Ska-Goth? Skath? What is this? GRAVE DANGER Return with New EP ‘Tomb It May Concern’ featuring Cover of “Halloween” by the Misfits

Release Date: October 31, 2019                                            

Format: Digital 

Location: Berkley, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Dave Schwantes – guitars, bass, keyboards, tenor sax, bari sax, backing vocals
  • Dane Erbach – drums
  • Chris Marcanti – vocals
  • Margaret Miller – trombone
  • Andy Miller – trumpet
  • Emily Erbach – synth

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)

  1. Give Up the Ghost
  2. Bigfoot Beach 
  3. Cemeterrarium 
  4. Halloween
  5. Undead End Job

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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!

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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Rebel Down (Featuring Roddy Radiation)

Original Rudegirl Sound

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

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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)

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