This video for “Silent Screams” dropped back in March.
Just In case you’re not sure yet, read our review here from the “Shut Up” EP.
This video for “Silent Screams” dropped back in March.
Just In case you’re not sure yet, read our review here from the “Shut Up” EP.
Release Date: 4/3/2020
Production: Recorded and mixed at Green Door Recordings
Mastered at Dog Gate Studios. Cover art by Christian Jaramillo. Pic in the headline by Laura Lateralus
Location: Denver, Colorado
Nick Dolan Drums
Luis Morales Bass
Keith Turner Guitar
Evan Ballinger Keys
Keith Larsen Trombone
Matt Clement Trumpet/Lead Vocal
Matt King Saxophone
John Olsson Percussion
Favorite Tracks: No Money No Sunshine, Don’t Wanna Go, Snap Patch, and Bottom Feeders
Sounds Like: Pietasters, Last Reel Hero, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Pilfers, The Toasters, Slackers, Hepcat, and The Uptones
We are in some weird and uncertain times. Covid-19 is decemating the world, our venues, and sadly our entertainers. This hasn’t stopped the Denver music scene as we continue to kick ass locked inside our fortresses of solitude. Denver Ska legends, The Dendrites will drop their new record, “Lunchin’ With The Dendrites” today! Just when things were getting hopeless, again some sun shines through the darkness. So let’s give the new release a spin!
The first track is “Snap Patch”. This track has a funky groove able bassline. This is the Dendrites we all know and love right here! Now I am no Dick Clark, but I know when I hear what feels like a hit song. That song is next with, “No Money, No Sunshine”. I’m telling you here and now this track has serious potential! This is the ultimate ska love song! I’m gonna push this one over to Tazy Phillipsz with Ska Parade.
The next track is “Dujak”. This track seems “experimental” as one might say. It’s heavy on jam riffs, before bringing in this amazing big band ska sound. All players are really hitting some great notes. “Xaasj” follows with an amazing Latin sound. I could totally see this track being featured in a movie, sexy dance scene or even an action sequence.
Now has anybody coined the term, “Surf Ska”. Well that’s one the next song, “Bottom Feeder” sounds like. The surf like bass, drums, guitar, and keys are killer. This track is best listened to with headphones, and even better when it’s accompanied by some MJ. The final track is called, “Don’t Wanna Go”. Here’s another surprise track with vocals! I love this song so much! If you’re not dancing to this shit, you are indeed dead inside.
Overall, “Lunchin’ With The Dendrites” blew me away! Their mix of different genres from big band, northern soul and 2nd wave ska is just what I needed to make it through this Coronavirus crap. This record will put a smile on your face. I really hope we get more tracks with vocals from the Dendrites in the future. May your Friday kick ass as much as this album does! Buy it now, https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/album/lunchin-with-the-dendrites
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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)
CPRA Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6
Release Date: 11/15/2019
Format: Digital and physical
Favorite Tracks: Be OK, Far From Loving, Do It Right, Alone, For A Day, That Style
Sounds Like: Five Iron Frenzy, Madaline, Holophonics, Mad Caddies, Bad Brains, Transplants, Rancid, Last Reel Hero and MU330
What do you do when you find a band and absolutely love them? You share them everywhere you can! So back in October 2019 the cool dudes in No Authority sent me their new EP, “This Is Your Time”. They mentioned they would be dropping 2019, but not until their EP release party in November. So for the last 2 months I’ve scoured the internet hoping to see the EP had been dropped to the major music streamers.
I have to admit not being able to share kick ass music with the rest of the world was super hard. Today I get to introduce, or shall I say reintroduce German Ska punks, No Authority! The band has been doing the dog since the 1990’s. How did I not know this band already? Be sure to read my article, “Pick It Up Ska In The 90s” for more historical information on ska punk. Don’t forget to hit the Ska Parade 30th Anniversary Show as well!
From the first day I received the CD from No Authority. “This Is Your Time” has been stuck on repeat. As you can see the EP even landed on CPRA Presents: the Youtube Channel! I approached this EP just like everyone other piece of music we listen to. I admit I tend to be a pessimist when it comes to new music. It’s not that I don’t want to listen, more like I don’t want to hate it. That’s probably the Dad Punk in me coming out.
So imagine me repeating the same tracks over and over again. BTW I think my wife is gonna toss my radio out the window! Haha! Anyhow let’s check out this EP. I have one question for you. How Do You Get To Be Ok? Ya know when life just sucks? When everything around you blows? You put on “Be OK” by No Authority.
The track is upbeat with power horns placed perfectly and well timed. The lyrics will be stuck in your head for days. You will also have something to lift up your spirits. The pick it up is strong with this track. Personally I think this track has huge potential with transatlantic airplay.
The next track “Far From Loving” comes in strong with guitar and horns. The drums are impressive. “You know this is a bad time to fall in love, You know this is RAD, Why don’t you fall in love again”. I’m skanking at my desk just listening to this track. So what have you got to lose by falling in love again? We all have been there at some point, afraid to lose and even more afraid to win.
The next track “Do It Right” reminds me of early Mad Caddies. It’s more on the slower side. The story is gold. Another track I absolutely adore. This is definitely a skanking song! “Alone” is the next song and more on the Northern Soul side. The track is heavier than the others and more on a serious note.
“This is why you feel so alone,
This how you want to be,
Pretty sad you know,
You’re failing life and you give it away.”
“For A Day” follows again with some epic lyrics, fantastic pick it up sound and amazing vocals. I love the repeat of “This Is Your Life”. It’s not your boss, your spouse, or even your kids. It’s YOUR life! Last and certainly not least, “That Style” is next. Something about this song just makes me smile. Maybe it’s the gentle horns, upbeat tempo, or a nerd trying to get some loving like me. This track will make you dance!
In reflection, “This Is Your Life” by No Authority is every ska punk fans dream. This EP is 6 tracks of pure old. In comparison to some of their older albums. This record absolutely kills it! This little record will become one of your favorites in no time. Also they come in a super rad color on vinyl. So pick it up, right now, here, now, http://www.noauthority.de/
Photo by Max Orlich Photography
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1. Be OK
2. Far From Loving
3. Do It Right
5. For A Day
6. That Style
Holy Shit its almost 2020 already? Where the hell have I been? Oh that’s right here writing album reviews till the cows come home. Well over 2019, CPRA has accomplished a shit ton. We wrote over 70 news, reviews and concert related items, started our own TV show, and started CPRA Skates! Don’t forget also our team up with AKA Just Miggy and The Kids Are Alright All Ages At Goosetown! On that note don’t miss the next Kids Show with the Potato Pirates on December 15, 2019, 2pm! Check out my Top 5 List of the year below!
|1. Trick Punch – The Latest|
|2. AFD – Bruised (Out Now on all platforms)|
|3. New Narrative – Story So Far|
|4. All Waffle Trick – Second Breakfast|
|5. Married A Dead Man – Awakenings|
|1. Tuck Knee||The Way Back Up and S/T|
|2. Sunset Silhouette||Far Beyond Suburbia|
|3. Barking Mad||Rampage|
|4. Wild Lives||Return Of The Kid|
|5. Implied Risk||Demo 2019|
|2. Crimson Riot||Classy Punk For Trash People|
|3. Abolitionist||Ugly Feeling|
|4. Year Of The Fist||Revive Me|
|5. The Follow Ups||Don’t Like You Either|
|1. Vera Kay||Pink Roses|
|2. Spider||Energy Gone Wrong|
|3. Trashed Ambulance||Shorthanded|
|4. The Damed||The Damed|
|5. Fine Dining||Grass Fed Tunes|
|Bury MIA||And Sleep It Off|
|Spewers||A New Disappointment|
|Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets||Shake, Stomp And Stumble|
Well there you have it my picks for 2019! You check out all of our reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews-music-news/. Bands we love ya! Happy Holidays and stay safe. See everybody on December 14 At 3 Kings!
Release Date: October 31, 2019
Location: Berkley, CA
Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)
Favorite Tracks: Give Up The Ghost, Bigfoot Beach, and Halloween
Sounds Like: People Corrupting People, Less Than Jake, Five Iron Frenzy, Madaline, Pietasters, and Reel Big Fish
There are 2 things in this world that mean everything to me. One of them is ska! My uncle introduced me to Madness at a young age. I’ve been hooked since. The other thing being Halloween. So what happens when ska and goth combine forces? Skath! Truth be told there’s not really many ska bands out there who can get dark, I mean gothic dark. So allow me to introduce Berkley, CA’s, Grave Danger! The 2nd EP release, ‘Tomb It May Concern’ dropped early this morning!
The EP kicks off with “Give Up The Ghost”. This track is dark with the creepy, “Munster’s” like organ, but so lovable. The horns and anthem like chorus are perfectly timed! Erbach is simply killing it on drums. It’s a love song.
“Well I know I can make you see
How much happier you could be
We could chat with out necromancy
You gotta give up the ghost and get with me!”
The next track is “Bigfoot Beach”. Ok so what if all of our favorite monsters had a kick ass beach party? This ska/surf tune is nothing, but 100% fun! Dave’s work on guitar is admirable. Ok goth’s let’s get dancing under the moonlight and go to sasquatch’s BBQ! “Cemeterrarium” here’s another kick ass song to dance to! I can totally see the Peanuts gang dancing to this, haha! Chris’s vocals are amazing as this song is more on the ska punk side.
“Halloween”, a Misfits cover is the next track. Although the Misfits version is classic. One issue I’ve always held with their version is Danzig’s annunciation. I thought it was “Dead Vets hanging from poles”, until the Misfits released the 1995 Collection with lyrics. The cover is happy, filled with energy, and you can clearly understand the lyrics! Plus the horns add a little extra evil!
The final track is “Undead End Job”. Erbach kills it on yes the Theremin! Now there are not many bands that use a Theremin, of course Denver’s People Corrupting People do. We are sitting in our office chairs as the undead, waiting till the buzzer lets us rejoin the living. The guitar riffs are nuts. The pit may be a little nasty on this track.
Let’s wrap this review up. Occasionally an album sneaks in and we HAVE to review it. Obviously since we are not paid, it’s purely a voluntary choice, speaking of that please consider a donation or a merch purchase! Grave Danger’s, ‘Tomb It May Concern’ is not only a great fit for Halloween, but an EP you should be listening to year round. The horns, pick it up riffs, incredible drums will make you buy all of their tracks! Pick it up NOW, https://gravedangerskath.bandcamp.com/.
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Track List (Per Bandcamp)
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!
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.
|1. Last Reel Hero – Last Reel Hero (S/T)|
|2. Came And Took It – Resume|
|3. Almataha – Kill The Leaders|
|4. Weathered Statues – Borderlands|
|5. The Wannabes – Goodbye|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|The Rumjacks||Saints Preserve Us|
|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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Release date: Available Now on all major music providers
Format : Digital and physical
Label: Cleopatra Records
Location: Coventry, U.K.
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!
Way Of Life
Rebel Down (Featuring Roddy Radiation)
Original Rudegirl Sound
Tracks on full album release:
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.