EP Lineup: Gus, jason, and beckett, + Rasputin Sane–bass and Damian Schoeneke guitar
Favorite Tracks: Snake, Goin To Jail, She May Not Think, and Please Die Soon
Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dag Nasty, and Hüsker Dü
When a band purposefully, spells their name wrong. It makes your brain go what? As a writer I’m watching my spell checker red line almost everything haha! Per vocalist Gus Gonzalez, “Crawling out from under forgotten rocks, Bad Desicions’ humble beginnings began in 2016 when drummer Beckett “Tommy B” Martin (drums) and Gustavo “I’ve been doin this for 30 years” le Douche (vox) met in a dark alley after a back and forth Craigslist conversation.
Neither wanted the other to know where they lived at this point. It took about 6 months to get the ball rolling but roll it did. With the help of bassist Zeke “el churro” Olguin and Damian “American Blackout” Shoeneke, the band began scaring the crap out of bar patrons from Fort Collins to Denver regularly.
Unfortunately, dealing with both Tommy B and le Douche became too much for the aforementioned “members” (except for Jason “he makes guns” Brack–who had also scared many an IPA drinker with the boys). After a stint with “el Turbo Jugend” Rasputin Sane (bass), the guys finally got some relief as David “__” Brack (bass) and John “I got fired from Wax Trax” Hunter (guitar) joined the band in its present incarnate.
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With a foot in 80s hardcore and the other in progressive metal, Bad Desicions plays music that may sound familiar but then moves in another, less expected direction.”
That’s a pretty interesting little bio. So kids the story here is pick up an instrument when you’re young so you have a badass story to tell your interviewer! So let’s dig into their latest self titled EP and incorrectly spelled name, Bad Desicions. Personally this record was a very welcomed relief for me. I’m old school and personally tired of the emo based punk stuff. I like my punk, angry, energetic, and raw.
With tracks like “Snake”, “Goin To Jail” and my personal favorite, “She May Not Think”. Bad Desicions latest release spurs the classic punk feeling, with a tiny bit of occasional metal. They are currently working on a record! See them Saturday night at Tennyson’s Tap for CPRA’s Skate Or Die Night. Other bands on the lineup include, Admiral, Unusable Signal, and Modern Goon. You can check out the event page here, https://www.facebook.com/events/938762672984213/.
Track List Per Bandcamp
2.Goin To Jail 02:01
3.She May Not Think 02:06
4.Makin a Pipe Bomb 01:50
5.Pompous Hippies 01:48
6.Please Die Soon 01:16
Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, and Jagger Holly
Don’t you love those I heard it first moments? I hate to sound like an elitist, but I love finding new music before the mass population. My friends and family call me a “Music Nerd”. It’s a blessing and a curse, yet this is who I am. So when the Mazlow’s announced they were dropping their new single, “Wolf Inside” today. My music ears perked up.
I’m gonna be straight up on this song. This will be a hit. It may not make the Billboard Top 100, but it will get regular airplay on the likes of Punk Tacos and other media. Yes it’s that good! From the kick ass intro to the addicting lyrics. I tend not to be a huge pop punk fan, but this songs is ridiculously good. The best part? It’s relatable to you and I.
“I’m bursting at the seams
Good things can never last
Can you feel it all
Fading into the…
I’m just an animal
Raging out of control
Can you hear the wolf inside
You get knocked off your feet
And the odds are stacked
You might just let it out
You might not hold it back
Sometimes you lose control
You can’t win the fight
It’ll be alright, yeah it’ll be alright”
Not convinced yet? Head over to their Spotify channel and give it a listen! I’m personally hoping this is first song, off a a great pending new album. Be sure to check them out 4/3/2019 at the Larimer Lounge!
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Benjamin Feliciano – Lead Vocals
Jeff Giles – Guitar
Ethan Harris – Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Trumpet
James McPherson – Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Bryce Patton – Bass Guitar
Matt Sanchez – Trombone
Solomon Smith – Guitar
Nicole Swan – Trumpet
Caleb Williams – Drums, Vocals
Favorite Tracks: Happiest Nihilist, In Our Genes, You’re A Weak Anarchist Perry
Sounds Like: Streetlight Manifesto, Sorry Sweetheart, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones
A couple weeks back Denver’s Younger Than Neil announced they were releasing a brand-new full length album. Here at CPRA we are suckers for all things’ ska. So we had to make sure we got our hands on an early preview. I reviewed their 2018 EP release, “Never Quite Asleep”. As you can tell I fell in love with them immediately.
My only con for the ep was it was just too short. We all know that feeling when you find a great band, but a limited discog. Recording these days can be very expensive. It’s understandable why it may take some time to get a full release. Now we have full album with, “Write New History” and personally I couldn’t be any happier.
The album kicks off with ‘Roger Bravo Leader’. This is the perfect track to start an album off. My foot began tapping along with the beat right away. The drums are pounding, the bass and guitar shreds, while the trumpets help build to a massive crescendo. This is not your father’s ska punk band.
This is one of my favorite bands when it comes to relatable lyrical content. Don’t get me wrong I love a good lyrical scream here and there. Although, I tend enjoy lyrics that are easily discernible.
“The sirens calling though the radio, drowning out all that we thought to know, airwaves like a storm, that filled the sky, this is no requiem, this song is not yet done”
The next track up is, “You’re A Weak Anarchist Perry”. Talk about one of the coolest lyrical intros ever, “Lift your foot from my neck, like an, anchor, cause that ship has sailed”. The pit will be absolutely insane on this song. This song goes from third wave to ska core in what feels like a seamless and kick ass manner. This track is for you when you’re pissed off at the world.
Track three is an addition from “Never Quite Asleep”, and is titled, ‘In Our Genes’. That familiar yet, legendary Younger Than Neil sound is back! I cannot express how much I absolutely love this song!This track has everything I admire about ska punk and the lyrics are so good! For me this song is about not repeating the same mistake our parents and even their parents made. I dare you the reader to listen to this track. If it’s not stuck in your head. I owe you a beer.
“They say that violence is in our genes, point the finger as if they ruined everything, our fathers cursed us with spirits unclean, but it’s only up to us to change our destiny”.
The 4th track is another from “Never Quite Asleep”, ‘Happiest Nihilist’. This is by far my favorite, Younger Than Neil song. From the intro to the very last beat. I play this song daily. The hope in this song, make me smile every time. Don’t be surprised if this ends up on the major airwaves! Every day when I get up like a robot to go to work. In my mind I can only say, “Don’t let, They Live be your story.”
On to Number 5, no not Number 5 from Umbrella Academy. The track is called, ‘Firefight’. Ben and Jeff kill this song on vocals. This song sounds like a marching band on speed! The riffs are hard and raw. The next song up is, ‘Sleepwalk Song’. This was also on “Never Quite Asleep”. If this song doesn’t have you running for the pit. I’m only gonna guess you’re lacking a soul. Haha. Do you remember how I mentioned relatable lyrical content?
“Dragging through the daylight, sweating through my sheets, haven’t been awake for months, but I’m never quite asleep, scheduling the poisons that help maintain my state, there’s nothing left to salvage here, but i’m begging me to stay”
How deep is that shit? Do you schedule your bar nights out? I do haha! The next song up is “Trouble Breathing”. Yet another killer tune. This is ultimate misfits song, and no not the band the Misfits. We don’t care when people make fun of our studs and jackets. We don’t care when they say, “Why is that guys hair pink?” Sometimes you have to stop caring about what other people think, and only think for yourself. I probably completely missed the message on this song, but this it what it means to me.
‘1981’ is next on the track list. The ska core sound rumbles back on this track. This is the unofficial song of the millennial generation. I myself was born in 1978, so I just barely skipped the millennial label. Seriously though people give millennial so much shit for reasons previous generations caused.
‘Up For Air’ is sadly the last track on the album. The trumpets are the stars on this one, right before some kick ass drums chime in. I love this message on this song. It’s about seeking hope, before giving up. At the end the song finishes with an immaculate bass/guitar riffs, with a hopeful send off with the trumpets.
“Please don’t drown what is yet to breathe, tomorrow holds more than the past may seem, I can’t tell you where to go, or what to seek, but I’ll leave the map by your bedside the night before you leave”.
Let’s wrap this one up. Younger Than Neil’s, “Write New History” is the perfect blend of hardcore, punk, and ska wrapped in one delicious package. From the hardcore songs like, “1981”, to the ska punk “Happiest Nihilist” and “In Our Genes” this album is not only my new favorite, but my nomination for CPRA’s 2019 Local Album Of The Year.
The next CPRA show is this Friday at the brand new/renovated Antero Hall at Eck’s Saloon! Join us as we celebrate the opening of Antero Hall and give a great middle finger to the pious day Valentine’s has become. Who knows you might meet your next ex?
Produced By: Famed guitarist Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño/Machine Head)
Location: Broomfield, CO
Mike – Vocals
Rob – Guitar
Jim – Bass
Rich – Drums
Favorite Tracks: Snappy, Normal, October Sky, Blackout
Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, and Sunset Silhouette
It’s Pop punk January apparently here at CPRA. Considering we’ve reviewed 2 pop punk albums from Arborview and Sunset Silhouette back-to-back. There’s one problem I see in pop punk frequently. The music is either really great or just kinda meh. Not that its bad, just boring. Due to the large amount of album review requests we have coming in from all over the world. We now have to be a bit more selective.
Yes it kinda sucks. I would love it if we had the energy, donations incoming, and time to really showcase each album submitted. So when I popped on The Swifts new album, “All Sunshine”. I was pretty damn well surprised. I forgot to mention famed Ahrue Luster from Ill Niño and Machine Head produced and recorded this 10 track album. Alright let’s dig into, “All Sunshine”.
‘Snappy’ kicks off with a very melodic style. It’s tight on the whoas, heavy drums, and catchy lyrics. The next track is ‘Normal’. I really like the lyrics, and harmonies on this track. Did you know pop punk could shred? Damn! Track 3 is ‘All Sunshine’. I like this track as it has a nice happy theme. The bass lines are quite good.
So far 3 tracks in and I’m noticing a little something different with this album. So far it has some pretty wicked guitar solos. As pop punk is generally known for 3 chords and nothing else. This is something I do disagree with. This one is already shaping up to be pretty damn good. ‘October Sky’ has a darker them to it. The piano notes are beautiful. I really didn’t expect this level of musicianship.
‘I Will Be There’, speeds the pace back up. The build up in the intro is exceptional. Mike’s voice on this one is amazing. You can feel the emotion poured into this track by each band member. The lyrics are well written. ‘Sing’ is the sixth track and maintains the rocking pace. This one has a super catchy chorus.
‘Blackout’ comes in a bit harder and heavier from the last track. It has somewhat of a Ramonescore sound, yet has another killer guitar solo. This one is by far my favorite track on the record. I forgot to mention the band has coined themselves as the “Ultimate Dad Band”. That may be how these kick ass solos are sneaking in. Reminds me a bit of Chinese Rocks.
‘In Name Only’ comes in strong with superb melodies. The drums are my favorite on this track. The following track, ‘Zombie’ maintains the excellent sound and speed. Lyrically this song is awesome. Now we reached the end of the album with, ‘One More Drink’. This is my second favorite song on the record. It reminds me of my younger days hanging out at the pub and arguing if OP IVY would reunite. This track has yet another stellar guitar solo. It’s time I close out this review.
The Swifts have composed one helluva an album with “All Sunshine”. The melodies, lyrics, and solos make this one a definite add to your pop punk collection. I’m going to throw this album into the best of 2019 mix.
Favorite Tracks: Far Beyond Suburbia, Oxford Road, It Had To Be, and Memory Lane
Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, and Lagwagon
Denver’s Sunset Silhouette crept up quietly on the CPRA radar last summer when they dropped their first EP, “Detour”. I was pretty busy with life at the time and didn’t get to that review. So my fellow admin A?, did the record review. I always go back and listen to the music submitted, even if I don’t write the review. “Detour” absolutely blew my fucking mind.
I can remember listening and picking up the phone and calling some friends. “Dudes check this shit out”. OK so maybe I was a bit like cousin Marvin Berry from Back To The Future. I’m sort of this awkward introvert. By sharing music with others it helps me break out of my shell. Anyhow this review is not about me or “Detour”. It’s about “Far Beyond Suburbia”!
The EP was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room by Chris Beeble. Bands if you want a great sounding record, go to the Blasting Room! As the opening riff on, ‘Oxford Road’ kicks off. I can clearly hear its deeper and heavier when compared to “Detour”. It’s still signature Sunset Silhouette, yet seems to be lean more on the skatepunk side. The buildup into the chorus is just plain nuts. The heavy bass line adds that extra edge. The lyrics are very relatable to the human condition. Did you have a shitty day at work? Light up a bowl and throw this track on.
“Come let loose,
shapeshift with us,
escape impending doom with us”
‘It Had To Be’ is up next and intros in with a very familiar riff. You can feel the heartbreak in Brian’s voice on this one. I have no idea if this was personal to him or not, but that feeling is there and I love it. Sure it’s a bit depressing, but with every note, every cymbal crash, you can hear the emotions and feelings bleeding into song.
Next up is my personal favorite on the record, “Far Beyond Suburbia”. From the minute it came on for the first time. I’ve been hooked. The song starts off with a proper hardcore intro. The drums and vocals are killer. I find myself often with this song stuck in my head. Everything about this song is amazing. As one Youtuber said in regards, “It’s head bang worthy”. Haha!
“Far beyond suburbia
They probably haven’t heard of ya and that’s alright
Huddled inside the living room
Let’s go watch evening news but it’s all lies and it’s pointless
Mothers pop klonopin
Drink the wine in the garden and birdwatch, under the sunlight
Next door the government fishes for oil, money and greed disturbs our sacred soil, it’s not alright
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place where people are thinking free
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place for people just like me”
I feel like parents can be way too overprotective of our children. We take them away from the dangers of the city to the outskirts. We try to show them the “Right” way of living a life. Yet we forget that little person will grow up someday. They will realize all the bullshit that has been fed to them. My parents are caring and wonderful people. What they didn’t show me was the homeless folks lying on the sidewalks of downtown. The single parents struggling to get by.
They didn’t show me 20 years ago Rocky Flats dumping toxic waste into the Platte River. Don’t get me wrong I had an awesome childhood, but I feel like I was protected from, “Real Life”. Anyhow let’s get back to the review as we are nearing the end.
‘Memory Lane’ is sadly the last track on the EP. The riffs are my favorite part. These are kinds of riffs kids should listen to if they’re interested in music. I won’t make fun of anyone for throwing out the air guitar at school or work. With this song it’s easy to do. Again we have another song with fantastic lyrics and vocals.
It’s time to wrap this one up. Sunset Silhouette’s “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP is in one word amazing. The line they cross between pop and skate punk will lead in new fans from both genres. Brian’s vocals, combined with the talent of Evan, Joshua, and Nick have blended into a perfect 4 track EP. Get it while it’s still name your own price in the Bandcamp store, or make sure to hit their next show to purchase a physical copy.