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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Chicago Punks, Evil Engine release new EP, “#2”after signing with No Affiliation Records

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Release Date: November 16, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location:

  • Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kryssie Crisis – Vocals
  • Jamie Booth – Guitar
  • Mike Skull – Bass
  • Colin Holmes – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Upstanding Citizen, Degeneration, Sink & Drown, Get The Gun, and POW

Sounds Like: Hot Apostles, Bad Cop, Bad Cop, The Distillers, A Pretty Mess, and Bad Religion


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When word dropped that Chicago-based punks, Evil Engine signed up with No Affiliation Records. I knew right away I had to check them out. No Affiliation is putting kickass bands one right after another. We reviewed many of them here. If you’re currently reading this from the toilet this, “#2” is for you! Let’s check it out!

The record kicks off with, ‘Upstanding Citizen’. This one is anthem like, encourages unity against tyranny. Kryssie’s vocals on this one are killer! There’s a kickass guitar solo that flies in for a few, but soon blends in with the excellent drums and guitar.

Next up on the track list is, ‘Degeneration’. This one has some catchy lyrics, fantastic drums, and a great message. This reminds of The Rumjacks, ‘Saints Preserve Us’ and Bad Religions, ‘20th Century Digital Boy’. The message is simple. Has technology killed a polite society? Being somewhat of an introvert I love technology, but even I realize that I have to put my phone down for my children’s sake. This song needs a music video a.s.a.p!

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The third track is, ‘Sink & Drown’. Again Kryssie’s vocals lead the rest of the band in a heavy hard rock, almost metal, yet still retaining a Suicidal Tendencies punk sound. The lyrics on this one are powerful as hell.

“The planet is mine,

the people are fucked,

our greatest achievement is to get rid of us.”  

The next track is, ‘Get The Gun’. This is my own personal favorite track. I have high hopes this song will hit Punk Tacos, although they tend to play it safe. This one is politically charged and sadly speaks the truth about ‘Mericas” law enforcement. This melodic anthem is catchy, yet powerful with great bass, the drums rock and heavy shreds.

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The last track on this epic EP, is ‘Prisoner Of War”. This song reminded of Stiff Little Fingers antiwar song, ‘Wasted Life’. We send our soldiers out to fight in wars we shouldn’t have started in the first place. We send them to liberate countries that want nothing to do with our version of so called, “Democracy”.

Yet when the soldiers come home they become prisoners of their minds. Our mental health system in America is plain fucked. Back to my review! You’ll soon begin chanting along as the guitar screams. The bass backing lends that cutting edge. The track is wicked.

“Dying for an upper class that doesn’t even care”

Let’s face it the world is a shit show. Its bands like ‘Evil Engine” that make it something worth fighting for. So should you give this record a spin? YES, do it now. Plus you can piss off that family of yours for Thanksgiving with their album art. They’re going places and you need to be at the jumpstart. Pick it up the new EP here, https://evilengineofficial.bandcamp.com/ .

Check out this awesome Evil Engine cover of ‘OI To The World’ by the Vandals!

 

Tracks:

  1. Upstanding Citizen
  2. Degeneration
  3. Sink & Drown
  4. Get The Gun
  5. Prisoner Of War

Links:

 

Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit – “Light It Up”

Release Date: August 10, 2018

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Spokane, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Sid Broderius
  • Jasen Moser
  • Anthony Accardo
  • Ruben Gunion

Favorite Tracks: Broken Bottles, The Last Time, Wasting Your Time,

Sounds Like: Face to Face, Filthy Hearts, FOL, Off The Mark, Latte+, Stacked Like Pancakes, StreetLight Manifesto  and The Follow Ups


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Just when you think No Affiliation Records is done kicking some serious ass. Another great band pops out of nowhere. We’ve reviewed some really amazing fucking records by, Fourbanger, Off The Mark, FOL, and now today Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit! Here at CPRA we despise the major media companies. We miss the days when local radio was run by local companies, instead now we have the likes of Iheartradio.

My favorite radio station of all time was called 92X. Back in 1995, yeah I sound like Uncle Rico, 92X was the only radio station to play constant great alternative music. The played funk, punk, and underground hip hop. It was also the first time I heard bands like Black Flag, Social D, and OP Ivy. I was instantly hooked.

We are strong supporters of smaller record labels like, Lockjaw, No Affiliation, Stomp, and Thousand Islands. These labels are keeping punk fresh while introducing great bands you may never hear on the radio. We hope every band we love hits it big, but sadly we know the mainstream industry would rather continue its tradition of pushing out the same crap over and over again.

So let’s talk about another kick ass No Affiliation band, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit! The veteran Northwestern band formed in Spokane after spending time with the Grocery Boys and Storm Normandy. Their latest full album release, “Light It Up” is out now on all major music distributors.

So let’s check out, “Light It Up”. The album starts off with, “Broken Bottles”. The first thing that came to mind is how the sound is very original. We have our little, “Sounds Like” area to you give a sort of brief genre view. I really dig the opening riff and drums on this song.

It’s speaks of making reparations for past mistakes and substance abuse. Something most of us can identify with. Next up is, “Stoned In Wyoming”. This one has some great drums, and vocals.  It sounds a bit on the Face To Face side, yet maintains its own sound. I really like the lyrics.

“Stoned in Wyoming

Without my northwest friends

It’s starting to bore me, am I driving down a dead end?

I’m driving 2,000 miles

And it’s gonna take a while

To find my fucking place”

As any band may know touring is hard on the mind, body and soul. Now this song may not relate to touring at all, but I feel anybody can relate to being far away from home. Next up on the track list is “The Last Time”. This one is a bit faster and harder than the previous songs. I love this track! There’s some great skapunk on this one.

 

“Dead Or Alone”, is the next one up. This one has a very familiar ska riff. This is probably my second favorite track on the record. The trumpet is perfectly placed to blend in perfectly with the rest of the band. The hooks leading into the progression are remarkable. The lyrics are phenomenal.

“You let the lies slip off your tongue

And you can’t get enough

Of hurting the ones you love

And I don’t give a fuck

If they’re still there when I get home

I’d be better off dead or alone “

 

“Halloween”, this one reminds me a bit of “Bro Hymn”, by Pennywise. It does not really sound anything like Bro Hymn, however it relates to losing a close friend. We as a scene are a close knit community and it hurts to lose someone. “ Hard To Be Strong”, this song starts out like an anthem. This one has some killer lyrics, and guitar hooks.

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“At The Stake”, is up next on the record. Here’s another song that deals with some deep reflection. The drums are really the highlight on this one. “Call It Off”, the skapunk returns! This has some great classic ska hooks. The vocals really push the meaning. Our youthfulness seems to fly by.

“By The Throat” is the next track up. This one speeds it up a bit. The riffs absolutely shred on this one. “I’m not fucking up, I’m just losing my shit.”. How many times have we said that in our own lives? “Detached”, this one is a bit slower than most of the songs on the record. “I’ve been mixing up, self destruction and romance”. I can personally relate to this song . How many personal relationships have been destroyed by our own self destruction?

“Wasting Your Time”, this is another favorite for me on the record. The classic skapunk sound comes roaring back. This song kicks ass! “Like A Shadow”, head to the pit for this one. “Temperamental Timebomb”, is up next. Again this track has some amazing lyrics. “My brain is a temperamental timebomb, waiting to go off”. Man that’s some deep shit. “Written Together”, here’s another skapunk gem. This one is about a failed punk band and a failed friendship. “Line Wolf”, is up next and the last song on the record. The drums again really shine on this track, along with some great vocals!

Overall, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit, have composed a fantastic album. “Light It Up, contains a little something for everyone. This album is yet another great addition to the No Affiliation library! I spoke with Sid to get some information like tours and such. “No tour planned yet, but we’ll hit the road in Spring. We’re always writing, Ruben and I wrote a new song Yesterday. We have all played in bands together in the past. Storm Normandy, The Grocery Boys, Death By Pirates, etc. I started this project as a way to record songs I never got a chance to play in bands and it kind of spiraled into a serious project made up of amazing musicians.” Pick it up today here, https://theemergencyexit.bandcamp.com/album/light-it-up-2 .

Tracks: Per Bandcamp

  1. Broken Bottles
  2. Stoned In Wyoming
  3. The Last Time
  4. Dead Or Alone
  5. Halloween
  6. Hard To Be Strong
  7. At The Stake
  8. Call It Off
  9. By The Throat
  10. Detached
  11. Wasting Your Time
  12. Like A Shadow
  13. Temperamental Timebomb
  14. Written Them Together
  15. Lone Wolf

Links:

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/391073561246728/sid-broderius-and-the-emergency-exit/

Bandcamp: https://theemergencyexit.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oZHCWlyZh8RaqStlhOSSZ

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1nRnn7d38PUcSfTP5lhrtR

FoL – “Therapathy”

FoL – “Therapathy”

Release date: July 20, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

JChris- Drums/Vocals

Dave- Bass/Vocals

Aaron- Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Hate To Hear, Breathe Or Die, Jesse, Victim’s Anthem

Sounds Like: Lagwagon, Descendents, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Off The Mark, Fourbanger,  and The Windermeres,


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Back in April 2018 I reviewed, FOL’s Kinda…. But Seriously EP.  I loved that EP and still think it’s one of the best releases of 2018. On that note, No Affiliation Records continues it’s role of producing awesome music. See our past reviews here with the #NAR tag. I personally think labels like No Affiliation and Lockjaw Records that will be the death of iHeartRadio.

The 3 piece band continues to blow me away with their music. Let’s check out their latest upcoming release, “Therepathy”. The ep starts off with, ‘Hate To Hear’. This is already the FOL I know and love. This one has awesome drums, a somewhat melodic yet hardcore sound. The guitar shred on this one is sweet.

‘Breathe Or Die’ rolls up next on the song list. The lyrics on this one are great. The drums, combined with the vocals and guitar really pull this song together. It’s catchy and loveable, although a bit on the dark side, probably one of my favorites. You probably need to watch the pit on this one.

‘Jesse’ is up next on the record. I have to admit I wasn’t emotionally prepared for this song. This is an extremely well written song, about losing a loved one to suicide. It’s about thinking and wondering who that person would be today. I can see this song hitting the pops, easily.

“Who would you be?

If you made it through the Darkness?

Who would you be

If you were here with us today?

Who would you be, if you made it through the darkness

Who would you be?

Who would you be ?”

‘A Quick Drink’, c’mon now everybody know there’s no such thing as a quick drink. This one shows us FOL’s hardcore and speedpunk sound. It’s alot quicker than that drink of yours. ‘Sour Grapes’, shows why I love FOL. The mix of pop punk with hardcore is amazing. One minute you’re banging your head. The next you’re singing along with the melody.

The shreds on this make for an epic skatepunk song. ‘Victim’s Anthem’, comes next on the record. This slows it down with a powerful message for all those who suffer. I love the melody and poppunk style sing along.

FOL – “Therapathy” releases 7/20/218!

‘Cat Videos (and Propaganda)’, this anger fueled tune is sure to have you headed to the pit. While we sit behind screens watching cat videos and political propaganda. Our governments are taking away our freedoms one by one. Do you wish to sit idle by and watch? This hardcore song shreds with kick ass drums!

Let’s wrap the review up. FoL has produced yet another amazing record. This ep has something for just about every fan of punk in general. They are starting to set a standard of wonderful song after another. Don’t let this one escape and pick it up today! This one has been added to the list for ep contender of the year.

Track Listing: (Subject To Change)

1. Hate To Hear

2 .Breathe Or Die

3. Jessie

4. A Quick Drink

5. Sour Grapes

6. Victim’s Anthem

7. Cat Videos (and propaganda)

 

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://firstorlastaz.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstorlastband/

 

Fourbanger – Never Let Go

Fourbanger – Never Let Go

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Release date: 7/31/2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Mesa, AZ

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Kyle, Eric, Jason, and Jim

CPRA Favorite Tracks: Don’t Stop Running, Afterthought, Dead Sailor, Miles Away, and The Eagle Has Landed

Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Penske File , The Follow Ups, and Off The Mark


Mesa, Arizona punks Fourbanger are set to release, “Never Let Go” on 7/31/2018 through No Affiliation Records. Our lucky butts were granted an early preview. As mentioned in many of our posts, No Affiliation is putting out some kick ass bands like, Bare Teeth, FoL, Latte+, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit, Sun-0-Bathers, The Follow Ups, The Bastards, Square Shapes, System Restore, Off The Mark, and Cero Viejo.

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I have to admit this summer has been a hot one in Denver. Not only musically, but temperature wise. We don’t normally hit 100 degrees, but we have a few times already. So my 41 year old ass is feeling a bit exhausted. I really needed to change things up, feel a bit young again. So let’s check out, “Never Let Go”. Keep in mind since this is an early preview track order is subject to change.

1. Don’t Stop Running – This one has some strong riffs, great drums, very catchy vocals. I imagine.

2. Afterthought – This is my favorite track on the record by far. “And maybe I’m here, maybe I’m not, maybe I’m just an afterthought.” This track has some seriously addicting vocals, and some awesome drums.  Hello Punk Tacos or Dying Scene? Are you there? What if we all exist as someone else’s afterthoughts? This song is another classic example of amazing, “Break Up Punk”.

“And maybe I’m here, maybe I’m not, maybe I’m just an afterthought.”

3. Going Going Gone – A little on the darker side. This song has some wonderfully well written lyrics. One of the aspects I love about melodic punk, even though lyrically a song can be somewhat depressing. The presentation of melodies can alter the overall mood.

4. Dead Sailor – My second favorite song on the record. It brings a message of hope, while bringing harder riffs and again brilliant drumming. “I don’t want to be just another Dead Sailor, I don’t wanna sink to the bottom of the sea. I don’t wanna watch my life drift away.” The lyrics on this are catchy, fun, and heartfelt.

5. Miles Away – I really like the intro rift into the song. The mix of different instruments, combined with the vocals make this song a stand out, like, ‘Afterthought’.

6. The Lonely Parade – A much slower track. I really love the melodies and acoustic sound.

7. Calling Out – “Is anybody listening?” Great drums, intro rift kicks ass!

8. Never Let Go – A simple love song. This one reminds me of when I was a teen. I’d make mixtapes for love interests. This track would make the list today!

9. Get Back Up – I’m not sure if I hear some keyboard use on this one, but it sounds beautiful. These guys could really sell some records to the teen crowd. Although It still appeals to the old guy in me.

10. Arizona Screamin – These guys really know how to write addicting and fun music. There’s piano and punk on this one!

11. The Eagle Has Landed – The last one on the album. This one’s much harder than the previous few tracks. I like the message of hope and sci/fi theme.

This album has a little bit of something for everyone. It’s fast, fun, and extremely addicting. In true No Affiliation fashion, Fourbanger has produced a kick ass record. This is one us older punks, should pass around to the younger generations. You never know. You may have a future punk on your hands.

Links:

Website:  http://www.fourbanger.com/

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

Bandcamp:
https://fourbanger.bandcamp.com/album/never-let-go

System Restore – Suburban Drones Review

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Release date: June 24, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Casper, WY

Our Favorite Track(s): Self-Inflicted, Suburban Drones

Sounds Like: NOFX and Bad Religion


System Restore’s yet to be released album Suburban Drones portrays exactly what the title sells: anarchist-ish ideals mixed with the self-deprecating yet unclear tone of a suburban teenager growing up in hectic times. Or better summarized, a kid going through 2018. As much as I would love to put this band down for it’s obvious inspiration from bands such as the Offspring, NOFX and Bad Religion, it’s hard to overlook shining moments of complete originality.

Self-Inflicted, brings well-crafted lyrics that most listeners will gloss over. Additionally, the fast paced instrumentals mixed with a somewhat melodic drum beat at times kept me engaged and a kind of energized. Songs like the Jackal, on the other hand, despite their attempt at originality, lack a defined thought or meaning. Not to mention, specifically in the Jackal, the instrumentals not only bore me, but completely end up letting me down in its ending, which seemed like a possible breath of something engaging ended up being the band wrapping it up. I didn’t know whether I should have felt cheated or relieved.

This song aside, however, the title track Suburban Drones packs a powerful punch of politics and amazing instruments and originality. Despite it’s obvious influence from Bad Religion, this song turns the cynical attitude echoed by modern punk bands on its head without seeking to offend while also being obvious about it. Not to mention the instrumentals of this one! It’s something you would just have to hear for yourself, trust me.

Overall this album’s staying power in 2018 seems to be high, and most albums are; however, this album seems to landmark 2018 instead of pandering into it. It documents the views of the disgruntled youth while also staying safe of references that will die with time. The band itself seem to be heavily influenced by punk from the past, but show glimmers at attempting something new and trying to reach a different comfort zone. This album as a whole would earn a 83 from me with a higher score depending on the future endeavors of this band.

You can pick up the EP here on 6/24/2018, https://systemrestore.bandcamp.com/releases. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/the.System.Restore/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/system__restore/. Make sure to follow No Affiliation Records as well!

Review by @coloradopunk