Indy Punks Towner Set To Release Debut EP, “Towner” On 7/19/2019

Release Date: 7/19/2019                                                             

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: Crush Grove Records

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • EJ – Guitar & Vocals
  • Will – Guitar & Vocals
  • Dewey – Drums
  • Gab L.A. – Bass & Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Freak In Common, These Worlds Are Yours, Calm Down, Moving Target

Sounds Like: Dead Milkmen, The Pixies, Melvins, The Modern Lovers


What a time to be alive! The Indy punk scene seems to be blooming to life again and again. The nice part about Indy is that it can branch off with so many sub genres. You have just about everything Indy now. So let’s check out the new debut EP, from Towner with their self titled release, “Towner”. 

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The EP starts out with “Freak In Common”. There’s some great lyrical writing with some sweet riffs and eclectic drumming. Make sure you find a freak in common with you. Next up is “These Worlds Are Yours”. This track reminds of something you would expect to hear in the early 90s on a local college radio station. 

“Calm Down”, follows and speeds up the progression. This is my favorite on the EP. This song has a possible honky tonk sound, not yet fully committing to a country tune. Indy fans will love this song. “Moving Target” is the last rack on the EP. This the perfect way to close out the EP. The lyrics are catchy, deep and meaningful. 

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In conclusion the “Towner” EP, may quickly become a favorite for lovers of the Indy scene. You can check it out and download here on 7/19/2019, https://towner.bandcamp.com/.

Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Freak In Common
  2. These Worlds Are Yours
  3. Calm Down
  4. Moving Target

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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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The Wannabes – Goodbye

The Wannabes – Goodbye

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Release date: July 26, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Cameron McCurry – Vocals/Guitar

Andy Pieratt – Drums

Joe DeSimone – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Therapy, Lullaby, Night Ride, and Working Class Poet

Sounds Like: The Penske File, Poor Moxi, King Shelter, The Pixies, Nirvana and Vampire Weekend


 

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The Wannabes first popped on the CPRA Band Radar Alert back on 4/06/2018.  So I was extremely happy when, “Goodbye” first popped up on Spotify. So let’s dive right in with the intro track, ‘Intro’. This one is small, but it’s like opening a new book for the first time. For whatever reason the first time I heard this track. I kept thinking about the movie, “Being John Malkovich” It’s basically about some guy (John Cusack) finds a door. This door leads directly into actor John Malkovich’s brain. Cusack can see and hear everything going on in Malkovich’s life. It’s one of my favorites.

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‘Therapy’, is next up on the list. The guitar, drums, and bass seem to flow easily as they intertwine with one another. This one has a simply beat, yet feels like it has a very deep message. “I sell smiles, but I’m running low”.

“Trust in us

That we will turn your ugly thoughts

Into pretty melodies

Cause we have medicine in our veins

And poison on our skin

If you’re better at being me

Then I might know where we will be

Sleeping under your bed

Or in your dreams

But we’ll never be like you

(Chorus)

I sell smiles but I’m running low”  

‘Night Ride’, this one is a little on the harder side. The bass and drums on this track are fantastic. Cameron McCurry’s vocals really add that bit of edge to the song. ‘Princess’ rolls up next on the track list. This love song has some great lyrics and shreds on guitar.

‘Animal’, this song sounds almost Ramones inspired with its melodies. I really like the “sing a long” type lyrics. The drums are great. Next up is my second favorite track, ‘Lullaby’. This one again has some great lyrics, some great hooks, and fantastic drumming. We can all relate to this song.

“Im a little odd

but my friends all call me crazy

Im a little ugly

but my friends say Im a monster

My friends dont exist

My friends dont exist

My friends dont exist”

‘Rings’ comes up next on the list. The song is almost  like a great power ballad. This one is a bit darker. I feel like we are really getting inside the writer’s mind on this song. ‘Running Out Of Time’ slows it down with some great little notes acoustically. ‘Working Class Poet’, this track speeds it back up. This one reminds me of Nirvana towards the end of their stand. The drums really stand out along with the cello or violin on this one.

“Puddles”, ok not sure if this song is referencing, “Puddles The Clown”, but I’ll be damned this is a great song. The piano is absolutely heartbreaking, yet hauntingly beautiful.

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‘Death Song’, leans more towards a goth rock type song. The keyboard along with the vocals sound like they came from an opera of sorts. Even in a pure instrumental style this song could stand on its own.  ‘Goodnight’, closes out this amazing album. This song is such a fantastic ending to a great album.

I reached out to drummer, Andy Pieratt for some formation information on the band. That’s something I always like to check into to. It helps me understand their music more. “We formed in October of 2016 with just Cameron McCurry and Andy Pieratt (me), we had talked on Craigslist because we both had similar influences and both wanted to start a band. So, we decided to meet up at a Mexican restaurant, and after like 5 minutes of talking together, we just seemed to click. Then, Cameron asked if I had any ideas for band names, and I said I was “cool with whatever,” he suggested that we should be called The Wannabes because he has this guitar called “The Wannabe” guitar, and as far as we can tell that guitar does not exist outside of the one Cameron owns.

Trust me we’ve searched endlessly on Google. But, after that Cameron and I would practice regularly and “Lullaby” and “Therapy” were some of the first songs we worked on and eventually made. We had a long time of trying out different bassists because none of them seemed to fit right or fill that missing connection in the band. Then one day, Cameron mentioned that there’s a kid named Joe at his school who plays bass/guitar that he thought might be the perfect fit.

Then in like February of 2018, Cameron, Joe, and I all met at the same Mexican restaurant and the full band of The Wannabes formed. Cameron and I both knew Joe was the perfect fit before we had even practiced with him. He was an edgy kid who was wearing a beat-up Zeppelin t-shirt, can’t get more rock n’ roll than that. Eventually, in May of 2018 we started recording our first album “Goodbye”, and now here we are today!” That’s some great stuff!

In conclusion, “Goodbye’ from the Wannabes is a magical and twisted journey that should be added to any music lover’s collection. The different genres they feature make this a exemplary album of combined talent. I’m adding this one onto the list for the CPRA 2018 Album Of The Year. You can download it here, https://thewannabes.bandcamp.com/.

Track list

1.Intro

2.Therapy

3.Night Ride

4.Princess

5.Animal

6.Lullaby

7.Rings

8.Running Out of Time

9.Working Class Poet

10.Puddles

11.Death Song

12.Goodnight

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://thewannabes.bandcamp.com/

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/77gVLUrnwpGL9bnJz5zasD

Walter – Open Plains, Deserted Roads

 

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Release date: June 9, 2018

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup Per Facebook:

  • Brian Barrows [drums]
  • Dan Olson [vox, rhythm guitar]
  • Kyle Lysek [bass]
  • Kevin Wolff [lead guitar]

Sounds Like: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Stone From The Sky, The 250’s.

CPRA Favorite Tracks: Anton, Love Child, Shotgun Wedding, East Wind, and Face Melter


 

Being a Lyft driver I get to meet people from all walks of life. I’ve met people going through various stages of life, divorcees, newlyweds, new parents, veterans, and sadly, end of life. It’s been hilarious and sometimes sad. Ok except for the drunk lady who was old enough to be my mom.

She tried to touch my crotch, and well it was a bit scary. That’s a whole different story. I met some kids from France, backpacking America. The drunk guy that forgot where he lived. I could go on and on. The best part is the conversations that take place. I get to promote Denver’s music scene. Usually I ask what kind of music a passenger wants to listen to.

99% of the time, a passenger’s response is; whatever is fine. Now thankfully that didn’t happen last Saturday. I picked up lead singer/guitarist, Dan Olson, from Denver’s Walter band. He said, “Yeah put on my CD. I’m in the band, Walter”.

As I put in the CD, “Open Plains, Deserted Roads” . My first thought was, “Oh shit this is good stuff. Dan and I started talking about the album. The highs and lows about making a record. I mentioned my recent article regarding, “Rock Is Dead”. The conversation really solidified my point in the article. Rock is surviving in genres, and subsects, but it will never truly die. So buy some merch, so bands can survive!

 

In true CPRA fashion, I wanted to share my thoughts on the record. These guys are super fucking talented.From the opening riff on, ‘Anton’ which starts to spin its web.  ‘Love Child’ brings a almost Black Crows esqe dance sound to it. The lyrics of each and every song are extremely well written.

“You could call is star crossed happenstance. You’d be right” Shotgun Wedding

My favorite song on the album is by far, “Face Melter”. This song definitely deserves some air play on the majors.  The guitar, bass, drums and Olson’s vocals combine almost effortlessly into a post Nirvana like madness. “Wolves” follows right after with some wicked drums.

Overall Walter is a breath of fresh air and a shot of rock adrenaline. The genres they touch on keep a music lover on edge. Denver is continuing to amass a giant talent bass. Walter could easily tour with a national band.  So take my advice and give them a listen!

Links:

http://www.walterthewebsite.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Walter-265273303497470/

Bandcamp: https://waltertheband.bandcamp.com/

Poor Moxi – Poor Moxi (EP)

Release date: February 16, 2018

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: DIY

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Current Lineup:

  • Megan Maher: Vocals,
  • Patrick Bodnar: Drums,
  • Kyle Youngman: Lead Guitar,
  • Jalon Baxter: Rhythm Guitar,
  • Brody Esslinger: Bass.

Sounds Like: Blue Mesa, Garbage, Muse, Frank Zappa, Bleached

Favorite Tracks: False Advertising, Dire Motel, Replicate


 

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As I sitting here listening to Poor Moxi. An odd thought crossed my mind. What if Ella Fitzgerald was born in the late 90’s and joined a rock band? Ok so that’s pretty fucking strange. Stay with me here. Take a young and talented female vocalist, some great musicians, combine them together, the result is Poor Moxi!

Ok so maybe Ella Fitzgerald is a bit of a stretch, so let’s say Garbage’s, Shirley Manson.  Poor Moxi is really unlike any band I’ve listened to in the last few years. Let’s start with the opening track, ‘False Advertising’. It’s sexy, sultry, and smoking. The jazzy bass line intro starts this gem off and I love it!

Let’s move along to, ‘Dire Motel’. Maher’s lyrics on this one are elegant and deep. I immediately drifted off into dreamland. It causes a deep relaxation within the brain. The surf rock fuzz combined with the drums, shadow like tones goes well with a nice purple indica.

Now, ‘Replicate’, comes in hard with a sweet bass line. The drums are backed by an edgy guitar riff. I really like the message in this one. Are we all just replicates in this world? Some of us were made to break the factory line.

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Next up is, ‘Tranquility’, This song has an awesome guitar surf rock sound. Did Dick Dale jump in with the band? Sounds like it! Are we sure Poor Moxi is from Colorado? Of course I kid. ‘Out Of The Blue’, That surf sound returns with some great keyboard sounds. Maher’s vocals on this one are fucking brilliant. The drums lead the progression into a giant ending crescendo. Sadly we are nearing the end of this epic ep.

Poor Moxi is like an acid trip gone, very, very good. Maher’s vocals, along with Berlinsky, Esslinger, and Youngman, have created an ep of epic proportions. I feel like this ep is a small taste of even better music to come. In fact I’m adding adding this one on as a contender for CPRA Album of the Year. To classify them as purely punk, would be to dismiss their definitive and unique sound.

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So do it. This one should be downloaded and enjoyed by the masses!

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The Virile One’s – Only The Rad Die Young!!!

Release date: 2018

Streaming links: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4REBtOVPWn86lFxcShjWcQ?si=A69xPVKpSTeicQfn3TDiOA ShjWcQ?si=WBP6xxS7T3CaJNpKEgkQwgen.spotify.com/artist/4REBtOVPWn86lFxcShjWcQ?si=WBP6xxS7T3CaJNpKEgkQwg
Format: Digital

Label: Johnny Beverage Records “18

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
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Our Favorite Track(s): The Rule Of Dumb, The Hands Of Time, The Middleman

Sounds Like: The Scutches, King Shelter, Dinosaur Jr.


 

It’s not often we receive requests from one man/woman bands. So when we do the experience is pretty interesting. LA’s Johnny Beverage wrote and played every instrument heard throughout his new EP. He also recorded, engineered, produced, mixed mastered and serves has his own distributor. That’s pretty fucking wicked. So let’s talk about the new ep.

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It’s rad when a musician can combine several different genres into their music. It keeps the listener, listening closely to every note.  I really enjoyed the song , ‘The Middleman”. The drums really kick ass on this song. The riffs are eccentric and deep. My favorite on the ep is by far, ‘The Hands Of Time’. I love the guitar on this track. The vocals are great as well.  Overall this song is just some good old rock n roll!

 

Let’s wrap this one up. “Only The Rad Die Young!!!” shows how talented Johnny Beverage really is. From indie rock, punk, and rock n roll. This ep has something for any music fan. You can pick up the ep here, https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-virile-ones/1067619257.

Also on Spotify as well https://open.spotify.com/artist/4REBtOVPWn86lFxcShjWcQ?si=A69xPVKpSTeicQfn3TDiOA.   Be sure to check him out on Facebook, http://www.facebook/thevirileones.com. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/thevirileones2018/.