CPRA New Music Alert – Underage and Undiscovered, Tuck Knee is Going Places

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Release Date: January 17, 2019                                                                   

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Lyons, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ellis Ashmore – Vox
  • Harlan Katzman – Drums
  • River Ashmore – Guitar
  • Garrett Folk – Bass

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


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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.

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The Kids Are Alright First Show photo by CPRA

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.

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So let’s check out some songs!

They Way I Feel – I love the riffs, drums , and Ashmore’s vocals on this one!

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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.

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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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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!

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UNIFORMS – “Reasons To Breathe”

UNIFORMS – “Reasons To Breathe” EP Review

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Release date: 8/24/2018

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: Make That A Take Records and TNS Records

Location: Dundee, Scotland

Current Lineup:

  • Derrick – vocals, guitar
  • Jamie – guitar
  • Jason – drums, vocals
  • Ade – bass, vocals

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.

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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.

Track List:

  1. Get Me Out Of Here
  2. My Wise Friend
  3. Searchlights
  4. The Constant Here is You? (This version)

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Camel Tofu – Camel Tofu EP

Camel Tofu – Camel Tofu EP

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Release date: July 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Sullivan, Illinois

Current Lineup:

  • Jerm- Vocals
  • John- Guitar
  • Andrew- Guitar
  • Scott- Bass,
  • Sweezy- Drums

Favorite Tracks: Dapper, Ride, Grass or Gravel, I Wish Your Parent’s Never Met, Third Grade, and Ride

Sounds Like: The 250’s, Bad Religion, Black Flag, The Exploited, Dead Milkmen, The Melvins, and The Damned


 

A few months ago we received a booking request from a Harley Davidson dealer. This kind of shocked this old school punk. What on earth would a motorcycle dealer want to do with punk in general? It turns out punks and motorcycles are now a big thing. Maybe as we get older hustling to work on a cool skateboard is no longer an option? Haha.

That leads me to introduce Camel Tofu from Sullivan, Illinois! This band brings punk rock with a Harley. The band is still preparing for their commercial release. So we thought it would be great to post all of their kick ass videos here.

So let’s start out with ‘Dapper’. This one has a great bass line!

 

‘Grass or Gravel’, brings an old school classic punk sound.

 

‘I Wish Your Parent’s Never Met’,  is a kick ass anti love song, reminiscent of the Queers.

 

‘Third Grade’, is probably my favorite song on the ep. I really like the old school sound.

 

‘Ride”, this is probably my second favorite song on the ep. The bassline and drums seem to shine on this track.

 

Overall Camel Tofu sound is extremely impressive. They bring a mix of old school punk into the modern age. Be sure to pick up the ep once released out into the great wild!

Links:

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-TFdw0g4uzxjVexra5iOjw

The F.A. – How Riots Start

The F.A. – How Riots Start

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Release date: August 24, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Vero Beach, FL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Brian Espitia – Vocals
  • Joe Grover – Guitar
  • D. B. Stupor – Drums
  • Jeff Sheridan – Bass
  • Lee Fetzer – Guitar

Favorite Tracks:

  • Last Man Standing
  • You Don’t Know a Fucking Thing

Sounds Like:  

Angsty circle pit hXc, For fans of Agnostic Front, 98 Mute, Madball, Rene SG, and Bottom Bracket


 

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If you ask this band what they sound like, they’d say, “A bunch of old Florida dudes bringing back and blending the old school sounds of punk and hardcore!” They know who they are, because that’s exactly what you’ll hear. This is not an experimental album by any means. It’s not a record you’ll remember for creating anything new. You will however remember this record.

It took me a bit to get into the album. I’d recommend good headphones where you can focus on the lyrics of the songs. Not that they’re the deepest of lyricists, but because it’s the punk as fuck lyrics that you need to hear. In a world of political correctness, they stay true to their old school pick sensibilities.

Track one, Last Man Standing, shows right away that they aren’t afraid to be political. With a recording of a veteran talking about how meaningless the medals that were earned, it will piss off your right wing flag worshipping type in the first track. Their message is that war provides no real winners. It’s high energy, it’s aggressive, it’s punk.

Track 2 continues with a song about taking it back. In a world where we settled on choosing a crooked politician wife of a former president or a real estate mogul turned reality star & asshole tweeter as our leader, this song definitely strikes a chord with a country that we need to take back.

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The middle 2 songs are a bit of a change of pace perfectly placed in this 6 song ep. “You Don’t Know a Fucking Thing” stays on this topic with a wake up anthem with lyrics like, “you let your freedom ring, ‘cause you don’t know anything.” This song also has the most variety in their musical breakdowns.  The song “The Final Anthem” shows off the singer’s vocal range between his singing, screaming, & growling. I would have liked to hear that range & variety more throughout the record, as it definitely made this song stand out.

The final 2 tracks get back to circle pit aggressiveness & finish out hard, fast, & heavy. “We Won’t Back Down” is more in your face music about not letting yourself be mistreated, then we have 1:47 of kick ass album closing punk rock showing that they don’t really care what you think about them. “You don’t know anything about my crew, & we don’t give a fuck about you” are lyrics that come with the attitude they bring.

They know who they are, & they are comfortable with that. If you like the genre, you’ll enjoy this ep. if it’s not for you, I’m not sure this band will care. They’ll keep writing what they like & say what they want to say. And I think it’s worth hearing.

Track List

1-Last Man Standing

2-Just Might Snap (Take It Back)

3-You Don’t Know a Fucking Thing

4-The Final Anthem

5-We Won’t Back Down

6-My Crew

Links:

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

Purchase Link: https://thefa.bandcamp.com/releases

About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can

 

Came And Took It – “Resume” (Early Preview)

Came And Took It – “Resume” (Early Preview)

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Release date: Projected October 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Ft Collins, Colorado

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Austin – Vocals & Bass

Sotirios – Drums

Brady – Guitar

Favorite Tracks: Straddling The Line, Last Call (Cease and Sequester), Evergreen Palms, Waves, Resume, The Slow Boat To Siberia.

Sounds Like: Off The Mark, Fourbanger, Nerdlinger, Stray The Course, The Menzingers, The Queers and The Lawrence Arms.


 

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Colorado is one awesome state. We have a prospering economy. The mountains, plains, and the sand dunes. We have a thriving art and music industry that is quickly approaching the likes of Los Angeles and New York City. We just recently celebrated 142 years of statehood. So a happy birthday is in order! This leads me to introduce Ft Collins based, Colorado punks, Came And Took It. The former Austin based band, picked up and moved to our great state.

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We scored an early preview copy of their upcoming album, “Resume”. Before I get into, “Resume” let’s talk about their 2016 release, “Bait For Buzzards”. “Bait For Buzzards’, has some great songs on it like, ‘Broken Skull’, ‘All That Glitters’, and my favorite, ‘Drowning”.  It has a completely different sound when compared to “Resume”. I spoke with guitarist Brady Boyle and he offered some insight on the differences.

“Came and Took It originally formed in Austin, TX as Galley West. Then some dildos from Utah sent them a cease-and-desist order, forcing them to change their name. What a bunch of chodes. Posthumously releasing their debut LP, “Bait for the Buzzards” in 2016, Came and Took It took on the themes of addiction, mental illness, heartbreak, and hatred of hipsters

in a 13-song punch to the face, recorded in a time-honored DIY tradition by co-vocalists (and audio engineers) Austin Corley and Josh Cornal, themselves.

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Fast forward to 2017 – the band decided to reunite and relocate to Fort Collins, CO, where they recently recorded a new LP, Resume, at the Blasting Room and are looking to spread their infectious dual-vocal assault of dour lyrics over catchy melodies and aggressive rhythms to their new home state.”

Maybe I should thank those Chodes, Brady mentioned, because this album kicks ass. This one was recorded at the Blasting Room in Ft Collins. So let’s get into “Resume”. The opening track ‘Straddling The Line’, kicks off the record. The lyrics are amazing.

The hooks and melodies blend in perfect combination. By far this is my favorite on the record. I don’t usually play air guitar, but when I do it’s to, ‘Straddling The Line’. I have high hopes for this song. Hello Dying Scene or Punk Tacos?

“I’m refining all of my theories of why you can’t depend on me,

I’ll fuck up something else along the way,

It’s a never ending science fair,

All are welcome, stop and stare,

This project here is called, “Don’t Drink, Now Pray”

Up next on the track list is, ‘Last Call (Cease And Sequester). This one has a really kick ass bass lines. The vocals and melody will keep you humming long after it’s over. The lead singer on this reminds me of a much harder version of Weezer’s, Rivers Cuomo. Again this one has some really catchy lyrics! The next song is ‘Sleep’.

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‘Sleep’, starts out with a western guitar riff. This one is a bit on the slower side. I really like the drums on this one. Let’s move on to ‘Evergreen Palms’. This one is my second favorite on the album. This one reminds me a bit of the Descendants with a socal punk sound. I love the lyrics on this one. The vocals combined with the drums make for a perfect sing along.

“I hope the evergreen palms are treating you right,

And the 405 isn’t wasting away your life,

Suffering and sacrifice – See it all but can’t sleep at night,

I’m leaving you in the shadow of the shrine,

Suffering and sacrifice – See it all but can’t sleep at night,

Lose everything,

I’m leaving you in the shadow of the shrine”

Those are some really deep lyrics! Let’s move onto the next track, ‘Waves”. Here’s yet another favorite on the record. The guitar shreds while the bass brings in the edge. I think this one has some pop’s potential as well. This song reminded me of some past bad relationships I’ve had. This one meets our definition of “Break Up Punk”. ‘Resume’, is up next.

I simply love this fucking song! These guys really know how to write some great music. They lyrics are so relatable. You have this massive crush on someone. Yet all the douchebags are lined up ahead. The addition of the acoustic guitar at the end is beautiful!

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‘You, Me, And Chemistry (Pleasure)’ is up next. This one is like the perfect follow up to ‘Resume’. “I guess I lost some faith in you and me and chemistry”. I drums are this one are perfect. ‘100’, comes in with an acoustic intro, which is quickly joined in by bass and drum.

‘Filters’, rolls up next on the record. This one seems a bit darker, yet maintains the pop punk melody. ‘Sticking It To Crazy’, comes up next on the record. This one is probably the hardest on the record with it’s melodic hardcore sound. ‘Unrealized’, continues the previous tempo. I love this one as it speaks to the human in all of us.

“Maybe I’m lost,

Maybe I always was,

If the stars don’t ever align,

I’ll just become,

Unrealized, unrecognizable,

Ostracized, marginalized, and unforgettable”

‘The Slow Boat To Siberia’, this tack is obviously on the political side. This is a true punk rock song. It speaks of America’s tradition of blacklisting anyone who questions it’s ideals. This one finishes out the record well sort of haha. “I got a little penis”.  This song really blew me away lyrically. The harmonies and message is almost like a call to arms for the punk community. Obviously not firearms of course, fists only please.

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Let me make this a wrap. Came and Took It, has produced an epic record that combines the melodies and struggles of humanity. I personally cannot wait for this record to drop. With songs like, “’Straddling The Line’, ‘Evergreen Palms’, and ‘Resume’ they have mastered the pop punk sound. This one is added to the 2018 CPRA Album Of The Year contender list! Keep your eye out for preorder information here, https://cameandtookit.com/ .

 

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