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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CPRA Presents: Riot Skapunk Show with 86-B, Madaline (Texas) and People Corrupting People 5/31/2019 at Fraco’s (Toad Tavern)
86-B is No stranger to Denver’s Music Scene
We checked out 86-B last album Junkie Lullaby back in 2018, read more here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/%E2%80%8B86-b%E2%80%8B-junkie-lullaby/ .
People corrupting People I’ve never heard of em?
Just kidding we love our PCP Fam!
You can read a bunch of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/people-corrupting-people/
If there’s one thing I love about PCP, every show feels like the first time I have seen them.
Madaline – On Tour from Denton, Texas!
$7.00 Online here, or $10.00 day of the show. This is an ALL AGES Show with parent or Guardian 21+!
Release Date: 04/22/2019
Pictures in this post by: David Shimenko
Location: Denver, CO
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- Nick Cormier – Lead Vox |
- Nate “L’Chaim O’Brien” Nepsky – Guitar/Vox |
- Heath “Candyman” Milton – Bass |
- Dyl “Pkyl” McGreggor – Drums |
- “Regular” Rich Granville – Trombone |
- Jen Torres – Violin |
- Mike Lebofsky – Theremin/Percussion
- Guest Artists/Past ‘Members:
- Nic “MC N.I.C.” Farber – Guitar |
- Erik “Spaghetti Man” Livesay – Face-Melting Guitar |
- Russell “Greenman” Lopez – Bass/Shenanigans
- Doug “Dougie Damage” Nicholas – Bass/Damage |
- Austin Tinsley – Bass/Artwork |
- Mike Barnes – Drums |
- Matt “Cap’n Kirk Cruz” Capanna – Drums |
- Jim Dempsey – Guitar/Trumpet |
- Kyle Nash – Drums |
Favorite Tracks: Building 7, Bacteri-Yum, Ex Man, Call Me Al, Washington, and Cum All Ye Faithful
Sounds Like: Mustard Plug, Let’s go bowling, Reel Big Fish, and Streetlight Manifesto, all on drugs still.
Denver’s PCP has been some Busy Beaver so far in 2019. They released their infamous Christmas album, “White Elephant” back in January. You can read that review and other Animal Farm Chronicles here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/people-corrupting-people/. The Orwellian based band continues to bring truth and justice to the masses. Kids pop in some PCP Tarts. It’s time to dig into, “Busy Beaver”.
So before I go all long and drawn out. Let me point out that, “Busy Beaver” is FREE. I know you were ready to fork out thousands of dollars for some quality ska punk. So save those dollars for the bar or best of all PCP merch. The EP kicks off with “Two Minutes Hate”. In a way I feel like every person can relate to this. You pick up your phone to check out Facebook and can quickly get your “Two Minutes Hate”. It may be some religious zealot friend, some orange haired ogre president, or even a relative. You don’t need that negativity in your life.
“Building 7” is the next track up. This song reminded me of a documentary I watched recently regarding the Emperor Constantine. The documentary offered proof that Constantine was never a Christian, and that he stayed true to his pagan roots. He even built monuments to display his pagan beliefs. One was a statute of the Roman Sun God, Apollo. Constantine was said to have hid bits of the True Cross inside this statue. He merely adopted Christianity to preserve the Roman Empire.
So in part, Constantine played a massive prank on all believers of Christianity. This is what the United States has done to all Americans since 9/11. While claiming our “Freedom” is being protected, it’s actually being whittled away. Our Dear Leader spouts non-stop hateful rhetoric, while we stand by and listen. What is the wizard doing behind the curtain?
OK sorry for my rant, but I guess I needed to get that out. Let’s move on to the next song. “Bacteri-Yum”. This track is so damn catchy. I constantly find myself humming along. For fans of ska core this is your song. This track has some amazing bass and guitar, including the lovely Jen on violin. Personally they really should consider getting this song accompanied by a full orchestra.
A love song featuring the X Men? “Ex Man” is just that. Not only is this song hilarious, it kicks serious ass! Will the X-Men, help out our Ex Man? “Brad Mosh Pitt” is the next track. You will be running for the pit as you slam each other as PCP lists of movies by Brad Pitt. Wait what? I really dig this tune.
So back in the 80s there were 2 superstars Chevy Chase and Paul Simon. Paul Simon wrote and recorded, “You Can Call Me Al”. This mega popular song ended up on his Graceland album. I am no means a Paul Simon fan, but I love “You Can Call Me Al”. I think my love for the song mainly comes from the video. Chevy and Paul go rounds in the hilarious video. PCP needs to remake this video now!
PCP’s cover is excellent. Everything is harder, heavier even the trombone. The drums really stuck out as well. Due to some local controversy I am skipping the next song. CPRA believes in the Denver Scene, and we will stay that way. On, “Washington”, the ska core comes back with furious animosity. Nate’s rap is pretty bad ass, while a slow island like jam plays along.
“Cum All Ye Faithful”, follows with a raunchy blast towards religion. As, Nick Cormier sings you can feel him preaching to the choir. This is by far my absolute favorite track on the album. A big shout out to Mike Lebofsky as his theremin skills add a super creepy edge. The last and nerdiest track is up next with Goku Vs. Superman. Dyl’s drumming and Nate’s shredding give this song the perfect combination.
It’s time to call this one a wrap. People Corrupting People’s, “Busy Beaver” is another excellent addition to the Animal Farm Chronicles. PCP may not be concerned about getting rich in the music industry. They do pour their heart and souls into making some damn good music.
And did I mention it’s FREE?
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- Two Minutes Hate
- Building 7
- Ex Man
- Brad Mosh Pitt
- Call Me Al (Performed by PCP, written by Paul Simon)
- Cum All Ye Faithful
- Goku Vs. Superman
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/peoplecorruptingpeople
- Website: http://pcpsux.com/ (Listen and download FREE!)
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9fm2YkQhAGruqfhZHUsPA
Denver’s People Corrupting next album, “Busy Beaver” is due out on 4/20/2019. Check out their new song, “Ex Man” down below. This is a CPRA exclusive drop!
- Website: http://pcpsux.com/
Release Date: 3/08/2019
Location: Denver, Colorado
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
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.
Track List (Subject To Change)
- Roger Bravo Leader
- You’re A Weak Anarchist Perry
- In Our Genes
- Math Not Even Once
- Happiest Nihilist
- Sleepwalk Song
- Trouble Breathing
- Up For Air
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youngerthanneil/
- Bandcamp: https://youngerthanneilmusic.bandcamp.com/
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2vCxsqlDVSShpnkVdoo3ph
- CPRA Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/63tWv90DLNZmzGNx465TXC
Pick it up here, http://pcpsux.com.
In the tradition of mass consumerism Denver’s People Corrupting People sent us their new lyric video for “Punk Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”. Check out this CPRA Exclusive Premier right here! This is their latest addition to the Animal Farm Chronicles – Vol 7.
I’m gonna name it “PCP The Christmas Album”! It won’t be long before you can hit Amazon and buy a squishy Nick Cormier doll or a drunk, “Regular” Rich Bobblehead!
Be sure to check out other reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/people-corrupting-people/
The new album should be out shortly and when it drops you can pick it up here, http://pcpsux.com/.
So, I’ve been kind of avoiding this… there are some decisions I don’t like having to make, because the field of material has made these decisions a Herculean act. (Although, I wouldn’t exactly call this “labour” a penance for murder, as this task was greatly enjoyable, and wouldn’t really be called a “punishment” by any definition of the word. Also, I haven’t killed anyone.)
I have to say, the music I’ve heard this year has been INCREDIBLE!!! The talent, passion, and emotion that’s been poured into these albums has given me a lot to ponder, while making these very hard choices.
In the long run, my decisions came down to two factors:
1. What has made its way into my regular listening rotation? (This didn’t do much to whittle it down)
2. What do I find myself listening to by choice most often? (Still… not much help)
I’ve listened, and re-listened, and re-re-listened to the music from this year and honestly, I can safely say that EVERYTHING is deserving of honorable mention; but my choices for Colorado Album of the Year, Non-Colorado Album of the Year, and EP of the Year are thus:
Colorado Album of the Year:
“Oh Yeah For Sure” by Kenny’s Login
I came to this conclusion because right now, it feels like the whole world is on edge. I spend most of my life in what could be described as “news junkie hell”… I suppose you could almost call it an addiction. The comment sections of the news stories on Facebook were a Pandora’s Box that I never should have opened; lest I deepened my disgust with what’s become to society over the last decade or so.
This album was free from all that. It was a “vacation.” After listening to it, I felt a little better…
… until I got back into the disgusting toxic sludge pit that exists in the comment sections.
I find myself playing the album more and more at parties and social gatherings, because it’s (mostly) void of politics, the lyrics are fun, and it makes people want to dance and feel good; which, now that I think of it, was also a determinate factor in last year’s selection (“Damn Right” by the Dendrites); so I guess that makes me consistent in at least SOME regard.
Non-Colorado Album of the Year:
“Safe At Home” by United Defiance
When I first finished listening to this album, I was sweating, pacing, and my heart was pounding! The raw energy in this album really gets the blood flowing for a good hike, workout, or house cleaning; but can be dangerous while navigating traffic (fair warning).
The lyrics are inspiring, and invoke personal strength and motivation. Personally, I use this album to psych myself up for my art shows and other occasions where I have to present strength and confidence in order to project the professional image that I need to.
Some people use cocaine… I use audio.
EP of the Year:
“Detour” by Sunset Silhouette
This was the hardest category for me to decide. There were so many great EP’s released this year, so vastly spread out among styles and tastes, that this category was literally like comparing apples to bacon… both are delicious, but VASTLY different.
Frankly, I have a love/hate relationship with EP’s. They always leave me wanting more… but I guess that’s kind of their purpose. I just always feel a little sad when I realize that I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard, but thirst for more…
It’s like the series finale for the show, “My Name is Earl”… I mean, here’s this GREAT show that’s gone on for several seasons, and they just end the motherfucker on a TOTAL cliffhanger… what the fuck?!?!?! I WANT RESOLUTION, DAMN IT!!!
… but I digress…
If the purpose of an EP is to leave the audience with a proverbial “cliffhanger,” then Sunset Silhouette did it right! Their first EP was exactly what was needed to stoke interest in their highly awaited upcoming full-length album!
Three songs… just enough to make you want the resolution that comes with the release of a full-length album by displaying the depth of the music to expect in future releases, which is foreshadowed by increasingly attended performances.
Sunset Silhouette has utilized their EP to perfectly punctuate the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a very bright future.
In conclusion, like I said before, this has been a banner year for great music! If 2018 was any indication of what the next year will bring, I anxiously await it with bated breath! I would like to congratulate these winners on beating out some of the stiffest competition in the music world (at least, in my opinion)! To everyone else, hooooooooly shit, you made this hard for me! Truly, I hold everyone in the absolute highest of regards, artistically and professionally!
Happy holidays and New Year, everyone!