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
Fair Dos Closing In

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.

R.A.S.P – “State Of The Union”

Release Date: September 29, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup:

  • Gabriel Paz Soldán  (Vox)
  • Kohl Gerster (Guitar)
  • Abe Dashnaw (Bass)
  • Luke Thompson (drums)

Favorite Tracks: I Don’t Care, Why?, Ups And Downs, and Join Or Die

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Vibrators, New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, and Minor Threat


 

Favorite Tracks: I Don’t Care, Why?, Ups And Downs, and Join Or Die

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Vibrators, New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, and Minor Threat


I’m sure you have all seen our pics from the Vibrators show a while back at 7C. If not be sure to check out our interview with Filthy Hearts. While watching the show that night. I kept thinking to myself, “Damn these young punks are so damn good”. When I mean young I mean under 21. Bands like, Almataha,  Wet Brain Hooligans, AFD, Noogy, Screwtape, and Upstanding Citizen are prime examples of Denver’s amazing young and talented bands.

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Speaking of that 7C show, R.A.S.P actually formed the same night of the show! They are releasing their new record, “State Of The Union”, tomorrow! I reached out to the band for comment. Their response it quite good, “We are a group of 16 and 17 who make east coast hardcore. There’s three things we can promise. 1. Shit recording quality. 2. Shit Musicianship, and 3. A shit ton of anger.”

I found that bit hilarious. So let’s check out, “State Of Union”. This album is packed with a very as promised, East Coast hardcore sound”. I’ll be skipping the Intros and Outro on this review as I think you need to listen for yourself.  “I don’t Care”, is first up on the track list. The lead singer sounds just like a young Jello Biafra. So this really peaked my interest. The drums and riffs on this kick serious ass, along with Gabriel’s vocals.

“No (my own way), is fast paced and heart throbbing adventure. I love the very vinyl sound this one has. Some might say it’s shit recording, but that’s what really gives it a pure sound. You can tell the band loves Minor Threat on “Ups and Downs”. “Why”, reminds me of Black Flag or Rollins at the intro with the spoken word section. It’s probably my favorite on the record.

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“State of Union”, has a great riff to start it out. This one needs a bit of polish at the beginning. Maybe a deeper bassline to accompany. Still very Fugazi like in nature. I definitely dig it. “Tools and Fools”, has kick ass drums solo to start of the song. It continues the more spoken word style, but retains a fast hardcore progression. “Join Or Die”, this one encapsulates punk! It fast, fun, and will wreck the pit.

Let me get back to my original point real fast about the talent this town has. RASP formed and made pretty good album in less than a month’s time! You can hear the kick ass talent these guys have. I’m personally very excited to see where they end up. This album is one you’re gonna want so you can say, “I’ve been listening to these guys since their days at 7C”.

Be sure to catch them at their next show at 7C on 10/27/2018 with epic band Some Kind Of Nightmare, Arctobog, and more! Be sure to pick up their new record here, https://raspofficial.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-the-union.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp Release)

1. Intro

2. I Don’t Care

3. No (my own way)

4. Ups and Downs

5. Why?

6. State of the Union

7. Tools and Fools

8. Join or Die (Rough)

9. Outro (New Day)

Links:

Almataha – Kill The Leaders

 

Release Date: May 5th, 2018

Format: Vinyl, Cd and Digital

Label: Major Letdown Records

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Trond Goderstad – Vox
John E. Quesada – Guitar
Bella Quesada – Bass
Max Arbess – Drums

Our Favorite Track(s): Illusion Wall, Genocide, American Taliban

Sounds Like: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, Subhumans, Bad Brains, The Exploited


Great Hardcore? Look No Further!

When it comes to hardcore punk, there are certain things you expect: fast buzzsaw guitars, pounding drums and those over the top throat ripping vocals. Almataha’s latest effort delivers that in spades! Personally, I loved the little “vintage” atom bomb instructional intro on Illusion Wall. While this sort of thing has been done before, it’s fun and tasteful. Plus, with the warning siren in the background, it does feels like the big one is about to be dropped. Duck and cover!

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The rest of the album quickly aligns with the sound and feel of “Wall” and doesn’t let up until the very end. This band needs to make its way to Milwaukee, they would do very well! Can’t wait to see what else these lads (and lass) come up with next.

Guest Review by: Maxwell Liam of Hi/Jack