Underage and Undiscovered Part II: Denver Hardcore Punks Tuck Knee Drop Surprise EP, “The Way Back Up” on 8/21/2019

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Release Date: August 21, 2019                                                                  

Format: Digital 

Label: DIY

Location: Lyons, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Vox – Ellis Ashmore
  • Drums – Harlan Katzman
  • Guitar – River Ashmore 
  • Bass – Sam Rupsa

Favorite Tracks: The Way Back Up, Foundation, Bust It, U.S Nothing, and Wolfpack

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Minor Threat, Strung Out, Circle Jerks, and the Cro-Mags


Back in February 2019, CPRA and Just Miggy partnered up to bring All Ages Shows downtown Denver. These amazing shows are called The Kids Are Alright At Goosetown Tavern. The first Kid’s show was an absolute riot. I was blown away by all the acts. In fact one band, Tuck Knee, struck a personal chord with me. I would later pen this review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/tuck-knee/

Their breakout EP, “Can’t Stand For It”, wasn’t compiled just yet, so I listened single by single for my review. I probably listened to this album at least 3-4 days a week. One thought still hits me as I listen to their latest release, “The Way Back Up”. “These kids are kids. Yet they play and write music with the heart of a band that has years in the industry”. All members are under 21, but you can’t tell by listening. 

So let’s check out their 2nd EP release. I’ll be straight up honest here. Second releases sometimes scare me. I’m always worried that I won’t like it. Not that there’s been that many secondary releases that have sucked, but there’s been enough. How is “The Way Back Up”?

The title track takes the name of the EP. River and Sam kick off the track on guitar and bass, while Harlan’s drums build the rise. As Ellis joins in on vocals the combination starts a meteoric rise. This song is fast angry and loud! 

“I’ve got an edge over people like you, 
Drag me down on the way back up. 
I’ve got an edge over people like you, 
Brainwashed youth I’ve had enough
The way back up”


Tuck Knee – “The Way Back Up” 2019

The next track, “Foundation” comes screaming in with a powerful hard edge and clocks in at 42 seconds. I think it was Lala who once said, “All my favorite songs are less than 2 minutes long”. Damn she sure was right! “Jawin” follows and continues the insane upbeat progression. Harlan’s drums are incredible while River smashes on guitar. 

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Is Tuck Knee a reincarnate of all my favorite hardcore bands? The next track is “Bust It”. This track encapsulates the bands belief in living a straight edge. It’s short, fun and pogo friendly. Up next is by far my favorite track on the EP, “U.S Nothing”. This track uses some of the words from the USMC, “Rifleman’s Creed” which also appeared in the movie, Full Metal Jacket

The drums set up an almost military like drum corps while Rupa’s bass line bring the emotion. Elli’s spoken word at the intro, provides the background setting and template. While I understand the “Rifleman’s Creed” was supposed to help soldiers distinguish military from civilian life. 

“Fighting a war far from won,

Tell me I got to kill Someone,

Iraq, Cuba, Vietnam these are wars never won,

Military graves I’m not alone,

Now I don’t even want to go home!”  

Tuck Knee “The U.S. Of Nothing” 2019

The words in this day and age, sound like brainwash dribble. In the US we have Proud Boys (Many whom have never served), holding guns at protests like morons manipulated by a hateful dictator. Do they chant this while preparing to intimidate others? The mere thought is scary.

“Wolfpack” is the last track on the EP. This track is written for the united angry youth. I’m almost 42 years old, but still want to join the wolf pack. In reflection, “Tuck Knee’s, “The Way Back Up” is an avalanche of hardcore punk. This release shows the band confidence is rising and they cannot and will not be stopped. I’m telling you get in on the ground floor now! You can pick up the record here, https://tuckkneeband.bandcamp.com/

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CPRA Music News: Denver’s All Waffle Trick Drops Surprise New Track, “Wasted Summer (Endless Bummer)”

Release Date: 8/22/2019                                                      

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Guitar & Vocals – Jeff Giles
  • Bass & Vocals – James Battraw
  • Drums & Vocals – Alex Mark

Recorded & Mixed – Nick Nodurft, Rusty Sun Audio

Mastered – Ira Dechter (Over Time), Dog Gate Mastering             

Favorite Tracks: Wasted Summer (Endless Bummer) Favorite Tracks:

Sounds Like: Madaline, Buck-O-Nine, RBF, Goldfinger, MMB, Younger Than Neil, The Holophonics, and Deals Gone Bad


Why does time move so slow when you’re excited for something? So I am sitting here counting down the hours to tonight’s Buck-O-Nine show at the Bluebird. I’m straight bored off my ass. All Waffle Trick and Younger Than Neil are opening!

When what do my little eyes see? All Waffle Trick drops a brand new happiness doozer right on bandcamp with “Wasted Summer (Endless Bummer)” ! Not only do I have a new track from one of my favorite local skapunk bands, but now I can use my time wisely! If this track is any indication of something new in the works. I cannot wait! Check it out below!

Need tickets get them here, https://www.facebook.com/events/435715776971849/

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Wasted Summer (Endless Bummer)  

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New CPRA Presents Video Released: S01E05: Videos From Around Denver And The World!

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Denver’s Bury MIA To Drop Debut Record, “…And Sleep It Off”, This Friday at Marquis Theatre

Release Date: 7/13/2019 At The Marquis Release Show!

Format: Digital (Physical may be available at the show)

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Justin O’Neal – Vocals/Guitar
  • Alex Crabb – Guitar/Backing Vocals
  • Devin Martinez – Bass/Backing Vocals
  • Marcus Allen-HIlle – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Fools, Say This, Eighty Two In A 25, Adios, Death By Misadventure, and Firefight 

Sounds Like: Penske File, JerkSwitch, MCR, The Used, and the Descendants


We here at CPRA have been bugging Bury Mia for a new release for over a year now. I’m happy to announce the boys have not let us down.  The new record, “…And Sleep It Off”, drops this Friday at their release party with Major Glen and Jailpocket. This is a kick ass lineup and should not be missed. So let’s dig into, “…And Sleep It Off”.

The records starts out with “Adios”. I love the chords on this track. The melody is sweet yet meaningful. The lyrics are catchy, yet non generic. The perfectly well placed, “Ois” bring in that extra edge commonly not found in pop punk. “Say This” is the next track up. It has somewhat of a Ramonescore. As Admin A once said, “Pop Punk creates the best break up punk ever”. This track is for anyone needed that extra boost to leave a bad relationship. Could Bury Mia pull off a couple of Ramones songs? You bet and probably more. 

My favorite song is up next and you may have heard, “Fools” before. Give it a listen in the bandcamp player below. This track is pure anger and feels refreshing and unexpected. The chords and general progression is killer. Grab your air guitar while there’s time. The next song up is “Eighty Two In A 25”. The track is heavy on drums and I love it. The message is powerful. 

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“Death By Misadventure”, comes roaring in next with a blast of energy. This is my second favorite on the release. The track has a great skatepunk sound, while the guitar narrows the gap from metal. This song is KILLER! “Cold Hard Shiny Plastic” is up next, slowing things down a little. This track continues the great melodic sound the album is building. This song will easily be stuck in your head soon after.  

“Firefight”, follows up with more of a street punk theme. The track seems to be about friendship. The drums are heavy, the bass pounding. This one may bring a tear to your eye. After listening you too will be saying, “There was a firefight”.

The last track up is, “Cry About It”. This song is very reminiscent of the Flatliners. The opening riff is fantastic. Justin’s spoken word part really sells this one home. It’s time to wrap this one up. Bury MIA’s new record, “…And Sleep It Off” is not just another run of the mill pop punk album. Every song is different, and in every chord strike, in every drum beat. You can feel the hours of blood, sweat and tears poured into this album. 

Check out their recent interview with the Punk Rock Horror Podcast here,  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/punk-rock-horror-podcast/id1338630845?i=1000443504165&fbclid=IwAR1WWTyMmZKS43UM_4vhlimJOPpW1EBuVr-Xx7BkGtS7APv90-382LDDDxA

Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Adios
  2. Say This
  3. Fools (Single)
  4. Eighty Two In A 25
  5. Death By Misadventure
  6. Cold Hard Shiny Plastic
  7. Firefight
  8. Cry About It

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Episode 3 Of CPRA Presents Is Up: Meet The Skate Team

***Bands featured in this episode***

Amazing Flying Dumbasses
The Hacks
Frontside Five
MF Ruckus
Tuck Knee
Pleading Guilty
Trick Punch
Evil Engine
The Pitch Invasion

#SkateOrDie #CpraPresents #CPRASkateTeam #StayRad

Theme music by People Corrupting People at pcpsux.com

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Pop Punks Slap Happy Drop New Ep, “Cruisin” on 6/28/2019 at BAR BAR EP Release Show

Release Date: June 26, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Luke Slouka
  • Andrew Larson
  • Adam Parker

Favorite Tracks: Last Night, Cruisin, Crack Up, and Blast Off

Sounds Like: Greenday, Blink 182, and The Ataris


I like to call Slap Happy a straight up CPRA band. They started back in the early days of CPRA by sending us videos asking if we liked their music. They invited us out to many shows and now we can finally review their brand new EP, “Crusin”. The EP starts out with,  “Thousand Yard Stare” this track totally reminds me of Greenday’s, “1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours”. It has the garage feel, that seems to be really lacking in major commercial releases.

The next track up is, “Last Night”. This is my favorite track. It’s quick and has a great little intro. The drums are killer! “Danger Days” is next and not to be confused with MCR’s album of the same name. This track is probably the fastest on the EP. Personally I really dig this song as well. This song is quite catchy and seems to bounce from riff to riff. “Cruisin” follows and is the only purely instrumental tune. It has a real kickass surf sound. I love it. Fans of King Shelter, and even older fans who like Dick Dale should give this track a listen.

“Crack Up”, follows and brings back that Slap Happy sound. The bass and guitar absolutely shred! The last track is “Blast Off” with a great drum into. Let me call this a wrap. Slap Happy is 6 tracks of pop punk bliss. This is a great sample of the future of Slap Happy. Be sure to pick this one up on 6/26/2019 here, https://slaphappytunes.bandcamp.com/.

Be sure to hit their EP release show on 6/28/2019 at BAR BAR with Younger Than Neil and State Drugs, https://www.facebook.com/events/607787679630596/.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Thousand Yard Stare
  2. Last Night
  3. Danger Days
  4. Cruisin
  5. Crack Up
  6. Blast Off

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Episode 2 Of Season 1 is up! What Does Punk Mean To You?

CPRA Presents; What Does Punk Meant To You?

The Bands in this episode

The Dead End, https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadEndpunk/ Kirsten Lyon Music, https://www.facebook.com/kirstenlyonmusic/ Last Reel Hero, https://www.facebook.com/lastreelhero/ People Corrupting People, (Love IS Love and Theme Music)https://www.facebook.com/peoplecorruptingpeople/ Reno Divorce, https://www.facebook.com/renodivorce/

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