Vegas Valley Drive Releases Debut Album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” And It’s…

Release Date: Summer 2019                                        

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Production: Blasting Room 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • B-Vox, Hamon-Gitter 
  • Hamona-Bass
  •  Maj-Gitter
  • Hendo-Drums

Favorite Tracks: Sweetly, Punk Rock Frank, Chardonnay Shakes, Everything To Me, 
Sounds Like: Nova Kicks, The Lillingtons, Alkaline Trio, and The Flatliners


A few weeks ago I ran into a local band member.. We discussed how the Ft Collins production company the Blasting Room is putting out a ton of great local music. Check out our tags from Blasting room posts here. In our discussion in became way too apparent that CPRA must have a Blasting Room show here in Denver for our bands that have recorded with the company. 

Let’s jump to today. I get word that Denver’s Vegas Valley Drive has dropped a new album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” and it was recorded at the Blasting Room! So we’ve been around a few years and watched some bands grow like Bury MIA, Stray The Course and Vegas Valley Drive. It fills this writer with pride when the albums they produce come out. Let’s check out the new Vegas’s record! 

The record begins with, “All The Difference”. It comes in with some great chord strikes on guitar. I love how the guitar drifts out into a few notes alone. Lyrically this song is catchy and fun. The next track is “Sweetly”. This is by far my favorite track on the album. Have you ever had a huge crush on someone and turn into a mumbling moron when they talk to you? 

I’ve been there too many times to count. I see huge potential for this track. Don’t be surprised if this track ends up on the radio. It definitely needs a great music video to accompany the wonderful story line. Up next is, “Brake Park Reverse”. This track really reminds of Big Head Todd and The Monsters, although much faster and harder.  

Do you have a friend who claims his punk cred to everyone every 5 minutes? “Punk Rock Frank” is that guy and that song. The singer sounds like, Les Claypool from Primus. Not sure if that’s what they were going for, but I love it. In one word the song is hilarious. “Holding On” follows and takes on a more serious tone. This track has potential as well. The lyrics are catching, hooks are strong, and the melody addicting. 

“Wake Up Call”, sounds very comparable to The Lillingtons. The message is conveyed by some great vocals and a great bass line. Another favorite track is up next, “Chardonnay Shakes”. The song is introduced with a famous quote from Neverending Story. Already I kind of want to cry just thinking about the Atrex. Anyhow we shall proceed! 

This track is one small step away from going metal. The extreme power chords, mini guitar solos, bass edge provide a ballad like atmosphere. If this track becomes popular. You read it here first! Let’s slow it down and go acoustic. “Everything To Me” is next and you will be sure to hear this one at the next wedding you attend. It’s beautiful. Yet another hit? 

Let’s speed things back up with “Anesthetic Paramedic”. This song has a sweet skate punk edge to it. The bass is strong with some sweeping guitar hooks. The drum work is excellent. “Powers”, follows again following a skatepunk like sound. I could be wrong, but I think this track refers to the Power Rangers? Haha I have no idea, but this track kicks ass.  

“Sober Elbow” is next. This one is super catchy. This track is for all the people when drunk think they are superheroes. They think they can leap tall buildings, but usually land on their face. The chords are remarkable. The last song on the album is “Punk On The Radio”. It has some great pop punk melodies, lyrically simple, but so much fun. 

Well there you have it. Vegas Valley Drive’s, “Kentucky Lawnmower”, is a trip through some fantastic music with all right hooks and guilty pleasures pop punk. Fans of alternative in general will definitely want to give this one a listen. This record should be hitting all major streamers here soon. You can purchase the record here, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vegasvalleydrive

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Track List 

  1. All the Difference
  2. Sweetly
  3. Brake Park Reverse
  4. Punk Rock Frank
  5. Holding On
  6. Wake up Call
  7. Chardonnay Shakes
  8. Everything to Me
  9. Anesthetic Paramedic
  10. Powers
  11. Sober Elbow
  12. Punk on the Radio

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Is Crimson Riot’s, “Classy Punk For Trash People” One Of The Best Albums Of Summer 2019?

Release Date: May 31, 2019                                          

Format: Digital 

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Roxy Gunn – Guitar/Vocals
  • Chris Reject – Bass Guitar/Vocals
  • Ryan J – Drums/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Hurt, Fight Song, I’m Not Punk, Lola, Click (To Make Me Happy), Riot and so much more!


Sounds Like: Teenage Bottlerocket, Millencolin, Dolly Rots, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Haley and The Crushers, and Evil Engine


Pic by Steven Matview

Crimson Riot popped up on the CPRA radar about a year ago. A kick ass friend who runs a Las Vegas based band called JERK reached out to us for a Denver book. By the way he also books shows in Vegas so hit up JERK if you’re looking to play. Josh mentioned Chris Reject from Crimson Riot would also reach out for a future book. 

Anytime we are looking at bands the very first thing we do is check out their music. So I headed my happy ass off to Youtube. There I heard my first taste of Crimson Riot with, “Heres’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine is Down)”. The music brain in me started popping with a little joy, but I soon realized their catalog at the time was low. Let’s jump to May 2019.

Crimson Riot announced a brand new album and a new video to boot. Of course the skeptic in me was like, “Hey their last song the one mentioned above was pretty good”. So today let’s check out the new album, “Classy Punk For Trash People”. The album starts with by far my favorite song on the record, “Hurt”. I’m telling you right now. This track has mass potential. The video below has already hit 2,414 views in only 4 months’ time. The track is not only super catchy; it has some great guitar and bass. Roxy’s voice is perfect. 

The track also seems to speak of the entertainment industry taking advantage of people. They have been doing it for years. At least Harvey Weinstein and many others have been rooted out for the horrible people they are. This FIGHT song is a wonderful introduction to the band. 

“Fight Song”, follows as a punk rock love song. I’m not a fan of love songs, but this song is truly wonderful. Get your toe tapping cons on and grab your pit partner. Ryan’s drums perfectly accompany Roxy’s voice. This is another track with huge potential. Has someone ever questioned your punk credentials? 

The next song, “I’m Not Punk” is about just that. I know I have let it get to me sometimes. I don’t have the funds, or the time to be dressed to the nines. Punk isn’t about the clothes, it’s about being you. 

“So how did we get to this, 
And when did it become about fashion, 
I don’t wear spikes or a misfits patch,
Cause I’m not punk enough,
No I’m not punk enough”

Crimson Riot – I’m Not Punk

“Lola” follows and the catchy lyrics flow through the song. I could be wrong, but this song may be a reference to the Kinks famous track, “Lola”. Or it is simply a rad song. “The Ballad Of Dr Chop” is hilarious and up next. This rocksteady like song is about a dirty rotten plastic surgeon (Nip Tuck). I wonder if we’ll ever get a ska track from the band. That would be sweet! 

Pic by Steven Matvie

Now it’s time for a little psychobilly with “Lost Souls”. Chris Reject sets the melody with dark yet dreamy vocals. The bass joins into the shade. This track is similar to something the Lillingtons would write, but lacks the overproduced feeling and lends more heart to the track. “Click (To Make Me Happy” is next with Roxy back on vocals. The guitar intro sets a kickass tone. Roxy’s voice is amazing. The track is about immediate self-gratification, and narcissism.

 No matter how many clicks and shares. The selfies will never heal what’s really going on inside. “Down We Go” is next and follows a darker path. This track has a kickass backbeat from the drums. As well as some great little guitar riffs. This tracks deals with self-reflection. The lyrical content is on point. 

So Mike Muir only wanted a Pepsi and nobody would give him one. Well “Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down)” is a tribute to all of us. Always being told the damn shake machine is down! It’s hilarious, yet kick serious ass at the same time. Check out the video below! 

“Anchor Me” is the second to last song on the album. We all need a rock to cling to when things go bad. This is another love song. The melodies are perfected. I’d love to sing this song at karaoke someday. Although I recommend you plug your ears if it’s me. Chris and Roxy compliment each other making this track absolutely beautiful. 

Well friends we have come to our final destination, “Riot”. Roxy leads this track in a very Bad Cop Bad Cop like fashion, while throwing in her amazing sound. This track talks about injustices and making changes for the betterment of everyone. In reflection Crimson Riot’s new album, “Classy Punk For Trashy People” is a masterful blend of bubble gum punk rock. This record is fit for any fan who loves the Go Go’s, Distillers, or the Ramones. I highly recommend you buy this one now, https://crimsonriot.bandcamp.com/releases

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

1.Hurt 

2. Fight Song 

3. I’m Not Punk

4. Lola 

5. The Ballad Of Dr. Chop 

6. Lost Souls

7. Click (To Make Me Happy) 

8. Down We Go

9.Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down) 

10. Anchor Me

11. Riot 

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Pics in this review by Steven Matvie

The Dollyrots Drop New Video For “I Know How To Party’ Today On Pure Grain Audio Ahead Of Denver Show At Moe’s BBQ

Photo: Jen Rosenstein

As the Dollyrots continue to hit the billboard charts with “Daydream Explosion”. One can’t help, but wonder how far this little twosome will go. Their ability to garner fans from different sides of the punk spectrum is astonishing. I think most Dad punks secretly listen to the Dollyrots and will never tell their teenage kids. Well Kelleigh (Now you know). 

The band dropped their new video today for, “I Know How To Party” over on Pure Grain Audio earlier this morning. 

Check out the full press drop here, https://puregrainaudio.com/videos/thanks-to-pop-punk-duo-the-dollyrots-now-i-know-how-to-party-video-premiere

If this kickass band isn’t on your radar yet. You’re missing out! Check out “Daydream Explosion” below and be sure to catch their show at Moe’s on 8/30/2019. As of right now 49 going, means more like 100 for Moe’s. Buy your ticket ASAP!!!

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2347358065345194/

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Animal
  2. Everything 
  3. In Your Face 
  4. Naked 
  5. Last Ones on Earth 
  6. I Love You Instead 
  7. Watching the Storm Go By 
  8. I Know How to Party 
  9. Kat’s Meow 
  10. No Princess 
  11. Flippy In My Red Dress 
  12. Oblivious 
  13. Talk Too Much
  14. Daisy’s Song  

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Chicago Pop Punks Wilmette Ready To Drop New EP Release, “Anxious Body”, via Mutant League Records on 7/19/2019

Release Date: 7/19/2019                                                              

Format: Digital

Production: Seth Henderson at ABG Studios (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends) and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens)

Label: Mutant League Records

Location: Sleepy Hollow, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Hailey – Vocals
  • Peyton Day – Bass/Vocals
  • Gage Pokorny – Guitar
  • Griffin Guge – Guitar
  • Aidan Hailey – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Anxious Body, Carol From HR, and Winter Stay (Feat Safe Bet)


Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Filthy Hearts, Breaking Benjamin, Thrice, The Used, and MCR


Chicago punks, Wilmette have recently signed with the coolest label name ever, Mutant League Records. Their new EP, “Anxious Body” hits the airwaves on 7/19/2019. This album had some serious production efforts from Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck and Real Friends) at AGB Studios and was mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens). Wilmette seems to encompass many different styles let’s check out the tracks on “Anxious”.

The EP starts with “Anxious Body”. I can already hear the production efforts in full effect. The simple intro leads into a climatic drum driven melodic tune. I really love the lyrics on this track. It has somewhat of a pop punk sound, but swings into metal like bridge. This is my favorite track on the EP. 

Next up is, “Carol From HR”, who is a fan of HR? Anyone? Anyone? This track is for all musicians stuck working a 9-5 to survive. Aaron’s vocal range on this track is amazing. How he can still talk after singing this song is beyond me. The drums and guitar lead the foray as Aaron tells us the story. 

“Paul Rutt”, follows seems to continue this onslaught of awesome music. I feel like anyone can really relate to this track. When your going through the darkness, sometimes it’s hard to claw back out again. The song is perfect melodic hardcore. The next song is “Where I Sleep”. This track is deep, with strong guitar strikes, and a great bass line. 

The last song is, “Winter Stay (Featuring Safe Bet”. Be sure to check out the kickass video. I through personal experience have found that many people in the music scene. Suffer from Bi Polorism. It’s awful, but I think it drives some of the best music I’ve ever heard. This is a fantastic track, and an anthem for the hopeless.

“Anxious Body” By Wilmette has been composed with an articulous love for humanity,  music, and endless dose of courage and personal strength. I will not be surprised to see this band hit it in a very big way. The talent they possess seems beyond their years. If you love bands like, MCR, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio, you’re going to love Wilmette’s, “Anxious Body” EP. 

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Anxious Body
  2. Carol From HR
  3. Paul Rutt
  4. Where I Sleep
  5. Winter Stay Feat Safe Bet

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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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