Screaming At Traffic – “I Don’t Like Sports”, (Neither Does CPRA)

Release Date:  June 7th, 2019                                                

Format: Record/Vinyl/Digital Album

Location: Winnipeg, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jacques Richer – Vocals, Guitar
  • Duncan Murta – Vocals, Guitar
  • Paul Colman – Vocals, Bass
  • Stefan St. Godard – Drums 

Label: Little Rocket Records

Favorite Tracks: They Call Me “Thrillhouse”, I Don’t Like Sports, Bitter, Broken Teeth, and Weekend Cartoons

Sounds Like: Filthy Hearts, Descendants, Neck Deep, Penske File, Eat Defeat, and The Flatliners


Photo Cred Winston Smith

Do you like sports? Well here at CPRA we really don’t like any of the major sporting activities. Ok so maybe some roller derby or some hockey, but none of that NBA or NFL stuff. So when Winnipeg based, Screaming At Traffic dropped, “I Don’t Like Sports”. I knew I had to check the album out. And yes in pure CPRA fashion this album review is super late! We are still playing catch up. 

The album starts with They Call Me “Thrillhouse”. This track is deep with extremely well written lyrics, great drums, and a catchy guitar riff. Check out the video below!

“Y.B.F.” rolls in next keeping up the progression. “I wish you would say something instead of shutting down like you always do”. What does Ybf mean? Someone, anyone, Buehler? This song kickass! The next track is “Pantomime”. This is a personal favorite for me. The changing hooks, and melody drive this one home.

“I Don’t Like Sports”, is the next song. Obviously this track has nothing to do with sports. The track starts out on a somber note as the progression kicks in. We’ve all been in that relationship where you can never win. It sucks to lose, but sometimes you have to lose in order to win. I love this song! “Bitter” is another kick ass song. The drums are powerful when combined with the anthem like lyrics. 

Photo cred Kiwi Photography

“Broken Teeth” follows slowing down a bit. I love the subtle bass line that accompanies the guitar. This track hit home for me. After a bad relationship in 2012 I went down a never ending rabbit hole of drinking and self doubt. I finally pulled myself up. This is a great, “Break Up Punk” track! The guitar rocks on in a Flatliners like tone. 

“And I should never go out drinking before I eat, 

and I know I never looked so good with broken teeth”

“Monstrosity” is the next song. The change ups and hooks are wicked good. “Hey, Koyuki”, follows with a strong bass line intro. Not sure, but I think this track relates to musicians struggling to survive. I am not a musician, but my passion isn’t working the 9-5 rat race. It’s writing and talking about music, but it really doesn’t pay the bills. 

The next track, “Weekend Cartoons”, while starting out in a slow fashion. The track builds into an angry climatic driven ballad. “Naproxen” follows slowing the progression, yet retaining the wonderfully written lyrics. The last track on the record is, “People Pay Good Money For Secrets”. Personally I’m a bit sad to see this record end. 

In reflection Screaming At Traffic’s, “I Don’t Like Sports” is 11 tracks of emotion, intense musicianship, located in an introverts heart shaped box. With tracks like, “They Call Me “Thrillhouse””, “Bitter”, and Broken Teeth. I’ll be playing this record on repeat.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. They Call Me “Thrillhouse” (feat. Bleed American)
  2. Y.B.F. 
  3. Pantomime
  4. I Don’t Like Sports 
  5. Bitter 
  6. Broken Teeth
  7. Monstrosity (feat. Alex Guidry)
  8. Hey, Koyuki
  9. Weekend Cartoons (feat. Jenna Priestner)
  10. Naproxen 
  11. People Pay Good Money For Secrets 

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Chicago Pop Punks Wilmette Ready To Drop New EP Release, “Anxious Body”, via Mutant League Records on 7/19/2019

Release Date: 7/19/2019                                                              

Format: Digital

Production: Seth Henderson at ABG Studios (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends) and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens)

Label: Mutant League Records

Location: Sleepy Hollow, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Hailey – Vocals
  • Peyton Day – Bass/Vocals
  • Gage Pokorny – Guitar
  • Griffin Guge – Guitar
  • Aidan Hailey – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Anxious Body, Carol From HR, and Winter Stay (Feat Safe Bet)


Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Filthy Hearts, Breaking Benjamin, Thrice, The Used, and MCR


Chicago punks, Wilmette have recently signed with the coolest label name ever, Mutant League Records. Their new EP, “Anxious Body” hits the airwaves on 7/19/2019. This album had some serious production efforts from Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck and Real Friends) at AGB Studios and was mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens). Wilmette seems to encompass many different styles let’s check out the tracks on “Anxious”.

The EP starts with “Anxious Body”. I can already hear the production efforts in full effect. The simple intro leads into a climatic drum driven melodic tune. I really love the lyrics on this track. It has somewhat of a pop punk sound, but swings into metal like bridge. This is my favorite track on the EP. 

Next up is, “Carol From HR”, who is a fan of HR? Anyone? Anyone? This track is for all musicians stuck working a 9-5 to survive. Aaron’s vocal range on this track is amazing. How he can still talk after singing this song is beyond me. The drums and guitar lead the foray as Aaron tells us the story. 

“Paul Rutt”, follows seems to continue this onslaught of awesome music. I feel like anyone can really relate to this track. When your going through the darkness, sometimes it’s hard to claw back out again. The song is perfect melodic hardcore. The next song is “Where I Sleep”. This track is deep, with strong guitar strikes, and a great bass line. 

The last song is, “Winter Stay (Featuring Safe Bet”. Be sure to check out the kickass video. I through personal experience have found that many people in the music scene. Suffer from Bi Polorism. It’s awful, but I think it drives some of the best music I’ve ever heard. This is a fantastic track, and an anthem for the hopeless.

“Anxious Body” By Wilmette has been composed with an articulous love for humanity,  music, and endless dose of courage and personal strength. I will not be surprised to see this band hit it in a very big way. The talent they possess seems beyond their years. If you love bands like, MCR, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio, you’re going to love Wilmette’s, “Anxious Body” EP. 

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Anxious Body
  2. Carol From HR
  3. Paul Rutt
  4. Where I Sleep
  5. Winter Stay Feat Safe Bet

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Denver’s Bury MIA To Drop Debut Record, “…And Sleep It Off”, This Friday at Marquis Theatre

Release Date: 7/13/2019 At The Marquis Release Show!

Format: Digital (Physical may be available at the show)

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Justin O’Neal – Vocals/Guitar
  • Alex Crabb – Guitar/Backing Vocals
  • Devin Martinez – Bass/Backing Vocals
  • Marcus Allen-HIlle – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Fools, Say This, Eighty Two In A 25, Adios, Death By Misadventure, and Firefight 

Sounds Like: Penske File, JerkSwitch, MCR, The Used, and the Descendants


We here at CPRA have been bugging Bury Mia for a new release for over a year now. I’m happy to announce the boys have not let us down.  The new record, “…And Sleep It Off”, drops this Friday at their release party with Major Glen and Jailpocket. This is a kick ass lineup and should not be missed. So let’s dig into, “…And Sleep It Off”.

The records starts out with “Adios”. I love the chords on this track. The melody is sweet yet meaningful. The lyrics are catchy, yet non generic. The perfectly well placed, “Ois” bring in that extra edge commonly not found in pop punk. “Say This” is the next track up. It has somewhat of a Ramonescore. As Admin A once said, “Pop Punk creates the best break up punk ever”. This track is for anyone needed that extra boost to leave a bad relationship. Could Bury Mia pull off a couple of Ramones songs? You bet and probably more. 

My favorite song is up next and you may have heard, “Fools” before. Give it a listen in the bandcamp player below. This track is pure anger and feels refreshing and unexpected. The chords and general progression is killer. Grab your air guitar while there’s time. The next song up is “Eighty Two In A 25”. The track is heavy on drums and I love it. The message is powerful. 

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“Death By Misadventure”, comes roaring in next with a blast of energy. This is my second favorite on the release. The track has a great skatepunk sound, while the guitar narrows the gap from metal. This song is KILLER! “Cold Hard Shiny Plastic” is up next, slowing things down a little. This track continues the great melodic sound the album is building. This song will easily be stuck in your head soon after.  

“Firefight”, follows up with more of a street punk theme. The track seems to be about friendship. The drums are heavy, the bass pounding. This one may bring a tear to your eye. After listening you too will be saying, “There was a firefight”.

The last track up is, “Cry About It”. This song is very reminiscent of the Flatliners. The opening riff is fantastic. Justin’s spoken word part really sells this one home. It’s time to wrap this one up. Bury MIA’s new record, “…And Sleep It Off” is not just another run of the mill pop punk album. Every song is different, and in every chord strike, in every drum beat. You can feel the hours of blood, sweat and tears poured into this album. 

Check out their recent interview with the Punk Rock Horror Podcast here,  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/punk-rock-horror-podcast/id1338630845?i=1000443504165&fbclid=IwAR1WWTyMmZKS43UM_4vhlimJOPpW1EBuVr-Xx7BkGtS7APv90-382LDDDxA

Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Adios
  2. Say This
  3. Fools (Single)
  4. Eighty Two In A 25
  5. Death By Misadventure
  6. Cold Hard Shiny Plastic
  7. Firefight
  8. Cry About It

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Edward In Venice To Release, “Empathy” on 4/26/2019 Via Lockjaw Records

Release Date: 4/26/2019

Format: Digital

Release on: Lockjaw Records

Location: Pesaro – Italy

Favorite Tracks: The Deserter, High Tide, Pipe Dream

Sounds Like: AFI,The Used, Strung Out, Flatliners, and A Wilhelm Scream


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The UK’s Lockjaw Records are kicking some major ass when it comes to releasing some great music. We’ve reviewed a bunch of their releases, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/category/lockjaw-records/. Not a single release has let us down yet. When I saw Italy’s Edward In Venice dropped a new video. My old man self did a fast fist pump. That’s what we all did before so called dabbing, haha. I got lucky and grabbed a media release as soon as I could.

I have to be honest. I’m new to Edward In Venice. They have over 5K fans on their Facebook page. “I guess you could say, things are pretty serious”. Sorry had to throw in a cheesy Napoleon Dynamite quote there.

Let’s dig into “Empathy”. The record starts out with, “The Deserter”. This song is wicked good. The drums, are fucking nuts! The vocal range both singers meet is admirable. This song is perfect when you need to release some anger on a nonviolent level.

The next track up is, “High Tide”. Throw this one in the, “I need a release bin”. Everything in this song is catchy and relatable. The sheer talent of all on this one is remarkable.  The vocals really shine again on this track.

“Spark The Philly” is full of pure skate punk love. So far this record has made me revisit my youth a bunch of times. It angry, fast, and perfect. I’m betting this or “The Deserter” will be their next video. Then this super odd transitional tune comes in called, “Manolo Riddim”. Ok what happened to my angry punk rock? Don’t fret it comes roaring back with, “Pipe Dream”. This song is super catchy and fun to jam along with.

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“Blue Whale” is the next song up and will easily appeal to fans of the Used or maybe even some MCR, yet less whiny when compared to Gerard Way. Don’t get me wrong I love MCR, but sometimes they make me wanna slap them. The last song is “Vaporeon”. You can feel the energy that everyone puts out on this record as it culminates in a dramatic finale.

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Personally I’m a bit sad this ride is over, yet I think I found myself a new favorite. I’ve also found a new band to add to my, “Fuck Off Playlist”. “Empathy” is definitely getting my recommendation for CPRA’s International EP/LP of the year for 2019. Hit that preorder link here, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/edward-in-venice-empathy/.

Track List Subject To Change

  1. The Deserter
  2. High Tide
  3. Spark The Philly
  4. Manolo Riddim
  5. Pipe Dream
  6. Blue Whale
  7. Vaporeon

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RCKLSS – So Cynical (EP)

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Release Date: 2/1/2019

Format: Digital

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Current Lineup:

  • Matty Halliwell – Vocals/Guitar
  • Lewis Horsley – Guitar
  • Laurence Burkitt – Bass
  • Josh Woolnough – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Every Time, Struggle,

Sounds Like: All Time Low, and MCR, Pierce The Veil, and The Used


A debut record is always a scary thing to release as a band. You’re wondering will somebody like it? Did we make any major mistakes someone will notice? I have to wonder if the members of RCKLSS are going through these now. On the other hand they might be super pumped and excited to release their new EP, “So Cynical”.

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Let’s check out the tracks and see how they stack up. The first track up is, ‘Every Time’. This one is strong on the pop punk anthem side. The lyrics are addicting. I’m pretty sure you’ll be singing along quickly. The drums are powerful, with a strong bass background. The passion in Matty’s voice is admirable. ‘Animals’ is up next and kind of reminds me of a early 2000 MCR or The Used. It’s heavy and climatic. Lewis absolutely shreds on this track.

Next in comes, ‘Struggle’ the pace is slowed, yet builds again climatically. The piano is haunting, leaving the listener to drift off along with the melody. This is by far my favorite on the record. The next song is ‘Tell You’. The familiar melodic pop punk sound comes roaring back in with some well timed, “Whoas”. This song is just plain fun as it speaks of gaining your freedom from a bad relationship.

‘Sorry For Trying’, comes in slowly with a huge build. There some great writing on this track. I really dig this song as well. This song will likely get some time on the major airwaves. ‘Empty Space’ is the next song and the last on the record. The intro guitar riffs mixed with Matty’s vocals is engaging. This song is much slower and on the darker side.

Let’s wrap this review up. RCKLSS’s debut EP, “So Cynical” is a haunting yet powerful melodic journey of compelling harmonies and well written lyrics. Even when the darkness comes from songs like “Sorry For Trying”. The raw emotion from the band is sure to get you powerfully hooked. If this is their debut EP. I cannot wait to see how the rest of their discography will unfold.

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Tracks:

1) Every Time
2) Animals
3) Struggle
4) Tell You
5) Sorry For Trying
6) Empty Space

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Goodbye Blue Monday – ‘Misery Punk Ruined My Life’ EP

Goodbye Blue Monday – ‘Misery Punk Ruined My Life’ EP

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Release date: June 29th, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Make That a Take Records

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Current Lineup:

  • Graham Lough – Vocals/Guitar
  • Jack Cunningham Guitar/Vocals
  • Ross Gammie Bass/Vocals
  • Alberto Morillas Bravo Drms

Favorite Tracks: Worst In The Morning

Sounds Like:  The Menzingers


 

 

This is a heavy hitting EP of anthems for the bad days.  The title track Misery-Punk Ruined My Life is a fist pumping way of saying, “me too.”  We’ve all had those days where we want to get the words to come out right and it doesn’t work and we end up miserable.  Mornings and relational trepidation are the themes that round out the EP. When you’re questioning if there is more to life than this, this is the music you put on.  By the end I was ok with it all and you might say happy. I can’t wait to see what is ahead for this quartet from Scotland.

Track List

  1. Misery- Punk Ruined My Life
  2. Worst In The Mornings
  3. Love Is a Noose For Two

Links:

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

Band Camp: https://goodbye-blue-monday-1.bandcamp.com/album/misery-punk-ruined-my-life

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/goodbye-blue-monday-1/misery-punk-ruined-my-life

About the writer: Old crab that stands in the back and complains that it was better in my day, but is 100% for the youth take over.  I’m a contradiction that thrives on holding on to rebellion with one foot on either side. – Lala