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
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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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!
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!
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!
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
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).
“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!
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)
Death of a Nation
Stronger Than This
(I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You Ft Richie Ramone