Pick it up here, http://pcpsux.com.
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?
Line up –
Release Date: 2/14/19
Format: Digital, physical CD
Distro for North America: self released
Location: Occupied Cheyenne/Arapaho/Ute Territory
- Ratt Dooley – Vocals/Pit Administrator
- Tenaya Kodze’e – Bass/Vocals
- Dave Maelstrom – Guitar
- Cymballic Nate – Drums
Favorite Tracks: Defective Human, Manifest Destiny, Let Them Eat Guillotines, Fascist Killing Machines.
If you like these bands, you will love Sinister Pig: Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Death Angel, TSOL, Adolescents, DRI, Anti-Flag, Circle Jerks.
Rarely can a recording capture the energy and attitude that a punk band demonstrates live, but I think this album has done it! On tracks like “Let Them Eat Guillotines” and “MMIW”, Sinister Pig trade vocals and phrases between members. This release is full of enthusiastic backing vocals that support the lead vocals, truly getting their message across. This is not music for the faint of heart. It’s political, impulsive, motivating, honest, and kicks your brain into thinking about the world around you. It touches on subjects that only a few bands are brave enough to discuss through their art; such as classism, societal pressures, fascism, residual economic issues leftover from the Reagan era, capitalism, and personal isolation.
Musically, the band is in great form! Always in the pocket, the drums and bass lay a driving, pulsing, energetic rhythmic landscape for the guitars to shred over, and do they shred! The bass and guitar often have licks that work beautifully together, complimenting each other in unison or in contrary motion, while the vocals sit perfectly on top of the guitar parts. The lead vocalist encapsulates the rage and disdain many people feel about the current state of political affairs, while also maintaining a personal feeling…not an easy combination to attain.
Overall, I love this album! Sinister Pig truly practices what they preach, and this album illustrates their beliefs very clearly. Listen to it, and listen to it loud!
Be sure to pick it up here on Valentine’s Day, https://sinisterpig.bandcamp.com/
- Defective Human
- Let Them Eat Guillotines
- It’s a Great Day…
- Manifest Destiny
- Which One
- Fascist Killing Machines
- Sick Society
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinisterpig
- Bandcamp: https://sinisterpig.bandcamp.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sinister_pig
About The Reviewer:
Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.
Release date: Nov. 18, 2018
Lineup (per album sleeve):
- Papi Chulo: Guitar
- Riko Suave: Drums
- Pincho Mono: Bass and Vocals
***THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE THOSE OF A? AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF OUR ORGANIZATION***
Ok, so, usually, we try not to get too “political” with our posts; but with this particular album, that’s simply not possible.
So, here’s what I’m gonna do…
If it’s unavoidable, I’m just gonna say “fuck it all,” and just go for it…
I mean, given the current climate, it’s “all or nothing,” right?
Having said that…
I don’t think words have been created to portray the utter contempt and disgust that I feel about the government right now… so I’ll invent a few:
The embrace of Fascism and complete denial of facts and reality by the Republicans…
The complete and total FAILURE of the Democratic Party to fully comprehend the severity of our problems, and their pathetic need to treat this all like a “difference of opinion,” because the hippies still think that we can all just sing “Kumbiyah” and “get along”…
I’m sick of it ALL!!!
I’m sick of the concentration camps popping up on the Southern border! I’m sick of the overt RACISM of Trump and the CULT that follows him! I’m sick of watching well-meaning people trying to present facts to CAVEMEN who are too brainwashed to even LOOK at them! I’m sick of the right wing propaganda outlets that KEEP people brainwashed by LYING to their audiences on a daily basis!
… but I’m also a white guy…
… so a lot of the things going on now don’t impact me in the same ways that they impact people more darkly complected than myself… I’m never going to have racist assholes demanding to know my immigration status… I don’t have to fear that I or my family might be taken away by the ICE gestapo while waiting for the school bus with the kids…
… and watching other people have to go through this shit REALLY pisses me off!
That’s where Bricheros comes in…
A “Brichero” (or Brichera) is a seductive Peruvian man (or woman) who sleeps with foreign vacationers with the hopes of achieving citizenship in their country.
The band, Bricheros, are Peruvian immigrants; and this album paints a vivid picture of the justifiable anger that many immigrants are feeling right now, at the hands of racist policies that are wreaking havoc; and a racist CULT that’s developing increasingly violent tendencies.
Musically, they remind me a lot of a band I liked a lot in the 90’s, called Helmet. Similarities can also be drawn to Bad Religion, Sponge, Ramones, and even Tom Petty (in a good way). I guess I would say that they’re like old school New York attitude with an LA style.
The album is further complimented by the awesome cover art by Denver’s ICONIC artist, Joshua Finley!
I truly love listening to this album! After hearing Der FurHair spewing hatespeech for the last decade (including all the birther shit), it’s great to hear it get dished back so beautifully, from the people it’s directly impacted!
From that perspective, while vastly different in style, I like them for the one of the same reasons that I like bands like Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, and Bad Brains: the perspective gained; and the justice served via honest, heartfelt music!
If you’re as sick of this shit as I am, it’s safe to say that this is an album that you want in your collection. You can purchase it (I recommend the vinyl) at the Bandcamp link below:
Album link: https://bricheros.bandcamp.com/
Release Date: November 9, 2018
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.
- All Sunshine
- October Sky
- I will Be There
- In Name Only
- One More Drink
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theswiftsrock/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theswiftscolorado/
- Bandcamp: https://theswiftsrock.bandcamp.com/album/all-sunshine
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5TUTnEWGZnZqce9wl07Bn9
- CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6oTuqEFrVPkGMGd3dT1CM5