Whitney Flynn / Days N Daze

She’s whirling up the criss-cross stairs of a New York staircase when we connect. She tells me she has just woken up. It’s 10:30pm in New York. I take another sip of my cab sav and buckle up. It’s gonna be a ride. We talk about everything aside from the questions I have so diligently prepared. Those are no longer needed, nor wanted. She opens the door to the apartment she shares with her partner. They are sectioning out a loft space utilizing link chain and what appears to be cast-off wooden front doors. Guitars adorn the walls punctuated by scraps of papered art and the authentic weathered brick that every eatery in Denver aspires to emulate. 

CPRA: Hey tell me about your cat? 

Whitney Flynn: Ya this rescue cat is 4 and has barely any teeth, name’s Kiko. 

CPRA: Did Kiko inspire the video for Addvice? (My notes: flying cat loses his shit) 

WF: Nah.

Courtesy of Whitney Flynn, Facebook

CPRA: Do you have a favorite joke?

WF: Oh my fucking god, yes. This is a horrible fucking joke- the first time I heard it I laughed for an uncomfortable amount of time. 

What did Cinderella say when she got to the ball? 

<insert gagging sounds here>

CPRA: <laughing hysterically> First time?

Courtesy of Days N Daze

CPRA: Tell us about your most recent Days N Daze release, “Show me the Blueprints”.

WF: I feel like this is the first album that people actually took us seriously. We are our songs, we are writing our life story. I was just like, let’s believe in the process to get there. Everybody is fucking broken, but you don’t have to be that bad person. I found an appreciation for my hurt. After I listened to the master for the first time I was like “What the fuck did you just create?” My voice is louder than my own narrative. 

CPRA: It seems there is a difference in the harmonies on “Show me the Blueprints” and your earlier work- is there something new going on? 

WH: (Marked excitement, nodding in agreement) It was all Johnny (John Carey of Old Man Markley). Johnny is the King of Harmonies. With him, you’re allowed to grow and still be yourself. 

CPRA: Do you have a favored track from “Show Me the Blueprints”?

WF: Rewind! I fucking love that song! I wrote it in an hour. I was going through withdrawals. It wasn’t like I wanted a high. I needed something more. I suppose that’s what addicts say, what we all say. I didn’t want the high. I just wanted to be in control of my brain. I wrote this manic love letter to myself- where did your dreams go? Where did everything you aspire to, go?

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CPRA: You have a new split with Andrew Paley from The Static Age; “Caroline”. Can you expand on this song and how it came into existence? 

WF: They (Management? Aliens? Never did clear that up…) picked this song out for us and I listened to it like 50 times. And cried like 5 times. It was serendipitous. I love that song, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. This was our (Jesse and Whitney) first time recording separate from each other, and my first time recording myself to send over. Such an incredibly rewarding experience. Everyone is trying to find their worth and sometimes the opportunity is just sprung on you. And I did it. 

CPRA: So you recorded in New York?

WF: Yea, I recorded here, Jesse in Texas.

CPRA: And this was through FLIX AGENCY in Berlin? 

WF: Yea, we didn’t know Andrew (Paley) until we covered his song. 

(Caroline was mixed by Kay Petersen and mastered by Jurik Maretzki)

WF: This experience reminds me why we chose this label (Fat Wreck Chords). They’re friends- not pushing you into things. You forget that you are human sometimes. It’s not the feeling of “feed me bullshit and make me look pretty”.

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CPRA: What are you listening to?

WF: Attaboy! Oh my gosh, so great! They messaged me back on Facebook! Mac Miller. Mall Rat. Amy O. Post Malone- his song “Circles”- I’m gonna be THAT BITCH who plays it on the ukulele! I get asked to listen to a lot of bands and even if I fucking hate it, there has to be someting that I love. 

CPRA: So what have you been up to during the shitshow also known as 2020?

WH: My quarn is I’m just gonna shave my eyebrows forever. I couldn’t find a perfect planner, so I started prototyping my own. I love spreadsheets and post-it notes and highlighters. (She starts pulling reams of paper and packages of neon markers from a blue rolling cart and waving them around like a game show prize model.) There’s a crazy planner community- I found these perfect clips and was like “Yay! All the cool planner people have them!” As far as all of my addictions go, I’m not sure it’s the healthiest! I’ve got some 120# paper (waves that around) and some vellum. My partner Sturgeon (Scott Sturgeon/STZA) got me a craft cart for Christmas. It has three shelves and I’m happy. I should be sponsored by planners. (She busts out another brick of paper) See this- this is the good shit! Oh, and I have a printer now! Here’s my planner. Get your shit together- I’m a different person every day.

Sturgeon also got me this camera for me to play with. It’s a… uhhh Sony Ziess. I like messing around to see what does what instead of watching YouTube videos and saving time. It’s not a two dimensional relationship (with Sturgeon). I told him if I “had to spend the rest of my life with just one person, it would be you” and he’s like “we’re already doing that”. We are in a one bedroom apartment in New York. 

(The atmosphere changes, she becomes quiet and solemn.)

It’s been a rough year. My partner lost his best friend recently.

CPRA: The entire community felt the loss of Alec (Baillie), we mourn beside you. He will be sorely missed.

WF: I lost 16 people this year, including my tattoo artist that did these tattoos (motions to her eyes; which are marked by tiny green lines, a sort of hybrid between kitten whiskers and eye crinkles). I got these tattoos because they are my smile lines. They aren’t ever going to go away. 

CPRA: Fuck ya. Don’t ever give up. PMA is key. 

WF: I talked with my therapist two days ago. I suppose I’m constantly running away from being jaded. I felt it creeping up on me, that harsh apathy, that disconnect. I felt myself looking at everything and just despising it. Trying to get over these hurdles, like I’ve been here before and I smiled again- that’s pretty much how I deal with my depression. I’m grateful for my band- finding the little joys; it fucking makes a difference. A distraction from the harsh reality. You never get to know what happens if you dip out. I think we need to give each other a little more of a fighting chance. You gotta fight for that shit. Or distract yourself. Go to Buzzfeed and take a quiz. Be like: who am I? You are a pancake with a smile on the side. You are lightly powdered.

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(We go outside for a smoke and hear what sounds like music) 

WF: Hey this is my favorite song! Is he (Sturgeon) working on something new?

CPRA: I don’t know but it sounds pretty cool. 

(We realize at the same time we are listening to construction sounds and it bangs. This is how desperate the world is for shows- we both confused construction noise for music.) 

WF: Hey check out this Gretsch I just bought for $250! Isn’t she pretty? (She brandishes a 5 string Hunter green Gretsch)

CPRA: (Nodding) Yeah those Gretsch are a piece of art. 

WH: I had to leave all my guitars behind in Texas when I moved to New York. This is the first place I have ever lived for more than a few months. I remember back in Texas, when I first bought my trumpet it was between paying the electricity and paying for the trumpet, and as you do, I paid for the trumpet. 

CPRA: Excellent choice. 

CPRA: Are there any benefits to livestreaming as opposed to playing a stage? 

WF: My anxiety (on stage) got really bad. It made me very cold and unresponsive. When I got on stage, I just choked. If you think too much about existing, it trips you up. My new reality was ‘I’m scared of performing, I’m afraid of playing’. I looked fly as fuck though! And then Covid happened.

CPRA: I read that Jesse loves playing 7th Circle, one of our prized spaces here in Denver. 

WF: I know 7th Circle! I love 7th Circle!!! Aaron Saye & Crew were genuinely one of my earliest influences with booking shows in Houston. There’s this pic of my playing “Blue Jays” with the crowd in the background- I do believe that playing 7C was the first time we really felt like we “made it”.

(I looked everywhere for this photo. If you have this picture, please send to krista@coloradopunkrockarmy.com and we will publish it with photo credit.)

Courtesy of Days N Daze, Facebook

CPRA: How did “Go Fuck Yourself” land as a secret track on “Show Me the Blueprints”? 

WF: (to Sturgeon) Hey, she’s asking about “Go Fuck Yourself”, do you want to answer this? 

Sturgeon: Who are you? 

CPRA: Colorado Punk Rock Army

Sturgeon: Haha! We had this Lyft lady who was completely naked drive us from Denver- Colorado Springs. 

CPRA: Ya that sounds right. 

Sturgeon: I always thought that DND should put a song at the end of their record that didn’t sound like them. They didn’t have one, so I offered one of mine. I like old anarcho punk records that have that one acoustic song that really connects. So this was like the reverse of that concept. 

CPRA: Cool shit!

CPRA: What is a typical show like for you, Whitney? 

WF: It’s like when you make friends for a night. Hi humans- I don’t know what’s happening anymore. 

WF: Hey! Can I show you my tattoo? 

CPRA: Absolutely! 

WF: (pulls down pants and thrusts left hip) Check this out: it says LADY VODKA. They made me get a bandaid under it. 

CPRA: Hey, is that a cheetah-print bodysuit?

WF: Haha, ya! I’m strapped in here! 

CPRA: Last question: You are slated to appear on the European leg of the upcoming Punk in Drublic tour- what’s going on with that? 

WF: Buy all of the tickets. It’s happening. Buy the tickets. The first step to adjusting is buy those tickets. Drink our beers. Buy our tickets. Listen while you sleep.

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The Drown’s Release New Music Video For “Black Lung”

Release Date: September 3, 2020 (Music Video Released)              

Format: Digital and Physical (Get the vinyl)

Label: Pirate Press Records

Location: 

  • Seattle

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Rev (vocals/guitar), 
  • Andy Wyle (bass/vocals), 
  • Jonny Wade (guitar), 
  • Jake Margolis (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Black Lung

Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and the Street Dogs 


Pic By Alan Snodgrass

2020 sucks, but there’s one thing I have loved so far and it’s Seattle based, The Drown’s album, ‘Under Tension’. The band dropped a new video this morning for “Black Lung”. You can watch it below. Be sure to read everything you need to know about The Drowns here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/?s=the+drowns.

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Year Of The Fist, Drop New Video For “Undertow”, In Summer Of Singles Collection

Release Date: 5/29/2020 and 6/26/2020 (More To be added)

Format: Digital release buy the singles here, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

Location: Oakland, CA

Label: Heart On Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Squeaky, Katie Cash, hal9000 Beers, Serge

We here at CPRA are huge fans of Oakland based, Year Of The Fist. We reviewed their last full release, ‘Revive Me’. I’m still listening to this record often over a year later. You can check out our thoughts here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/10/10/year-of-the-fists-new-record-revive-me-anger-and-animosity-and-punk-rock-at-its-core/.

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To my pleasant surprise they have launched, “The Summer Of Singles”, featuring new tracks and videos! The first two new tracks are “Bed Of Nails” and “The Fight”. Check them out below. A new track was dropped yesterday for “Undertow”, watch it here!

You can pick these up here, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

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Oakland Punx,Year Of The Fist, Launch Summer Of Singles Video Drop (Watch Here)

Release Date: 5/29/2020 and 6/26/2020 (More To be added)

Format: Digital release buy the singles here, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

Location: Oakland, CA

Label: Heart On Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Squeaky, Katie Cash, hal9000 Beers, Serge

We here at CPRA are huge fans of Oakland based, Year Of The Fist. We reviewed their last full release, ‘Revive Me’. I’m still listening to this record often over a year later. You can check out our thoughts here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/10/10/year-of-the-fists-new-record-revive-me-anger-and-animosity-and-punk-rock-at-its-core/.

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To my pleasant surprise they have launched, “The Summer Of Singles”, featuring new tracks and videos! The first two new tracks are “Bed Of Nails” and “The Fight”. Check them out below. This post will be updated as new tracks are released.

You can pick these up here, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

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MDC Frontman Dave Dictor & Grimace Records Re-Release 1984’s Legendary P.E.A.C.E. Comp For Mutual Aid Disaster Relief’s Fight Against The Corona Virus

News Release From Grimace Records:

“GRIMACE RECORDS Re-releases the epic 1984 The International P.E.A.C.E. compilation to benefit Mutual Aid Anarchist organization Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. Who are working on the ground to fight the corona virus. www.mutualaiddisasterrelief.org

Just by listening to the online Grimace Records P.E.A.C.E Compilation Spotify playlist you are supporting the fight against the spread of the corona virus.

Link to playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lKKrQqCrJ055t2TE8r7s4?si=svksmum3RJC3dIipWDWZ5A

Commonly referred to as the P.E.A.C.E. compilation, first released in 1984 by R Radical Records, the label run by MDC frontman Dave Dictor in association with San Francisco Bay Area punk fanzine Maximumrocknroll. The “P.E.A.C.E.” in the album title is an acronym for “Peace, Energy, Action, Cooperation, Evolution.” This record documents the state of Reagan-era hardcore, just before the popularity of extreme music spread into popular culture.

In celebration of 40 years of Hardcore, this release has bands from around the world in what was a mammoth task. “It was so exciting to connect punks around the world. There was no internet, we had to show up and find others. These are the pioneering hardcore political punk bands that forged the way for so many growing punk scenes around the world.”

Per Dave Dictor MDC – (Millions Of Dead Cops)

““I have released the PEACE-War Compilation again with Grimace Records. Franco Mares, MDC – Millions Of Dead Cops MDC bassist and political punk father, Tim Yohannan, the founder of Maximum Rocknroll Radio and Zine (the Epicenter Record Store and Venue and the @924 Gilman Street Music Project.) I wanted to give newer generations another chance to catch the music and the collective experience of bands and people working together for a project to raise money for what we felt were dedicated groups.For the first PEACE-War Compilation, we sent off the money to Anti Nuclear Groups such as the Clamshell Alliance, the Great Peace March in 1986 that MDC participated in, to the Greenham Women’s Peace Group. Also included have been @Greenpeace, the @Sea Shepherd Global,  Food Not Bombs (Global)(They’re still going strong! We all will miss the 40th Anniversary of this 40-year proponent of free vegan sharing), for Seeds of Peace, an activist soup kitchen supporting protesters in Mercury Nevada, Big Mountain, Navajo groups fighting Uranium Mining and who are now fighting fracking on Navajo land, Tractors For Nicaragua (food aid), the African National Congress(fighting Apartheid at the time). @Global Wildlife Federation, the Orangutan Project, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).”

Track List:

1984 2-LP release
Side A

No. Title Artist/Country Length

  1. “Up Against a Wall” Articles of Faith (USA) 2:07
  2. “Endless Blockads for the Pussyfooter” G.I.S.M. (Japan) 3:44
  3. “Ashes to Ashes” Neon Christ (USA) 1:41
  4. “Schluter’s Kabinet” Kalashnikov (Denmark)[nb 4] 1:46
  5. “Time Will Tell” Cause for Alarm (USA) 2:08
  6. “No U.S.A.” Local Disturbance (Netherlands) 2:42
  7. “Honour’s Calling” Unwarranted Trust (Canada) 3:11
  8. “Finirà mai?” (It Will Never End?) Wretched (Italy)[nb 5] 1:10
  9. “Drop the A-Bomb on Me” 0DFx (USA) 0:21
  10. “Here Come the Cops” The Afflicted (USA) 2:15
  11. “Inutile trionfo” (Useless Triumph) Declino (Italy) 1:31
  12. “I Hope You Get Drafted” Dicks (USA) 1:27
  13. “Arms Race” BGK (Netherlands) 1:11
  14. “It’s You” Crass (UK) 2:03
    Side B
    No. Title Artist/Country Length
  15. “Swastika Ratss” Upright Citizens (West Germany) 1:36
  16. “Banana Split Republic” False Prophets (USA) 4:04
  17. “Kärnvapen Attack” (Nuclear Attack) Mob 47 (Sweden) 1:20
  18. “Face Down in the Dirt” Offenders (USA) 1:27
  19. “Sbarre” (Bars) Contrazione (Italy) 1:32
  20. “So Much Hate” S.C.U.M. (Canada) 1:40
  21. “Viejos patéticos” (Pathetic Old Men) Los Violadores (Argentina) 1:37
  22. “Sometimes” Deadlock (Netherlands) 1:34
  23. “Will It Ever End?” P.P.G. (USA) 0:57
  24. “Peace of What?” Trash (USA) 1:22
  25. “Police Brutality” Vicious Circle (Australia) 2:12
  26. “Gartlands Pit” Condemned to Death (USA) 1:09
  27. “Non mi dire” (Don’t Tell Me) Negazione (Italy) 1:27
  28. “America the Beautiful” D.O.A. (Canada) 2:21
    Side C
    No. Title Artist/Country Length
  29. “Snap” D.R.I. (USA) 1:12
  30. “Jump Back” Porno Patrol (West Germany) 2:05
  31. “Drop Out” Treason (USA) 2:20
  32. “Abortos” (Abortions) Shit S.A. (Spain) 2:04
  33. “Silence” Septic Death (USA) 1:33
  34. “Life of Punishment” Cheetah Chrome and the Motherfuckers (Italy) 2:40
  35. “No mai” (Never) Peggio Punx (Italy) 1:20
  36. “An Uneasy Peace” (early version) The Proletariat (USA) 3:14
  37. “From Protest to Resistance” Conflict (UK)[nb 6] 2:37
  38. “Battlefield (Nightmare)” The Iconoclast (USA) 1:54
  39. “Pay for Shit” Pandemonium (Netherlands) 1:03
  40. “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go ‘Round” Dead Kennedys (USA) 4:18
  41. “Skorbut” (Scurvy) Boskops (West Germany) 2:11
    Side D
    No. Title Artist/Country Length
  42. “Rats” Subhumans (UK)[nb 7] 3:19
  43. “Peace Officer” White Lie (USA) 1:17
  44. “R.A.T./Pentagone” Wargasm (Netherlands) 1:58
  45. “Four More Hours” Slaughterhouse 4 (USA) 1:09
  46. “Finale” Execute (Japan) 1:36
  47. “Reagan Youth” Reagan Youth (USA) 1:18
  48. “The Man Goes On” Impact (Italy) 1:33
  49. “100 Million People Dead” Butthole Surfers (USA) 2:41
  50. “Ataque” (Attack) Kangrena (Spain) 1:09
  51. “Will Amerika” Porcelain Forehead (Canada) 2:26
  52. “No Mercy, No War” Barely Human (USA) 2:48
  53. “Contro la pace, contro la guerra” (Against the Peace, Against the War) RAF Punk (Italy) 4:02
  54. “Moment by Moment/Exiled Shadows” Zenzile (South Africa)[nb 8] 2:11
  55. “Missile Destroyed Civilization” MDC (USA) 2:30
    1997 2-CD edition
    Disc 1

    No. Title Artist/Country Length
  56. “Up Against a Wall” Articles of Faith (USA) 2:07
  57. “Endless Blockads for the Pussyfooter” G.I.S.M. (Japan) 3:44
  58. “Ashes to Ashes” Neon Christ (USA) 1:41
  59. “Schluter’s Kabinet” Kalashnikov (Denmark) 1:46
  60. “Time Will Tell” Cause for Alarm (USA) 2:08
  61. “No U.S.A.” Local Disturbance (Netherlands) 2:42
  62. “Honour’s Calling” Unwarranted Trust (Canada) 3:11
  63. “Finirà mai?” (It Will Never End?) Wretched (Italy) 1:10
  64. “Drop the A-Bomb on Me” 0DFx (USA) 0:21
  65. “Here Come the Cops” The Afflicted (USA) 2:15
  66. “Inutile trionfo” (Useless Triumph) Declino (Italy) 1:31
  67. “I Hope You Get Drafted” Dicks (USA) 1:27
  68. “Arms Race” BGK (Netherlands) 1:11
  69. “It’s You” Crass (UK) 2:03
  70. “Swastika Ratss” Upright Citizens (West Germany) 1:36
  71. “Banana Split Republic” False Prophets (USA) 4:04
  72. “Kärnvapen Attack” (Nuclear Attack) Mob 47 (Sweden) 1:20
  73. “Face Down in the Dirt” Offenders (USA) 1:27
  74. “Sbarre” (Bars) Contrazione (Italy) 1:32
  75. “So Much Hate” S.C.U.M. (Canada) 1:40
  76. “Viejos patéticos” (Pathetic Old Men) Los Violadores (Argentina) 1:37
  77. “Sometimes” Deadlock (Netherlands) 1:34
  78. “Will It Ever End?” P.P.G. (USA) 0:57
  79. “Peace of What?” Trash (USA) 1:22
  80. “Police Brutality” Vicious Circle (Australia) 2:12
  81. “Gartlands Pit” Condemned to Death (USA) 1:09
  82. “Non mi dire” (Don’t Tell Me) Negazione (Italy) 1:27
  83. “America the Beautiful” D.O.A. (Canada) 2:21
  84. “Snap” D.R.I. (USA) 1:12
  85. “Jump Back” Porno Patrol (West Germany) 2:05
  86. “Drop Out” Treason (USA) 2:20
  87. “Abortos” (Abortions) Shit S.A. (Spain) 2:04
  88. “Silence” Septic Death (USA) 1:33
    Disc 2
    No. Title Artist/Country Length
  89. “Life of Punishment” Cheetah Chrome and the Motherfuckers (Italy) 2:40
  90. “No mai” (Never) Peggio Punx (Italy) 1:20
  91. “An Uneasy Peace” (early version) The Proletariat (USA) 3:14
  92. “From Protest to Resistance” Conflict (UK) 2:37
  93. “Battlefield (Nightmare)” The Iconoclast (USA) 1:54
  94. “Pay for Shit” Pandemonium (Netherlands) 1:03
  95. “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go ‘Round” Dead Kennedys (USA) 4:18
  96. “Skorbut” (Scurvy) Boskops (West Germany) 2:11
  97. “Rats” Subhumans (UK) 3:19
  98. “Peace Officer” White Lie (USA) 1:17
  99. “R.A.T./Pentagone” Wargasm (Netherlands) 1:58
  100. “Four More Hours” Slaughterhouse 4 (USA) 1:09
  101. “Finale” Execute (Japan) 1:36
  102. “Reagan Youth” Reagan Youth (USA) 1:18
  103. “The Man Goes On” Impact (Italy) 1:33
  104. “100 Million People Dead” Butthole Surfers (USA) 2:41
  105. “Ataque” (Attack) Kangrena (Spain) 1:09
  106. “Will Amerika” Porcelain Forehead (Canada) 2:26
  107. “No Mercy, No War” Barely Human (USA) 2:48
  108. “Contro la pace, contro la guerra” (Against the Peace, Against the War) RAF Punk (Italy) 4:02
  109. “Moment by Moment/Exiled Shadows” Zenzile (South Africa) 2:11
  110. “Missile Destroyed Civilization” MDC (USA) 2:30

CPRA fully supports Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. I am so excited to listen to this entire playlist over and over again. Please wear a mask to #Stopthespread

Joey Ramone Would Be Proud As JERK! Reissues “Panic Via Mom’s Basement/Cellar Dweller Records

Buy Now! http://www.momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com/

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Release Date:  Original Release July 19, 2019                            

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Mom’s Basement Records

Distro: Mom’s Cellar Dwellers

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Josh The Jerk Bass/Vocals

Matt Brown Guitar/vocals

Josh Howard Drums/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Suzy Is A Bonehead, Atomic, Goodbye Sonia, JERK!, I Killed The Prom Queen, F*ck You Moron, I Hate Guys Like You, Just You, Mr Metalhead and Radical

Sounds Like: Ramones, Follow Ups, Teenage Bottle Rocket, Lillingtons, The Corps, and the Queers


Right now more than ever. We need new music that not only helps us cope with this new world we are living in, but music that makes us happy. It seems everyday we get more and more bad news. Last week my favorite local venue, 3 Kings announced they were closing for good. My heart sank as I knew this would be a blow to the community. I needed a boost of serotonin and decided to check out JERK!’s new reissue of “Panic Attack”. 

The reissue is brought to us by Mom’s Basement/Mom’s Celler Dweller Records. Mom’s is quickly becoming one of my favorite independent record labels. We seem to love just about everything they are releasing. So what about JERK!’s “Panic Attack” record makes me happy? So let’s take a look in track by track fashion. The first track is “Invader Of My Mind”. This is a wicked introduction to the record, The drums are powerful, chords ripping, and seems to bring light with a Ramonescore sound. If something or someone is in your mind and you want it out. Put on this track. 

My personal favorite track is next up and called, “Suzy Is A Bonehead” this seems to be a spin on“Suzy Is A Headbanger” by the Ramones. This track is lyrically addicting, and fun to sing along with. My second favorite track follows, “Atomic”. Both of these tracks are simple in beats and measures, but call out to the youth inside me. When listening I feel transported back into the 90’s when my worst fear was failing math. 

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Another kick ass track is next with “Goodbye Sonia”. This is “Break Up Punk” at it’s finest. If there’s one thing most breakup songs leave out. Sometimes breaking up a relationship is indeed the best thing for everyone involved. So instead of crying along with Sarah Mclachlan’s, “Angel” put on this track and feel better about yourself. This track seems to have too many influences to mention.

“JERK!”, follows and is full of some awesome skatepunk. Everything goes into full on turbo mode. Personally I really wasn’t expecting hardcore since most of the tracks follow more of a Ramonescore sound. “In My Dreams” returns a melodic more feel. This is an optimistic love song with some fantastic bass and guitar lines. “I Killed The Prom Queen” is next and the theme is from the Halloween movie series. This track cracks me up, yet kicks ass. “I killed the prom queen, she was no Jaime Curtis, I stabbed her in the back”. The guitar lines are amazing.

Josh’s vocals remind me of the legendary Joe Queer on this one. “Hey Bud Let’s Party” follows and it reminds of the Ramones track, “Rock N Roll Highschool”. This track will be my theme when we can finally break out from quarantine land. “Freak” is next and comes in rolling hard. It almost has a rockabilly feel, while maintaining  a true punk rock sound. Man I need to listen to more JERK! 

“I Hate Guys Like You” is next and I love this track. Have you ever had a close friend screw you over or act like they are more “Scene” than you? The next song is “F#ck You Moron” and is the perfect remedy for blowing off some steam. The hardcore is strong with this track. This song is about being yourself in the eyes of the opposition. 

“Just You” is a love song. This track makes me feel young again. I’d really like to see this track get played on Punk Tacos! “Mr. Metalhead” follows and is hilarious while it also shreds. Good luck getting this out of your head! We’ve come to our final track, “Radical”. When I was a teen I was known for my mix tapes. Yes I was a music nerd. Music was my gateway to expression. This love song should definitely end up on your “2020 Love Playlist”.

Buy This Now!

Overall, if you’re looking for something to help you out of this COVID hole, this record is the one. JERK!’s, “Panic Attack” is a romp of good old fashioned Ramonscore punk rock, saddled with some great hardcore skatepunk tracks. I highly recommend this record and will be adding it to the nominee list for Best Album of 2020! You can pick it up here, http://www.momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com/

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Invader Of My Mind 

Suzy Is A Bonehead

Atomic

Goodbye Sonia

Jerk!

In My Dreams

I Killed The Prom Queen

Hey Bud, Let’s Party!

Freak

Hate Guys Like You

F#zck You Moron

Just You

Mr. Metalhead

Radical 

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