CPRA Music News: Toronto Punks Hangtime Release New EP, “Invasion”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital and physical

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto, ON

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar
  • Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar
  • Dan Scicchitano – Bass
  • Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: A Thousand Years Ago, One Nine Nine Five


Sounds Like: Aimless Again, Dorkatron, The Livermores, Penske File, and the Mazlows


Let’s face it Mondays blow! Sometimes you need a little pick me up, beer, coffee, weed, or maybe some new kick ass music. Toronto punks Hangtime released, “Invasion” back on 3/1/2019. We may be a little late to the party on this one, but that’s because this EP was made to serve as the perfect pick me up.

This EP may seem small at a whopping 6 tracks, but it’s full on nonstop pop punk goodies. The album kick off with “A Thousand Years Ago”. This song hits home for me.  How many hearts have you broken and regretted for years to come? The lyrics are really the star on this track, while the band provides the anthem like charisma.

Next up is “One Nine Nine Five”, this song kicks absolute ass! The perfected hooks on this track are brilliant. I keep feeling I’ve heard this song before, but can’t pin it down. It may be they are just so damn good, it gives a good familiar feeling. My favorite track is up next, “See You Soon”. The drums are killer, the chords bleed perfection. The lyrics are catchy, yet none generic.

“Can I Take You Out”, is up next and continues a wonderful Ramones like sound. This record so far portrays an innocence really only found in pop punk. This is a love song and I feel the teenage boy in me giggle a little. “She”, comes roaring in next and no this isn’t a Greenday cover. Yet another track for all of us on a simple relatable level. When you have found the one, you just know it. The drums and power chords are sweet!

The last track up is “Lucky”. This track a an energetic fast romp reminiscent of the Penske File. I suppose I should wrap this up. Hangtime’s, “Invasion” is a great EP for anyone who is craving that pure pop punk sound. Pick it up here, https://hangtimeband.bandcamp.com/album/invasion.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. INVASION
  2. A Thousand Years Ago
  3. One Nine Nine Five
  4. See You Soon
  5. Can I Take You Out
  6. She
  7. Lucky

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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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Emo Pop Punks Triple Sundae Announce New EP, “Glow”

Release Date: 6/7/2019

Format: Digital                              

Location: London, England

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hassan
  • Mike
  • Andy
  • Zandro

Favorite Tracks: Mental Pollution, Dazed, Glow, and Safe


Sounds Like: The Menzingers, Alkaline Trio, PUP and Spraynard


Triple Sundae are no strangers to the emo pop punk scene. “Glow” is their 4 studio release and they plan on releasing albums sometime in the future. Here at CPRA we are loving this EP! With fantastic tracks like, Pollution, Dazed, Glow, and Safe. These English punks really have found a kickass unique sound.

Be sure to pick it up here, triplesundae.bandcamp.com

Tour Dates:

* Tour with Jukebox Romantics

23 May 2019: The Festing, Portsmouth, w/ Burnt Tapes + Forever Unclean + WAYL

34 May 2019: Booze Cruise Festival, Bristol

30 May 2019: Waterintobeer, London, (acoustic)*

31 May 2019: Fighting Cocks, Kingston*

1 June 2019: Head of Steam, Newcastle*

2 June 2019: The Underground, Stoke-On-Trent*

3 June 2019: Conroy’s Basement, Dundee*

4 June 2019: Temple of Boom, Leeds*

5 June 2019: Le Pub, Newport*

26 June 2019: The Sebright Arms, London, w/ Ducking Punches + Not Scientists

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Pollution

2. Swisher

3. Dazed

4. Everything’s Cool

5. Glow

6. Safe

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Marty, The Russians Are Coming! The Black Russians Drop New Album – “Death By Communism” Via Outloud! Records on 3/11/19

Release Date: 03/11/2019

Format: Digital

Label: Outloud! Records

Location: Leningrad Beach

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Black Russian 1
  • Black Russian 2
  • Black Russian 3
  • Black Russian 4

Favorite Tracks: Red Dawn, Leningrad Beach, My Mommie Is A Commie, UBV76, and Russian Bear

Sounds Like: Ramones, Lillingtons, Sunset Silhouette, and No Use For A Name


The Russians are coming Marty! The Black Russians that is with their latest release, “Death By Communism”. This Soviet Era Pop Punk band is heavily influenced by the Ramones. Truth be told I am in love with this record. From the wicked 80s style guitar solos, kick ass drums, to the thumping bass lines. The vocals are very similar to the Queers, yet there’s still a nod to Johnny Ramone in there.

My personal favorite track is Leningrad Beach. It may be an ode to The Ramones – “Rockaway Beach”, but the Black Russians present this song in a pure skate punk format. This is perfect melodic hardcore at its best. I want to grab my board and hit the streets just listening to this song.


“My Mommie is a commie and she’s running from the CIA”

Black Russians – “My Mommie Is A Commie”

My second favorite track is, “Mommie Is A Commie”. Talk about a song that is super catchy. The guitar hooks are wicked. I am sure hoping this gets a vinyl release at this point even in the review! To be perfectly honest all of these tracks are killer! Time for me stop ranting. Black Russians new, “Death By Communism” should immediately join your download collection. Don’t be surprised later when CPRA says, “We Told Ya So”.

Be sure to pick up the album here, https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/death-by-communism

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Tracks:

  • Red Dawn
  • Rostov Ripper
  • Leningrad Beach
  • Saviour Of Your Blood
  • 5 Year Plan
  • Night Witches
  • Mommie Is A Commie
  • A Blaze In The Soviet Sky
  • Kremlins
  • UVB76
  • Russian Bear
  • Soviet War Machine
  • Satan U.S.S.R.

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Belgian Pop Punk Boxing Day Creeps Onto to US shores with “Retrospect” EP

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Release Date: December 26th 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Real Ghosts Records

Location: Buggenhout/Belgium

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  •    Kevin Monsieur – Stem
  •    Sven Corvers – Gitaar, Stem
  •    Tijs Lissens – Gitaar
  •    Stijn Van der Jeugd – Bas, Stem
  •    Stijn De Nollin – Drum

Favorite Tracks: Retrospect, Loose Noose, Whisper Like You Mean It and Father’s Day

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Neck Deep, and Wonder Years


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It’s not often we get some kick ass pop punk from Belgium. In fact, I think this may be our first review ever for a Belgium based band. Boxing Day formed back in 2016 and “Retrospect” is their second release. So let’s check this one out!

The records intros with, ‘Retrospect’. I can already tell I’m gonna dig these guys. This song is lyrically perfect. I’m a bit surprised this one hasn’t landed on the pops. Sadly we all know how the pops work and chances are slim. This song has some real catchy notes. The bass and guitar seems to compete with each other. That’s not a bad thing. It’s pretty impressive. The sound mix on this one is wonderful.

The next track is, “Whisper Like You Mean It”. This one kind of hit me hard. It’s about a relationship ending or sorts. The song is so relatable. The chord progressions are beautifully composed, while the drums key into the emotions. Lyrically the song is catchy, yet powerful.

“Loose Noose”, is the next song up. Pull out that dusty air guitar for this one. I could be completely wrong on this one. I feel like this song is about all of us who don’t fit in with the “Normies”. Those so called normal kids like to pick on us. Sadly driving some to suicide. I love the sense of confidence towards the end to rise above.

“Father’s Day” comes in roaring next. This one is anthem heavy and a bit harder than I expected for a pop punk song. The drums are my favorite part of the track. Kevin’s vocals are excellent.  This reminds a bit of Blink 182’s “Adam’s Song”, yet purely original. I think many of us can relate to this song.

Here comes the last song, “Either Way”. This is probably the slowest track on the record. The melodies are beautiful. There is some immense talent in this band.  I should wrap this up. Boxing Days, “Retrospect” is masterfully composed and breaks the chains of traditional pop punk. Pop punk fans don’t miss out on this one. Be sure to give it a listen here, http://www.realghostrecords.com/products/632580-boxing-day-retrospect-ep.

Tracks:

  1. Retrospect
  2. Whisper like you mean it
  3. Loose Noose
  4. Father’s Day
  5. Either Way

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#CPRAMusicNews – Denver’s The Mazlows Drop New Single, “The Wolf Inside”

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Release Date: 3/05/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • nate hout – vocals/guitar
  • colton kooker – guitar
  • daniel carrillo – drums
  • peter hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: The Wolf Inside

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, and Jagger Holly


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Photo by 303 Magazine

Don’t you love those I heard it first moments? I hate to sound like an elitist, but I love finding new music before the mass population. My friends and family call me a “Music Nerd”. It’s a blessing and a curse, yet this is who I am. So when the Mazlow’s announced they were dropping their new single, “Wolf Inside” today. My music ears perked up.

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I’m gonna be straight up on this song. This will be a hit. It may not make the Billboard Top 100, but it will get regular airplay on the likes of Punk Tacos and other media. Yes it’s that good! From the kick ass intro to the addicting lyrics. I tend not to be a huge pop punk fan, but this songs is ridiculously good. The best part? It’s relatable to you and I.

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“I’m bursting at the seams

Good things can never last

Can you feel it all

Fading into the…

I’m just an animal

Raging out of control

Can you hear the wolf inside

Cryyyy out

You get knocked off your feet

And the odds are stacked

You might just let it out

You might not hold it back

Sometimes you lose control

You can’t win the fight

It’ll be alright, yeah it’ll be alright”

Not convinced yet? Head over to their Spotify channel and give it a listen! I’m personally hoping this is first song, off a a great pending new album. Be sure to check them out 4/3/2019 at the Larimer Lounge!

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. The Wolf Inside

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NYC Pop punks, All in Due Time, set to release new EP, “Young And Dumb” on 3/22/2019

Release Date: March 22nd, 2019                                                                 

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: NYC, NY

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ezequiel Medrano – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
  • Frank Scelta – Lead Guitar
  • Joshua Reguillo – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Fairytale, Young And Dumb, and Clean Slate

Sounds Like: Blink 182, Green Day, Neck Deep and NFG


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NYC Punks, All In Due time are set to release their new EP. “Young And Dumb” on March 22, 2019. This 5 track EP is packed with lyrics that connect on a powerful emotional level. My favorite is by far, “Young And Dumb”. I can see this one hitting the pop charts. It resonates on a personal level for me. Coming in second would be, “Still Breathing(NaNa)”. Both songs have catchy lyrics, while “Still Breathing(NaNa)” comes in a bit harder.

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So give a listen to “Fairytale” below and subscribe to their Spotify for EP drop emails!

 

Tracklist:

1. Fairytale

2.Still Breathing(NaNa)

3.Young And Dumb

4.Clean Slate

5.Best Hello,Worst Goodbye

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