Tomaso Eugenio Di Cosola – Guitar, Matt Lamoureaux – Vocals, Bill Jenkins – Drums, Matt Rinehart – Bass
Favorite Tracks: Shithole Country, Heavy Hands, Find Your Line, Fake Smiles, and Drawbridge
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, CroMags, Gorilla Biscuits, AFD, and Tuck Knee
There is an amazing feeling when someone sends you great music. It shows they are thinking about you and know what you might like. This morning I was sent the Heavy Hands EP by Chew Thru. The feeling was even better because I have already been listening to it daily since December. Somehow it was like a vindication of, “Ha, I already knew it was great but you knew I would think that.” If you have ever read a Colorado Punk Rock Army album review, you know out of the staff writers, I am in fact the weakest link. What you will get from me is heartfelt and wacky comparisons.
Here’s the comparison; Cro-Mags hardcore meets old school crossover. I love the heavy grit on this EP. I am through and through a sucker for that dirty, hard bass. You get that on every song. The voice and lyrics give that punch in the face you need when listening to what I like to call, “beat your ass music.” What I mean by that is you can kill it at the skate park, gym, driving too fast or… Round it out with the perfect guitar riffs and strong solid beats and you have what is the late entry for 2019’s EP of the year. Check them out live. Go to their socials, like, follow, and stream it. You will not be sorry.
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The heart is this; Matt and the guys have been staples in one permutation or another around Denver and they truly deserve the love and recognition. Call it earned boys, because this is a helluva of a hard, and heavy ride. “Heavy Hands” by Chew Thru is amazing on so many levels. The heavy bass lines, the outright assault, and pure relevance to everyday life will have this record stuck on repeat. It’s out now on all major music providers and should definitely be purchased here, https://chewthru.bandcamp.com/.
Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm! Check out my Top 5 List of the year below!
Their breakout EP, “Can’t Stand For It”, wasn’t compiled just yet, so I listened single by single for my review. I probably listened to this album at least 3-4 days a week. One thought still hits me as I listen to their latest release, “The Way Back Up”. “These kids are kids. Yet they play and write music with the heart of a band that has years in the industry”. All members are under 21, but you can’t tell by listening.
So let’s check out their 2nd EP release. I’ll be straight up honest here. Second releases sometimes scare me. I’m always worried that I won’t like it. Not that there’s been that many secondary releases that have sucked, but there’s been enough. How is “The Way Back Up”?
The title track takes the name of the EP. River and Sam kick off the track on guitar and bass, while Harlan’s drums build the rise. As Ellis joins in on vocals the combination starts a meteoric rise. This song is fast angry and loud!
“I’ve got an edge over people like you, Drag me down on the way back up. I’ve got an edge over people like you, Brainwashed youth I’ve had enough The way back up”
Tuck Knee – “The Way Back Up” 2019
The next track, “Foundation” comes screaming in with a powerful hard edge and clocks in at 42 seconds. I think it was Lala who once said, “All my favorite songs are less than 2 minutes long”. Damn she sure was right! “Jawin” follows and continues the insane upbeat progression. Harlan’s drums are incredible while River smashes on guitar.
Is Tuck Knee a reincarnate of all my favorite hardcore bands? The next track is “Bust It”. This track encapsulates the bands belief in living a straight edge. It’s short, fun and pogo friendly. Up next is by far my favorite track on the EP, “U.S Nothing”. This track uses some of the words from the USMC, “Rifleman’s Creed” which also appeared in the movie, Full Metal Jacket.
The drums set up an almost military like drum corps while Rupa’s bass line bring the emotion. Elli’s spoken word at the intro, provides the background setting and template. While I understand the “Rifleman’s Creed” was supposed to help soldiers distinguish military from civilian life.
“Fighting a war far from won,
Tell me I got to kill Someone,
Iraq, Cuba, Vietnam these are wars never won,
Military graves I’m not alone,
Now I don’t even want to go home!”
Tuck Knee “The U.S. Of Nothing” 2019
The words in this day and age, sound like brainwash dribble. In the US we have Proud Boys (Many whom have never served), holding guns at protests like morons manipulated by a hateful dictator. Do they chant this while preparing to intimidate others? The mere thought is scary.
“Wolfpack” is the last track on the EP. This track is written for the united angry youth. I’m almost 42 years old, but still want to join the wolf pack. In reflection, “Tuck Knee’s, “The Way Back Up” is an avalanche of hardcore punk. This release shows the band confidence is rising and they cannot and will not be stopped. I’m telling you get in on the ground floor now! You can pick up the record here, https://tuckkneeband.bandcamp.com/
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Sounds Like: CIV, Comeback Kid, Gorilla Biscuits, NOISE, and Youth Of Today
In an age where EDM and shitty pop dominates the airwaves. You need some authentic and pure Denver punk to get through your day. Over Time hung up their Blades Of Steel to record a new EP for our ear holes. Speaking of Blades Of Steel I’m hoping they will release more of the shirts below. Mine is getting small or I’m getting fat. Anyhow you didn’t come to read about weight loss you came to read about, “Decades”.
The record intros in with, “Decades: What A Nightmare”. As the heavy kick drum starts out. You can feel the weight of this song, as it launches into a full on audio assault. This track is about watching your friends change and growing older. This track hit me on a personal level. I’ve watched a few of my so called, “Best Friends”, grow up and move on, to never hear from them again. Yet I’ve made new friends since and my relationships with them are now everlasting.
“And we’re past the point
Where this life is scary
I’ve buried more friends than I’ve seen get married
Man, it’s sad to say
But I hope they’re all in a better place”
“Cant Stay The Same” is up next. Now I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not but it seems there are some nods to the Boss aka Bruce Springsteen on this track. With references to the tracks, “Born To Run” and “I’m On Fire”. This track comes to life with energy, with strong chord strikes, head nodding drum beats, and great lyrical content. This tune will get stuck in your head from the get go. As the record progresses I love it more and more. Here’s my own nod to the boss below.
“Art Of The Steal” come up next. It reminds somewhat of an older H2O song. This one is politically charged and motivated by anger. If you’re even slightly afraid of a nasty pit, better get out on this one. If not join the fun! NYC Hardcore fans you will love this track!
“Energy” follows with more speed and some insane drums. This track is more on the melodic skate punk side. The writer is reminiscing about time with a friend while listening to Op Ivy’s, “Energy”. I felt I really couldn’t find the words when trying to describe this song. Nor felt I could give it the justice it deserves. Every time I tried to type a tear would well up. So I reached out for comment.
Per Ben Kellogg, “So, “Energy” was written about a friend of mine, my best friend actually that left us in 2015. It touches on the years that we first met and our connection over a taped copy of “Energy” by Op Ivy and the times we spent learning all the songs on the record and singing them at the top of our lungs whenever we got the chance. Fox, the person in question, always had a bit of mystery surrounding him and constantly left me worrying, so the song kind of touches on that in the sense that I always had the utmost confidence that he would survive his demons, but was always a bit shaken to the core by some of our conversations.
The first line, “I got that sinking feeling, the moment you flew south, you were the one that I told everyone about” kind of sums up the whole theme of the song, as I was always so proud and in constant awe of his friendship, but when he moved away in 2013 I just had a gut feeling that something bad was going to eventually happen.”
The next song is, “Twilight Sentinel”, fitting with the theme of the album and the nightmare of growing older. The acoustic intro starts out on a somber note, before building into an electrical climax. The bass line although not prominent adds that underlying emotion, while Kellog’s vocals provide the story. This vocals and style are similar to Lenny from Darkbuster. The big difference maker being, this track has an extreme amount of depth both instrumental and lyrically.
“Walls”, loses the acoustic while returning to a faster heart pounding sound. This one is pure driven hardcore. Have you ever obsessed about something you missed or felt you needed? You might be over it, yet still think of it from time to time. Yet still feel like there is a political undertone.
“Drag The Lake” is the last track on the EP. Personally I’m not ready for it to end. This track is nothing but heavy and I love it. One part I love about Over Time is you never really know which way a track will go. It may go the pop punk route, before quickly reverting to a hardcore skate punk sound. In my head I see fists pumping and kids circling the pit to this track. There’s a sense of unity somewhere in there.
I reached out to the band for comment as I really wanted to know more about what drove this record into production. Per Ira Dechter, “The album has a theme of growth and putting the past behind you. Learning from our mistakes and becoming a better person. While still touching on the current state of our country with the songs like “Walls” and “Art of the Steal” relative to being a better person and treating everyone as equals no matter where they’re from or what their background is.”
This EP has come to an end and so must this review. Over Time’s, “Decades”, has been composed with anger, love, and unbridled talent. The brillaint combination of NYC Hardcore, melodic skate punk, and a dash of pop punk, makes this little EP, one giant record. Sure there may be more like it out there, but none made by Over Time. Be sure to download here, https://overtimehxc.bandcamp.com/ and hit their massive 4 Way Release Party with Filthy Hearts, Sorry Sweetheart, and ZEPHYR.
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RW Hellborn- Vocals; Skinny Timo – Bass, Backing Vocals; Matty Cobra – Guitar, Backing Vocals; Dan Beswick – Lead Guitars;
Favorite Tracks: Above The Dirt, I Don’t Care, Savage, Kill The Machines, Animal, and She’s Bad Sounds Like: Old school Black Flag, Motorhead, Supersuckers, Strung Out, I Am The Owl, and The A-Holes
So there you are at work having a shitty day. The clock is slowly ticking eating your soul away. That tie is your hangman’s noose. Yet you’re surfing the web, because the fuck the man. You run across this here, bad ass album review for Riverside Odds – “Get Into It”. Your eyes and ears perk up. That was my exact reaction upon checking out, “Get Into It”. Let’s face it work blows, when it’s not your passion.
So let’s check out this album. The album kicks off with my personal favorite, “Above The Dirt”. The chord strikes on the intro kick ass. This song should be every punk’s anthem. This song is about staying strong and taking shit from no one.
“I’m indestructible you’ll find, You’ll never get inside my mind, Retaliate with all my might, No chance in hell you’ll win this fight”
“Savage” comes roaring up next. Now I’m not sure if this is a tribute to Randy “Macho Man” Savage, but it seriously kicks ass! The drumming on this song is killer!
The next track up is my second favorite song, “I Don’t Care”. Sometimes you just stop caring about someone or something, because it’s just too shitty to deal with. Well this tune is for you. This song really reminds me of some of Motorhead’s best songs. Hellborn’s vocals are killer. The guitar solo near the end is epic and remarkable. This song will be stuck in your head for days on end.
“Tonight”, is about grabbing your crew and hitting the town. The one is pure speed punk all the way. It brings that nostalgic feeling of watching old skate videos with a Black Flag soundtrack backing. “G.O.A.T”, follows with some amazing drum work. Here’s another that’s catchy, but not generic. The anger is Timo’s voice is deep.
“Kill The Machines”, is my third favorite song on the record. Get your pogo and head to the pit. Fans of Strung Out will love this song. Their message is sad, but true. We live in the “Golden Age Of Technology”, yet people are starving in the streets. Hackers if you’re out there do the world some good and clear our debt. Let’s move back to a production country instead of a mass consumerism country.
“She’s Bad”, is up next and yet another banger of a song. Here’s another catchy tune to grind your board to. I mentioned anger in my headline. Here’s that anger part right here, with “Animal”. The bass and guitar hooks leave you ready to smash that pit up.
“PBR ME”, is next and fucking hilarious. PBR is like the generic brand cornflakes your mom used to buy. Yeah, it’s not the best taste in the world, but it’s cheap as hell. The song kick ass. Speaking of PBR we do have some limited edition CPRA PBR knock off merch below!
Sadly we are nearing the end of this album and review with another ripper, “Dominos”. The chorus is catchy and truth be told this song is a bit sad. I think the band’s pint though it to live life to the fullest. Also, it may be to help your fellow friends and families through tough times. Personally I’m tired of losing my friends and friends of the community to suicide. I don’t blame them. I blamed our fucked up mental health system.
Riverside Odds new album, “Get Into it” is one word fantastic. The mix of different styles from hardcore to melodic to old school classic. Will keep me coming back to listen to this one on repeat. If you’re pissed off at the world, “Get Into It” must be played to get that anger out. I’m surprised I’ve never heard them before until now. Time to download their entire discog!
Favorite Tracks: It’s Gonna Suck, Roaches and Fleas, Guantanamo Bay Beach Party, Hero,
Sounds Like: Dirty Work, Sniper 66, Zipperz, Propagandhi, and Death Lottery
It was recently announced Blink 182 and Lil Wayne will be visiting Denver. Don’t get me wrong mash up shows are always fun, but this one is sickening. Sometimes when we see these lineups our brain suffers massive brain damage. In order to repair that mental abuse one must be like Uncle Rico and hop into the time machine.
Let’s go back to the 80s when hardcore punk was ready to disturb the normies. The good news is we don’t need a time machine. Philly’s the Barren Mary’s are ready to drop their 3rd studio LP on 5/24/2019 via Violated Records (CD Release), Suicide Bong Tapes (Cassette Tape Release) and Frankensense Records.
“Wired Wrong”, intros in with “Good Time”. That familiar feeling of fast punk in your face returns. The second track, “It’s Gonna Suck”, tops out at a whopping 1:34. All of my favorite songs tend to be less than 2 minutes. I love the heavy bass, fast progression and killer drums. Next up is “Roaches and Fleas”. The killer guitar intro nails this track. So far I’m digging the simplicity on this album.
“Guantanamo Bay Beach Party”, this track has somewhat of a Ramones core sound. Again the heavy bass line really kicks it off. The combination of killer drums, awesome vocals and catchy lyrics make this my personal favorite of the album. “Hero”, this one is like a boot to face. Seriously keep the sick out of the pit on this track.
“On The Couch” is up next and it’s one kick ass song. This one is for all of us that have/had a house guest that never leaves. Just get the fuck out already! Rob, where’s my weed? Lyrically it’s hilarious. “Fascists”, bring the speed back into the fold. I am not sure if this is a jab at liberal infighting, but the overall sound is wicked. This band surely knows how to write some great music.
“I Wanna Be Unhealthy, Baby” follows and slows down the pace a little. It sends the sound back to a more Queers like sound, yet still has a real guttural feel. The grand pauses leave the listener wanting more. After, listening to “Perri’s Pizza” I really want some pizza. Did Perri’s pay for this jingle? “I Come From The Swamp”, is the last song on the record. Another track with strong emphasis on bass.
Personally I think I just found a new favorite band. Pardon me while I go download their discography. Haha in all seriousness. The Barren Marys have poured some blood, sweat and PBRs into, “Wired Wrong”. This record has heart and I don’t think Blink 182 or the likes of them (Fall Out Boy) will ever take that shit away.
Favorite Tracks: Habit, The Way I Feel, P.S.A., and Can’t Stand For It
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks, and the Cro-Mags
On 2/10/2019 the first Kids Are Alright show went off like a rocket at Goosetown Tavern. If you missed it be sure and check out some pics and videos below of on our page. The talent from these bands just blew me away. This was also my first introduction to Denver based hardcore punks, Tuck Knee. We reviewed Almataha’s, “Kill The Leaders” back on 4/5/2018. Reviews for AFD and Neutral Thought will be coming in the future.
Why did I choose to write about Tuck Knee today? As soon as they stepped on stage. I felt thrown back into the 80’s hardcore scene. A powerful time in punk rock, as the American punk subculture was telling the establishment to fuck off. I felt a strong sense of pride throughout their set. I kept thinking, “Damn Denver, you’re one lucky city!” So today I ran over to their bandcamp and picked up their singles here, https://tuckkneeband.bandcamp.com/.
By the way all of their songs are currently “Name Your Own Price”, but be sure to drop at least $1 per song, so they can record more music! Keep in mind some of these videos taken are not great as the pit was pretty insane. Plus it was hard to film when I just wanted to mosh.
So let’s check out some songs!
They Way I Feel – I love the riffs, drums , and Ashmore’s vocals on this one!
Habit – This song is 1:17 seconds long, its angry, hardcore at its finest!
P.S.A – The message of this song. Don’t be an ass in the pit!
Can’t Stand For It – Per Bandcamp, “not the final version of this track full EP will be recorder in studio. Feb 2019”. I cannot wait to hear the final if this is the first!
Let me wrap this up. With 4 songs released I cannot wait to get my ear holes on some new material. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this band.
Favorite Tracks: Radioactivity, Nervous Wreck, This Machine Empowers Facists and Darkness Glows
Sounds Like: Exploited, Almataha, Rene SG, Minor Threat, and Gorilla Biscuits
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.
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.
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!
Favorite Tracks: Get Me Out Of Here, Searchlights, and The Constant Here is You.
Sounds Like: Murderburgers, Elway, City Mouse, Mr T Experience, and Teenage Bottlerocket.
Alright punks it’s time to step into Ska Bones wayback time machine. Let’s go back to the early 1980’s when records were all the rage. Punk was gaining serious momentum in the UK and US. My parents were considered young at the time being in their early 20’s. They were always buying the latest pop albums. Most of it was some Billie Joel or Springsteen crap.
The album that sticks out the most for me was, The Clash, “London Calling”. From the first time the needle dropped to the day our record player died. I’ve often thought about my first punk experience. Thankfully for people like me vinyl has resurged with more and more people buying record players. You may have to fight a hipster to get one now. Haha.
I crave that pure original sound before the digitizing and mastering comes in. There are some albums that must be listened to on vinyl. Some of my favorites are Black Flag – “My War”, The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”, Sham 69 – “”Sunday Morning Nightmare”, and Stiff Little Fingers – “Inflammable Material”.
This leads me to introduce Dundee, Scottish punks, UNIFORMS. The melodic hardcore band formed in 2011 and after various line up changes is still cranking out tunes. So let’s check out their latest EP release on Make That A Take Records and TNS Records, “Reasons To Breathe”. Be forewarned you want this one on vinyl!
The first track, ‘Get Me Out Of Here’ kicks off the record. I find myself instantly hooked in by lyrics that seem to flawlessly flow with the music.
“Maybe we need to learn to listen
Maybe we’ll develop empathy
Don’t tell me who I am, what offends me
I promise you everything’s better than it used to be.
Well, well, well…”
“My Wise Friend” has some amazing drums, and hooks in just the right places. The lyrics are catchy yet meaningful. This reminds of some of my dark days where I question the meaning of life. Not that it’s a depression sort, but more or less self-reflective.
“We all make mistakes,
sometimes hearts will break.
We will always share the moon.
She sees everything.
New stories will begin.
You will learn to love again,
as you’ll learn for yourself.”
“Searchlights”, is next up on the record. Here’s another song where the lyrics are fucking beautiful! The drums and riffs accompany the vocals to make this a very memorable song.
“Remember when we were kids?
We’d put those records on,
lie there on your bed,
hold hands and sing along
with glow in the dark stars above our heads.
I still remember every single word you said.”
“The Constant Here is You?” closes out the record. Be sure to pick up this version either digitally or on vinyl so you can get this song! I love the guitar strike at the intro. This one has very street punk sound to it. In comparison one might say Rancid meets the Murderburgers. The lyrics and anthem like sound could easily end up on Dying Scene Radio.
Overall I absolutely love and recommend this EP. The lyrics, and music seem to tell a story and I love what I hear. This record should be listened to via vinyl. The band has this very familiar sound, yet remains entirely new. The only con of the EP, would be the fact it’s an EP. So make sure you pick up some previous releases to the music doesn’t have to stop there.