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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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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CPRA Music Radar Alert: Ft. Collins Based pop punk band, Wheels.

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CPRA was lucky enough to check out Ft Collins based Wheels last weekend at The Toad Tavern! These dudes put on an awesome set! We can’t wait to see what their future holds. Give them a listen below!

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

Band Members
Guitar/Vocals: Ian Foster,
Bass: Devon Hoffman,
Drums: Andy Benson

Website: https://www.wheelstheband.com/

Bandcamp: https://wheelstheband.bandcamp.com/

CPRA Music News: Mixed Kid Fridays Release New Single, “ASPHYXIANA”

Release Date: Feb 14th, 2019

Format: Digital

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Calvin Klein
  • Dominic Zinn
  • Isaac
  • Gil Lopez

Favorite Tracks: ASPHYXIANA

Sounds Like: NOFX, 10 Ft Pole, Rancid, Fourbanger, Nerdlinger, Vandals, The Follow Ups, Off The Mark, The Briggs


LA Punks Mixed Kid Fridays are expecting to drop their new album, “Taking Names” in May 2019! The new album will drop on Valentine’s Day 2019.

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

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

Website: https://www.mixedkidfridays.com/home

RCKLSS – So Cynical (EP)

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Release Date: 2/1/2019

Format: Digital

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Current Lineup:

  • Matty Halliwell – Vocals/Guitar
  • Lewis Horsley – Guitar
  • Laurence Burkitt – Bass
  • Josh Woolnough – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Every Time, Struggle,

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”.

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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.

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Tracks:

1) Every Time
2) Animals
3) Struggle
4) Tell You
5) Sorry For Trying
6) Empty Space

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The Swifts – “All Sunshine”

Release Date: November 9, 2018

Produced By: Famed guitarist Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño/Machine Head)

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Broomfield, CO

Current Lineup:

  • 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


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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.

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‘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.

Tracks:

  1. Snappy
  2. Normal
  3. All Sunshine
  4. October Sky
  5. I will Be There
  6. Sing
  7. Blackout
  8. In Name Only
  9. Zombie
  10. One More Drink

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