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! 

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Jeff Besos (Copyright South Park)

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.

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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
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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!

CPRA Pics by Cricket Fox!

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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!

Live Dates:

November 30th

  • The 1865, Southampton w/ Dub Pistols

December

  • 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

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Links:

Website: www.milliemanders.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/milliemandersmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/milliemanders
Instagram: www.instagram.com/milliemanders

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Release Date: 11/05/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Los Angeles

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris – Guitar/Vox
  • Bert – Bass/Vox
  • Paul – Drums/Vox

Favorite Tracks: Disarm The Police, Dog Food, Somebody Died, and Glue

Sounds Like: NOFX, Choking Victim, DRI, Fun Abuse, Bitter Grounds, Strung Out, and Beat The Smart Kids


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LA Punks Upper Downer has returned with a brand new EP. If you haven’t checked out our review of their last EP, “Dysregulated” do it now! If there’s one thing I love about this band it’s that each and every song sounds different from the last. So let’s check out the new one!

The EP starts out with, ‘Disarm The Police’. This is one angry track. That everyone can identify with. Sadly I can provide too many examples of why we should disarm the police. The latest example comes out of Laramie, Wyoming where a cop killed a local skater, Robbie Ramirez.

Per the news reports it appears the investigation was pending due to the upcoming “election”. The cop who shot Robbie has been involved with shootings before. Due to Robbie’s condition he suffered extreme distrust of the police. Here at CPRA we hope the justice is served for Robbie Ramirez and his family. Sadly the police will call this yet another, “Justified shooting”.

The next track up is ‘Somebody Died’. This one comes in with a familiar Rancid like ska riff, before the progression builds into a explosion of drums, guitar and vocals. The pit on this one is gonna be nasty as hell. ‘Alone’, is a neck breaking turbo smash like song. This one reminds me of DRI and Black Flag. You will soon be breaking shit to this song.

Next up is my favorite on the record, ‘Dog Food’. I can see this one easily hitting the major airwaves like Punk Tacos, or KROQ in LA. It combines everything I love about ska and pop punk. The lyrics are catchy and you’ll be singing along in no time. ‘Piss Jug’ is the next song. This one is about struggling with addiction and speaks to all of us on some level. The bass, guitar and drums are amazing on this one.

‘Glue’ is sadly the last track. This one sounds like classic, NOFX. The anthem like sound makes for a perfect ending for the record. Ok let’s wrap this review up. Upper Downer have composed an EP that can relate to any punk on the street. It will have you blasting your speakers right out of the fucking car. It also feels a bit heavier when compared to the likes of NOFX or Rancid. I’m throwing this EP into my personal mix for CPRA’s EP of the Year Award for 2018. You can pick it up here now, https://upperdowner.bandcamp.com/releases.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

Links:

 

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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

 

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:

Bitter Grounds- “Two Sides Of Hope”  

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Release date: October 2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label: The album will be released soon on Ring Of Fire Records, Bad Granola Records, aggrobeat.com and Mass Prod

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ronald
  • Dinter
  • Daan
  • Peter

Favorite Tracks: Two Sides Of Hope, Let Me See Now, Bad Dreams, Let Them Talk,

Sounds Like: Rancid, The Transplants, The Interrupters, NOFX, The Mad Caddies, Last Reel Hero, and  Lagwagon.


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Almost 2 years ago CPRA, debuted our very first album review with Bitter Grounds and their epic release, “Hollow Lands”.  “Hollow Lands” is an amazing album! It’s still in my daily rotation of awesome music. Since my last review I’ve come to few realizations. The Netherlands has a kick ass punk scene. I’d love to go on an epic Punk Rock Holiday throughout Europe someday.

 

Let’s get into the new album, “Two Sides Of Hope”. The album kicks off with, “Lost”. This is a great introduction for anyone that’s never listened to Bitter Grounds before. This track is angry, fast and speaks the truth. The lyrics are deep and one cannot, but empathize with the author. I love the drums on this track

“Hold on, when all is lost,

Hold On, when all is lost on the inside.”

Just like, “Hollowlands”. I can feel the beginning of a tale. Now I don’t know if this was intended, but it seems that way. Next up is, “Two Sides Of Hope”. This is my favorite track on the record. The melodic chorus the band gathers is noteworthy, yet the punk rock sound is so evident. Check this kick ass animated video. This guitar riff on this track is wicked.

Next up is, “Let Me See Now”. This is probably my second favorite track on the record. This one is filled with animosity, yet you get to skank it out. It’s immediately catchy and sure to get stuck in your head. This one could easily hit the US airwaves. Hello Punk Tacos? Stop playing Fall Out Boy and play this!!! Haha I kid of course. This song is really somewhat nostalgic with it’s Rancid like sound.

“Bad Dreams”, continues the ska punk sound. The song will keep that head boppin. I really hope Bitter Grounds has adopted a Demon guy like, Ben Carr from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This song will make you lose at least 3lbs during the track! “My Time”, brings back the punk with a bit OI in it. This is anthem song for the working class! The drums and guitar rip on this track.

“Faded”, brings back the ska punk. I have to wonder if the song refers to some sort of drug use. I am not really sure of the meaning, but it somewhat points in that direction. I love the intro guitar on this, before the jinky ska sounds comes in. “Let Them Talk”, another one of my absolute favorites on the record. This one speeds the record up with blunt force. We can hear that anger burning and about to ignite. The pit will be nuts on this one.

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“Seven Nights”, slows it down a tad. It begins with that Bitter Grounds sound I’ve come to love. The progression build on this one is fun. The vocals are amazing and blend seamlessly with the drums. I won’t call this one a “Drinking Song”, but it reminds me of bunch of punks ejoying their limited amounts of time together.

“FML”, is up next. “I’m sure you know what the acronym means. This one is another head to the pit song. Having a bad day? Throw this on and destroy something in a junkyard. This song will kick ass on your, “My Pissed Off Playlist”.

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I must admit I’m always a bit leary of listening to something new from a band I love. I’m always willing to try though. I can thank Green Day for that. This new album was just as good if not better than Hollowlands. I feel like as this album may be finer tuned, or as a band matured together. In conclusion, ‘Two Sides Of Hope”, is album we need in times when desperate measure must be taken to preserve our sanity.

Tracks:  (Subject to change)

  1. Lost
  2. Two Sides Of Hope
  3. Let Me See Now
  4. Bad Dreams
  5. My Time
  6. Faded
  7. Let Them Talk
  8. Seven Nights
  9. FML

Links:

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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

Is there such a genre called, “Turbo Smash ska punk”? Think a mash between Black Flag and the Mad Caddies. Although this is no happy trip we’re on. This is getting hepatitis from touching the walls at CBGB’s. This EP is hardcore ska punk. Although not quite the metal ska, but more Less Than Jake meets D.R.I. The Upper Downers represent the gritty LA streets they call home proudly.

The tune Somebody Died starts out with your typical melodic ska beat, has a superb Joy Division guitar riff. Now let’s talk Garbage Human, fast paced aggressive punk in your face, with a deeper fucking meaning. Alone will get you heading for the pit. I love the slight breaks and build up. Now Heroin is probably my favorite off the EP. I really enjoyed the jam opening and the message this song holds. Addiction is a fucking monster and sadly it takes too many too fast and too young.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this EP. Sadly since it’s an EP. It leaves the listener wanting more. The Upper/Downer band provides a much needed relief from the bullshit we call the “Real World”.

You can pick up the EP here, https://upperdowner.bandcamp.com/releases. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/upperdownerband/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/upperdownerband/.

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Well, it sure has felt like a long wait since 2013’s release, Eaten From the Inside; and after releasing an album that was stuffed to side-splitting portions of awesomeness, it had to be a hard feat to accomplish…

… and now, after 5 years, we FINALLY have it!

Musically, it’s everything you would expect, if you’re familiar with the band.  They sound like a heavier version of Suicide Machines, with more “screamo” style vocals.

If, however, you’re used to the more political lyrical content, there’s a slight change in store. In addition to political content, this album’s lyrics tell a deeply personal and inspiring story of addiction and recovery; and the mess of emotions and thoughts that cross one’s mind, once the haze has lifted.

This album is an honest and genuine expression of the remorse, anger, frustration, regret, and everything else that comes with cutting bad elements out of your life; and it’s something that the world needs right now, considering the pain that the opioid epidemic has brought to so many people. These days, we could all stand to gain some perspective from those who have been through the nightmare of addiction.

https://ehcrecords.bandcamp.com/album/raw-ensemble-ehc022