new material was in the works. I was pretty damn excited and reached out to the band to request early access. “JetLag” is another kick ass edition to their collection. The progressions, on guitar and bass combined with Toplyn’s vocals will have you singing along within minutes. 

“When I get back to Denver, Bury me”

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Stray The Course should be opening for any popular pop punk band coming through Colorado! The problem we will have to wait till December. Per the band, “We have 2 songs finished and several new songs in the works including a punked out cover of a top 40 female vocal pop song. Most likely another EP before an album.”

Santa will come drunk and on a pirate ship with your new Stray The Course disc! Check out some of their songs below and keep an eye on their bandcamp for pre-order info!

 

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The Last Reel Hero releases new music video for “Hero Can’t Dead”.

Here at CPRA we are huge fans of Pueblo, Colorado’s Last Reel Hero. We reviewed their last album release and you can check it out here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/last-reel-hero-s-t/.

You can see their first Denver show at CPRA’S Happy Skanksgiving show, https://www.facebook.com/events/310508869736134/?ti=as.

Camel Tofu – Camel Tofu EP

Camel Tofu – Camel Tofu EP

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Release date: July 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Sullivan, Illinois

Current Lineup:

  • Jerm- Vocals
  • John- Guitar
  • Andrew- Guitar
  • Scott- Bass,
  • Sweezy- Drums

Favorite Tracks: Dapper, Ride, Grass or Gravel, I Wish Your Parent’s Never Met, Third Grade, and Ride

Sounds Like: The 250’s, Bad Religion, Black Flag, The Exploited, Dead Milkmen, The Melvins, and The Damned


 

A few months ago we received a booking request from a Harley Davidson dealer. This kind of shocked this old school punk. What on earth would a motorcycle dealer want to do with punk in general? It turns out punks and motorcycles are now a big thing. Maybe as we get older hustling to work on a cool skateboard is no longer an option? Haha.

That leads me to introduce Camel Tofu from Sullivan, Illinois! This band brings punk rock with a Harley. The band is still preparing for their commercial release. So we thought it would be great to post all of their kick ass videos here.

So let’s start out with ‘Dapper’. This one has a great bass line!

 

‘Grass or Gravel’, brings an old school classic punk sound.

 

‘I Wish Your Parent’s Never Met’,  is a kick ass anti love song, reminiscent of the Queers.

 

‘Third Grade’, is probably my favorite song on the ep. I really like the old school sound.

 

‘Ride”, this is probably my second favorite song on the ep. The bassline and drums seem to shine on this track.

 

Overall Camel Tofu sound is extremely impressive. They bring a mix of old school punk into the modern age. Be sure to pick up the ep once released out into the great wild!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cameltofu/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-TFdw0g4uzxjVexra5iOjw