Release Date: April 23, 2021

Format: Digital

Location: Denver, CO

Sounds like: CHASER, I Am The Owl, Fine Dining, and Record Thieves


Todays the big day for Denver’s A Little Off as they release their brand new video for “The Space Between Us”. Sunset Silhouette’s Brian Bonsall makes a guest appearance on this video. I personally cannot wait to see A Little Off as soon as possible! This track comes from their latest killer EP, “Symptomatic”. Get it now, https://alittleoff.bandcamp.com/releases

In case you need more check out their video for “Cauterized”!

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/alittleoffrox

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alittleoffband/

Bandcamp – https://alittleoff.bandcamp.com/releases

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3jNuezSskC4Zk5pSWp8pqQ

CPRA YouTube Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVQvD4SZa_Y&list=PLAHReU2iGck38UVKrtQ2-ZR0-srWoYIIH

Release Date: April 16, 2021                                         

Format: Digital 

Label: IM Records

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

Todd Daigle on Bass and Backing Vocals Formally of King Rat and PrideBowl

April Schupmann on Drums and Backing Vocals from Sniper 66, OC45, and more

Adam “Bomb” Segal on Guitars and Backing Vocals of the Faction and Suburban Resistance.

Rob Rover Rushing on Vocals. Founder of Non Profit Punk Rock Saves Lives and formally Jigsaw, Exit 26 and Uncalledfor

Favorite Tracks: Positive Force, Give Up The Ghost, Stand Tall, Drinkin’n With Me, Sight (Began As A Dream), and These Roving Years

Sounds Like: The Faction, Pennywise, No Use For A Name, JFA, and Agent Orange


Today is a great day in punk rock history! These Roving Years has released their brand new self titled EP. This band is basically a punk rock super group with Rob Rushing (Punk Rock Saves Lives Founder, Jigsaw, Exit 26 and Uncalledfor), Todd Daigle on bass formerly (King Rat and Pridebowl), April Schupmann on drums (Sniper 66, OC45 and a ton of other bands), and Adam “Bomb” Segal on guitars (Faction and Suburban Resistance)

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The EP kicks off with “Positive Force”. It’s strong on bass which adds a nice cutting edge. Schupmann’s drums are killer. Adam’s riffs bring back an old school metal sound. The tracks message, “The punks are standing up for you”. The next track, “Give Up The Ghost” has a strong message of not giving up on life. Covid-19 has affected each and everyone of us. The ramifications will be felt for years to come. Check on your friends and family and make sure the don’t give up the ghost. The gang vocals kick ass on this one!

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“Positive Force” is also appears on the limited edition vinyl comp, “Punk Rock Saves Lives…The Album Volume One”. This comp has wicked list of awesome bands such as Descendents Flogging Molly Anti Flag HR The Bouncing Souls The Bar Stool Preachers Face to Face Authority Zero Cigar The Faction – Official Band Mercy Music United Defiance Suburban Resistance Reno Divorce These Roving Years-TRY. The vinyl is almost sold out so pick it up in the IM Records Store soon!

“Stand Tall” follows with some epic sounds on guitar. Schupmann drums are powerful. I actually may have blown my car speaker on this track. The next song is “Drinkin’ With Me”. Well let’s face it. In punk rock there is no shortage of drinking songs. Wait does this make us country fans? Haha I hope not. TRY (These Roving Years) “Drinkin’ With Me” isn’t so much about drinking as it is about comradery felt when hanging out with our friends and the music is pounding. I LOVE this track!

“Sight (Began As A Dream)” slows it down and reminds of some the Ramones slower tracks. This track will make you rethink about your priorities. Are you focusing on the things that are important to you or just scooting by? The gang vocals are a blast to sing along with. Rushing’s vocals are on point.

Sadly we have reached the end of TRY’s EP with “These Roving Years”. This punk rock ballad is likely to make you raise your glass, cry a little and definitely make you smile a lot. I rank this track up there with my favorite punk tracks about friendship such as The Undertones – Teenage Kicks, Pennywise – Bro Hymn, Rancid – Fall Back Down, and The Interrupters – This Is My Family.

In closing, the freshman release from These Roving Years TRY is a journey of self discovery, insanely great sounds on bass, drums, guitar, and vocals, and best of all the music that will make you happy. My personal favorite tracks are “Drinkin’ With Me” and “These Roving Years”. I’m throwing this one into the best local EP of 2021 mix. Do yourself a favor and pick this up now, https://theserovingyears.bandcamp.com/.

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theserovingyears/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theserovingyears_try/

Bandcamp – https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

Slap Happy has always been a fun band! Until now, they’ve pretty much stayed in their own lane, as a band that was strongly influenced by Green Day. Their newest album is a slight bit of a departure and an expansion.

I LOVE the 90’s! They had the best music, the best styles, the best economy (of my lifetime), and contained my “coming of age” years. They were a decade of growth, prosperity, and peace (for the most part). The sounds of the 90’s have always felt like “home” to me.

When I started listening to the new album, “Prophylactic Shock,” by Slap Happy, I was expecting something that was more or less in line with the rest of their catalogue. What I got was a much-needed mental vacation from the 2020’s!

The first track is the perfect introduction to the album. It relies heavily on their original sound, while giving hints as to what else is coming. It feels familiar, for those who have been acquainted with the band for a long time.

After the first track, however, it feels like I’m back at the Warped Tour with Skabones, back in 1996! The second track reminded me a lot of Goldfinger; a band I had almost forgotten about, but whom I really enjoyed back in the day. Also, one of the bands that played at the aforementioned Warped Tour.

(Side note: remember when Goldfinger was on Conan O’Brien, and the drummer dropped Conan on his head, after their performance? Good times!)

While listening to this album, I felt like I was 17 again, listening to KTCL (BEFORE they got bought out by Clear Channel), smoking pot in my parents’ basement, sitting in the leather chair that was in the living room until they got new furniture (sorry, Mom).

As the album continues, Slap Happy emulates a lot of the 90’s, channeling their inner Cobain on a few tracks; getting a little dirty, a little screamy, a little angry. It encapsulates the politics of the 90’s, combined with some of the more modern sentiment about climate change and other more modern problems.

In short, this is a GREAT album for anyone who loves the 90’s as much as I do, and a gereat move forward for people who have always liked Slap Happy! I fully expect to keep this album in my regular rotation of music that I regularly listen to!

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Denver’s The Unindicted Co-Conspirators in conjunction with CPRA Presents are releasing their first music video for ‘Counterfit’ from their new EP, “Colfax Confidential”. The video will premiere on the CPRA Presents YouTube channel at 1pm MTN time. You can read more about The Unindicted Co-Conspirators and “Colfax Confidential” here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2020/08/19/best-local-ep-of-2020-the-unindicted-co-conspirators-drop-surprise-release-colfax-confidential/

This video will premiere on 12/18/2020!

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/unindictedc…

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfa9…

Best of 2020 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

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2020 is almost over, we are almost to the finish line. While 2020 will go down in history as being the “Year Of The Rona”. It will go down for me as memorable time in punk rock releases. What do you think about my list? What would you add? The last live show I saw was in May and I sadly haven’t been to one since, So bring on the vaccine and let live music commence!

 

Skabones’s Top 3 Local LP Or Full Albums of 2020

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1. Record Thieves – ‘Wasting Time’
2. The Mazlows – ‘Community Locker’
3. People Corrupting People – ‘Lounge Lizard’
 
 

 

Skabones Top 3 Local EP

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1. The Unindicted Co-Conspirators Colfax Confidential

2. Amazing Flying Dumbasses/Worthless Commodity Split

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3. Barking Mad (Returning from 2019) Stone Age
   
   

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

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1. The Drowns Under Tension
2. Millie Manders & The Shutup Telling Truths & Breaking Ties
3. End Of Pipe Mass Hysteria
4. A Total Disappointment (ATD) A Total Disappointment
5. Run The Jewels RTJ4

 

Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

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1.  Hangtime  Destroy
2.  The Conspirators While The World Sleeps
3.  CHASER Look Alive
4.  Classics Of Love World Of Burning Hate
5. Duck And Cover Two Shots

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Well there you have it my picks for 2020! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/.

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Release Date: 11/1/2020                                                          

Format: Digital

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Brett Delaney: Vocals / Nick Butler: Guitar / Nick Chmel: Drums / Mike Goyn: Bass/Vocals / Jason McWhinnie: Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Classwar

Sounds Like: The Shell Corp, Propagandhi, Good Riddance, and Anti-Flag



Denver’s Poor Me dropped a surprise new single yesterday in support to remind you to get out and vote. Poor Me’s latest release, “Classwar” is an anger driven punk rock anthem that begs you to challenge the truth. The gang vocals really make this track stand out. You can pick it up here, https://poorme.bandcamp.com/track/classwar

Make sure your voice is heard on November 3, 2020, You can find your local polling place here, https://www.usa.gov/election-office.

“This oath is class war – tandem discourse.

No wished reward. Here’s giving to lofty goals.

Ugliness took the polls.

Touché. Well played.

And they never cared at all.

And they never cared.

No, they never cared at all.”

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Track List (Subject To Change)

Classwar

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Release Date: August 7, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

  • Jaime Noah: drums
  • Luca Grieman: guitars
  • Megan Kelley: lead vocals and keyboards
  • Travis Rosen: bass and backing vocals 

Favorite Tracks: Voices Carry (Til Tuesday Cover)

Sounds Like: Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, The Room In The Wood, Mazzy Star, Gary Numan, The Damned (Darkwave Era), and Dead Can Dance. 


As the world copes with the COVID pandemic and stay at home orders. Statistics are showing cases of domestic violence are on the rise. Way back in 1985, Til Tuesday dropped their chart topping hit, “Voices Carry”.

Denver’s Married A Dead Man dropped a surprise cover of the song yesterday. I love this track! MADM is one of the best bands to cover such an iconic track. They are donating a portion of the proceeds to Safehouse Denver, a local nonprofit organization. Per Safehouse’s website, “SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by: 

-providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse;
-working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
-and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence

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I loved this track so much. I reached out to front-woman Megan Kelley for comment regarding the track. Per Megan, “”We have wanted to cover this song for three years, and it’s finally come to fruition. The lyrics are written from a female’s perspective of being controlled by her male partner. Re-imagining this song, getting in touch with the lyrics, and making it our own, musically, was very important to us. We hope you like it! Digital release format only: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, SoundCloud, our Youtube channel, and any other streaming platforms. 

It’s also for digital purchase at Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Safehouse Denver, who assist adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. On a personal note, the reason we decided to cover this song is because of relationship experiences our singer has had. It was cathartic and healing for her and us to play this song.”

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Did you know that physical violence is not the only form of domestic violence? If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of an emergency. If you need to talk with someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

You can check out Married A Dead Man’s cover of “Voices Carry” here, https://marriedadeadman.bandcamp.com/. Per MADM, this single was self produced, rearranged, some the chords were given a darker tone. The changing of the chords really makes this sound like an original MADM track,  The band is also seeking a guitar player. Maybe if we all donate enough money they can put this one out on vinyl!

Photo by Rick Kooker

Release Date: August 6, 2020                                                              

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Album Art – Mckenna Kooker (album art design)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them!

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Bury MIA, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Modern Baseball and Stray The Course


Photo by Lola Marie

The Mazlows have been making headlines within the pop punk world for the last year or so. You can read our posts about the Mazlows here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. From the first time I heard I heard their single, “The Wolf Inside”. I knew this band was going places. I’ve been bugging them since day one for a new album. Today my wish came true with the release of “Community Locker”.

Photo by Lola Marie

Back when I reviewed “The Wolf Inside” and “Leaving Town” I mentioned you needed to listen to this band so you could be proud to say, “I knew about them before they got big”. I realize now that is straight up music snobbery. Am I sorry for this? Nope, I’m proud of this and that’s why we started CPRA to share new music with those looking for it. So why Skabones did you say, “Best Pop punk album of 2020? Let’s dig into The Mazlows ‘Community Locker’. 

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The album is a whopping 14 tracks long. That’s impressive as hell! Some of my favorite tracks are “Best Days”, “Where Were You”, “Leaving Town”, “Here To Stay”, ”Thrown Away”, “Head First” , “Say Yeah”, “Were Not Dead Yet”, and last but not least, “Night Caps And Goodbyes”. All of these tracks have major potential to break the music airwaves. 

“Best Days” reminds me of my teenage years. I dated a girl at the one one would consider an “Alternative Girl” or “Punk Rocker”. Boy did I feel super cool at the time. We both moved on, but when a song can trigger a memory like that. You know it’s good. “Where Were You” also has a youthful tone with some great riffs from bass and guitar. Beatmaster D kills it on the drums. The overall harmony is amazing. This is not another “Pop Punk Love Song”. 

Pete. Photo by Rick Kooker

I reviewed “Leaving Town” a few weeks back. This track is exactly about leaving town. As we get older our desire to grow often leads us out of town. You may leave town, but you always return back to the community locker. “Here To Stay” has some wicked hooks and change ups. Nate’s vocals are amazing as the rest of the band joins into the fray. I love Hodel’s bass lines as they are unexpected. This track will surpass 1,000 plays within a few months or maybe sooner. Who knew punk rock could make you dance? 

Colt. Photo by Rick Kooker

Now “Thrown Away” actually threw me for a giant loop. Here I’m thinking the track will maintain the catch pop punk formula. Nope it didn’t happen. This track is dark, with a AFI like sound. The bass is wicked, Beatmaster D’s drums are insane! “Head First’ returns to back to the pop punk. It’s very addicting. It wouldn’t surprise me if “Say Yeah” does become the next pop punk anthem of the decade. The bass and drums with the “Say Yeah” chorus is awesome! 

Nate. Photo by Rick Kooker

Next up is another personal favorite, “We’re Not Dead Yet”. It goes to the dark side fast with a progressive melodic hardcore tone. The drums are nuts. The chorus is ultimate perfection. My last favorite track is “Nightcaps and Goodbyes”. This is a great ending track to an overall incredible album. We’ve all been there as we leave the bars at 2am. We all hope this won’t be the last time we can be together. 

Beatmaster D. Photo by Rick Kooker

In closing, The Mazlows, ‘Community Locker’ blew my expectations away. This crotchety old Misfits loving punk rocker now believes in the power of The Mazlows. The tracks will not only will make you dance, make you cry, but most of all provide a deeply needed sense of hope. This album is definitely getting added as a nominee for best pop punk album of 2020. Don’t wait till you hear them on the radio, check them out right now, https://themazlows.bandcamp.com/

Track List (Subject To Change)

Best Days
Where Were You
Leaving Town
Here to Stay
Leave It All Behind
Echoes
Thrown Away
Head First
Breakfast Epiphanies
Say Yeah
Forever And
We’re Not Dead Yet
Last Call
Nightcaps and Goodbyes

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Art work by @_mck.k

Release Date: 7/16/2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: Leaving Town

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Stray The Course, and FIDLAR


Photo By Lola Marie

Denver’s The Mazlow’s dropped a fresh single this morning called, “Leaving Town”. Is it the best pop punk single to release this summer? It comes off the heals of some of their previous releases, which you can hear and read about here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. This track was originally written 15 years ago when the Mazlow’s were angsty teenage boys.

Photo By Lola Marie

Per their recent article in Westward, “Leaving Town” is about just that. Seeking out those teenage desires to run free out into the world. Per guitarist Colton Kooker, “The song connects our young dreams of moving away, to the current realities of still having challenges in life,”. For me this track encapsulates that teenage feeling of wanting to break free and experience life as we know it.

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With COVID currently stalking us, it’s awesome to have something energetic and hopeful to sing along with. This writer couldn’t be more excited for their full album release in August 2020. You can pick up the single now from all the major music providers.

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