Release Date: August 13, 2021

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Album Info – (Per Bandcamp)

Rosie Rebel: Lead Vocals, Gang Vocals
Jeff Crews: Lead Guitar, Gang Vocals
Matt Van Ernest: Bass Guitar
Phil Wartell: Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Bass (Track 10), Gang Vocals

w/ special guests:
Coolie Ranx (Pilfers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1 and 2), Lead Vocals (Track 2)
Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1-10), Harmonies (Tracks 2, 4 and 9)
Jay Prozac (The Prozacs): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1-8)
Jenny Whiskey (Hub City Stompers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6-10), Harmonies (Tracks 1, 9, and 10)
Rob George (Hub City Stompers): Gang Vocals (Tracks 1, 6, 9 and 10)

Album artwork, layout and design by Paul Kepple of Headcase Design

Mixed & Mastered by Jesse Cannon
Produced & Arranged by Phil Wartell
Recorded remotely at home in quarantine during Covid-19 with the exception of drums and bass, recorded at Cannon Found Soundation in Brooklyn, New York

Favorite Tracks: Queen Of Swords, All I Need, 1:11, Defend Your Temple, When We Were Young, This One’s For You, The Riveter, On My Way,

Sounds Like: The Damed, Lucy And The Rats, The Linda Lindas, The Spazzys, Crimson Riot, Babes In Toyland, and Amyl and the Sniffers


Photo: Mark Doyle

Has a killer release ever quietly snuck past you? Now I’m going to admit something which may cause my punk cred to fall. I never heard a Stiff Little Fingers track until 2010. Keep in mind I was born in the late 1970’s so how could this be? Maybe I didn’t have enough kick ass punk zines to keep me up to date? So now it’s time for me to share a brand new kick ass release ‘Queen Of Swords’ by Brooklyn’s Typhoid Rosie!

So let’s dive right in and check out ‘Queen Of Swords’. The first track shares the name of the album. Thinking about leaving the unhealthy toxic relationship? Well put on this track. You are the Queen Of Swords. This song has some quick hooks and a powerful message about self love. You deserve something better in your life! The Riot Grrrl message continues with “All I Need”. This track has Coolie Ranx from the Pilfers! The riffs, drums, and gang vocals are awesome. It feels a bit surfpunk infused, yet feels so punk rock.

Photo: Mark Doyle

“1.11” is heavy on bass and has some killer drums. The lyrics are great and will have you singing along. Although I am not sure you an or I could ever match Rosie’s amazing vocals. Per the band’s press release on this track. “I’ve gone through a change where I no longer need other people to fill that void like I once did, because I found my own source of divine love inside of me. This song helps me remember how rare and unique I am and that its time to get back on the saddle of fulfilling my purpose and mission while my heart still beats.

“The next song is “Two of Cups”. Hmmm I’m starting to notice a trend. This album has so many tracks named after Tarot cards. “Two Of Cups” goes harder and much darker. The distortion in the guitar will transport any listener down a vast rabbit hole as Rosie puts you into a gentle musically induced coma. My favorite track on the record is next with, “Defend Your Temple”. As a boy I was told, “Defend your temple by working out, eating healthy, blah, blah, blah”.

Buy the Vinyl Here, https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords

What I wasn’t told was that a woman is not property, a woman has to fight harder to get everything she needs, and that society will try to control almost every aspect of a woman’s life. I feel that every parent should make it a point to teach their children these important points. Or maybe you can play, “Defend Your Temple” and help explain the lyrical content. This track has some incredible fuzz, killer drums and bass. This track alone just might put this on our top album release list of 2021.  

Photo Mark Doyle

“When We Were Young” is up next. I love this track! It’s a bit slower, but still has some power on bass and adds a little variety to this already stellar album. We all have at least a few rad moments from our childhood we will never forget. “This One’s For You” follows and continues the album’s theme of self empowerment. The gang vocals really make this track shine with contributions from Becky Lynn Blanca (Penny Matches) Jay Prozac (The Prozacs). 

“The Chariot” is about not taking crap from anyone and moving forward no matter what. Rosie’s vocals hit some insanely high notes! Next up is my second favorite track, “The Riveter”. This is a pro-union, pro-woman song inspired by The Rosies from WWII and Rosie Rebel’s own experience working with the Local 52. Per the band’s press release, “In my day job, I do props and set dressing for Local 52 on movies and television shows. I am very grateful to work with Local 52. I love my job, and it’s nice to know that as a woman, I earn the same wage as the man doing the same job as me.’ 

Well we have reached the final track, “On My Way”. It has a great message about moving on and leaving all that toxic crap behind. The whole song is fantastic. I love the dramatic tempo changes. It’s a perfect ending to already stellar album.

Buy Now! https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords

In Conclusion, Typhoid Rosie’s, “Queen Of Swords” is a Riot Grrrl indie whirlwind. It mixes genres of punk, surf punk and rock and roll with ease while staying true to it’s message of feminism, self empowerment, and combines all of these in an unforgettable experience. You can listen now on your favorite streaming service or pick up the vinyl here, https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords.

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/typhoidrosieband/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/typhoidrosiemusic/

Bandcamp – https://typhoidrosie.bandcamp.com/album/queen-of-swords

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/67koLjNJIwd3at8sM8EAkt?si=YpIJKarXQ6OsNWsxIwDBnQ&dl_branch=1

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Release Date: 10/15/2020                                                       

Format: Digital 

Current Lineup: 

Suzy Slade – Guitar and lead vocals

Judy Porter-Bosco- Bass and back up vocals

Betty “the Beet” Romero – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Vote

Sounds Like: The Damed, Distillers, Bikini Kill, Babes In Toyland, and the Lunachicks


Denver’s Battle Pussy pulled out a giant surprise this morning with their new single release, “Vote”. The new track is super catchy, Suzy Slade’s vocals are riveting and tight, while Judy’s bass thumps. Betty’s drums feel like they are channeling the ghost of Tommy Ramone.

 This politically driven track reminds me of how important it is to vote! Most Colorado residents should be receiving their mail in ballots soon. If you need to register to vote please go here, https://vote.gov/. I don’t want to hear anyone complain about the election results if you didn’t vote! And if you don’t Battle Pussy will kick your ass! Ok maybe they won’t, or will they? 

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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.

Help CPRA stay up and running! Hit that donate button below!

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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Release Date: November 16, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location:

  • Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kryssie Crisis – Vocals
  • Jamie Booth – Guitar
  • Mike Skull – Bass
  • Colin Holmes – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Upstanding Citizen, Degeneration, Sink & Drown, Get The Gun, and POW

Sounds Like: Hot Apostles, Bad Cop, Bad Cop, The Distillers, A Pretty Mess, and Bad Religion


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When word dropped that Chicago-based punks, Evil Engine signed up with No Affiliation Records. I knew right away I had to check them out. No Affiliation is putting kickass bands one right after another. We reviewed many of them here. If you’re currently reading this from the toilet this, “#2” is for you! Let’s check it out!

The record kicks off with, ‘Upstanding Citizen’. This one is anthem like, encourages unity against tyranny. Kryssie’s vocals on this one are killer! There’s a kickass guitar solo that flies in for a few, but soon blends in with the excellent drums and guitar.

Next up on the track list is, ‘Degeneration’. This one has some catchy lyrics, fantastic drums, and a great message. This reminds of The Rumjacks, ‘Saints Preserve Us’ and Bad Religions, ‘20th Century Digital Boy’. The message is simple. Has technology killed a polite society? Being somewhat of an introvert I love technology, but even I realize that I have to put my phone down for my children’s sake. This song needs a music video a.s.a.p!

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The third track is, ‘Sink & Drown’. Again Kryssie’s vocals lead the rest of the band in a heavy hard rock, almost metal, yet still retaining a Suicidal Tendencies punk sound. The lyrics on this one are powerful as hell.

“The planet is mine,

the people are fucked,

our greatest achievement is to get rid of us.”  

The next track is, ‘Get The Gun’. This is my own personal favorite track. I have high hopes this song will hit Punk Tacos, although they tend to play it safe. This one is politically charged and sadly speaks the truth about ‘Mericas” law enforcement. This melodic anthem is catchy, yet powerful with great bass, the drums rock and heavy shreds.

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The last track on this epic EP, is ‘Prisoner Of War”. This song reminded of Stiff Little Fingers antiwar song, ‘Wasted Life’. We send our soldiers out to fight in wars we shouldn’t have started in the first place. We send them to liberate countries that want nothing to do with our version of so called, “Democracy”.

Yet when the soldiers come home they become prisoners of their minds. Our mental health system in America is plain fucked. Back to my review! You’ll soon begin chanting along as the guitar screams. The bass backing lends that cutting edge. The track is wicked.

“Dying for an upper class that doesn’t even care”

Let’s face it the world is a shit show. Its bands like ‘Evil Engine” that make it something worth fighting for. So should you give this record a spin? YES, do it now. Plus you can piss off that family of yours for Thanksgiving with their album art. They’re going places and you need to be at the jumpstart. Pick it up the new EP here, https://evilengineofficial.bandcamp.com/ .

Check out this awesome Evil Engine cover of ‘OI To The World’ by the Vandals!

 

Tracks:

  1. Upstanding Citizen
  2. Degeneration
  3. Sink & Drown
  4. Get The Gun
  5. Prisoner Of War

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