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

Slap Happy – Prophylactic Shock

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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The Unindicted Co-Conspirators To Premier Music Video On CPRA Presents For ‘Counterfit’ On 12/18/2020 At 1PM

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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CPRA Best Music Releases Of 2020

Best of 2020 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

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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Denver’s Poor Me Drops Surprise New track, “Classwar”, Don’t Forget To Vote!

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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With Rates Of Domestic Violence On The Rise, Married A Dead Man Releases Surprise Cover of Til Tuesday’s, “Voices Carry”

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

Pic by Anarchopunk

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!

Best Pop Punk Album Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release ‘Community Locker’ And Skabones Realizes He’s A Music Snob

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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Best Pop Punk Single Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release “Leaving Town” Out Now!

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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4/20 Gets Greener As People Corrupting People Release “Lounge Lizard”

Release Date: April 20, 2020                                       

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Nate Nepsky – Guitar/Bass/Horns/Keys

Jen Nepsky – Violins

Dyl Pkyl – Drums

Eddie Lindo – Bass/Guitar

Richard Granville – Trombone

Mike Lebofsky – Theremin

(Not Feautured but still included)

Nick Cormier – (non-existent) Vocals

Production:  Mixed and recorded at Room 101 PCP Studios       

Favorite Tracks: Quarantina Wine Mixer, Amazon Primus, Sax And Violins, Lost In The Sauce and Jim Jones Slumber Party


Sounds Like: Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sorry Sweetheart, Leftover Crack, Voodoo Glow Skulls and The Flaming Tsunamis


It’s no secret that we love People Corrupting People here at CPRA. They did our theme song for our podcast and our TV show. You watch the show and listen to the podcasts here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/. We’ve reviewed their albums so many times I’ve lost track, but if you want to read more go here.

With the Covid 19 pandemic sweeping the world, we all need a break from the sad headlines on Facebook and the news. So leave it to People Corrupting People aka PCP to release their brand new record. “Lounge Lizard” on April 20, 2020. So light up a bowl and and read along with Grandpa Skabones kids. 

PCP is known for their antics, in fact as I write this they are holding a 4/20 Smoke A Thon right here, https://www.facebook.com/pcpsux/videos/2667722366673414/. If you enjoy passing around a dildo be sure to check it out. So let’s dig into “Lounge Lizard”. This album is 100% pure instrumental, which to be honest I was caught off guard at first. There’s something very different and very lovable that I shall get into. 

The first track, “Amazon Primus” has some heavy  Primus-like bass lines by Eddie Lindo. It resembles early Alice In Chains, but less heroiny. I’ll prob go to hell for saying that haha. The next track is “Casio No He Didn’t”, and for whatever reason it reminds me of Gene from Bob’s Burgers. But this track will be a hit for Gene. It has a great groove and perfected horns. Is PCP staking a claim into the 80’s new wave era?

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“Dewey Got Diddles” follows up and comes in with a heavy ska core rock edge. This track is more on the metal side, with some great skate punk sound. Jen’s viola play is remarkable. Mike brings the scifi in with work on the theremin. Dyl goes nuts on the drum kit. This is by far a favorite favorite track right here.

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 My next favorite song is up next, “Jim Jones Slumber Party”. I’m not gonna go into detail about Jim Jones, but check it out here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones. This track is beautifully written and delicious to the eardrums. This song needs to be on a soundtrack. For a band that plays a ton of antics, they are sure fucking talented. Expect this to be on a future CPRA Podcast episode!

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“Panflute Sexual” is next up and Jethro Tull is about to get a run for his money, This track is super heavy on bass, fast and gives the pan flute a brand new hardcore edge. Holy shit the panflute is hardcore now! The next song is “Pterodactyl Cunt Punt”. This track reminds of early Suicidal Tendencies, with aggressive Anthrax edge. This was totally unexpected. Rich brings the ska core to the limits. 

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“Quarantina Wine Mixer” is next and the slowest track on the list. It’s a hot island track to help melt your cold heart, or does it warm up your cold heart? I don’t know if you caught my Southpark reference there? Dyl, Jen and Rick kill it on “Sax And Violins”. I hear a little Jewish folk in this track, but I could definitely be wrong. However it would not surprise me. Fans of “Arrested Development” will love the next track, “There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand”. 

I’m not positive that’s a stand up bass at the intro, but it thumps deep and is a possibility. This track is grove worthy and fun. “Whatever You Say, Dr Dre” is up next. This track is mello and on the reggae ska side. Of course the obvious salute to the man himself Dr Dre. I personally love the horns on this song. The next track, “What’s Chaplin, Bro” is mixed with Chaplins’s famous speech from the “Great Dictator”. I sat beside myself embedded in the tones and listened sharply to Chaplin’s words. It will definitely make you think. 

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“Yeasty Boys” follows up with some amazing work on bass and guitar. “Lost In The Sauce” is next with a Primus nod, but funky like George Clinton, and a little latin spice in there. Now I’m no Disco Doug, but shit this track is fun! Get your skankin shoes on and that “Stayin Alive” outfit on! The final track is “Trapped In The Sap” while PCP may not be known for metal. This track may change things. Holy shit is it good!

Pic by Gingersnapshots

Overall I’d say “Lounge Lizard’ is a magnificent instrumental album. PCP is mainly known as a ska band; however this album has everything I was never expecting. The deep bass, metal licks, cool island sounds, scifi, and some insane drums. Seriously don’t sleep on “Lounge Lizard” by People Corrupting People”. Get it here, www.pcpsux.com.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

Amazon Primus

Casio No He Didn’t!

Dewey Got Diddled

Jim Jones Slumber Party

Panflute Sexual

Pterodactyl Cunt Punt

Quarantina Wine Mixer

Sax And Violins

There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand

Whatever You Say, Dr. Dre!

What’s Chaplin, Bro

Yeasty Boys

Lost In The Sauce

Trapped In The Sap

Links:

  1. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pcpsux/
  2. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pcpsux/
  3. Website: http://pcpsux.com/
  4. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9fm2YkQhAGruqfhZHUsPA/videos
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Punk’s Not Dead, It’s Still A Teen: Amazing Flying Dumbasses & Worthless Commodity Release Surprise EP Split

Release Date: April 15, 2020                                      

Format: Digital 

Cover Art: Bobby Brown

Location: Denver, CO

Production: Recorded at Swamp Rocket Studios

Favorite Tracks: A.F.D, I’ll Get More, P.M.A, F**ck Old People, Brain Dead, and Throwing Two’s


Proving that age has nothing to do with your punk “Status” are 2 local Denver bands Amazing Flying Dumbasses and Worthless Commodity. Both bands have enjoyed local success and are known as rising stars in the Denver punk rock scene. Amazing Flying Dumbasses have raked in over 7,000 streams on Spotify with  “All Cops Are Bastards” being their most popular track. This split is Worthless Commodity’s first public release.

So let’s check out this EP split. The record begins with A.F.D. How many bands have an actual theme song? Well grab your shit and hang on cause we’re hitting the pit on this track! It clocks out at a whopping 53 seconds, I LOVE IT! The next song is “I’ll Get More”. Benny Vigil is straight up angry on this track. Mikey’s drums bring an unleashed energetic power as Connor and Noah join in on bass and guitar. Yet another track I adore!

Video Credit: Victor Valdez

The last Amazing Flying Dumbasses track on the split is “P.M.A. This is one of my favorite “AFD” tracks and only plays second to “Skate And Destroy” from their “Bruised” album. Worthless Commodity tracks are up next for the review. The first track, “F**K Old People”, comes in like a swift kick to the face. The guitar riff is addicting. The lead singer’s voice reminds me of the late Buzzcock’s singer, Pete Shelley which is incredible.

Pic by Victor Valdez

The next song is “Brain Dead” is what Skabones defines as “Pogo Worthy”! This track has a bit of more hardcore sound with a deep bass line. This is my personal favorite track from Worthless Commodity! The last and definitely not least track on the split is “Throwing Twos”. This anger driven track has kick-ass bass, drums and intense vocals. This track kicks serious ass! I cannot wait to hear more in the future from Worthless Commodity!

You can listen to the split here!

The coolest part of this split? The oldest senior band member is 18 years old. So when I said, “Punk’s not dead, it’s still a teen” it proves how amazing and badass our younger musicians can be. So your old “Dad punk” while it may be considered classic, bands like Amazing Flying Dumbasses and Worthless Commodity continue to keep the light burning bright. Be sure to check out the new split on any major music provider. This is a nominee for best local EP release!

Track List (Per Spotify)

A.F.D.

I’ll Get More

P.M.A.

F**k Old People

Brain Dead

Throwing Twos

Links:

Facebook- Amazing Flying Dumbasses: https://www.facebook.com/TheAFDband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theafdband/

Facebook – Worthless Commodity: https://www.facebook.com/worthlesscommodityband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/worthless_commodity/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6kVgvftlbNRw6aDZPYMEQE?si=GzPBsJdWSEWzY_5jUMqr9g

Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/album/amazing-flying-dumbasses-worthless-commodity-split/1508059261

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