Boston Alt Rocker Vera Kay Release New Singles From EP, “Pink Roses”. In One Word – Compelling

Release Date: April/May 2019
Format: Digital
Label: DIY
Location: Boston, MA
Producer: Aaron Sprinkle and Shannon McArthur
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
Katherine Rufli
Favorite Tracks: Pink Roses, Comatose, and Paradise
Sounds Like: Paramore,  Poor Moxi, The Sounds, Married A Dead Man, and American Pinup


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Here at CPRA we are no strangers to great alternative rock. This might be a website geared toward punk, but we find ourselves constantly dipping our toes into other alternative music outlets. It helps keep us fresh, and we get to listen to some kick ass music. Plus it’s helping us build a massive tour network so when a band visits town. We know right away which bands to book them with.

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Let’s take a step back and get nostalgic. When I was growing up female fronted bands were bursting onto the airwaves. The 90s were filled with great artists like Tori Amos, Garbage, Belly, Natalie Merchant, Veruca Salt and so many more. Ok I’ll admit I kinda liked Hole until I saw them live.  Hole sucks live, be sure to pass up any chance to see them fast! So recently into CPRA comes Vera Kay.

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Vera Kay is set to release their debut EP, “Pink Roses” sometime this spring. Personally I’m actually a bit excited for this one to drop. Let’s check out some tracks. Be sure to listen below in the player. The first track, “Pink Roses” is a powerful relationship anthem. The guitar and drums are killer. Rufli’s vocals are quite astonishing. This ballad has a high chance of landing on the major radio waves.

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“Comatose”, is up next and a bit slower. I’m not sure how this was accomplished. It could be the producers mixing. It’s almost as if there’s a giant orchestra playing in the background. Again some fantastic drums. They remind of some strange, yet primal orgasmic beat. Anyone with a heart can relate to this song.

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“Paradise” is the last of these 3 songs. This song has more of punk almost industrial sound. Think the Pixies with some darker and heavier bass lines. The guitar shreds right into some amazing hooks. The lyrical flow accompanied by the vocals is simply priceless. Seriously somebody get this band up on a label!  

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Time to wrap up this review. These 3 great songs are just a taste of the rest of the EP. I seriously cannot wait for this one to drop. Keep an eye on this band. I have a feeling there may be some great things in store for them. CPRA will be sure to announce the day this EP is available commercially.  

Tracklist: (Depends on what service you stream on)

  1. Pink Roses
  2. Comatose
  3. Paradise

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Ft Collins Based Bad Desicions Bring That Classic Punk Feel With Their latest Self Titled Release

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Release Date: July 12, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Gus Gonzalez (Gustavo la Douche)–throat
  • David Brack-bass
  • Jason Brack-guitar
  • Beckett Martin- drums
  • John Hunter-guitar.  

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


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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/.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Snake 02:14
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

Links:

 

Is grunge back? Seattle’s Bad Animals Bring It All With Their New Album, “All The Shakes”

Release Date: 3/26/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Seattle, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Wallace Brown…guitar/vocals
  • Cory Johnson…drums/vocals
  • Eric Stallard…Guitar
  • Lucas Chalcraft…Bass

Favorite Tracks: Alone And Wasted, Remnants, Spitbox, and Laid To Waste

Sounds Like: The Pixies, Nirvana, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Lillingtons, and Pennywise


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As I entered high school in 1992 the grunge scene in Seattle was taking off. The sounds coming out of that city were crazy. We had Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana just to name a few. Keep in mind I was still forming my musical taste. I loved it and still do. Although I would later move onto a more hardcore sound. Part of me still loves grunge. So I when popped on the first track from Seattle’s Bad Animals I was very surprised.

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From start to finish I absolutely love this album! The influences are too many to count. Brown’s vocals go from 0-100 in a heartbeat. This album has a ton of amazing songs. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this album hits Billboard’s Top 100. Being a punk oriented page. We would love all the bands to become successful. We just hope they don’t forget us when they do. So if you’re looking for an amazing band that plays all things from blues to post punk, check out Bad Animals!

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Pre-Order the album here, https://badanimals.bandcamp.com/releases

Track List (Subject To Change)
1. Remnants
2.Spitbox
3.Every Breath
4.All The Shakes
5.Laid To Waste
6.Alone And Wasted
7.Afraid To Win
8.New Pony (Dylan cover)
9.Black Hole In My Mind (Lillingtons cover)
10.Everything’s Yesterday
11.Wishing Well

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Dead Already land at CPRA with “Gilded Age Of Piss”. These Aussie street punks mean business

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Release Date: 8/25/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Current Lineup:

  • Rach S – Drums
  • Pat S – Guitar
  • Jack S – Bass
  • Paul W – Guitar
  • Scott R – Vox

Favorite Tracks: Radioactivity, Nervous Wreck, This Machine Empowers Facists and Darkness Glows

Sounds Like: Exploited, Almataha, Rene SG, Minor Threat, and Gorilla Biscuits


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We get a ton of reviews requests on a weekly basis. Some are so good, we can’t refuse. Some we have to pass, because it may not fit our format. On that note if you would like to help keep our reviews and website up, please donate here.

On that note we get a ton of pop punk review requests. Don’t get me wrong I love me some good pop punk, but sometimes you just need some good street punk in your lives. You need the energetic, fuck the establishment, pure and raw sound. Melbourne punks, Dead Already are doing just that with their latest release, “Gilded Age Of Piss”.

This EP is non stop train of old school classic punk straight out the back alleys of Melbourne. With songs like, ‘Nervous Wreck’, ‘This Machine Empowers Facists’ and ‘Darkness Glows’ I find myself fist pumping inside my office. My boss is probably thinking I’ve gone mental. Oh well fuck him anyway. So if you need something to accommodate an angry outburst, socially powerful, Dead Already’s, “Gilded Age Of Piss” is exactly the EP you NEED.  

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Radioactivity 01:48
    2. Nervous Wreck 01:39
    3. This Machine Empowers Facists 01:39
    4. Gesso 02:05
    5. Multiball 02:31
    6. Darkness Glows 01:03
    7. Foetid Hell 03:07

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Bricheros – Making Our Way to the USA

 

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***


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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…

FUCK TRUMP!!!

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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:

Fuckxasperated

Enfuckyoulated

Ragetastic

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…

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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/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bricherospunkrock/

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knuNiiaDKh4

Website: www.bricherospunkrock.com

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Venezuelan Band Zeta: Friends, Music, Politics and The American Dream

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Photo By Nick Zimmer

Zeta is a bold word that fails to encompass the energy these men represent. This Latin-jazz band is at the forefront of the underground movement. For those who think Latin-jazz is a dated time piece, likely with themes of love or partying, you are dead wrong. This band moves in ways music rarely does; guitars shred, drums thump, you can feel the energy from a mile away. It is hard to sit still to a Zeta track. Psychedelia is what this band is about; and where it plays the most is in their live shows.

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Photo By Nick Zimmer

As a photographer, it can often be hard to keep an eye on just one member, everyone is moving; hell, the crowd is moving with them in an almost trance-like unity. Eduardo furiously keeping pace, Juan’s deep voice contrasting with his screaming guitar, Leonidas complimenting Juan’s voice in his bass, and Dani
seemingly at the helm hugging the audience into kinship in the quasi-religious experience.

Dani’s love for the crown becomes overwhelming at times it seems. His frantic running around, dancing, and overall harmony with the crowd often wins over those who have never even heard of Zeta, it did with me.

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After shows Dani converses with the crowd and seems to treasure every moment of it. We talked on where music is going and how important touring bands are to the underground scene, seeming to hype himself up every moment of the conversation that mentioned how Zeta have positively affected the Colorado
community as a whole.

A healthy vegan diet, love, understanding, and unity are entirely what this band seems to stand for and their member Dani portrays all of the above and more in a positively inspirational light. Despite this, the Venezuelan act have recently applied to stay in the United States with all members, except for Dani, being allowed to stay.

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I personally had vowed to not write any articles until my health
improves, but desperate times call for desperate measures and Dani, and the band as a whole, have impacted me and several others’ lives enough to require such action. As Dani is fighting to stay, I write this article express the true good Dani has done for this community and the good this band will do for the culture of our state and others into the future.

Sign the Change.org petition today, https://www.change.org/p/us-stop-uscis-from-splitting-the-band-zeta

Written for CPRA by Nou Nedih

***CPRA Editor Notes: As the Trump Administration continues its legacy of racially based immigration policies. CPRA will continue to fight and support good people facing deportation. I encourage everyone to read the story of Jose Algara Godoy. This story personally hit me very hard as I am a friend of a loved of Jose.

Links:

Dying Scene: https://dyingscene.com/news/tour-news-the-zeta-hardcore-may-have-to-cancel-remaining-tour-dates-due-to-visa-issues/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joinzeta/

Bandcamp: https://joinzeta.bandcamp.com/

Booking: booking@joinzeta.org

Best of 2018 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by CPRA’s Skabones

Best of 2018 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by CPRA’s Skabones

It’s been a crazy year here at CPRA. We’ve reviewed so much amazing music this year. We debuted our very first show, “Happy Skanksgiving” at Tennyson Tap. By the way our last show of the year, “Merry Punxmas” is on December 29, 2018. I know we all get a bit tired of these end of the year lists. As admins we all couldn’t possibly agree on overall favorites. So we are going to individually announce our own personal picks.

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Skabones’s Top Local Full Length Albums of 2018

1. Last Reel HeroLast Reel Hero (S/T)
2. Came And Took ItResume
3. Almataha – Kill The Leaders
4. Weathered Statues Borderlands
5. The Wannabes – Goodbye

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP/LP

1. Sunset Silhouette Detour EP
2. RASP State Of The Union
3. Younger Than Neil Never Quite Asleep
4. Married A Dead Man Haunt
5. People Corrupting People Red Herring

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. The Corps Tales From 2814
2. Dirty Work In The West End
3. Off The Mark Aging Disgracefully
4. The Shell Corporation Fucked
5. Fourbanger Never Let Go

 

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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1. FoL Therapathy
2. Debt Neglector The Kids Are Pissed
3. Millie Manders and The Shut Up Millie Manders and The Shut Up EP
4. Upper Downer Upper Downer
5. The F/A How Riots Start

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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

The Rumjacks Saints Preserve Us
Grinning Barrets Riot
Alternative Ulster “Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes & Beer”
The Dead End The Dead End EP
Oh See Demons Personal Issues
Bottom Bracket Is Something Else
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We reviewed almost 100 albums in 2018. So picking only a few was very tough on me. Happy Holiday and don’t let Krampus get ya! Be sure to pick up a CPRA shirt, patch, or sticker before Christmas! Email soon if you want one by Christmas!

CPRA Pics by Cricket Fox!