Red Stinger Flips off the World

Red Stinger has a punk rock vision. And they are commandeering The Oriental on April 8.
Come see what the buzz is all about.

Krista Brewer / 2021

CPRA Interviews: Record Thieves

These dudes will give you a hug and then destroy your eardrums.

photo credit / AnarchoPunk

Record Thieves are a bunch of incredibly talented goofballs with a killer fresh release and a new label, Thousand Islands records. After listening to the album, Wasting Time, about 1700 times I felt somewhat prepared to launch into a video interview. I was not prepared for the hilarity that ensued.

Amongst other tangents we explore a wild link twixt X-Men and the Olsen twins and a confusing moment when a baguette becomes mistaken for a plastic gem, followed by the music video for Work It Out.

Oh yeah, there’s a story arc AND Carole King! But everyone thinks she’s someone else. It’s a blast.

CPRA is so beyond grateful to Record Thieves for allowing us to film and pester them with questions, thanks guys!

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Krista Brewer / 2021

Storytime / Toxic Reasons / Issue 1

We are stealing cool stories and posting them. Deal with it.

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Issue 1

Edward Pittman: A lot of how Toxic Reasons came together is owed to Battlestar Galatica sucking balls one particular Sunday evening during its debut season in ’78/79. A bunch of us who had worked at Dayton’s TGI Fridays would get together and get high. Some were into the sci-fi thing of Battlestar… So, this particular Sunday I’d eaten some blotter acid, and the Cyborgs or some shit were freaking me out so I decided to walk down the apartment complex, (and) walk into the Office to get a pop. I get five floors down and I’m hearing the Sex Pistols being played on an electric guitar. I listen for a minute and it sounds ok. I go up to the door and knock, back then to find anyone who was into Punk was like finding a new best friend.

Bruce Stuckey answers the door and I ask him: “are you guys playing the Pistols?” He says: “yeah”. I ask: “mind if I come in?” Bruce says: “sure, but we are tripping”. I responded: “so am I!”

Inside I met Joel Agne, the other guitarist. He plays on the Warhero single, was on bass to begin with. I go back out to my car and grab some cassettes of the Dead Boys and Shan 69, Gen X. They didn’t know there were more bands. They had been playing in cover band called Exodus, doing parties and stuff- Eagles, Zepplin, Cheap Trick. I was able to steer them away from that with the help of a well-timed visit to Dayton by DOA. Spent the night drinking with Joe and Randy, after that Bruce and Joel were all in.

We got in touch with Jim Carter who was beginning to book bands. He did a small fanzine called ‘I Wanna’, he was managing a New Wave group called The Dates. He introduced us to our first drummer Mark Patterson at a Destroy All Monsters show in Dayton. Mark agreed to come over to Bruce’s place, (where the apartment complex allows for rehearsals). Mark shows up and he is fresh out of high school, 17/18. I’m only 23. Bruce and Joel, 21/22.

But Mark (was) unable to hear real well when we met and thought the name of the band was ‘The Toxic Raisins’, and thought it sounded too ‘new wavey’. He was OK when we straightened him out.

The name ‘Toxic Reasons’ came about from Bruce and I sitting around his dining room table trying to come up with a name cos Jim Carter wanted to put us on a bill at a local club with The Dates and another band, The Rulers. We were writing down stuff, ‘The Torsos’… ‘The Boners’… Bruce blurts out: ‘how about The Toxics? At that moment we were listening to “Never Mind the Bollocks” and John Lydon is screaming “Now I got a reason, it’s no real reason to go under… the Berlin wall” from ‘Holidays in the Sun’, so I says:

‘How about ‘Toxic Reasons’?

Stay tuned for Issue 2 of this story arc….

Courtesy: Edward Pittman and Jared Distortion, thank you

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Krista Brewer / 2021 / submit your own Storytime: krista@coloradopunkrockarmy.com

Whitney Flynn / Days N Daze

She’s whirling up the criss-cross stairs of a New York staircase when we connect. She tells me she has just woken up. It’s 10:30pm in New York. I take another sip of my cab sav and buckle up. It’s gonna be a ride. We talk about everything aside from the questions I have so diligently prepared. Those are no longer needed, nor wanted. She opens the door to the apartment she shares with her partner. They are sectioning out a loft space utilizing link chain and what appears to be cast-off wooden front doors. Guitars adorn the walls punctuated by scraps of papered art and the authentic weathered brick that every eatery in Denver aspires to emulate. 

CPRA: Hey tell me about your cat? 

Whitney Flynn: Ya this rescue cat is 4 and has barely any teeth, name’s Kiko. 

CPRA: Did Kiko inspire the video for Addvice? (My notes: flying cat loses his shit) 

WF: Nah.

Courtesy of Whitney Flynn, Facebook

CPRA: Do you have a favorite joke?

WF: Oh my fucking god, yes. This is a horrible fucking joke- the first time I heard it I laughed for an uncomfortable amount of time. 

What did Cinderella say when she got to the ball? 

<insert gagging sounds here>

CPRA: <laughing hysterically> First time?

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CPRA: Tell us about your most recent Days N Daze release, “Show me the Blueprints”.

WF: I feel like this is the first album that people actually took us seriously. We are our songs, we are writing our life story. I was just like, let’s believe in the process to get there. Everybody is fucking broken, but you don’t have to be that bad person. I found an appreciation for my hurt. After I listened to the master for the first time I was like “What the fuck did you just create?” My voice is louder than my own narrative. 

CPRA: It seems there is a difference in the harmonies on “Show me the Blueprints” and your earlier work- is there something new going on? 

WH: (Marked excitement, nodding in agreement) It was all Johnny (John Carey of Old Man Markley). Johnny is the King of Harmonies. With him, you’re allowed to grow and still be yourself. 

CPRA: Do you have a favored track from “Show Me the Blueprints”?

WF: Rewind! I fucking love that song! I wrote it in an hour. I was going through withdrawals. It wasn’t like I wanted a high. I needed something more. I suppose that’s what addicts say, what we all say. I didn’t want the high. I just wanted to be in control of my brain. I wrote this manic love letter to myself- where did your dreams go? Where did everything you aspire to, go?

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CPRA: You have a new split with Andrew Paley from The Static Age; “Caroline”. Can you expand on this song and how it came into existence? 

WF: They (Management? Aliens? Never did clear that up…) picked this song out for us and I listened to it like 50 times. And cried like 5 times. It was serendipitous. I love that song, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. This was our (Jesse and Whitney) first time recording separate from each other, and my first time recording myself to send over. Such an incredibly rewarding experience. Everyone is trying to find their worth and sometimes the opportunity is just sprung on you. And I did it. 

CPRA: So you recorded in New York?

WF: Yea, I recorded here, Jesse in Texas.

CPRA: And this was through FLIX AGENCY in Berlin? 

WF: Yea, we didn’t know Andrew (Paley) until we covered his song. 

(Caroline was mixed by Kay Petersen and mastered by Jurik Maretzki)

WF: This experience reminds me why we chose this label (Fat Wreck Chords). They’re friends- not pushing you into things. You forget that you are human sometimes. It’s not the feeling of “feed me bullshit and make me look pretty”.

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CPRA: What are you listening to?

WF: Attaboy! Oh my gosh, so great! They messaged me back on Facebook! Mac Miller. Mall Rat. Amy O. Post Malone- his song “Circles”- I’m gonna be THAT BITCH who plays it on the ukulele! I get asked to listen to a lot of bands and even if I fucking hate it, there has to be someting that I love. 

CPRA: So what have you been up to during the shitshow also known as 2020?

WH: My quarn is I’m just gonna shave my eyebrows forever. I couldn’t find a perfect planner, so I started prototyping my own. I love spreadsheets and post-it notes and highlighters. (She starts pulling reams of paper and packages of neon markers from a blue rolling cart and waving them around like a game show prize model.) There’s a crazy planner community- I found these perfect clips and was like “Yay! All the cool planner people have them!” As far as all of my addictions go, I’m not sure it’s the healthiest! I’ve got some 120# paper (waves that around) and some vellum. My partner Sturgeon (Scott Sturgeon/STZA) got me a craft cart for Christmas. It has three shelves and I’m happy. I should be sponsored by planners. (She busts out another brick of paper) See this- this is the good shit! Oh, and I have a printer now! Here’s my planner. Get your shit together- I’m a different person every day.

Sturgeon also got me this camera for me to play with. It’s a… uhhh Sony Ziess. I like messing around to see what does what instead of watching YouTube videos and saving time. It’s not a two dimensional relationship (with Sturgeon). I told him if I “had to spend the rest of my life with just one person, it would be you” and he’s like “we’re already doing that”. We are in a one bedroom apartment in New York. 

(The atmosphere changes, she becomes quiet and solemn.)

It’s been a rough year. My partner lost his best friend recently.

CPRA: The entire community felt the loss of Alec (Baillie), we mourn beside you. He will be sorely missed.

WF: I lost 16 people this year, including my tattoo artist that did these tattoos (motions to her eyes; which are marked by tiny green lines, a sort of hybrid between kitten whiskers and eye crinkles). I got these tattoos because they are my smile lines. They aren’t ever going to go away. 

CPRA: Fuck ya. Don’t ever give up. PMA is key. 

WF: I talked with my therapist two days ago. I suppose I’m constantly running away from being jaded. I felt it creeping up on me, that harsh apathy, that disconnect. I felt myself looking at everything and just despising it. Trying to get over these hurdles, like I’ve been here before and I smiled again- that’s pretty much how I deal with my depression. I’m grateful for my band- finding the little joys; it fucking makes a difference. A distraction from the harsh reality. You never get to know what happens if you dip out. I think we need to give each other a little more of a fighting chance. You gotta fight for that shit. Or distract yourself. Go to Buzzfeed and take a quiz. Be like: who am I? You are a pancake with a smile on the side. You are lightly powdered.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

Punk Rock Saves Lives

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(We go outside for a smoke and hear what sounds like music) 

WF: Hey this is my favorite song! Is he (Sturgeon) working on something new?

CPRA: I don’t know but it sounds pretty cool. 

(We realize at the same time we are listening to construction sounds and it bangs. This is how desperate the world is for shows- we both confused construction noise for music.) 

WF: Hey check out this Gretsch I just bought for $250! Isn’t she pretty? (She brandishes a 5 string Hunter green Gretsch)

CPRA: (Nodding) Yeah those Gretsch are a piece of art. 

WH: I had to leave all my guitars behind in Texas when I moved to New York. This is the first place I have ever lived for more than a few months. I remember back in Texas, when I first bought my trumpet it was between paying the electricity and paying for the trumpet, and as you do, I paid for the trumpet. 

CPRA: Excellent choice. 

CPRA: Are there any benefits to livestreaming as opposed to playing a stage? 

WF: My anxiety (on stage) got really bad. It made me very cold and unresponsive. When I got on stage, I just choked. If you think too much about existing, it trips you up. My new reality was ‘I’m scared of performing, I’m afraid of playing’. I looked fly as fuck though! And then Covid happened.

CPRA: I read that Jesse loves playing 7th Circle, one of our prized spaces here in Denver. 

WF: I know 7th Circle! I love 7th Circle!!! Aaron Saye & Crew were genuinely one of my earliest influences with booking shows in Houston. There’s this pic of my playing “Blue Jays” with the crowd in the background- I do believe that playing 7C was the first time we really felt like we “made it”.

(I looked everywhere for this photo. If you have this picture, please send to krista@coloradopunkrockarmy.com and we will publish it with photo credit.)

Courtesy of Days N Daze, Facebook

CPRA: How did “Go Fuck Yourself” land as a secret track on “Show Me the Blueprints”? 

WF: (to Sturgeon) Hey, she’s asking about “Go Fuck Yourself”, do you want to answer this? 

Sturgeon: Who are you? 

CPRA: Colorado Punk Rock Army

Sturgeon: Haha! We had this Lyft lady who was completely naked drive us from Denver- Colorado Springs. 

CPRA: Ya that sounds right. 

Sturgeon: I always thought that DND should put a song at the end of their record that didn’t sound like them. They didn’t have one, so I offered one of mine. I like old anarcho punk records that have that one acoustic song that really connects. So this was like the reverse of that concept. 

CPRA: Cool shit!

CPRA: What is a typical show like for you, Whitney? 

WF: It’s like when you make friends for a night. Hi humans- I don’t know what’s happening anymore. 

WF: Hey! Can I show you my tattoo? 

CPRA: Absolutely! 

WF: (pulls down pants and thrusts left hip) Check this out: it says LADY VODKA. They made me get a bandaid under it. 

CPRA: Hey, is that a cheetah-print bodysuit?

WF: Haha, ya! I’m strapped in here! 

CPRA: Last question: You are slated to appear on the European leg of the upcoming Punk in Drublic tour- what’s going on with that? 

WF: Buy all of the tickets. It’s happening. Buy the tickets. The first step to adjusting is buy those tickets. Drink our beers. Buy our tickets. Listen while you sleep.

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Pop Punks Stray The Course Release New Single From Quarantine, “Between The Walls” And It Will Give You The Feels

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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CPRA Presents: Forever Starts Today/18th & Addison/Vegas Valley Drive/Stray The Course 1/18/20 at Bowman’s Vinyl

2020 is setting up to be a killer year here at CPRA. We’re busing booking bands night and day. Our first show is brought to you by the letter P as in pop punk and S as in Skatepunk! The show starts at 9 with a $5.00 cover and valid ID, at Bowman’s Vinyl on Broadway!

Check out these amazing bands!

Forever Starts Today – Emo and pop punk combine in all out assault. Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/FSTofficial/

18th & Addison – No strangers to the music scene. 18th is becoming a household name since their stint on the 2017 Warped Tour. Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/18thandAddison/

Vegas Valley Drive – These skatepunks released their first full length album last year and we loved it! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/09/19/vegas-valley-drive-releases-debut-album-kentucky-lawnmower-and-its/ Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/vegasvalleydrive/

Stray The Course – These pop punk are kicking ass and taking names. They have been featured numerous times here at CPRA and we love them! Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/StrayTheCourseOfficial/, Reviews – https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/

The show starts at 9pm! Event link: https://facebook.com/events/s/forever-starts-today-w18th-and/2583215375109163/?ti=as

Skabones Picks For Best Album/EP For 2019

Best of 2019 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm!  Check out my Top 5 List of the year below! 

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Skabones’s Top Local LP Or Full Albums of 2019

1. Trick Punch – The Latest
2. AFD – Bruised (Out Now on all platforms)
3. New Narrative – Story So Far
4. All Waffle Trick – Second Breakfast
5.  Married A Dead Man – Awakenings

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP

1.  Tuck Knee The Way Back Up and S/T
2. Sunset Silhouette   Far Beyond Suburbia
3. Barking Mad Rampage
4. Wild Lives Return Of The Kid
5.  Implied Risk Demo 2019

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. Jerkswitch BUFO
2. Crimson Riot Classy Punk For Trash People
3. Abolitionist Ugly Feeling
4. Year Of The Fist Revive Me
5.  The Follow Ups Don’t Like You Either
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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1.  Vera Kay  Pink Roses
2.  Spider Energy Gone Wrong
3. Trashed Ambulance Shorthanded
4.  The Damed  The Damed
5. Fine Dining Grass Fed Tunes
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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

Bury MIA And Sleep It Off
Slap Happy  Cruisin
Hangtime Invasion
Spewers A New Disappointment
Over Time Decades
Wilmette Anxious Body
Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets Shake, Stomp And Stumble

It’s Not Too Late To Get CPRA Merch for xmas!

Well there you have it my picks for 2019! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/. Bands we love ya! Happy Holidays and stay safe. See everybody on December 14 At 3 Kings!

Chicago Based Skatepunks Voice Of Addiction To Play Denver Show 10/26/2019 W/Filthy Hearts, Bad Desicions, and Drink Drank Punk

As Voice Of Addiction returns to Chicago they have 3 final shows on their way home. They are playing Colorado Springs tonight, so if you can’t make the Denver show be sure to hit this one, https://www.facebook.com/events/375391460005816/ .

Isn’t that the Infamous Tyler Miller (Trying To Get By) in the pic above? You may know Tyler from playing with another kick ass band, Some Kind Of Nightmare. Tyler is now on guitar with VOA. They play BAR BAR this Saturday 10/26/2019 with , Filthy Hearts, Bad Desicions, and Drink Drank Punk, https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

Still feeling hesitant to pay $5.00 for an epic night music? Check out some music below!

Denver’s Filthy Hearts

Since joining record label with Hidden Home Records Denver’s Filthy Hearts have release their brand new full length album, “Ambulatory“. This album is amazing and should be purchased asap! Be sure to see them Saturday and on November 12th at Streets Of Denver for the Fall Tour Kickoff show with Sharp Shock and Bury Mia!

(FT Collins) Bad Desicions

Bad Desicions hardcore gutter style will leave you wanting more!

(Denver) Drink Drank Punk

You can check out our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/drink-drank-punk-the-nederland-lament/

The Venue

BAR BAR is the magical place where for $5.00 you get 4 kick ass bands, compared to dropping a shit ton for a national tour show! Hit that going on the event now! https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

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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