Fat Wreck Alumni, Love Equals Death, Return After 14 Year HiatusTo Team Up With The Static Age To Release 7” Halloween Split

Release Date: 10/31/2020                                                            

Format: Digital/Physical – Pre-order now only 50 copies of the vinyl are available!

Distribution: SBÄM Records Europe: https://bit.ly/2ZrMrPp

SAY-10 Records US Release: https://bit.ly/3m9EaJS

Location: 

  • Love Equal Death (CA, USA)
  • The Static Age (IL, USA)

Love Equals Death is: (Per Facebook)

  • Chon Travis-Guitar & Vocals 
  • Jeremy Lantz-Bass
  • Johnny Myers-Drums

The Static Age is: (Per Facebook)

  • Andrew Paley
  • Adam Meilleur
  • Joe Sowinski

Favorite Tracks: Recover, The Bellows, Dust, and The Flight of The Banshee

Sounds Like: No Use For A Name, Good Riddance, Direct Hit, Joy Division, Gang Of Four, and Bauhaus


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Halloween is quickly approaching. For some people Halloween is their favorite time of the year. In the age of Covid it may damper our usual celebrations. Two kickass bands are back and in action again just in time for a Halloween 7” Split. Love Equals Death (Fat Wreck Alumni), return after 14 years to team up with Static Age on a new split due out on Halloween 2020!

Love Equals Death, last release was Nightmerica on Fat Wreck in 2006. The Static Age released an EP called Mercies on Uncle M / Riptide Recordings in 2012. Both records are amazing so be sure to check those out as well. The new split contains 4 brand new and spooky tracks. The combination of post punk and melodic punk seem to go perfectly together. Let’s see what the bands have to say regarding the new release.

“Flight Of The Banshee was from an experience I had while on Tour that took place at an old Texas campground that was said to have been the burial ground for victims of the Mexican Cartel. We were really tired of driving so we pulled over there at about 3 am and instantly started to see, hear, and feel what we could only conclude to be, a Banshee spirit experience.

Dust is a very personal experience that I had that lasted about four years that had me at odds with myself. Some days I would be strong and others I would almost feel a sense of depression and I felt that there was nothing left to do but rot in isolation, so I started writing my thoughts out and it was the world around me that had me bummed, so I realized that I couldn’t change the world but I could get myself out of the situation that I was in and now I kind of chuckle at the lyrics, “until I turn to dust”, because I found away to remove myself from the downward spiral. It’s vague, but as I stated before, it’s very personal. I hope this helps. If you need more detail, please let me know. Thank you guys!” – Love Equals Death

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“The first song, “Recover,” was revived from a spate of recordings from 2016. We’d played versions of the song on tours as early as 2014, but this version was actually recorded during Andrew’s own process of recovery following an accident. We ended up liking the demo vocals so much we kept the originals and built the song around them. The other song, “The Fan and the Bellows” is a cover of the seminal post-punk band The Chameleons.” – The Static Age

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This split 7″ co-release between Say-10 Records (USA) and SBÄM (EU). Check out this beautiful looking vinyl. Collectors beware this record is limited to the first 50 buyers! Make sure to pre-order asap so you won’t miss out!

Track List (Subject To Change)

Love Equals Death – Flight of the Banshee

Love Equals Death – Dust

The Static Age – Recover

The Static Age – The Fan and the Bellows

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With Rates Of Domestic Violence On The Rise, Married A Dead Man Releases Surprise Cover of Til Tuesday’s, “Voices Carry”

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

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

Favorite Tracks: Voices Carry (Til Tuesday Cover)

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


As the world copes with the COVID pandemic and stay at home orders. Statistics are showing cases of domestic violence are on the rise. Way back in 1985, Til Tuesday dropped their chart topping hit, “Voices Carry”.

Denver’s Married A Dead Man dropped a surprise cover of the song yesterday. I love this track! MADM is one of the best bands to cover such an iconic track. They are donating a portion of the proceeds to Safehouse Denver, a local nonprofit organization. Per Safehouse’s website, “SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by: 

-providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse;
-working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
-and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence

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I loved this track so much. I reached out to front-woman Megan Kelley for comment regarding the track. Per Megan, “”We have wanted to cover this song for three years, and it’s finally come to fruition. The lyrics are written from a female’s perspective of being controlled by her male partner. Re-imagining this song, getting in touch with the lyrics, and making it our own, musically, was very important to us. We hope you like it! Digital release format only: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, SoundCloud, our Youtube channel, and any other streaming platforms. 

It’s also for digital purchase at Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Safehouse Denver, who assist adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. On a personal note, the reason we decided to cover this song is because of relationship experiences our singer has had. It was cathartic and healing for her and us to play this song.”

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Did you know that physical violence is not the only form of domestic violence? If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of an emergency. If you need to talk with someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. 

You can check out Married A Dead Man’s cover of “Voices Carry” here, https://marriedadeadman.bandcamp.com/. Per MADM, this single was self produced, rearranged, some the chords were given a darker tone. The changing of the chords really makes this sound like an original MADM track,  The band is also seeking a guitar player. Maybe if we all donate enough money they can put this one out on vinyl!

Dos Cobros “Synesthesia” Is A Walk Through A Post Punk, Metal Infused World Of Insanity & We Love It

Release Date: June 19, 2020                          

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Snow Wolf Records

Location: US

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

Cobra Brother 2: Additional Guitar/Vocals/Double Pen Vocals, Additional Bro

Cobra Brother 2: Additional Drums(Kit of Pain) Double Pen Vocals, Additional Bro

Jarred McKinney:(Guitar/Keys/Vox on Xtra Track)

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Cover Art created by: Jim Maddison at Print Mafia

Album art enhancement and Layout by Pat Miller

Disc Art By Pat Miller

Favorite Tracks: Space Wolf, The Russian Sleep Experiment, Kiss The Knife, Domestic Punk


Sounds Like: Vashon Seed, Early Metallica (Kill Em All), Fuzztones, The Melvins, Sonics, All Out Helter, Dream Theatre, Denver’s Wild Lives and Judas Priest


Order Here – https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia

Dos Cobros released their new album, ‘Synesthesia’ back on June 19, 2020 via Snow Wolf Records. This album is unique in so many different and exciting ways. “Space Wolf” begins sounding like a Misfits track, yet spins around into an almost dark Metallica theme. Whereas the next song, “The Russian Sleep Experiment”, sounds more like an updated version of the Stooges or Velvet Underground track. “Kiss The Knife” even throws in a bit of Industrial sound. The heavy guitar and deep bass are amazing. 

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“Domestic Punk” is for all of us Punk Rock Dads. We are trying to maintain our punk creds while raising our little monsters. It’s hilarious and sad but true, “You’re So Cool is up next and sounds a bit like the Stooges mixed with the Dead Kennedys. “Pretty Kitty follows with a sensual Iggy Pop groove. The guitar has a kick ass Motley Crue sound with dark vocals and a New York Dolls heavy bass line, The drums are frantic and rad on this track. 

“Danger Wank”, is up next with a groovy bass line. The drums lead all out assault as the lead singer spins his tale. The track is only 1:45, yet when it’s over you will be hitting that repeat button. The final track is next, “(To)Night Beat”. I immediately reached for the nearest air guitar. This track gets progressively faster before slowing down only to regain steam. I love this track! 

Overall, Dos Cobro’s ‘Synesthesia’ is truly a walk through so many different and eclectic musical  genres. The sheer talent of pulling together all of these genres is not only admirable, but fascinating. The storyline of this record is like being immersed in a Dark Horse comic book and doing your best to survive just one day. You can and you should pick up ‘Synesthesia’ here, https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia.  

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Space Wolf
The Russian Sleep Experiment
Kiss The Knife
Domestic Punk
You’re So Cool
Pretty Kitty
Danger Wank
(To)Night Beat

Links:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/doscobros/
Bandcamp: https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dos_cobros/
CPRA Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6

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Skabones Picks For Best Album/EP For 2019

Best of 2019 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm!  Check out my Top 5 List of the year below! 

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Skabones’s Top Local LP Or Full Albums of 2019

1. Trick Punch – The Latest
2. AFD – Bruised (Out Now on all platforms)
3. New Narrative – Story So Far
4. All Waffle Trick – Second Breakfast
5.  Married A Dead Man – Awakenings

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP

1.  Tuck Knee The Way Back Up and S/T
2. Sunset Silhouette   Far Beyond Suburbia
3. Barking Mad Rampage
4. Wild Lives Return Of The Kid
5.  Implied Risk Demo 2019

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. Jerkswitch BUFO
2. Crimson Riot Classy Punk For Trash People
3. Abolitionist Ugly Feeling
4. Year Of The Fist Revive Me
5.  The Follow Ups Don’t Like You Either
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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1.  Vera Kay  Pink Roses
2.  Spider Energy Gone Wrong
3. Trashed Ambulance Shorthanded
4.  The Damed  The Damed
5. Fine Dining Grass Fed Tunes
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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

Bury MIA And Sleep It Off
Slap Happy  Cruisin
Hangtime Invasion
Spewers A New Disappointment
Over Time Decades
Wilmette Anxious Body
Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets Shake, Stomp And Stumble

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Well there you have it my picks for 2019! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/. Bands we love ya! Happy Holidays and stay safe. See everybody on December 14 At 3 Kings!

Gothic Post Punk Rockers Married A Dead Man Set To Release New Album, “Awakening” at Goosetown Tavern on 11/22

Release Date: November 22, 2019

Format: Digital and physical

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: 

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

Favorite Tracks: Awakening, Stray, Burn, Taken, Shimmer and Valkyrie

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


Photo by Anarchpunk

As old man winter enters Colorado. Everything seems to slow down. It’s pitch black by 5pm, the pumpkins from Halloween are beginning to rot.  The temperature is a constant 45 degrees. It’s great weather for some Gothic post punk tunes from Denver’s Married A Dead Man. They are set to play Goosetown Tavern on November 22, 2019 for their new album release, “Awakening”. Tickets are moving and are limited to only 100!

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I have always felt a good album contains a story line. This story line may be deep and meaningful. Or maybe a group of musicians having a great time making music? Every song has its own story. Denver’s Married A Dead Man is one of those bands. With each release a story line is set. We reviewed their last release here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/married-a-dead-man-haunt/

The first track, “Overture”, provides a dark, grimy, and haunting introduction. This is a beautiful and haunting song. The movie is set to begin. “Awakening” is next with synth sounds reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails, “Dead Souls”. Kelley’s voice is energetic, yet blends well with the amazing drum work, and excellent guitar. This is a buildup to a pure, awakening from the depths. 

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I have to admit the next song, “Stray” hit me very hard. This anti-gun track is emotionally charged and left me pondering this. How many have to die at the hands of gun violence? How many more children will be gunned down like lambs to the slaughter? This song is incredible and has very strong potential. 

“Shaken by bullets all flying around
Pick up the bodies that lie on the ground
With thoughts and prayers as we sink in despair
Twenty years past yet we still look elsewhere”

Married A Dead Man – “Stray”

“Burn” follows with a beautiful piano introduction. This track has an awesome industrial sound. It’s almost as if there’s a full orchestra behind Kelley and the band. The buildup towards the end of the track is unexpected, but done brilliantly. “Bleed” is the next song. A relationship over, yet an awakening has begun to reclaim the soul. 

The drum work on the song is excellent. The synth dances as a playful witch explores her new surroundings. I love this song! The band fully displays each of their own mastered styles. There’s an impressive guitar riff that blends seamlessly with the track.

“Taken”, gets dark and mysterious. The song progresses the story line while bouncing between self reflection and taking action. The imagery in this sad tale is deep and I felt it was best to reach out to the band for comment. I spoke with Vocalist/Keyboardist Megan Kelley.

CPRA: Can you go into more detail about the song “Taken?”

Megan Kelley: Absolutely. This song is somewhat painful to discuss and is very personal. It’s about rape. The lyrics are two fold: they discuss the victim begging to be freed and let go by the rapist, “stop/not that/this, please free my wrists. Choke/spit/hit/piss, I want to live” while toggling between the victim having an out of body experience to cope with the assault as it occurs “I’m floating high above. What should I think of?”

It also makes the point of how victims feel after getting assaulted: how they feel completely unattractive, detached, scarred, and how they view being seen differently by others. “Played out your fantasy, tied to my canopy. I was a bride-to-be, now no one touches me.” The song explores the fight-flight-freeze response to getting attacked in the first verse. 

When we play this song live, often times I will discuss the personal nature of this song and always stress that it’s never the victim’s fault.  I hope that with open dialogue about sexual assault it will help more victims find a place of healing. Rape is about control, and the best way to take back your control is to talk about your experience when you are ready.

I hope that our music can help anyone who has experienced anything like this.  I have often feared being pitied or seen solely as a victim. My public “face” is not one to show or admit vulnerability, but writing about these experiences and feelings truly has helped me in many ways.” Thank you Megan for sharing your story!

“Shimmer” follows and slows the album down. It’s calming, as it explores the sub consciousness. The bass shines on the track. This is another track where I felt it would be great to hear Kelley’s thoughts.

CPRA: Can you go into more detail about the song “ Shimmer ?”

Megan Kelley: “Shimmer is about floating away in the ocean. The suicide aspect is a metaphor for self acceptance and peace within yourself; it’s not necessarily about suicide, but it’s also inspired by how Virginia Woolf killed herself (which was by drowning herself in a river after weighing herself down with rocks in her pockets.) That kind of self acceptance really comes from making absolute peace with oneself, so I thought that the beach setting was fitting for this kind of peaceful acceptance. I grew up on the East Coast.

Photo credit: Alexei Hämmerle

Being near the ocean is something that I’m very accustomed to and love. The initial inspiration behind the song was the beauty of the ocean, and how much a beach scene is so peaceful and quiet. “I dip my toe in, dreaming of floating. I swim the ocean, the salt is cleansing. Feeling absolution, I can go peacefully.” Another big WOW from this writer!

“Keening” follows up with some edgy drums and guitar. By far one of the darkest tracks. It sounds like it could’ve been written by Bauhaus, yet retains that amazing MADM sound. This is another track where I felt it would be great if the band could offer some insight.

CPRA: Can you go into more detail about the song “Keening?”

Megan Kelley: Sure! This one was really fun to write. The band writes all the music collaboratively, and I write most of the lyrics and melody. Travis (bass) also writes some of our lyrics and melodies. We have a song about witches. We have a song about the Valkyrie. We really wanted to write about banshees. This was nice for me to research because I am half Irish…and really went deep into the folklore rabbit hole during the research process. 

Like a lot of our music, it has a theme about women. Some songs are personal, like “Taken,” “Bleed,” or “Run,” and some songs are about strong women in mythology/history that we find interesting.There is a common misnomer that a banshee could put a curse on you if she came to visit. Really, the banshee is simply the messenger, visiting you to warn you that someone in your family will die soon…even as soon as the next day. 

Visiting at night, and typically portrayed as a shrouded, older, skinny, kind of scary faced woman with straggly hair, the banshee shrieks her way through the darkness to deliver her message. In Ireland, there is a belief that a certain banshee is assigned to a specific family, and that your assigned banshee would stay with your family forever”. Such a great story! Thanks Megan for the awesome information!

The last track is, “Valkyrie – (Offerings To Odin) Remix. Prepared to be straight up blown away by this kick ass remix. While the original is a bit slower, this remix offers a dance version. This track would fit well in any action movie where a person is bent on revenge. This track seems to culminate the story line of “Awakening”. Fans of 90s house music will love this track. Denver’s Rock Island days are still with us. 

In reflection, “Married A Dead Man’s, “Awakening” is a gothic post punk trip through intimate, storytelling, and fascinating composition. Several tracks on the record have great potential for commercial success. EDM may be taking the airwaves, but MADM is proving post punk is still alive and kicking. This album is definitely a nominee for CPRA’s Best Of 2019. You can pick it up on all major platforms after the release show at Goosetown Tavern.

SW US Tour Info!

Tracks: 

  1. Overture
  2. Awakening
  3. Stray  
  4. Burn
  5. Bleed
  6. Taken
  7. Shimmer
  8. Keening
  9. Valkyrie (Remix)

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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


Photo by Melissa Yu

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.

Photo by Melissa Yu

“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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