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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Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile
Let’s take a moment to congratulate the US Women’s soccer team on their hard earned victory in this years World Cup! Wait is it really a victory if you’re earning less than your male counterparts? Per NPR’s article this is the case and severely messed up. LA based The Damed are ready to kick ass in the name of feminism and sexual equality. Their debut record dropped 6/28/2019 via their label, A Diamond Heart Production.
Let’s take a listen. Please promise to avoid all anarchic activities until you have fully read this review. I kid of course. The record starts out with “Extreme Vacancy”. This is a great tune to set the mood. You can feel the anger brewing, yet there is some playful melodies. This track is great for those leaving and moving on.
My favorite track rolls up next, “Equal Pay Day”. The track has a great old school sound similar to Bikini Kill or even some Distiller tracks. The message is in the title. The delivery is solid gold. This will make all punks pogo with a cause. The intro riff is kick ass!
“Ritual Revolution” follows and goes heavy like L7. The drums provide the backdrop for what feels like some sort of ritual dance. You have to hear, Hellskiss’s vocals on this track. She is wicked angry and ready to rip a head off. “Pulse”, comes in with another dark theme. The bass and drums come with a gothic tone, providing the mystery.
In the 1980’s, alternative came in many different forms from many different bands. “Little Ship”, contains so much more besides punk. It’s a great example of a wonderfully composed song that has the ability to switch structured genres in a flash. While it encourages the end, it also encourages self-improvement and self-worth. Is this Siouxsie And The Banshees? Na, but it could give old Siouxsie Sioux a run for her money.
“Pursuit” starts out with this crazy bass line that I adore. Did I mention Suzanne Slade of Denver’s Battle Pussy and H2awesome is on bass! This is a track you can dance to. The post punk influences return with a rhythmic fashion. In “We Are The Proof” the message is simple the #METOO is a movement that will only get stronger. This anthem like song, speaks of bonding together to fight a society. That has allowed women to be treated like shit for too long.
“Escape From The Shadows” is the last track. The song is like a culmination of this record up until now. The anger has brewed, the storyline foreshadowed. They are ready to step out from the shows in a tribal like blast of violence, destined to reclaim everything in its wake. For a society that refuses to accept equality, that change will come with a fury.
In closing the Damed’s new release is a brilliant composition filled with punk, post punk and synth. If you’re looking for a definition of Riot Grrrl music, look no further. The band could have easily sold out CBGB’s, or any local venue in the 1980s and just as easy in 2019. You can download the album here, https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/album/the-damed.
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!
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
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.
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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Favorite Tracks: #YoureDead, Flip Cup, El Cucuy, and The Catfish
Sounds Like: Penske File, Proton Packs, Livermores, and Lillingtons
The Suck are set to release their new LP, “In-Cog-Neat-O” on 2/27/2019. This record is full of catchy tunes, wicked shreds, and fantastic drum work. Songs like ‘#YoureDead’, ‘Flip Cup’, and ‘El Cucuy’ have been stuck on repeat! ‘The Catfish’ is a hilarious song about a guy getting catfished and falling in love with said fish.
While not a raw as early horror punk, and more on the Nerd Punk side. This record is a blast to sing along with. It’s the perfect mix of horror and pop punk. I highly recommend picking this up on vinyl. You will also get the download codes, so you can keep that record in the plastic!
Produced By: Famed guitarist Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño/Machine Head)
Location: Broomfield, CO
Mike – Vocals
Rob – Guitar
Jim – Bass
Rich – Drums
Favorite Tracks: Snappy, Normal, October Sky, Blackout
Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, and Sunset Silhouette
It’s Pop punk January apparently here at CPRA. Considering we’ve reviewed 2 pop punk albums from Arborview and Sunset Silhouette back-to-back. There’s one problem I see in pop punk frequently. The music is either really great or just kinda meh. Not that its bad, just boring. Due to the large amount of album review requests we have coming in from all over the world. We now have to be a bit more selective.
Yes it kinda sucks. I would love it if we had the energy, donations incoming, and time to really showcase each album submitted. So when I popped on The Swifts new album, “All Sunshine”. I was pretty damn well surprised. I forgot to mention famed Ahrue Luster from Ill Niño and Machine Head produced and recorded this 10 track album. Alright let’s dig into, “All Sunshine”.
‘Snappy’ kicks off with a very melodic style. It’s tight on the whoas, heavy drums, and catchy lyrics. The next track is ‘Normal’. I really like the lyrics, and harmonies on this track. Did you know pop punk could shred? Damn! Track 3 is ‘All Sunshine’. I like this track as it has a nice happy theme. The bass lines are quite good.
So far 3 tracks in and I’m noticing a little something different with this album. So far it has some pretty wicked guitar solos. As pop punk is generally known for 3 chords and nothing else. This is something I do disagree with. This one is already shaping up to be pretty damn good. ‘October Sky’ has a darker them to it. The piano notes are beautiful. I really didn’t expect this level of musicianship.
‘I Will Be There’, speeds the pace back up. The build up in the intro is exceptional. Mike’s voice on this one is amazing. You can feel the emotion poured into this track by each band member. The lyrics are well written. ‘Sing’ is the sixth track and maintains the rocking pace. This one has a super catchy chorus.
‘Blackout’ comes in a bit harder and heavier from the last track. It has somewhat of a Ramonescore sound, yet has another killer guitar solo. This one is by far my favorite track on the record. I forgot to mention the band has coined themselves as the “Ultimate Dad Band”. That may be how these kick ass solos are sneaking in. Reminds me a bit of Chinese Rocks.
‘In Name Only’ comes in strong with superb melodies. The drums are my favorite on this track. The following track, ‘Zombie’ maintains the excellent sound and speed. Lyrically this song is awesome. Now we reached the end of the album with, ‘One More Drink’. This is my second favorite song on the record. It reminds me of my younger days hanging out at the pub and arguing if OP IVY would reunite. This track has yet another stellar guitar solo. It’s time I close out this review.
The Swifts have composed one helluva an album with “All Sunshine”. The melodies, lyrics, and solos make this one a definite add to your pop punk collection. I’m going to throw this album into the best of 2019 mix.