Release Date: 3/08/2019
Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)
Production: Mixed by Jason Lang at Studio 3
Label: Thousand Island Records
Location: Montréal, QC, CAN
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- EJ – Guitar & Vocals
- Will – Guitar & Vocals
- Dewey – Drums
- Gab L.A. – Bass & Vocals
Favorite Tracks: Revolution Part II, Survive, Suicide Mission, Fuck God and Fuck Reality, Fuck No, Manhole To Hell, Drink And Stink, Jake,
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Skudfux, Op Ivy, and Abolitionist
Why start this article off with a clip of High Fidelity? How is Jerkswitch’s “BUFO” even related to “High Fidelity? Let me tell you why. This 16 track debut album is FULL of non-stop fantasic fucking music. Personally when I heard the Skudfux was no more. I was a bit sad as I love them. Sometimes when something ends, it’s because something bigger and better is coming. Skudfux is now Jerkswitch!
This compilation album of old and new songs is a whopper at 16 awesome tracks. Let’s dig in further. “Revolution Part II” kicks off the record. You can listen to part one here. From the start you can feel a more polished sound. This is probably one of my top 5 intros of all time. The hunger, the passion, this is the ultimate set up.
Now my second favorite is actually the second track, “Survive” from the “FERN” EP. This is some hardcore ska punk. The lead singer has an almost Jello like tone. It’s just shy of being a little to metal, as the ska punk element is beautifully retained. The pit will be dangerous on this track. “Suicide Mission” is up next. It starts out with a heavy bass line before exploding into nonstop pogo madness.
“Fuck God And Fuck Reality” is up next. I absolutely love this track. From the opening guitar strum and drums straight into the heart pumping power chords. How long we will sit by and allow the church and/or Republican Party to dictate moral policy to us? The Catholic Church has died in popularity here in the states. A new and evil Republican church took over. Check out the lyrics below!
“I never was one to believe,
What I could not see,
All them catholic fairytales,
Keep em away from me,
And I don’t like what I see,
They don’t like what I am,
I’ll stand proud and say,
Fuck God and fuck reality”
These lyrics are so simple, yet so spot on to this writer. The swath of southern states passing women’s reproductive rights restrictions proves to us that the church is more concerned about social control and less about society as a whole. Let’s move onto the next song, “Better Days”. This song is providing hope for the hopeless with awesome lyrics and sweet guitar riffs. “AlertA” is next with an instrumental tune.
“Fuck No” is another song from the FERN Ep. This track cracks me up every time I listen. How many times a day do you say Fuck No? This is yet another great song. The anthems and whoas are perfectly timed. It is very catchy. “O Negative” comes up next with more of ska kickass Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, yet gets harder with the progression. This band is insanely talented.
Drown” starts out slow and serious note. I hear maybe some grunge influences, maybe even a bit of some surf punk. “Drink And Stink” comes roaring in with a fast skate punk sound. Advance warning before joining the pit on this track, it’s gonna be rough. I love this song! “Jake” another track from FERN is next up. Jerkswitch goes back to its roots with a great skapunk sound.
“Manhole To Hell”, is another energetic song along the lines of skatepunk. This is for anybody who has ever been oppressed by another. This song is full of anger, passion, and some amazing drum work. This song has to kill the lead singer’s voice. “All By Myself” slows down upon intro and build into circle pit loving madness. With the steely sound, guitar solos, this reminds me a lot of Faith No More.
Jerkswitch goes acoustic next with, “I’m So Sorry”. The composition of this track is beautiful. I think that’s a cello in the background. Wait this is punk. There are no cellos in punk. I kid of course. Again full blown talent and rightly displayed on this track. “About A Punk” speeds the pace back up with some skapunk. I adore this track. Not only is it skankable, the lyrical content is fucking amazing.
Anyone who has ever been in local band, worked with locals, can relate to this track. We all ask or friends and coworkers to come to our shows and they don’t. We ask them to share our albums, facebook posts and they don’t. It’s up to us as bands, promoters, and fans to help support the punk scene in any way we can. This track has serious potential for doing very well.
Here we are at the last track, “Richmond Hill” this is beautiful outro instrumental track. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of anything instrumental. In this particular album though the instrumentals blend like threads of a book binding. So there we have it. Jerkswitch’s debut album, “BUFO” is the definition of a perfect album. This record will appeal to not only fans of punk, but other genres as well. I personally cannot wait for more music from Jerkswitch!
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Track List (Subject To Change)
- Revolution Part II 03:32
- Survive 03:18
- Suicide Mission 02:00
- Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
- Better Days 02:58
- AlertA 04:40
- Fuck No 04:05
- O Negative 04:16
- Drown 03:20
- Drink and Stink 01:27
- Jake 02:23
- Manhole to Hell 03:10
- All by Myself 03:07
- I’m So Sorry 03:12
- About a Punk 03:16
- Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24
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!
- Website: http://pcpsux.com/
Release Date: 3/08/2019
Location: Denver, Colorado
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
Benjamin Feliciano – Lead Vocals
Jeff Giles – Guitar
Ethan Harris – Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Trumpet
James McPherson – Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Bryce Patton – Bass Guitar
Matt Sanchez – Trombone
Solomon Smith – Guitar
Nicole Swan – Trumpet
Caleb Williams – Drums, Vocals
Favorite Tracks: Happiest Nihilist, In Our Genes, You’re A Weak Anarchist Perry
Sounds Like: Streetlight Manifesto, Sorry Sweetheart, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones
A couple weeks back Denver’s Younger Than Neil announced they were releasing a brand-new full length album. Here at CPRA we are suckers for all things’ ska. So we had to make sure we got our hands on an early preview. I reviewed their 2018 EP release, “Never Quite Asleep”. As you can tell I fell in love with them immediately.
My only con for the ep was it was just too short. We all know that feeling when you find a great band, but a limited discog. Recording these days can be very expensive. It’s understandable why it may take some time to get a full release. Now we have full album with, “Write New History” and personally I couldn’t be any happier.
The album kicks off with ‘Roger Bravo Leader’. This is the perfect track to start an album off. My foot began tapping along with the beat right away. The drums are pounding, the bass and guitar shreds, while the trumpets help build to a massive crescendo. This is not your father’s ska punk band.
This is one of my favorite bands when it comes to relatable lyrical content. Don’t get me wrong I love a good lyrical scream here and there. Although, I tend enjoy lyrics that are easily discernible.
“The sirens calling though the radio, drowning out all that we thought to know, airwaves like a storm, that filled the sky, this is no requiem, this song is not yet done”
The next track up is, “You’re A Weak Anarchist Perry”. Talk about one of the coolest lyrical intros ever, “Lift your foot from my neck, like an, anchor, cause that ship has sailed”. The pit will be absolutely insane on this song. This song goes from third wave to ska core in what feels like a seamless and kick ass manner. This track is for you when you’re pissed off at the world.
Track three is an addition from “Never Quite Asleep”, and is titled, ‘In Our Genes’. That familiar yet, legendary Younger Than Neil sound is back! I cannot express how much I absolutely love this song! This track has everything I admire about ska punk and the lyrics are so good! For me this song is about not repeating the same mistake our parents and even their parents made. I dare you the reader to listen to this track. If it’s not stuck in your head. I owe you a beer.
“They say that violence is in our genes, point the finger as if they ruined everything, our fathers cursed us with spirits unclean, but it’s only up to us to change our destiny”.
The 4th track is another from “Never Quite Asleep”, ‘Happiest Nihilist’. This is by far my favorite, Younger Than Neil song. From the intro to the very last beat. I play this song daily. The hope in this song, make me smile every time. Don’t be surprised if this ends up on the major airwaves! Every day when I get up like a robot to go to work. In my mind I can only say, “Don’t let, They Live be your story.”
On to Number 5, no not Number 5 from Umbrella Academy. The track is called, ‘Firefight’. Ben and Jeff kill this song on vocals. This song sounds like a marching band on speed! The riffs are hard and raw. The next song up is, ‘Sleepwalk Song’. This was also on “Never Quite Asleep”. If this song doesn’t have you running for the pit. I’m only gonna guess you’re lacking a soul. Haha. Do you remember how I mentioned relatable lyrical content?
“Dragging through the daylight, sweating through my sheets, haven’t been awake for months, but I’m never quite asleep, scheduling the poisons that help maintain my state, there’s nothing left to salvage here, but i’m begging me to stay”
How deep is that shit? Do you schedule your bar nights out? I do haha! The next song up is “Trouble Breathing”. Yet another killer tune. This is ultimate misfits song, and no not the band the Misfits. We don’t care when people make fun of our studs and jackets. We don’t care when they say, “Why is that guys hair pink?” Sometimes you have to stop caring about what other people think, and only think for yourself. I probably completely missed the message on this song, but this it what it means to me.
‘1981’ is next on the track list. The ska core sound rumbles back on this track. This is the unofficial song of the millennial generation. I myself was born in 1978, so I just barely skipped the millennial label. Seriously though people give millennial so much shit for reasons previous generations caused.
‘Up For Air’ is sadly the last track on the album. The trumpets are the stars on this one, right before some kick ass drums chime in. I love this message on this song. It’s about seeking hope, before giving up. At the end the song finishes with an immaculate bass/guitar riffs, with a hopeful send off with the trumpets.
“Please don’t drown what is yet to breathe, tomorrow holds more than the past may seem, I can’t tell you where to go, or what to seek, but I’ll leave the map by your bedside the night before you leave”.
Let’s wrap this one up. Younger Than Neil’s, “Write New History” is the perfect blend of hardcore, punk, and ska wrapped in one delicious package. From the hardcore songs like, “1981”, to the ska punk “Happiest Nihilist” and “In Our Genes” this album is not only my new favorite, but my nomination for CPRA’s 2019 Local Album Of The Year.
Track List (Subject To Change)
- Roger Bravo Leader
- You’re A Weak Anarchist Perry
- In Our Genes
- Math Not Even Once
- Happiest Nihilist
- Sleepwalk Song
- Trouble Breathing
- Up For Air
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youngerthanneil/
- Bandcamp: https://youngerthanneilmusic.bandcamp.com/
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2vCxsqlDVSShpnkVdoo3ph
- CPRA Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/63tWv90DLNZmzGNx465TXC
In the tradition of mass consumerism Denver’s People Corrupting People sent us their new lyric video for “Punk Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”. Check out this CPRA Exclusive Premier right here! This is their latest addition to the Animal Farm Chronicles – Vol 7.
I’m gonna name it “PCP The Christmas Album”! It won’t be long before you can hit Amazon and buy a squishy Nick Cormier doll or a drunk, “Regular” Rich Bobblehead!
Be sure to check out other reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/people-corrupting-people/
The new album should be out shortly and when it drops you can pick it up here, http://pcpsux.com/.
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.
Skabones’s Top Local Full Length Albums of 2018
|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|
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|
Skabones Top 5 International EP/LP
|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|
Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S
|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!
CPRA Pics by Cricket Fox!
The brand new video from the band premiered over at The Digital Fix earlier this week. Their new EP, “SHUTUP” has yet to stop constantly playing over here at CPRA. In case you didn’t read out review on it click here. The raw almost guttural, yet style of the band, has me wanting more and soon!
This EP is one the best skapunk record in years. Per the band, “Lollipops’ was written as the bombs started to rain down on Syria and children’s bodies started washing up on our shores. The song is a reflection of the band’s anger towards those who are bombing innocents daily.” states vocalist Millie Manders.
If you’re on the UK, be sure to catch a show!
- The 1865, Southampton w/ Dub Pistols
- 1st – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
7th – The Harp Restrung, Folkestone
8th – Blueberry, Norwich
13th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
14th – Smokehouse, Ipswich
15th – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
21st – Alma Inn, Bolton
22nd – The Bobbin, Lancaster
23rd – The Fulford Arms, York