Favorite Tracks:Fairytale, Young And Dumb, and Clean Slate
Sounds Like: Blink 182, Green Day, Neck Deep and NFG
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.
So give a listen to “Fairytale” below and subscribe to their Spotify for EP drop emails!
Sounds Like: All Time Low, and MCR, Pierce The Veil, and The Used
A debut record is always a scary thing to release as a band. You’re wondering will somebody like it? Did we make any major mistakes someone will notice? I have to wonder if the members of RCKLSS are going through these now. On the other hand they might be super pumped and excited to release their new EP, “So Cynical”.
Let’s check out the tracks and see how they stack up. The first track up is, ‘Every Time’. This one is strong on the pop punk anthem side. The lyrics are addicting. I’m pretty sure you’ll be singing along quickly. The drums are powerful, with a strong bass background. The passion in Matty’s voice is admirable. ‘Animals’ is up next and kind of reminds me of a early 2000 MCR or The Used. It’s heavy and climatic. Lewis absolutely shreds on this track.
Next in comes, ‘Struggle’ the pace is slowed, yet builds again climatically. The piano is haunting, leaving the listener to drift off along with the melody. This is by far my favorite on the record. The next song is ‘Tell You’. The familiar melodic pop punk sound comes roaring back in with some well timed, “Whoas”. This song is just plain fun as it speaks of gaining your freedom from a bad relationship.
‘Sorry For Trying’, comes in slowly with a huge build. There some great writing on this track. I really dig this song as well. This song will likely get some time on the major airwaves. ‘Empty Space’ is the next song and the last on the record. The intro guitar riffs mixed with Matty’s vocals is engaging. This song is much slower and on the darker side.
Let’s wrap this review up. RCKLSS’s debut EP, “So Cynical” is a haunting yet powerful melodic journey of compelling harmonies and well written lyrics. Even when the darkness comes from songs like “Sorry For Trying”. The raw emotion from the band is sure to get you powerfully hooked. If this is their debut EP. I cannot wait to see how the rest of their discography will unfold.
1) Every Time 2) Animals 3) Struggle 4) Tell You 5) Sorry For Trying 6) Empty Space
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.
Favorite Tracks: Far Beyond Suburbia, Oxford Road, It Had To Be, and Memory Lane
Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, and Lagwagon
Denver’s Sunset Silhouette crept up quietly on the CPRA radar last summer when they dropped their first EP, “Detour”. I was pretty busy with life at the time and didn’t get to that review. So my fellow admin A?, did the record review. I always go back and listen to the music submitted, even if I don’t write the review. “Detour” absolutely blew my fucking mind.
I can remember listening and picking up the phone and calling some friends. “Dudes check this shit out”. OK so maybe I was a bit like cousin Marvin Berry from Back To The Future. I’m sort of this awkward introvert. By sharing music with others it helps me break out of my shell. Anyhow this review is not about me or “Detour”. It’s about “Far Beyond Suburbia”!
The EP was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room by Chris Beeble. Bands if you want a great sounding record, go to the Blasting Room! As the opening riff on, ‘Oxford Road’ kicks off. I can clearly hear its deeper and heavier when compared to “Detour”. It’s still signature Sunset Silhouette, yet seems to be lean more on the skatepunk side. The buildup into the chorus is just plain nuts. The heavy bass line adds that extra edge. The lyrics are very relatable to the human condition. Did you have a shitty day at work? Light up a bowl and throw this track on.
“Come let loose,
shapeshift with us,
escape impending doom with us”
‘It Had To Be’ is up next and intros in with a very familiar riff. You can feel the heartbreak in Brian’s voice on this one. I have no idea if this was personal to him or not, but that feeling is there and I love it. Sure it’s a bit depressing, but with every note, every cymbal crash, you can hear the emotions and feelings bleeding into song.
Next up is my personal favorite on the record, “Far Beyond Suburbia”. From the minute it came on for the first time. I’ve been hooked. The song starts off with a proper hardcore intro. The drums and vocals are killer. I find myself often with this song stuck in my head. Everything about this song is amazing. As one Youtuber said in regards, “It’s head bang worthy”. Haha!
“Far beyond suburbia
They probably haven’t heard of ya and that’s alright
Huddled inside the living room
Let’s go watch evening news but it’s all lies and it’s pointless
Mothers pop klonopin
Drink the wine in the garden and birdwatch, under the sunlight
Next door the government fishes for oil, money and greed disturbs our sacred soil, it’s not alright
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place where people are thinking free
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place for people just like me”
I feel like parents can be way too overprotective of our children. We take them away from the dangers of the city to the outskirts. We try to show them the “Right” way of living a life. Yet we forget that little person will grow up someday. They will realize all the bullshit that has been fed to them. My parents are caring and wonderful people. What they didn’t show me was the homeless folks lying on the sidewalks of downtown. The single parents struggling to get by.
They didn’t show me 20 years ago Rocky Flats dumping toxic waste into the Platte River. Don’t get me wrong I had an awesome childhood, but I feel like I was protected from, “Real Life”. Anyhow let’s get back to the review as we are nearing the end.
‘Memory Lane’ is sadly the last track on the EP. The riffs are my favorite part. These are kinds of riffs kids should listen to if they’re interested in music. I won’t make fun of anyone for throwing out the air guitar at school or work. With this song it’s easy to do. Again we have another song with fantastic lyrics and vocals.
It’s time to wrap this one up. Sunset Silhouette’s “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP is in one word amazing. The line they cross between pop and skate punk will lead in new fans from both genres. Brian’s vocals, combined with the talent of Evan, Joshua, and Nick have blended into a perfect 4 track EP. Get it while it’s still name your own price in the Bandcamp store, or make sure to hit their next show to purchase a physical copy.
Favorite Tracks: Enjoy The Rest, What a Shame (Jani Lane), and 216
Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, The Lillingtons,The Ramones,and Lawrence Arms
The Ponches go way back to 2005 when they formed in Turin, Italy. Sadly they have decided to call it quits, but not before releasing one kick ass single sided 12 inch Lp. The record is now out via One Chord Wonder (Italy) and Mom’s Basement Records (USA) . US listeners be sure to use the USA link to purchase.
On that note let’s check out their final release, “Ouit”. The record intros with, ‘Enjoy The Rest’. This one is fast paced. The drums and bass and perfected in this song. ‘Somerton Man’ is up next on the list. The pace slows down a little, but still rocks. This one has somewhat of a late 90s feel to it. This one is very Romanesque.
Up next is ‘They Didn’t Know What You Did Before’. This one is much darker compared to the previous songs. It sounds alot like the Lillingtons. I really dig the guitar riffs on this one. ‘What a Shame (Jani Lane)’ is up next. Not positive, but this may be a tribute to Warrant’s Jani Lane? Anyhow it’s a great tune!
‘216’ is up next with a strong melody. The harmonies on this are beautiful. ‘Autumn in Minsk’ is the last track on the record. This one has some great drums and even better melodies. Is this the last we will hear from the Ponches? Hopefully for our sakes this isn’t the last one and many more will follow. This record is a perfect way for a band to say goodbye to their fans.