NYC Pop punks, All in Due Time, set to release new EP, “Young And Dumb” on 3/22/2019

Release Date: March 22nd, 2019                                                                 

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: NYC, NY

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ezequiel Medrano – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
  • Frank Scelta – Lead Guitar
  • Joshua Reguillo – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Fairytale, Young And Dumb, and Clean Slate

Sounds Like: Blink 182, Green Day, Neck Deep and NFG


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NYC Punks, All In Due time are set to release their new EP. “Young And Dumb” on March 22, 2019. This 5 track EP is packed with lyrics that connect on a powerful emotional level. My favorite is by far, “Young And Dumb”. I can see this one hitting the pop charts. It resonates on a personal level for me. Coming in second would be, “Still Breathing(NaNa)”. Both songs have catchy lyrics, while “Still Breathing(NaNa)” comes in a bit harder.

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So give a listen to “Fairytale” below and subscribe to their Spotify for EP drop emails!

 

Tracklist:

1. Fairytale

2.Still Breathing(NaNa)

3.Young And Dumb

4.Clean Slate

5.Best Hello,Worst Goodbye

Links:

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Dead Already land at CPRA with “Gilded Age Of Piss”. These Aussie street punks mean business

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Release Date: 8/25/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Current Lineup:

  • Rach S – Drums
  • Pat S – Guitar
  • Jack S – Bass
  • Paul W – Guitar
  • Scott R – Vox

Favorite Tracks: Radioactivity, Nervous Wreck, This Machine Empowers Facists and Darkness Glows

Sounds Like: Exploited, Almataha, Rene SG, Minor Threat, and Gorilla Biscuits


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We get a ton of reviews requests on a weekly basis. Some are so good, we can’t refuse. Some we have to pass, because it may not fit our format. On that note if you would like to help keep our reviews and website up, please donate here.

On that note we get a ton of pop punk review requests. Don’t get me wrong I love me some good pop punk, but sometimes you just need some good street punk in your lives. You need the energetic, fuck the establishment, pure and raw sound. Melbourne punks, Dead Already are doing just that with their latest release, “Gilded Age Of Piss”.

This EP is non stop train of old school classic punk straight out the back alleys of Melbourne. With songs like, ‘Nervous Wreck’, ‘This Machine Empowers Facists’ and ‘Darkness Glows’ I find myself fist pumping inside my office. My boss is probably thinking I’ve gone mental. Oh well fuck him anyway. So if you need something to accommodate an angry outburst, socially powerful, Dead Already’s, “Gilded Age Of Piss” is exactly the EP you NEED.  

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Radioactivity 01:48
    2. Nervous Wreck 01:39
    3. This Machine Empowers Facists 01:39
    4. Gesso 02:05
    5. Multiball 02:31
    6. Darkness Glows 01:03
    7. Foetid Hell 03:07

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

Release Date: Feb 14th, 2019

Format: Digital

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Calvin Klein
  • Dominic Zinn
  • Isaac
  • Gil Lopez

Favorite Tracks: ASPHYXIANA

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


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

Links:

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

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

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

RCKLSS – So Cynical (EP)

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Release Date: 2/1/2019

Format: Digital

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Current Lineup:

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

Favorite Tracks: Every Time, Struggle,

Sounds Like: All Time Low, and MCR, Pierce The Veil, and The Used


A debut record is always a scary thing to release as a band. You’re wondering will somebody like it? Did we make any major mistakes someone will notice? I have to wonder if the members of RCKLSS are going through these now. On the other hand they might be super pumped and excited to release their new EP, “So Cynical”.

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Let’s check out the tracks and see how they stack up. The first track up is, ‘Every Time’. This one is strong on the pop punk anthem side. The lyrics are addicting. I’m pretty sure you’ll be singing along quickly. The drums are powerful, with a strong bass background. The passion in Matty’s voice is admirable. ‘Animals’ is up next and kind of reminds me of a early 2000 MCR or The Used. It’s heavy and climatic. Lewis absolutely shreds on this track.

Next in comes, ‘Struggle’ the pace is slowed, yet builds again climatically. The piano is haunting, leaving the listener to drift off along with the melody. This is by far my favorite on the record. The next song is ‘Tell You’. The familiar melodic pop punk sound comes roaring back in with some well timed, “Whoas”. This song is just plain fun as it speaks of gaining your freedom from a bad relationship.

‘Sorry For Trying’, comes in slowly with a huge build. There some great writing on this track. I really dig this song as well. This song will likely get some time on the major airwaves. ‘Empty Space’ is the next song and the last on the record. The intro guitar riffs mixed with Matty’s vocals is engaging. This song is much slower and on the darker side.

Let’s wrap this review up. RCKLSS’s debut EP, “So Cynical” is a haunting yet powerful melodic journey of compelling harmonies and well written lyrics. Even when the darkness comes from songs like “Sorry For Trying”. The raw emotion from the band is sure to get you powerfully hooked. If this is their debut EP. I cannot wait to see how the rest of their discography will unfold.

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Tracks:

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

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Italy’s The Ponches release their new and final lp, “Quit”

Release Date: December 2018

Format: Digital and Vinyl

Label: One Chord Wonder (Italy) and Mom’s Basement Records (USA)

Location: Turin, Italy

Current Lineup:

  • Giulio – guitars
  • Tony Kelvin – bass
  • Lorenzo Bravi – drums/vocals
  • Zack – guitars/vocals

Favorite Tracks: Enjoy The Rest, What a Shame (Jani Lane), and 216

Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, The Lillingtons, The Ramones, and Lawrence Arms


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The Ponches go way back to 2005 when they formed in Turin, Italy. Sadly they have decided to call it quits, but not before releasing one kick ass single sided 12 inch Lp. The record is now out via One Chord Wonder (Italy) and Mom’s Basement Records (USA) . US listeners be sure to use the USA link to purchase.

On that note let’s check out their final release, “Ouit”. The record intros with, ‘Enjoy The Rest’. This one is fast paced. The drums and bass and perfected in this song. ‘Somerton Man’ is up next on the list. The pace slows down a little, but still rocks. This one has somewhat of a late 90s feel to it. This one is very Romanesque.

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Up next is ‘They Didn’t Know What You Did Before’. This one is much darker compared to the previous songs. It sounds alot like the Lillingtons. I really dig the guitar riffs on this one. ‘What a Shame (Jani Lane)’ is up next. Not positive, but this may be a tribute to Warrant’s Jani Lane? Anyhow it’s a great tune!

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‘216’ is up next with a strong melody. The harmonies on this are beautiful. ‘Autumn in Minsk’ is the last track on the record. This one has some great drums and even better melodies. Is this the last we will hear from the Ponches? Hopefully for our sakes this isn’t the last one and many more will follow. This record is a perfect way for a band to say goodbye to their fans. 

Tracks:

  1. Enjoy The Rest
  2. Somerton Man
  3. They Didn’t Know What You Did Before
  4. What a Shame (Jani Lane)
  5. 216
  6. Autumn in Minsk

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A?’s picks for Best Albums and EP

So, I’ve been kind of avoiding this… there are some decisions I don’t like having to make, because the field of material has made these decisions a Herculean act. (Although, I wouldn’t exactly call this “labour” a penance for murder, as this task was greatly enjoyable, and wouldn’t really be called a “punishment” by any definition of the word. Also, I haven’t killed anyone.)

I have to say, the music I’ve heard this year has been INCREDIBLE!!! The talent, passion, and emotion that’s been poured into these albums has given me a lot to ponder, while making these very hard choices.

In the long run, my decisions came down to two factors:

1. What has made its way into my regular listening rotation? (This didn’t do much to whittle it down)

2. What do I find myself listening to by choice most often? (Still… not much help)

I’ve listened, and re-listened, and re-re-listened to the music from this year and honestly, I can safely say that EVERYTHING is deserving of honorable mention; but my choices for Colorado Album of the Year, Non-Colorado Album of the Year, and EP of the Year are thus:

Colorado Album of the Year:

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I came to this conclusion because right now, it feels like the whole world is on edge. I spend most of my life in what could be described as “news junkie hell”… I suppose you could almost call it an addiction. The comment sections of the news stories on Facebook were a Pandora’s Box that I never should have opened; lest I deepened my disgust with what’s become to society over the last decade or so.

This album was free from all that. It was a “vacation.” After listening to it, I felt a little better…

… until I got back into the disgusting toxic sludge pit that exists in the comment sections.

I find myself playing the album more and more at parties and social gatherings, because it’s (mostly) void of politics, the lyrics are fun, and it makes people want to dance and feel good; which, now that I think of it, was also a determinate factor in last year’s selection (“Damn Right” by the Dendrites); so I guess that makes me consistent in at least SOME regard.

Non-Colorado Album of the Year:

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When I first finished listening to this album, I was sweating, pacing, and my heart was pounding! The raw energy in this album really gets the blood flowing for a good hike, workout, or house cleaning; but can be dangerous while navigating traffic (fair warning).

The lyrics are inspiring, and invoke personal strength and motivation. Personally, I use this album to psych myself up for my art shows and other occasions where I have to present strength and confidence in order to project the professional image that I need to.

Some people use cocaine… I use audio.

EP of the Year:

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This was the hardest category for me to decide. There were so many great EP’s released this year, so vastly spread out among styles and tastes, that this category was literally like comparing apples to bacon… both are delicious, but VASTLY different.

Frankly, I have a love/hate relationship with EP’s. They always leave me wanting more… but I guess that’s kind of their purpose. I just always feel a little sad when I realize that I thoroughly enjoyed what I heard, but thirst for more…

It’s like the series finale for the show, “My Name is Earl”… I mean, here’s this GREAT show that’s gone on for several seasons, and they just end the motherfucker on a TOTAL cliffhanger… what the fuck?!?!?! I WANT RESOLUTION, DAMN IT!!!

… but I digress…

If the purpose of an EP is to leave the audience with a proverbial “cliffhanger,” then Sunset Silhouette did it right! Their first EP was exactly what was needed to stoke interest in their highly awaited upcoming full-length album!

Three songs… just enough to make you want the resolution that comes with the release of a full-length album by displaying the depth of the music to expect in future releases, which is foreshadowed by increasingly attended performances.

Sunset Silhouette has utilized their EP to perfectly punctuate the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a very bright future.

 

In conclusion, like I said before, this has been a banner year for great music! If 2018 was any indication of what the next year will bring, I anxiously await it with bated breath! I would like to congratulate these winners on beating out some of the stiffest competition in the music world (at least, in my opinion)! To everyone else, hooooooooly shit, you made this hard for me! Truly, I hold everyone in the absolute highest of regards, artistically and professionally!

 

Happy holidays and New Year, everyone!

 

A?

SAGO – “Flood Island”

Release Date: September 1, 2018

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Piers – Drums
  • Alex – Vocals
  • Marty – Guitar
  • Chad – Guitar
  • Mike – Bass

Favorite Tracks:

  • Capitol Punishment
  • Galloping Beauty
  • Burning Books

Sounds Like:  Agnostic Front, Zeke, Straight Faced


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We’ve all been to that show where you go to hear the headliner, but there’s an opening band with a ton of energy that hits you out of nowhere unexpectedly. That’s how this record hit me. Just straight forward hardcore/thrash punk. It’s fast, & has a ton of energy. Great band that will drive you forward whether it’s a drive on the interstate, a workout, or just to hype you up for the day ahead of you, as well as make you want to get to a show & get your angst out in a circle pit.

It’s pretty unapologetically what it is, & that’s a fast punk record. 10 tracks that are over in 16 minutes will leave you wanting more, which is a good thing. It doesn’t leave tracks that you’d want to skip. From the first track, North X South, you know what to expect from the band. You could almost smell the sweat & beer smell from the club of fist pumping punks in the pit.

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They do show some variety on Capitol Punishment, slowing things down a bit, dropping that bass, but keeping it hardcore. Fun intro on that track as well.

Good vocal range & good use of a fun, although short, guitar solo on the song Ahead.

Galloping Beauty, at just under 3 minutes, is the longest track on the record, and gives the most dynamics as far as song structure. I love the build to the chorus & how they flow into a great instrumental, then just the drum & vocal sing along of, “kill a man in cold blood, get away with murder,” leading into a great breakdown, then stopping with a guitar fade out. Definitely a standout track.

Lifejacket was a solid next track, love the backup vocals and solos on this one a lot. Then Burning Books was the next stand out to me, simply encompassing the bands sound in a track. While North X South was a solid opening track, this could have been a great alternate for the opener. Fast thrash to start the energy.

White Lies, & The guitar solo closing it was a perfect closing track. Left me wanting to hear what’s next from this band, because I think there will be more great stuff to come.

The lyrics, like the music, come fast & distorted. I loved the tone of Alex‘s voice, but wasn’t always lyrically clear on the recording. Which would be my one wish for the record, would be to be able to make out the lyrics & message of the vocals.

So if you like your music fast, distorted, and fucking punk, go check them out. The links are below for Bandcamp & Spotify. I’d recommend a listen.

Tracks:

  1. North X South
  2. Los Ojos
  3. Capitol Punishment
  4. Scars
  5. Ahead
  6. Galloping Beauty
  7. Lifejacket
  8. Squealer
  9. Burning Books
  10. White Lies

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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.