Keeping 90s Skatepunk Alive, Trashed Ambulance Releases, “Shorthanded”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital, cassette (limited to 100 copies, order now!!)

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jawsh
  • RB
  • Shark

Favorite Tracks: Open Road, Buy In, Round 3

Sounds Like: 90s Skate Punk, NoFX


Growing up, there was the holy trinity of punk rock labels. It was Epitaph, Hellcat, & Fat Records. This band takes me back to listening to the Fat Records for Fat People compilations. Obviously influenced by NoFX, a band that is apparently easy to hate on by many punks now, but fuck that hate stuff. I never understood how hating things & bands made you a more interesting person. They are a band still influencing great music, like Trashed Ambulance.

The band’s new EP, Shorthanded, isn’t set on reinventing music here, but they take a sound & do it well. Vocals & guitar that serve the sound very well. Excellent melodies that will stick in your head. Driving drums that are vital to giving the record the energy needed to make the band work. What stands out the most though, is the bass. I love bass solos, walking the bass instead of simply playing the notes. Rad bass lines throughout the EP.

Open Road is an excellent opening track for their new EP. it’s everything I mentioned above, & everything you need to know about how you’ll enjoy this record. Fun guitar and bass solos break up the end of Trash Queens, helping the track stand out. Buy In is a great self-deprecating track, “I’m never gonna win, so I might as well buy in.” Great hook. The standout lyric to me though, is from Round 3, the closing track from the band. “Don’t find solace by being a dick.” Great lyric, great message, fantastic song. Be good to each other, be good to this band. Check them out.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Open Road
  2. Super League
  3. Buy In
  4. The Very Best
  5. Trash Queen
  6. Round 3

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About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

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Born From The Ashes of Skudfux (RIP), Jerkswitch Releases Debut Album, “Bufo”

Release Date: 3/08/2019                                                              

Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)

Production: Mixed by Jason Lang at Studio 3

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Montréal, QC, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • EJ – Guitar & Vocals
  • Will – Guitar & Vocals
  • Dewey – Drums
  • Gab L.A. – Bass & Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Revolution Part II, Survive, Suicide Mission, Fuck God and Fuck Reality, Fuck No, Manhole To Hell, Drink And Stink, Jake,

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Skudfux, Op Ivy, and Abolitionist


Why start this article off with a clip of High Fidelity? How is Jerkswitch’s “BUFO” even related to “High Fidelity? Let me tell you why. This 16 track debut album is FULL of non-stop fantasic fucking music. Personally when I heard the Skudfux was no more. I was a bit sad as I love them. Sometimes when something ends, it’s because something bigger and better is coming.  Skudfux is now Jerkswitch!

This compilation album of old and new songs is a whopper at 16 awesome tracks. Let’s dig in further.  “Revolution Part II” kicks off the record. You can listen to part one here. From the start you can feel a more polished sound. This is probably one of my top 5 intros of all time. The hunger, the passion, this is the ultimate set up.

Now my second favorite is actually the second track, “Survive” from the “FERN” EP. This is some hardcore ska punk. The lead singer has an almost Jello like tone. It’s just shy of being a little to metal, as the ska punk element is beautifully retained. The pit will be dangerous on this track. “Suicide Mission” is up next. It starts out with a heavy bass line before exploding into nonstop pogo madness.  

“Fuck God And Fuck Reality” is up next. I absolutely love this track. From the opening guitar strum and drums straight into the heart pumping power chords. How long we will sit by and allow the church and/or Republican Party to dictate moral policy to us? The Catholic Church has died in popularity here in the states. A new and evil Republican church took over. Check out the lyrics below!

“I never was one to believe,

What I could not see,  

All them catholic fairytales,

Keep em away from me,

And I don’t like what I see,

They don’t like what I am,

I’ll stand proud and say,

Fuck God and fuck reality”

These lyrics are so simple, yet so spot on to this writer. The swath of southern states passing women’s reproductive rights restrictions proves to us that the church is more concerned about social control and less about society as a whole. Let’s move onto the next song, “Better Days”. This song is providing hope for the hopeless with awesome lyrics and sweet guitar riffs. “AlertA” is next with an instrumental tune.

“Fuck No” is another song from the FERN Ep. This track cracks me up every time I listen. How many times a day do you say Fuck No? This is yet another great song. The anthems and whoas are perfectly timed. It is very catchy. “O Negative” comes up next with more of ska kickass Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, yet gets harder with the progression. This band is insanely talented.  

Drown” starts out slow and serious note. I hear maybe some grunge influences, maybe even a bit of some surf punk. “Drink And Stink” comes roaring in with a fast skate punk sound. Advance warning before joining the pit on this track, it’s gonna be rough. I love this song! “Jake” another track from FERN is next up. Jerkswitch goes back to its roots with a great skapunk sound.

“Manhole To Hell”, is another energetic song along the lines of skatepunk. This is for anybody who has ever been oppressed by another.  This song is full of anger, passion, and some amazing drum work. This song has to kill the lead singer’s voice. “All By Myself” slows down upon intro and build into circle pit loving madness. With the steely sound, guitar solos, this reminds me a lot of Faith No More.

This song is KILLER!

Jerkswitch goes acoustic next with, “I’m So Sorry”. The composition of this track is beautiful. I think that’s a cello in the background. Wait this is punk. There are no cellos in punk. I kid of course. Again full blown talent and rightly displayed on this track. “About A Punk” speeds the pace back up with some skapunk. I adore this track. Not only is it skankable, the lyrical content is fucking amazing.

Anyone who has ever been in local band, worked with locals, can relate to this track. We all ask or friends and coworkers to come to our shows and they don’t. We ask them to share our albums, facebook posts and they don’t. It’s up to us as bands, promoters, and fans to help support the punk scene in any way we can. This track has serious potential for doing very well.

Here we are at the last track, “Richmond Hill” this is beautiful outro instrumental track. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of anything instrumental. In this particular album though the instrumentals blend like threads of a book binding. So there we have it. Jerkswitch’s debut album, “BUFO” is the definition of a perfect album. This record will appeal to not only fans of punk, but other genres as well. I personally cannot wait for more music from Jerkswitch!

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Revolution Part II 03:32
  2. Survive 03:18
  3. Suicide Mission 02:00
  4. Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
  5. Better Days 02:58
  6. AlertA 04:40
  7. Fuck No 04:05
  8. O Negative 04:16
  9. Drown 03:20
  10. Drink and Stink 01:27
  11. Jake 02:23
  12. Manhole to Hell 03:10
  13. All by Myself 03:07
  14. I’m So Sorry 03:12
  15. About a Punk 03:16
  16. Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24

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Emo Pop Punks Triple Sundae Announce New EP, “Glow”

Release Date: 6/7/2019

Format: Digital                              

Location: London, England

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hassan
  • Mike
  • Andy
  • Zandro

Favorite Tracks: Mental Pollution, Dazed, Glow, and Safe


Sounds Like: The Menzingers, Alkaline Trio, PUP and Spraynard


Triple Sundae are no strangers to the emo pop punk scene. “Glow” is their 4 studio release and they plan on releasing albums sometime in the future. Here at CPRA we are loving this EP! With fantastic tracks like, Pollution, Dazed, Glow, and Safe. These English punks really have found a kickass unique sound.

Be sure to pick it up here, triplesundae.bandcamp.com

Tour Dates:

* Tour with Jukebox Romantics

23 May 2019: The Festing, Portsmouth, w/ Burnt Tapes + Forever Unclean + WAYL

34 May 2019: Booze Cruise Festival, Bristol

30 May 2019: Waterintobeer, London, (acoustic)*

31 May 2019: Fighting Cocks, Kingston*

1 June 2019: Head of Steam, Newcastle*

2 June 2019: The Underground, Stoke-On-Trent*

3 June 2019: Conroy’s Basement, Dundee*

4 June 2019: Temple of Boom, Leeds*

5 June 2019: Le Pub, Newport*

26 June 2019: The Sebright Arms, London, w/ Ducking Punches + Not Scientists

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Pollution

2. Swisher

3. Dazed

4. Everything’s Cool

5. Glow

6. Safe

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Sweatpants Party Releases New Video, “I Hate Pineapple”.

Sweatpants Party

Sweatpants Party is somewhat of a punk rock supergroup from Innsbruck (AT) featuring members of The Apers, Jagger Holly, The 20 Belows and Stockkampf. The band has just released its first song called ‘I Hate Pineapple’ which will be out on the Punk Rock Raduno Vol. 4 sampler this summer.

Check out the new video for ‘I Hate Pineapple’ on Youtube and expect more music by Sweatpants Party soon on Monster Zero!

You can also check out our review of Jagger Holly’s last release here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/11/05/jagger-holly-last-of-the-international-playboys/

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CPRA Radar Alert : Las Nubes To Drop New LP, “SMVT”, Via Sweat Records on 6/14/2019

Release Date: 6/14/2019

Format: Digital

Label: Sweat Records

Location: Miami, FL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ale Campos, Emile Milgrim, Nina Carolina

Favorite Tracks:  Still Growing, Tired Of Trying, Cold, I Go Wild, and QSW

Sounds Like: Breeders, Joy Division, Vampire Weekend, and Lucy And The Rats


Miami’s Las Nubes is on par to release “SVMT”, on 6/14/2019. This record is a kicker for fans of mega surf fuzz. These kick ass ladies combine English and Spanish to compose some beautiful melodies. This album is full of Joy Division like riff’s and Kim Deal like vocals. If Las Nubes was around in 1996. I really wouldn’t be surprised if they were on the Trainspotting soundtrack.


photo by @lacuevadelvacio

Considering they  have opened for the likes of Shonen Knife, Casket Girls, Sheer Mag, Institute, Jens Lekman, and Torche. Las Nubes should definitely be on your radar! Per Emile they are planning a tour later this fall.

Check out their new video below for “QSW”!

Be sure to pre-order here, http://sweat-records.shoplightspeed.com/las-nubes-smvt-lp-pre-order.html

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80s Hardcore in 2019? Yes Please! Philly’s The Barren Marys Set To Release “Wired Wrong” on 5/24/2019

Release Date: 5/24/2019

Format: Digital and Physical

Pictures in this post by: Brittany Ponti

Label: Violated Records (CD Release), Suicide Bong Tapes (Cassette Tape Release) , Frankensense Records

Location: Port Richmond / Philadelphia

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Favorite Tracks: It’s Gonna Suck, Roaches and Fleas, Guantanamo Bay Beach Party, Hero,

Sounds Like: Dirty Work, Sniper 66, Zipperz, Propagandhi, and Death Lottery


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It was recently announced Blink 182 and Lil Wayne will be visiting Denver. Don’t get me wrong mash up shows are always fun, but this one is sickening. Sometimes when we see these lineups our brain suffers massive brain damage.  In order to repair that mental abuse one must be like Uncle Rico and hop into the time machine.

Let’s go back to the 80s when hardcore punk was ready to disturb the normies. The good news is we don’t need a time machine. Philly’s the Barren Mary’s are ready to drop their 3rd studio LP on 5/24/2019 via Violated Records (CD Release), Suicide Bong Tapes (Cassette Tape Release) and Frankensense Records.


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“Wired Wrong”, intros in with “Good Time”. That familiar feeling of fast punk in your face returns. The second track, “It’s Gonna Suck”, tops out at a whopping 1:34. All of my favorite songs tend to be less than 2 minutes. I love the heavy bass, fast progression and killer drums. Next up is “Roaches and Fleas”. The killer guitar intro nails this track. So far I’m digging the simplicity on this album.

“Guantanamo Bay Beach Party”, this track has somewhat of a Ramones core sound. Again the heavy bass line really kicks it off. The combination of killer drums, awesome vocals and catchy lyrics make this my personal favorite of the album. “Hero”, this one is like a boot to face. Seriously keep the sick out of the pit on this track.

Artwork from their S/T Release

“On The Couch” is up next and it’s one kick ass song. This one is for all of us that have/had a house guest that never leaves. Just get the fuck out already! Rob, where’s my weed? Lyrically it’s hilarious. “Fascists”, bring the speed back into the fold. I am not sure if this is a jab at liberal infighting, but the overall sound is wicked. This band surely knows how to write some great music.

“I Wanna Be Unhealthy, Baby” follows and slows down the pace a little. It sends the sound back to a more Queers like sound, yet still has a real guttural feel. The grand pauses leave the listener wanting more. After, listening to “Perri’s Pizza” I really want some pizza. Did Perri’s pay for this jingle? “I Come From The Swamp”, is the last song on the record. Another track with strong emphasis on bass.


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Personally I think I just found a new favorite band. Pardon me while I go download their discography. Haha in all seriousness. The Barren Marys have poured some blood, sweat and PBRs into, “Wired Wrong”. This record has heart and I don’t think Blink 182 or the likes of them (Fall Out Boy) will ever take that shit away.

Be sure to pick up here, on CD, http://www.violatedrecords.com/ and even better on tape, https://suicidebongtapes.bandcamp.com/.

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Tracks: (Track order subject to change)

  • 01 – Good Time
  • 02 – It’s Gonna Suck
  • 03 – Roaches & Fleas
  • 04 – Guantanamo Bay Beach Party
  • 05 – Hero
  • 06 – On The Couch
  • 07 – Fascists
  • 08 – I Wanna Be Unhealthy, Baby
  • 09 – Perri’s Pizza
  • 10 – I Come From The Swamp

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Split 7″ by Hardship Anchors (CA) & Death Lottery (FL) – Very Limited Vinyl Release!

Release Date: 6/1/2019 Vinyl Release

Format: Digital out now, Vinyl goes out around 6/1/2019 only 150 will be released!

Label: Freetime Boyz Inc

Location: Death Lottery – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Hardship Anchors – Long Beach, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) – Death Lottery

  • Johnny // Guitar, vocals
  • Casidy // Bass, vocals
  • Joe Joe // Drums, vocals
  • Jesus // Guitar, vocals

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) – Hardship Anchors

  • Trevor Lucca – Vocals/Guitars
  • Brett Gillies – Bass
  • Joey Luck – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Cease + Desist, Trespass,  Human Condition, and Fake


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Death Lottery is back once again here at CPRA with Hardship Anchors with a brand new 7” split! Be sure to pick this one up fast! Per Bandcamp: “The Hardship Anchors / Death Lottery Split 7″ (FBI-002) is limited to 150 hand numbered copies. Record release date slated for 6/1/2019 c/o Freetime Boyz Entertainment Worldwide Inc.”. Check out our previous review on Death Lottery here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/11/27/death-lottery-ep-ii-7/

We are loving this split!

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Tracklist: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Death Lottery – Cease + Desist
  2. Death Lottery – Trespass
  3. Death Lottery – Wrong Side of the Sun
  4. Hardship Anchors – Human Condition
  5. Hardship Anchors – Fake

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