RIOT GRRRL In Full Effect With The Damed’s Latest Self Titled Release

Photo by Melissa Yu

Release Date: 6/28/2019                                                      

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: A Diamond Heart Production

Composition (Per Bandcamp): All songs written and produced by

Heather Hellskiss and The Damed

Production (Per Bandcamp): Mixed and mastered by Vanessa Silberman at

A Diamond Heart Production

Recorded by: Manny Nieto at Total Annihilation Studios

Cover Art (Per Bandcamp): Front cover art by David Rasmussen 

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hellskiss – Vox/Gtr
  • Watts – Drums
  • Suze – Bass/Vox ( Suzanne Slade of Denver from such bands as Battle Pussy and H2awesome)

Favorite Tracks: Extreme Vacancy, Equal Pay Day, Ritual Revolution, 

Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile


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Let’s take a moment to congratulate the US Women’s soccer team on their hard earned victory in this years World Cup! Wait is it really a victory if you’re earning less than your male counterparts? Per NPR’s article this is the case and severely messed up. LA based The Damed are ready to kick ass in the name of feminism and sexual equality. Their debut record dropped 6/28/2019 via their label, A Diamond Heart Production. 

Let’s take a listen. Please promise to avoid all anarchic activities until you have fully read this review. I kid of course. The record starts out with “Extreme Vacancy”. This is a great tune to set the mood. You can feel the anger brewing, yet there is some playful melodies. This track is great for those leaving and moving on. 

My favorite track rolls up next, “Equal Pay Day”. The track has a great old school sound similar to Bikini Kill or even some Distiller tracks. The message is in the title. The delivery is solid gold. This will make all punks pogo with a cause. The intro riff is kick ass!

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“Ritual Revolution” follows and goes heavy like L7. The drums provide the backdrop for what feels like some sort of ritual dance. You have to hear, Hellskiss’s vocals on this track. She is wicked angry and ready to rip a head off. “Pulse”, comes in with another dark theme. The bass and drums come with a gothic tone, providing the mystery. 

In the 1980’s, alternative came in many different forms from many different bands. “Little Ship”, contains so much more besides punk. It’s a great example of a wonderfully composed song that has the ability to switch structured genres in a flash. While it encourages the end, it also encourages self-improvement and self-worth. Is this Siouxsie And The Banshees? Na, but it could give old Siouxsie Sioux a run for her money. 

“Pursuit” starts out with this crazy bass line that I adore. Did I mention Suzanne Slade of Denver’s Battle Pussy and H2awesome is on bass! This is a track you can dance to. The post punk influences return with a rhythmic fashion. In “We Are The Proof” the message is simple the #METOO is a movement that will only get stronger. This anthem like song, speaks of bonding together to fight a society. That has allowed women to be treated like shit for too long.

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“Escape From The Shadows” is the last track. The song is like a culmination of this record up until now. The anger has brewed, the storyline foreshadowed. They are ready to step out from the shows in a tribal like blast of violence, destined to reclaim everything in its wake.  For a society that refuses to accept equality, that change will come with a fury. 

In closing the Damed’s new release is a brilliant composition filled with punk, post punk and synth. If you’re looking for a definition of Riot Grrrl music, look no further. The band could have easily sold out CBGB’s, or any local venue in the 1980s and just as easy in 2019. You can download the album here, https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/album/the-damed.

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. EXTREME VACANCY 
  2. EQUAL PAY DAY 
  3. RITUAL REVOLUTION 
  4. PULSE 
  5. LITTLE SHIP 
  6. PURSUIT 
  7. WE ARE THE PROOF 
  8. ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOWS 

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Is grunge back? Seattle’s Bad Animals Bring It All With Their New Album, “All The Shakes”

Release Date: 3/26/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Seattle, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Wallace Brown…guitar/vocals
  • Cory Johnson…drums/vocals
  • Eric Stallard…Guitar
  • Lucas Chalcraft…Bass

Favorite Tracks: Alone And Wasted, Remnants, Spitbox, and Laid To Waste

Sounds Like: The Pixies, Nirvana, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Lillingtons, and Pennywise


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As I entered high school in 1992 the grunge scene in Seattle was taking off. The sounds coming out of that city were crazy. We had Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana just to name a few. Keep in mind I was still forming my musical taste. I loved it and still do. Although I would later move onto a more hardcore sound. Part of me still loves grunge. So I when popped on the first track from Seattle’s Bad Animals I was very surprised.

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From start to finish I absolutely love this album! The influences are too many to count. Brown’s vocals go from 0-100 in a heartbeat. This album has a ton of amazing songs. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this album hits Billboard’s Top 100. Being a punk oriented page. We would love all the bands to become successful. We just hope they don’t forget us when they do. So if you’re looking for an amazing band that plays all things from blues to post punk, check out Bad Animals!

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Pre-Order the album here, https://badanimals.bandcamp.com/releases

Track List (Subject To Change)
1. Remnants
2.Spitbox
3.Every Breath
4.All The Shakes
5.Laid To Waste
6.Alone And Wasted
7.Afraid To Win
8.New Pony (Dylan cover)
9.Black Hole In My Mind (Lillingtons cover)
10.Everything’s Yesterday
11.Wishing Well

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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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Weathered Statues – “Borderlands”

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Release Date: May 11, 2018

Format: LP, CD, digital

Label: Svart Records

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Jennie Mather: voice and words
  • Jason Heller: guitar
  • Bryan Flanagan: bass
  • Andrew Warner: drums

Track listing:

  1. Corpse Candle
  2. Betrayal
  3. The Silver Cliff
  4. Dark Tides
  5. Ossuary
  6. Heather
  7. Hypnagogia
  8. Holy Masquerade
  9. Sabbat
  10. The Widow Sunday

Sounds Like: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, X-Ray Spex, early New Order and The Cure.

Band Bio: Taken from Svart Records website: “As the earth turns toward a colder era and humans struggle to adapt to a bleaker autumn breeze, a new music shivers in the shadows. There stand Weathered Statues. The group convened in early 2017 in Denver, Colorado, with three members having previously performed together in the post-doom outfit Cloak of Organs (along with members of  Planes Mistaken for Stars and Wovenhand).

Singer-keyboardist Jennie Mather, guitarist-keyboardist Jason Heller, and drummer Andrew Warner (also of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club) recruited bassist Bryan Flanagan, and the newly dubbed quartet of Weathered Statues began forging songs of mutation, betrayal, dislocation, erosion, and decay, subsequently playing shows with everyone from Boy Harsher to Pelican. Years ago, Mather and Heller had served in a short-lived shoegaze band called Hyacinth with Anthony Couri (previously of Minsk and currently of the Locrian side-project Lake of Violet), and the two of them began to sculpt lush sounds into something far more stark.”


 

Review:

Emotional, raw and well crafted post punk from Denver, CO. Like a lot of post punk, this checks all the boxes of having a solid rhythm section, providing the backdrop for the guitar and keys to create harmonies that are beautiful, but not overly florid. The clean lines those parts create give way to the perfect space for Mather’s vocals, which have strong melodies, without being overly dramatic. Her lyrics are dark but not brooding, which is what I like the most about them. I enjoy how directly she sings about lost love, death, betrayal, and the like, while the band provides the perfect musical backdrop.

The production is great also. The drums are mixed very well, and the overall balance of the band is stellar.

Favorite tracks: Corpse Candle, Betrayal, Dark Tides, Ossuary

On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoy this album and since writing this review, and find myself coming back to it time and time again. I want to play a gig with Weathered Statues!

Links:

https://www.weatheredstatues1.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/weatheredstatuesband/

About the Reviewer: Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

Married A Dead Man – “Haunt”

Married A Dead Man – “Haunt”

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Release date: August 26, 2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jaime Noah: drums
  • Gwyneth Rose: guitars
  • Megan Kelley: lead vocals and keyboards
  • Travis Rosen: bass and backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Spywerks, Bad Dreams, Run, and Knoxville

Sounds Like: Perpacity, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, The Room In The Wood, Mazzy Star, Gary Numan, The Damned (Darkwave Era), and Dead Can Dance.


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Have you ever put on a record laid down and drifted off into some dream world? That’s called art my friends! Something that makes us feel something, anger, happiness, and of course sadness. Let me first introduce Denver based post punks, Married A Dead Man. Per the band’s Facebook page, “Married a Dead Man formed in July 2016 from the remnants of hardcore band OK Holiday, where Jaime (drums) and Gwyneth (guitar) decided to form their own female based goth-influenced project.

Veteran bassist Travis was added a few weeks later. Black clad kindred spirits, Megan (vocals and keyboards) and Jaime met volunteering for Girls Rock Denver, a non-profit organization that empowers young girls through music.

Brought together by disparate influences, the band creates an eclectic mix of goth, shoe-gaze and dark-wave, culminating a unique Denver-based sound. They collectively have 30+ years experience performing, recording and touring.

With their forthcoming debut LP, “Haunt”, Married a Dead Man has a host of local gigs, and will be touring in into 2018”.

The coolest part about this story is how everyone came together to create such a unique sound. So let’s get into this unique sound. If you recall I mentioned that music should make you feel something. While listening to the opening track, “Spywerks”. I felt as if I was falling down into a deep rabbit hole. Upon gaining my footing my imagination began to run wild. I saw images of cold war soviet spies running covert operations. Ok so maybe those came from the movie, “Atomic Blonde”, but the song led me in that direction.

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“Spywerks”, the opening bass line is a quick hook, when combined with the drums and guitar they make a wonderful combination. Kelley’s vocals are beautiful, yet strangely haunting. Let’s move onto “Bad Dreams”. This is probably my favorite track on the record. This track defines the label of “Dark Wave”. It’s dark and heavy. The emotions portrayed feel relatable, yet in someway dream like. The vocals shine during the chorus. “Never Say”, opens with a type of Colorado surf rock like, “A Shoreline Dream”. The keyboard and guitar are the stars on this while the drums push the progression. This song reminds me a bit of the Cure’s, “Disintegration” album.

“Knoxville”, this one reminds a lot of Siouxsie and the Banshees. It’s fast paced, deep and heavy. This is definitely one of my favorites. The intro on the guitar kicks serious ass! The drums are quite remarkable. I’d love to hear this will a full symphonic orchestra. “Shadows” is up next on the record. This one slows down, yet continues the fantastic sound. This one is mainly drum and bass, which emphasizes on the vocals.

“Shed”, has really awesome bass line with some keyboard mixed in. Again while listening I feel like I’m in some sort of movie. The drums and guitar are on key and lead the vocals for an amazing crescendo. “Valkyrie”, this one seems a bit darker. It reminds me of the Pixies early tunes. Next up is “Run”. There’s some beautiful piano notes that lead into the vocals. This song seems to be about the loss of a relationship and running to escape the pain.

“Heart is shutting down

Her frown became a fixture

The distance in her eyes

Could paint a million pictures”

So I have come to a conclusion. Here at CPRA we decide on which eps/albums will make it to December for our Album of the Year Award. I thought it would be easy enough. Although I never considered that we would need to break it down by genre. Well I’m throwing, Married A Dead Man, “Haunt” into the best “Post Punk Category” for Album Of The Year. Throughout this album my ears are hearing new sounds I missed the first time. The album is the perfect combination of goth/post punk without feeling like it came from 1982. So be sure to check this one out!!!

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Tracks:

  1. Spywerks
  2. Bad Dreams
  3. Never Say
  4. Knoxville
  5. Shadows
  6. Shed
  7. Valkyrie
  8. Run

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The Wannabes – Goodbye

The Wannabes – Goodbye

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Release date: July 26, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Cameron McCurry – Vocals/Guitar

Andy Pieratt – Drums

Joe DeSimone – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Therapy, Lullaby, Night Ride, and Working Class Poet

Sounds Like: The Penske File, Poor Moxi, King Shelter, The Pixies, Nirvana and Vampire Weekend


 

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The Wannabes first popped on the CPRA Band Radar Alert back on 4/06/2018.  So I was extremely happy when, “Goodbye” first popped up on Spotify. So let’s dive right in with the intro track, ‘Intro’. This one is small, but it’s like opening a new book for the first time. For whatever reason the first time I heard this track. I kept thinking about the movie, “Being John Malkovich” It’s basically about some guy (John Cusack) finds a door. This door leads directly into actor John Malkovich’s brain. Cusack can see and hear everything going on in Malkovich’s life. It’s one of my favorites.

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‘Therapy’, is next up on the list. The guitar, drums, and bass seem to flow easily as they intertwine with one another. This one has a simply beat, yet feels like it has a very deep message. “I sell smiles, but I’m running low”.

“Trust in us

That we will turn your ugly thoughts

Into pretty melodies

Cause we have medicine in our veins

And poison on our skin

If you’re better at being me

Then I might know where we will be

Sleeping under your bed

Or in your dreams

But we’ll never be like you

(Chorus)

I sell smiles but I’m running low”  

‘Night Ride’, this one is a little on the harder side. The bass and drums on this track are fantastic. Cameron McCurry’s vocals really add that bit of edge to the song. ‘Princess’ rolls up next on the track list. This love song has some great lyrics and shreds on guitar.

‘Animal’, this song sounds almost Ramones inspired with its melodies. I really like the “sing a long” type lyrics. The drums are great. Next up is my second favorite track, ‘Lullaby’. This one again has some great lyrics, some great hooks, and fantastic drumming. We can all relate to this song.

“Im a little odd

but my friends all call me crazy

Im a little ugly

but my friends say Im a monster

My friends dont exist

My friends dont exist

My friends dont exist”

‘Rings’ comes up next on the list. The song is almost  like a great power ballad. This one is a bit darker. I feel like we are really getting inside the writer’s mind on this song. ‘Running Out Of Time’ slows it down with some great little notes acoustically. ‘Working Class Poet’, this track speeds it back up. This one reminds me of Nirvana towards the end of their stand. The drums really stand out along with the cello or violin on this one.

“Puddles”, ok not sure if this song is referencing, “Puddles The Clown”, but I’ll be damned this is a great song. The piano is absolutely heartbreaking, yet hauntingly beautiful.

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‘Death Song’, leans more towards a goth rock type song. The keyboard along with the vocals sound like they came from an opera of sorts. Even in a pure instrumental style this song could stand on its own.  ‘Goodnight’, closes out this amazing album. This song is such a fantastic ending to a great album.

I reached out to drummer, Andy Pieratt for some formation information on the band. That’s something I always like to check into to. It helps me understand their music more. “We formed in October of 2016 with just Cameron McCurry and Andy Pieratt (me), we had talked on Craigslist because we both had similar influences and both wanted to start a band. So, we decided to meet up at a Mexican restaurant, and after like 5 minutes of talking together, we just seemed to click. Then, Cameron asked if I had any ideas for band names, and I said I was “cool with whatever,” he suggested that we should be called The Wannabes because he has this guitar called “The Wannabe” guitar, and as far as we can tell that guitar does not exist outside of the one Cameron owns.

Trust me we’ve searched endlessly on Google. But, after that Cameron and I would practice regularly and “Lullaby” and “Therapy” were some of the first songs we worked on and eventually made. We had a long time of trying out different bassists because none of them seemed to fit right or fill that missing connection in the band. Then one day, Cameron mentioned that there’s a kid named Joe at his school who plays bass/guitar that he thought might be the perfect fit.

Then in like February of 2018, Cameron, Joe, and I all met at the same Mexican restaurant and the full band of The Wannabes formed. Cameron and I both knew Joe was the perfect fit before we had even practiced with him. He was an edgy kid who was wearing a beat-up Zeppelin t-shirt, can’t get more rock n’ roll than that. Eventually, in May of 2018 we started recording our first album “Goodbye”, and now here we are today!” That’s some great stuff!

In conclusion, “Goodbye’ from the Wannabes is a magical and twisted journey that should be added to any music lover’s collection. The different genres they feature make this a exemplary album of combined talent. I’m adding this one onto the list for the CPRA 2018 Album Of The Year. You can download it here, https://thewannabes.bandcamp.com/.

Track list

1.Intro

2.Therapy

3.Night Ride

4.Princess

5.Animal

6.Lullaby

7.Rings

8.Running Out of Time

9.Working Class Poet

10.Puddles

11.Death Song

12.Goodnight

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://thewannabes.bandcamp.com/

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/77gVLUrnwpGL9bnJz5zasD

Perpacity – The order of Now

Release date: September 7, 2018
Format: Digital

Label: DIY/Indie

Location: Denmark and the UK

Current Lineup:

Martin Nyrup

Ian Harling

Sounds Like: Depeche Mode, The Cure, Soft Cell, Bauhaus, The Room In The Wood, Rat Scabies

Favorite Tracks: Rule The Day, Telethon, Dance To Disco, More, Omega Cacumen


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Here at Colorado Punk Rock Army we are blessed with the ability to review new and different types of music. We love what we do! We can sit at a coffee shop or bar, listening to great music before it hits the airwaves. So when Perpacity announced their new album, back when we reviewed their single, ‘Telethon’. We have been patiently waiting on the new album, “The Order of Now”.

Depeche Modes, “Black Celebration” is one of my favorite albums of all time. This album is considered one the most influential albums of the 1980’s. Perpacity seems to draw heavily from their influences. Does, “The order of Now” sound like, Depeche Mode? Yes and no. While songs like ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Telethon’ do resemble Gore’s historic bass/keyboard sounds, Perpacity brings a less pop like sound.

Their sound is unique with a deeper meaning.

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So let’s go over some tracks some of my favorite songs on the record.  ‘More’ a beautifully well written love song. The intro sound effect, synth sounds, and vocals really stand out on this one. I like the almost, Middle Eastern mystic sound.

“I’ve seen all the rhythm that you’ve got,

When you get excited you want more, more, more.

And when you move, the way you want.

Well I get excited, I want more, more, more.”

 

‘Goodbye’, this song is absolutely haunting. It’s beautiful. The male/female duo have really nailed this song. You almost feel the desolation. I’m going to finish this review with the last track on the record, instrumental only ‘Omega Cacumen’. I love when a band/group throws in some instrumental tracks only. This song dives deep into your heart. My only issue is a feel like it needs to be about a minute longer.

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Overall Perpacity’s, ‘The order of Now’ is like listening to a tale being told, and immersing yourself deeply into a dark synth music world.

Stephen King’s, The Dark Tower series came to mind when listening. I highly recommend this album. Be sure to give a buy and listen below!

Links:

Website: http://www.perpacity.com/

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

Bandcamp: https://perpacity.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2M8DwK9K4dAI6z3VBLsOOw