Favorite Tracks: The Killing Fields, Generation Lost, Totally Fucked (Violent Society cover), Paper Dolls (Boils cover)and iamtheghost
Sounds Like: Lagwagon, Debt Neglector, Doc Rotten, Gamits, and AFI
I have a serious question, does skatepunk ever age? Sure it has gone through several evolutions/changes for example from Bad Religion’s, “Suffer” to Lagwagon’s “Hoss”. A few weeks back, Florida’s Protagonist released their “Fallout From The Chronicle” album.
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This record spans 10 years and includes 3 tracks that were originally intended for the “The Chronicle” album. This album also contains some new kick ass covers from bands like Violent Society and The Boils. Our CPRA recommended tracks The Killing Fields, Generation Lost, Totally Fucked, Paper Dolls and a great acoustic version of iamtheghost. This album is a skatepunk’s wet dream and proves to me that even though time may change, skatepunk at the heart will not. Be sure to pick it up here on vinyl, https://protagonist.bandcamp.com/album/the-chronicle
CPRA had the pleasure of hosting NJ’s Doc Rotten a few weeks back and I got to thinking. New Jersey gets alot of shit for putting out some wicked music. As a state it’s been the blunt of many jokes like, “Q: What’s the difference between Newark, New Jersey and yogurt? A: Yogurt has an active living culture. The music coming from NJ has been incredible with such acts as Bouncing Souls, The Misfits, Richie Ramone, Streetlight Manifesto (AKA Catch 22), and many more.
So before you take a dump on the Garden State keep all that in mind! Let’s talk about another kick ass band from New Jersey, The Fullers! They are set to release their brand new album, “Cheers”, produced by Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls on 4/24/2020. This album is being released by SBAM Records (Austria) and ProRawk Records (Chicago). ProRawk is quickly becoming one of my favorite small labels!
We reviewed their last album, “Kingdom By The Sea” way back in October 2018. The one thing I love about the Fullers is their ability to tell a fantastic story through music. I rotate “Kingdom By The Sea” on a weekly basis. We got lucky and scored an early preview release! Read that again, Haha! So let’s take a deep look at the record.
The album starts with an anthem like ballad called, “My Good Friends”. Per the band, “”My Good Friend” portrays a man who takes advice from the records he listens to”. I love this song! We can all identify with bands we can relate to. It mentions Joey Ramone and possibly Shane McGowan. I often equate myself with Shane. Though I’m not an alcoholic, I can relate as he spins his tales. This track has strong radio potential.
The next song is “Remember Me” comes in on a somber note. We’ve all been there going through some major shit. This track is heavy on bass, excellent harmonies, and lyrically perfect. The “Whoa’s” will have you singing along instantly. This is the perfect song when you’re feeling down and out. “Tell The World” is up next and yet another favorite for me.
“Tell the world I’m here, Tell the world I’m better, Tell the world I’m not ready to give up on myself”
Sometimes you just need something to believe in. I know I’ve thought about quitting booking shows, doing reviews, creating merch, but occasionally I’ll run into someone. They quickly remind me how important we are to the punk rock community. For those feeling like giving up, put on this track, drink some water, get up and kick some ass! “These Days” is up next and comes in hard with a great skatepunk sound. The drums, heavy bass, awesome guitar make this song not only pogo worthy, but fun to dance in your car too.
“Richard Parker” follows up and per the band, “the narrator recounts a dream he had: a curious case of life imitating art. The drums are killer on this track and is yet another personal favorite track! This track is yet another that may be bound for the airwaves.
“19 days not a bird in sight, I don’t think I’ll make it through another night, Sorry mates one of us got to die, I’ll see you in the boozer on the other side”
I love everything about this track. The lyrics are perfectly composed, while the drums imitate a death march tune. I dare you to not get this track stuck inside your head. “My Carolina Home” is the next track and reminds me a little of Johnny Cash’s, “Orange Blossom Special”. We all reminisce about a time when things seemed simpler. Not really anywhere close to a country song, yet I see punks in my head running a circle pit to this track.
“Cold And Drunk” is next and kicks more and more ass. Personally I think I already have a 2020 best international of the year award right here! It sucks when all your friends are getting married, having kids, and joining the rat race. This song times out at 01:17 and has become another one of my favorite tracks under 2 minutes long. Let’s talk on the next song with “Beatrice”. Per the band, “The man at the heart of “Beatrice” is willing to travel through the depths of Hell to find his long lost love”.
Have you ever met someone who is absolutely terrible for you, but end up falling in love with them anyways? I know I have and that brings us to “This Girl Is Crazy”. That heavy bass line is back with a vengeance. This song is catchy as all hell! The last track on the record is “New Years’s Eve”, with guest vocals from Useless ID, Yotam Ben Horin. This is a perfect way to end an excellent album. The beautiful acoustic sound, incredible vocals, leaves me feeling hopeful for a better tomorrow.
Sounds Like: Ferocious Dogs,Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, New Narrative, Face To Face, 10 Ft Pole, Pulley, and Voice Of Addiction
Back in September 2019 we were first introduced to the Red Light Rebels. Skabones got to check out their split EP, “Red Light Rebels Vs Bottlekids”. I still listen to that split on a frequent basis. You should definitely go check it out here. Since that time the Red Light Rebels have been playing shows and rocking out with legends like the UK Subs.
In that time they managed to record a brand new EP, “Rewind Erase” which drops on 1/31/2020. Although, “Dead To Me” was released first on the split above. If there’s one thing I love about the Red Light Rebels, every song no matter fast or slow, feels anthemic. That means every track gets your heart beating and your head thinking. How many bands really make you feel that way? For me the list is actually kind of short, but I digress. So let’s take a deep cut look at “Rewind Erase”.
The first track is indeed, “Rewind Erase”. A note strike and kick ass drum intro bring this track in with an assault style speed. In my head I can’t get the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack out. Was this song made 20 years too late to be on it? The next track is by far my favorite song on the EP, “Dead To Me”. As I mentioned back in September this track deserves to hit the airwaves!
“Call To Arms” follows and slows the tempo a bit. It seems a bit darker, yet somewhat uplifting in nature. I may be wrong, but it may be dealing with addiction of some sort. The pure talent in this track displayed by the boys is beyond me. The guitar solos give a solid throwback to a Suicidal Tendencies old school skatepunk feel.
“Perfect The Last Chapter” follows with some melodic speed punk. Tommy goes hard on drums while Sam’s bass leads the troops. The song has some fantastic lyrical content as well. The last track is “Let Go”. This song is just plain fun as hell. It has some excellent hooks, heavy on bass, and the vocals are fantastic! See yet another anthem song right here! We all have something/someone to let go.
In retrospect, “Rewind Erase” by the Red Light Rebels proves to me everything I learned about them from the Bottlekids split. They fucking RULE. This EP needs to be heard by anyone who craves the early days like when Milo went to college. Pick it up here on release day, https://redlightrebelsx.bandcamp.com/
Sounds Like: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, 18th & Addison, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Tsunami Bomb, Year Of The Fist, Sin City Rejects, and Crimson Riot
The Venomous Pinks are taking over the airwaves here today at CPRA Presents with their new video, “I Want You”. This is a kick ass cover originally done by Joan Jett & And The Blackhearts
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Although I love the original, this version injects that ripping steel sound, lacking from punk rock today. Personally I cannot wait to get my hands on some new Venomous Pinks! If you haven’t, be sure to check out their releases here, https://thevenomouspinks.bandcamp.com/.
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Favorite Tracks: Cue The Violins,Black Lung, Them Rats, Battery Station,
Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and the Street Dogs
Let’s take the way back machine to October 12, 2018. Colorado Punk Rock Army was starting to pick up steam and this was directly related to two important events. We brought in our first female team member, Lala. This sarcastic gem of a lady is still kicking ass with us today. The second important event was that Lala reviewed, The Drown’s, “View From The Bottom”.
Let’s face the hard reality when it comes to today’s music industry. Local bands, podcasts, and zines face a daily struggle to just stick around. They try to beat social media algorithms, and budget every move they make. Only to get a couple of shares or make 17 cents on Spotify. So after Lala published her review above. Something drastically changed CPRA for the better.
Within a week Lala’s review had raked up almost a thousand views! To this day that post has the most views ever on our website. So I, Skabones naturally wanted to know why this particular post was so popular. Sadly I don’t have time to check out everything as much as I’d like. It turns out the Drowns kick ass! “View From The Bottom” has been on my constant rotation ever since October 2018.
So today marks a special day it’s release day for their new record, “Under Tension”. This is their second full album release. It is my lawful duty as a punk and a writer to give this record the old full CPRA album review treatment. The album starts with, “Black Lung”. The intro riff is nuts! The chorus is catchy and a tale of sounds to come. We all have that black lung that festers and keeps us thinking.
Next up is a personal favorite, “Them Rats”. I love an angry fist pumping sound. This track is politically charged and is reminiscent of Cocksparrer or the Transplants. It sits on a nifty ledge of punk and ska. Aaron’s vocals are killer while the heavy bass and drums inflict the power in his voice. “Wolves On The Throne follows with Andy Wyle on vocals. Andy’s voice is remarkable and sounds so much like Pete Shelley I had to check twice.
The track focuses on social justice and calls for a strong resistance to fascism. Check out these kick ass lyrics! The guitar solo towards the end is an awesome throwback to classic punk rock.
“Their numbers are thinning It’s just the beginning Compassion’s in fashion, my friend I’ll bet my empathy Against their bigotry Ignorance won’t win again”
“Hold Fast” is next and continues that in your face assault. Aaron is back with some deep bass vocals. This is a unification song that could easily end up being a popular soccer anthem. I can see crowds of people pumping fists, cheering drinks, and slamming each other in the pit. “One More Pint” is next and thus the reason I mentioned the Tossers above. The track is obvious in title. It’s about hitting the town, after a long week, joining your friends for a nice pint. I LOVE this song! Be prepared to hear this one on your local juke. Will it replace “We Are The Brews”? I sure hope so!
“Demons” is next with Andy back on vocals. We must defeat our demons to carry on! I’m not sure if there is a female on backing vocals, but it adds that extra something to make this song fantastic.
The next track is for every person who ever felt, “Not good enough” to be dating someone or “Out of your league”. A simple love song about admitting insecurities. We have all been there. Yet eventually you will find that one person that doesn’t give a shit. They will accept you for you. Now that’s punk rock! “Cue The Violins” follows again with Andy on vocals. Check out the opening lyrics!
“She’s a pistol with a loaded gun Cocked and raised in the morning sun Taking aim at all the men Who would try to reign her in She’s a feminist flamethrower Unrepentant whistle blower A bulldozer to the system And she’s on the move again”
Not only does this track rock, but the message is strong! We MUST support equality in every shape and fashion. We MUST lift up those that have been historically oppressed. “The Harder They Come, They Harder They Fall”. Another unification track about fighting religious extremism and choosing a life for you! I love the chorus! Jake’s drums are fast and loud!
The next song is “The Unknown”. This track is pogo friendly and fast. It seems almost made for union brothers and sisters. The heavy bass lines, guitar riffs sound a bit on the rockabilly side. Man this band continues to surprise me! Next up is another personal favorite song, “Battery Street”.
“Look mister please the only difference between you and me is I know who I am I know where I’m from I’ve got skin in the game”
Have you ever thought about the people that bust their ass to keep America running? I’m talking about dock workers, electricians, plumbers, truckers, etc. They bust their ass so we can be clothed, fed, and bed. I think we forget the sacrifices these people make every day. I could be wrong here, but I think this track is a tribute to Woody Guthrie’s, “Roll On Columbia ” or to the pacfice northwest in general.
Well I have rambled on long enough and it’s time to wrap this one up. The Drown’s, “Under Tension” is master crafted and encompassing everything we love about good old fashion punk rock and roll. The anthems, musicianship and lyrical content is making me throw this album in for Best Punk Rock Album of 2020! You MUST check it out here, https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/pages/the-drowns.
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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!
Favorite Tracks: Never Know, Old Life, Worst Part, and Reboot
Sounds Like: Overtime, Bottom Bracket, Voice Of Addiction, and The New Narrative
During the rise of pop punk circa 1990s I began to wonder what would happen to hardcore punk. Out of nowhere bands like Blink 182, Goldfinger and Greenday, began to overtake the airwaves. Its successor emo pop, was less desirable to me with bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco. I knew punk was changing after seeing Fall Out Boy on the Warped Tour line up back in 2006. Don’t get me wrong I hold a special place in my heart for the Gilman bands, yet I’m not a big fan of emo.
I like to also point out the massive popularity of the Tony Hawk Pro skater games as contributing to the rise of pop punk, although hardcore bands were on some of the soundtracks. So this leads me to today’s question. Did emo and pop punk kill hardcore? Before anyone accuses me of saying, “Punk Is Dead”, let me clarify PUNK NEVER DIED it only evolved into different forms.
East Bay hardcore punks, Protected Left want you to decide with their latest release, “Fossil”. So let’s check out the new EP. “Never Know” is the first track up with powerful drums, heavy bass lines and intense guitar work. Lyrically it’s written in a question format. I dig it.
The next rack is, “The Swell” this track is 100% skatepunk. This song could’ve easily ended up on one of the Tony Hawk soundtracks. Some heavy bass lines, almost metal with some sweet guitar solos rage on within. I think this where pop punk changed by losing the metal solos. I kind of miss them, so it’s great to hear a solo in this track.
Next up is my favorite song on the EP, “Old Life”. The massive onslaught of fast hooks, perfected drums and vocals continues. A bad-ass guitar solo compliments the end, before slowing and allowing a few acoustic notes in. This song kicks ass! “Worst Part” follows being the shortest track on the EP, at 45 seconds long. Probably the best 45 seconds of my life!
“Reboot” is the last track on the record and my second personal favorite. The lyrics are amazing, sad, yet hopeful at the same time. Here’s one for your, “Break Up Punk” playlist! It’s short and sweet. As we have come to an end, it’s time to wrap up this review. I began by asking the question, did pop and emo kill hardcore? The answer is, NEVER. There are a thousand or more bands out there playing hardcore for years to come.
Protected Left’s, “Fossil” proves to us that hardcore is a root of punk rock and it’s staying power is timeless. With tracks like, “Never Knew”, “Old Life”, “Worst Part”, and “Reboot” this EP will leave you wanting more. Be sure to pick it up here on release day, https://protectedleft.bandcamp.com/. On a side note come see Chicago’s Voice Of Addiction this Saturday at BAR BAR!
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I love it when we get reviews in from across the world! It’s exciting to see it punk thriving. Sure our numbers may be small, but our army grows larger. So today let’s check out the new album released by Grecian punks, Raised Wrong, called “Shut Up Already”.
This album kicks serious ass! From the start with 82 Street with its hardcore guttural style. The best description I can think of would be The Adolescents meet Teenage Bottlerocket. The cross over from skate to street punk is amazing on “Unknown Relatives”. Overall I cannot recommend this record more!
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Favorite Tracks: Least Resistant, For The Few, Wishlist, Where Would You Run?
Sounds Like: Nothington, Hot Water Music, and Fletcher
Leaving something and starting a new project is always tough. Frankly it can be really scary at first. You never know when a piranha might come by even if you’re just dipping a toe in. Personally when we started CPRA I was mortified. What if the project fails? What will people think? Finally I just decided to say screw it and go for it. So a major shout out in this review goes to Lee Resistant for leaving Fletcher when they broke in 2005 and striking out on his own with, Lee Resistant & The Lost.
The band recently dropped their debut EP, ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’ via self release. The EP contains 3 re-recorded Fletcher songs . So let’s get into, ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’ in pure and proper CPRA fashion. The record starts out with “Lease Resistant”. I love this song! The chorus, the vocals, even the tiny little guitar solos. This little song has a big message about standing up and fighting for your beliefs.
The next track is, “For The Few”. This song is immediately catchy. Put those fists up and sing along! I feel like this song resonates with anyone who is going through a struggle. The drum work on this track is fantastic. “Wishlist” is up next. It comes in with a great roaring melodic hardcore sound. This track speaks of a past intimate relationship and how the song writer wishes the relationship went better. I feel like all of us can relate on some level or another to this song.
The last song is up next, “Where You Run?”. This track is strong on an anthem power pop punk sound. Personally I am really enjoying this EP and excited to see what the future holds for Lee Resistant & The Lost. They are currently working on a full length release. Check out what Lee has to say below!
Speaking about the release, Lee says: “Once I decided that I wanted to end 20l8 with a full band show, it was an easy decision to add some of the old songs into the set. I still think that the Fletcher material holds up well after all this time, and I honestly thought that I would never get to play those songs in a band situation again, so it was a lot of fun to give them a new lease of life.” On the decision to re-record the material, Lee adds “I think it’s a good way to bridge the gap between the music I made in the early 2000s to the music I’m making now, almost like a reintroduction, while we work on the LRATL full-length record.”
You can pick up, ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’, right now here,
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!