Did Pop Punk Kill Hardcore? Or Was It Emo? East Bay Punks Protected Left Beg To Differ With Their New Release, “Fossil”, Out On 10/28/2019

Release Date: 10/28/2019                                

Format: Digital 

Location: Oakland, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Mario: Guitar/Vox
  • Bret: Bass/Backing Vox
  • Trey: Drums

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. 

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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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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Never Know
  2. The Swell
  3. Old Life
  4. Worst Part
  5. Reboot

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Skate Punk From Greece? Yep, Raised Wrong Drops, “Shut Up Already”

Release Date:  July 18, 2019                                                                                               

Format: Digital

Location: Loannina, GR

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Guitar, vox: Leo
  • Guitar: Fanis
  • Bass, vox: Kwstas
  • Drums: Andronikos

Favorite Tracks: 82 Street, Far From Now, Nutcracker, 21st Century, You’re Not Alone, Natural Disasters

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Teenage Bottlerocket, Sunset Silhouette, Voice of Addiction, PID, and Jerkswitch.


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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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. 82 Street
  2. What’s Left Of Me 
  3. Far From Now 
  4. Nutcracker 
  5. 21st Century 
  6. You’re Not Alone 
  7. Confused 
  8. Natural Disasters
  9. Years 
  10. Unknown Relatives 

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#CPRANewMusicAlert: Lee Resistant & The Lost, Drop ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’, On 4/15/2019

Release Date: April 15, 2019                                                          

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Ontario, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Lee Resistant
  • Jakob Durocher (guitar)
  • Brian Venne (bass)
  • Alex Hill (drums)

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,

https://leeresistant.bandcamp.com/

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Least Resistant
  2. For The Few
  3. Wishlist
  4. Where Would You Run?

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Riverside Odds Brings Anger And Speed Punk With Their Latest Release,“Get Into It”, Drops 6/17/19 Via Altercation Records

Release Date: 6/7/19

Format: Digital

Label: Altercation Records

Location: Philly, PA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

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!

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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!

Be sure to pre-order here, https://www.riversideodds.com/get-into-it-official-pre-order/

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Track List: (Subject To Change)

  1. Above The Dirt
  2. Savage
  3. I Don’t Care
  4. Tonight
  5. G.O.A.T
  6. Kill The Machines
  7. She’s Bad
  8. Animal
  9. PBR Me
  10. Dominos

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An Italian Band That Sounds Like They Stepped Right Out Of The LA Punk Scene? Breakmatt Fastgyver – “The Light Inside Is Broken But I Still Deliver”

Release Date: March 2, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Milano, Italy

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Mattia Cattaneo
  • Federico Vegetato
  • Marco Guerrini
  • Gabriele Masulli

Favorite Tracks: To Asuka, We’re A Team, We stick together, My Roommates, The Demons, and Five

Sounds Like: Briggs, Sniper 66, Dirty Work, Street Dogs, Transplants, Zipperz and NOISE


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Italy’s Breakmatt Fastgyver surprised the absolute hell straight out of me. We get 10-15 album review requests a week. Sadly we cannot review all albums submitted as we all work full time jobs in addition to family obligations. So after staring the first track on, “The Light Inside Is Broken But I Still Deliver”. I thought I know I’ve heard these guys before. However, I quickly came to realize that indeed they are brand new to me.
Their sound however is not so much brand new, but an amazing combination of classic, pop, and a bit of skate. The straight guttural style is what really drew me in. Let’s break these tracks down. “To Asuka” is the first track. I’m not sure if this is a love song or about trying to help a friend with depression. Lyrically this song is simply beautiful. The drums and melodic hardcore style keep me hitting the repeat button.

“I need appreciation, I need the whole world to know that I exist.

I want to shout out loud, please look at me!

Don’t tell me it’s pathetic, don’t ever tell I shouldn’t feel like this.

This is what I am, this is how I feel”.

“The Gardens, At Night” is the second song on the track list. The one has a really sweet bass/guitar intro. The lead singer’s vocals remind me a bit of Al Barr. “We’re A Team, We Stick Together” is the next song. This song deals with the pain one feels from either growing up or moving on with life. It has a nostalgia for the simpler times. Did you grow up and forget your dreams?

“But then years go by, we all take our separate ways.

And then we drift apart in time.

Today our scripts read reassuring lines.

Can we really say we’re doing just fine?

Did we grow scared to reveal ourselves?

Is it a consequence of life?”

“We’re A Team, We Stick Together” comes in fast and strong with pure emotion. The drums are killer. That feeling that I’ve heard this song before comes creeping back. I absolutely love it! The hooks are right on point when joining the melody. This is yet another beautifully written song. This is my personal favorite song on the EP.

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Next up is “My Roommates, The Demons”. The bass line on this song is so damn good. It’s haunting, and continues when the drums and guitar join in later. Why is band not traveling the world? So good! “Five” is sadly the last song on the record. This song is the perfect ending to a perfect EP. Personally I would probably avoid the pit myself on this one. It would be insane. This one sounds a lot like something NOISE would write.
It’s time to wrap this one up. CPRA has found yet another undiscovered band that should be touring the world and filling ear holes with joy. Part of me on the other hand is sad. Will I ever get to see Breakmatt Fastgyver live? “The Light Inside Is Broken But I Still Deliver” is a masterpiece EP that you should pick up ASAP! It’s currently Name Your Own Price on bandcamp! Be sure to throw down at least $5.00!

Track List Per Bandcamp

1. To Asuka 02:46
2. The Gardens, At Night 02:39
3. We’re A Team, We Stick Together 03:02
4. My Roommates, The Demons 03:24
5. Five 02:39

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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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Debt Neglector – ‘The Kids Are Pissed’

Release Date:

  • October 26, 2018

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Location:

  • Orlando, Florida

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Alex Goldfarb
  • Chris Pfister
  • Zach Anderson
  • Matt Burns

Favorite Tracks: Go Fund Yourself, R.P.F.O and The Kids Are Pissed

Sounds Like: The Shell Corp, Propagandhi, and Reagan Youth


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There’s no doubt that Donald Trump is the worst president this country has ever witnessed. From his racism and sexist ideals. To his promotion of the rich and powerful to his cabinet and the Supreme Court. To his social views and extreme world views. It seems since Obama left office. The US has become the laughing stock of the world.
One great thing has emerged since, the punk scene has responded and will not back down. You might say political punk never left, but I think maybe it was a little less angry for awhile there. Just look at the amazing bands writing songs about this country and it’s so called., “Leader”.

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Here in Denver we have Cheap Perfume, Rotten Reputation, The Windermeres, The Unaccepted, and so many more, too many to name. This leads me to introduce Florida punks, Debt Neglector. This band is pissed off and their new EP is should join the ranks of other major political bands like, Bad Religion, Propaghandi and The Shell Corporation. So let’s get into the “Kids Are Pissed”.
The first track up is, “Scared Of The U.S.”. This track is politically charged and sets the scene for the rest of the EP. The lyrics will rope in right away. The drums and vocals are amazing on this one. The song talks of the country repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

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“It’s a shame and we’re to blame, whole goddamn world is scared of U.S. It’s not a game, we feel the same, Whole goddamn world is scared, We’re so scared of U.S.”
“Go Fund Yourself”, is up next. This is more a power punk anthem. Basically it’s telling the government to “Go Fund Yourself” and “Go Fuck Yourselves”. We get some catchy lyrics, with a wicked bass line. The screaming really adds to the song! This is by far my favorite on the record. In fact buy the vinyl for this one alone!

“Wrong Side”, comes in next with an anthem like chorus. You will be singing along quickly. This is followed up, by another personal favorite, “New White Roses”. There’s a great little guitar intro before the main beat kicks in. This song brings me back to my original point. If Donald Trump has done anything good for this country, its bring more and more political activists into the fold. People who are sick and tired, and now ready to stand with fist in air.

“R.P.F.O”, is up next and this one really hit my heart. It’s about the administration’s policy of immigrants to this country. How many domestic violence calls go unmade, because an immigrant is afraid to call the police? How many have died from simple colds and flus, because they were too afraid to seek medical assistance? This is NOT ok with me. This country was founded on the backs of immigrants and now we stop them for papers like the Nazis? Fuck that I say.

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Now sadly we are nearing the last track. “The Kids Are Pissed”. The song tells nothing, but the truth about the American political system and now the kids pissed off and ready to overthrow. The lines are catchy, and this song is extremely powerful. The combination of all creates this massive power sure to get you out into the streets.

“Make way, get out, cause they’ve had enough, Make way, Fuck off, Cause they’ve been through enough, Make way, Grow Up, cause they’ve had enough”.
It’s time to wrap this review up. Debt Neglector has joined the ranks of my personal favorite politically charged punk bands. With deep and powerful lyrics, anthem like and charged music. There is pure raw emotion in every song. So pick it up on 10/25/2018 here, http://debtneglector.com/.

Tracks:

  1. Scared Of U.S.
  2. Go Fund Yourself
  3. Wrong Side
  4. New White Roses
  5. R.P.F.O
  6. The Kids Are Pissed


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