CPRA Music News: Listen to People Corrupting People’s New Song “Ex Man” Here First

Denver’s People Corrupting next album, “Busy Beaver” is due out on 4/20/2019. Check out their new song, “Ex Man” down below. This is a CPRA exclusive drop!

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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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CPRA Music News: Neville & Sugary Staple release new video for ‘Way of Life’

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Release date: Available Now on all major music providers

Format : Digital and physical

Label: Cleopatra Records

Location: Coventry, U.K.

Current Lineup:

  • Neville Staple
  • Christine Sugary Staple
  • Featuring Roddy Radiation

Favorite Tracks: Rebel Down, Original Rudegirl Sound, Way of Life, Tattoo King, Be As One, Why Oh Why

Sounds Like: The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners, and Last Reel Hero


If you haven’t listened to, “Rude Rebels”, you’re missing out on some great new 2 Tone ska! Ska Legend Neville Staple has returned! Check out the new video for ‘Way of Life’ below! This record has been running non stop on my Spotify. Pick this one on vinyl for the best listening experience! I’ve included more videos just to give a taste of how amazing this album is!

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Tracks on full album release:

  1. Rebel Down
  2. Tattoo King
  3. When I Call Your Name
  4. Boy (Dub Out)
  5. Be As One
  6. Wrong Shoes
  7. Original Rudegirl Sound
  8. Why Oh Why
  9. Ska To The Beat
  10. Dirty Little Liar
  11. The Border
  12. Way Of Life
  13. Way I Love You
  14. Woulda Coulda Shoulda

Links:

The Last Reel Hero releases new music video for “Hero Can’t Dead”.

Here at CPRA we are huge fans of Pueblo, Colorado’s Last Reel Hero. We reviewed their last album release and you can check it out here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/last-reel-hero-s-t/.

You can see their first Denver show at CPRA’S Happy Skanksgiving show, https://www.facebook.com/events/310508869736134/?ti=as.

People Corrupting People – Animal Farm Chronicles – “Red Herring” EP

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Release Date: 9/12/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

  • Nick Cormier(vox),
  • Nate Nepsky(vox/guitar),
  • “Regular” Rich (trombone),
  • Heath “Candyman” Milton(bass),
  • Kyle Nash(drums), and Jen Torres(violin).

Favorite Tracks: American Dream, He Dwells Within, L’Chaim O’Brien, and Guantanamo Bae

Sounds Like: Mustard Plug, Let’s go bowling, Reel Big Fish, and Streetlight Manifesto, all on drugs.


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Denver’s People Corrupting People released their new EP, on 9/12/2018. We’ve been so busy rebuilding our website, and getting shows together we haven’t given it that full blown review we always do. In fact I’ve been listening to People Corrupting People AKA PCP for the last for years. Ever since I heard them on a comp of What Do You know About Ska Punk, I’ve been faithfully following them throughout the last few releases. We also reviewed both of them here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/people-corrupting-people-loan-shark/.

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While my all time favorite PCP song is still “Kyle’s In The Attic Again”. This new EP is stocked with more amazing skapunk. Best of all you download all of them for FREE right now here! The best part about PCP. Every release sounds just a little different from the last. The new album contains contributions from other local artists such as, Brian Bonsall of Sunset Silhouette on “American Dream”,  Ric of Roka Hueka, Erik Livesay (from A Little Off) on “ “Policía del Pensamiento” (“Thought Police”) , Bourbon Brawlers on “L’Chaim O’Brien” , and Irah Jon on “Guantanamo Bae”.

So since you’ve already used, Big Brother’s magic Google machine to get here. Let’s dive deep into. “Red Herring”. This EP was guitarist Nate (Soon to be a major producer) Nepsky’s first time producing and recording the album. The whole album was actually recorded in the infamous PCP House. When I refer to “Infamous” you need to follow their vlogs to see the insanity that which ensues. The hilarity is far beyond measure.

Let’s kick off the review with the first track, “American Dream”. This track features Brian Bonsall of Denver’s Sunset Silhouette. Be sure to check out their new EP. It’s one my favorites. “American Dream” starts off with our “Dear Leader” telling us how he’s pretty smart and everybody else is stupid.

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When we were young we were told if we work hard, we can amount to anything we desire. Your economic status and racial identity will not matter and you will succeed.  That’s simply not true. What society fails to tell you, is that the “American Dream” is a big fat lie. These lyrics are a sad, but true.

“So you want the house with the white picket fence?

Tax dollars go to national defense

Sign on the dotted line for a fixed rate mortgage

If you’re eager we can work out a loan

But if you’re down and out you know you’re on your own

Surplus of stupid, wish we had a shortage”.

How many non ska band use an acoustic viola? Well this non ska band uses one. It sounds brilliant in combination with the bass, guitar, and trombone. Nick’s vocals send this one into a yes I’m gonna say it, a skapunk frenzy. Bonsalls contribution on chorus seems to bring it all together.

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Next up is, “He Dwells Within”, there’s so many awesome attributes to this song. There’s a great harmonica piece. This is the song you NEED when you’re pissed off. Torres pieces on the violin are insane. They lyrics are wicked as well. This is my favorite track!

“Some of our brothers and sisters prefer to drop their bombs,

Others want to see you run before they shoot you down with a gun.

But it shouldn’t really have to take a motherfucking genius to see,

Your propensity to kill, is a thing that is as real, as rage can be.”

Do you Remember that time Aaron from Reel Big Fish collapsed on stage? Well PCP does this track is hilarious and very catchy! I personally have seen RBF many times and quit seeing them after the cover era. It was like did you run out of ska or did run out of you? The bass, guitar, and trombone rip through this song. I wouldn’t be surprised of Cormier lost his singing voice after this one.

 

“Guantanamo Bae” is up next and this song is KILLER. Irah Jon’s vocals are fucking awesome! This song should serve as a model to prove unity between alternative and hip hop. It brought back memories of the WuTang days. I personally would love to see more shows with hip hop, punk, rockabilly and ska bands in the Colorado scene.  

If there’s one thing I love about PCP. They are by far the most original band I’ve ever listened to. All of bands inside jokes seem to reappear in their music. That’s what happens through this Irish/Jewish folk song, “L’Chaim O’Brien”. I can totally see L’Chaim O’Brien becoming a South Park character. This track is fun as hell and you’ll be singing along in no time. 

Now let’s get a bit darker. Now PCP does have quite a few politically charged songs, but this one actually made me tear up a little. This song is sung by Ric of Roka Hueka. By the way go check Roka Hueka as well! Per a PCP Facebook post, “We had the honor of working with Ric of Roka Hueka for our final song on the Red Herring album, “Policía del Pensamiento” (“Thought Police”). Inspired by the 43 students who were kidnapped by their own government in Mexico, we had always envisioned the song in Spanish (*lyrics coming soon!*) and invited Ric over to help with the translation and delivery.

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We quickly learned how close this subject was to his heart (his band has a song that was also inspired by these events), and realized just how perfect he was for this project. Ric ended up re-writing the entire thing, and delivered it in such a powerful way that it still gives us goosebumps, as though listening to the cries of a revolutionist. To top it off, Erik Livesay (from A Little Off) shreds on a 3-part epic guitar solo (can you believe he asked if we would be “ok” with that??). The song concludes with the quote from 1984 – George Orwell: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” (in French, cuz it’s “class”y.)” That shit is deep!

That post is dead on. Rik and Jenn kill on vocals, while Livesay shreds on guitar. Overall “Red Herring” is mastered collection of extremely talented musicians. Their humor, and ideals make this an EP to remember. I’m throwing this one in as nominee for the best EP of the year award from CPRA! Go download this one for free on their website, http://pcpsux.com/ .

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You catch PCP at CPRA’s show “Happy Skanksgiving” on 11/24/2018 at Tennyson Tap here in Denver!

Tracks:

  • American Dream
  • He Dwells Within
  • Aaron’s On Heroin
  • Guantanamo Bae
  • L’Chaim O’Brien
  • Policía del Pensamiento (Thought Police)

Links:

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/28N5rYg6LJNYDWdeoPWKeJ

 

Millie Manders & The Shutup – “Shutup” (EP)

Release Date: 9/21/2018

Format: Digital

Label: Bad Granola and Bredda Records

Location: Norwich/London

Current Lineup:

  • Millie Manders – Vocals,
  • Ukulele & Alto Saxophone
  • Lewis Slater – Guitar
  • Matt Munford – Bass
  • Alessandro Vitiello (Ale) –
  • Drums
  • George Alan – Trumpet
  • Dom Walker – Tenor
  • Saxophone

Favorite Tracks: Right To Life, Brave, Lollipops, and One That Got Away

Sounds Like:  Save Ferris, Last Reel Hero, No Doubt, Dance hall Crashers, People Corrupting People, Band Manners, Sorry Sweetheart, The Interrupters, and The Transplants.


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The beginning of the 3rd Wave of ska was flat out amazing! Here in the states we started with bands like, Fishbone, OP Ivy, Sublime, Bosstones, Let’s Go Bowling, The Aquabats, and the list goes on and on. But somewhere along the way. The big shots in the music industry discovered they could make a ton of money from it.

Somewhere along the line originality died. Many bands began to  follow the standard, “Reel Big Fish” formula. It was a race to see who could make more money, and not so much about making good music. This is not a knock on Reel Big Fish. Afterall we “Sold Out” with them. I do love many of their songs, yet they like Goldfinger went generic. They released full albums of nothing, but cover albums. Don’t get me wrong I love many of them, but for me, skapunk became generic.

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I started going more down the underground tunnel. I started looking for bands you wouldn’t find on the FM dial. I wanted that gritty street punk sound with massive heart. When we started CPRA back in 2016 I was happy to see that skapunk was thriving here in Colorado and across the world in small underground factions. The 3rd Wave never died, it evolved.

This leads me into introducing, Millie Manders & The Shutup, launching their new EP, “Shut Up” on Bad Granola and Bredda Records on 9/21/2018. I found this band through one my favorite skapunk bands, Bitter Grounds. I watched about 15 seconds of their new video for, “The One That Got Away” and knew right away I needed to review this record!

 

So let’s check out the new “Shut Up” Ep. The record kicks off with the “Right To Life”. This one is pure dirty and gritty ska punk. Mander’s vocals at the intro and throughout the track are extremely impressive. She sounds a bit like Imelda May, but retains the street punk sound of Monique Powell or Kim Deal. The pit will get nasty on this one. The heavy almost metal like bass line has this one stuck on repeat.

Have you ever been caught air drumming at work? Well I just did. Haha. That’s what the next track, “Brave” made me do. The guitar riff behind the drums is amazing in the intro before coming to full pressure to join the horns. The main theme of the song is stop being a slave to the system. I love this song!

“Lollipops”, is up next on the record. Mander’s vocals again shine on this track. You can feel her anger and animosity brewing. The horns and drums are the keys one this one. The political message in this song is strong. In fact Mr Trump this one goes out to you! The power hungry money money/war mongers are getting richer by the day while the poor get poorer.

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“The One That Got Away”, is up next. Everything seems to come together to blend into the perfect anti love song. This one will likely hit the major airwaves. Yep Dying Scene and Punk Tacos! This song is about taking the power back and walking away from a bad relationship. This song will quickly become an anthem for those trying to get away.

Overall this ep is phenomenal. Millie Manders & The Shut Up have broken the generic skapunk formula, and replaced it with everything we love. This record is filled with generes too many to count and the sheer happiness received when listening is priceless. Be sure to check the ep out!

Tracks:

1) Right To Life

2) Brave

3) Lollipops

4) One That Got Away

Links:

Last Reel Hero – (S/T)

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Release Date: 8/30/2018

Format: Digital, physical copies released 9/14/2018

Label: DIY

Location: Pueblo, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Andy Jackson – vocals
  • Carlos Gomez – guitar
  • Shanon Sinclair – guitar
  • Geoff Andersen – bass
  • Shaun Herrera – drums
  • Dan Wiley – keys/trombone

Favorite Tracks: All I Want, Bitter Ending, Hero Can’t Dead, Guns Fever, All I Want, My Survival, and Cool Down.

Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dendrites, Pietasters, Bad Manners, English Beat, Fishbone, NOISE, Street Dogs, Dark Buster, Jackie Mendez, Mad Caddies, Streetlight Manifesto, People Corrupting People, The Specials, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Steel Pulse and Judge Dread.


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I was lucky to grow up during the golden age of MTV. Back when new videos came out every other week and British bands ruled the airwaves. Now sadly it’s a pile of rubbish. “I want my MTV”! As a child I fell in love with bands like Bad Manners, English Beat, Madness, and Steel Pulse. My love affair continues on to this day.

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This was mainly influenced from a British sitcom called, “The Young Ones”. The show was hilarious and featured various bands within each episode. The show helped many UK based bands gain international attention like, The Damned, Motorhead, and Madness.

 

You didn’t come here to read my life story you came to check out the Last Reel Hero! Let’s do this. The band formed in 2017. I reached out to the band, because well this album is pretty badass. Per bassist, Geoff Anderson, “We’ve been together for a little over a year, but have all been involved in punk/oi/reggae/ska/skinhead/rudeboy music/culture for years on end.

 

The name Last Reel Hero is taken from a line in the movie “The Harder They Come” and refers to the hero of a spaghetti western (Django, in this case) not dying until the last reel of the film. Why we have a slight spaghetti western theme”. The band details their spaghetti western theme through their various show flyers and album art. Check some of them out below! I personally cannot wait to get my hands on some merch!

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So let’s check out the album in pure CPRA fashion track by track style. The album kicks off with “The Show”. This one has a late mod sound to it with a bit of ska and punk. The bass and keyboard shine on this track. The vocals remind me of Prince Buster and even a little Jackie Wilson. This song calls all the rudies, punks and skins to drop their weapons and get to the party.

Next up is a Valentines cover “Guns Fever”. This is probably my favorite track on the record. It’s catchy and sure to be a favorite among the rudies and skins. It has a very traditional ska sound mixed Northern soul. Get your dancing shoes on! This one changes things up a bit to pay homage to their Pueblo roots.

“No Fool For You” follows with a classic ska riff in my favorite anti love song format. You can definitely hear guitarist Carlos Gomez (The Dead End) and Shannon Sinclair (Might Of Henry).  “Bitter Ending”, is up next. This one is pure OI in your face. It sounds a bit like Bad Manners meets Cock Sparrer. It’s the perfect blue collar song for anyone who busts their ass for pennies everyday.

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So far I’d say the Last Reel Hero is winning this gunfight with the author! Haha. ‘All I Want”, continues the OI. The kids will be running for the pit on this track. This one is my second favorite track on the album. It’s almost anthem like. So far Django (Last Reel Hero) has been up against the wall. He’s been faced with enemies, and lost love. How will this end for him?

“Cool Down” is up next on the track list. This one slows the record down in with beautiful reggae beats. Not many of us were there in England during the 1980’s skin riots. This song encapsulates that time period in my head. So if if any Nazi skins are reading this, you need to “Cool Down” ya and stop being a blockhead.

 

“Hero Can’t Dead”, ok so I lied this is my favorite on the album. This one will have the listener skanking at their desks, in schools, in pubs and at home. I love the lyrics! The vocals again come with a great Northern Soul mixed with reggae sound.

“Hero can’t dead,

Hear what I said,

They come at him in red,

But he riddle them with lead,

The bad men fled,

When he opened up his coffin bed”.

‘My Survival”, this one to me sounds like Fishbone. Even the vocals sound a bit like Angelo Moore. That makes this a great song. I fact I kinda want to light a joint right now. Ok I better not as my office tends to frown on mj use. Haha! I love the lyrics and everything about this song.  This one is about helping society find a better resolution to help those suffering.

“High Noon”, speeds the record back up and injects that OI. The progressions on this one are fantastic. I can see this song ending up as a football anthem. Hello football fans? Not US football obviously. This one is very Cock Sparrer/The Business like.

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“We’re Coming Back”, is a kick ass cover of the classic Cock Sparrer sound. This one closes out the record. It infuses some Bad Manners backbeats while the band throws in their style. So there you have it. Let’s break down the battle between the reviewer and Last Reel Hero.

Ska Bones – is awesome, yet super nerdy, 0 points awarded.

Last Reel Hero – Coolest band theme ever, makes great tunes, 10 points awarded.

There you have it folks. The Last Reel Hero wins this bout. In conclusion the album far exceeded any expectations I had. In the last 24 hours I’ve listened to this record 100 times or more.

Their hooks are catchy, deep and funky bass lines, Northern soul edge, and OI driven punk make this one album I will never forget.

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Tracks:

  1. The Show
  2. Guns Fever
  3. No Fool For You
  4. Bitter Ending
  5. All I Want
  6. Cool Down
  7. Hero Can’t Dead
  8. My Survival
  9. High Noon
  10. We’re Coming Back

Links:

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

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6hIdy2wyzZAP472d7nT9aX

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/73BUOtISN9ulLZriyRYD5K