Best Punk EP Of 2020? The Run Around Drops “Bombs Away” And This Record is…

Release Date: 2/27/2020 (Per Apple Music)                                      

Format: Digital

Location: Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Jason Fein – Vocals

Jason “Stretch” Enders – Bass/Vocals

Fabian Falcon – Guitar/Vocals

Mario Sanchez – Guitar

Mike Curran – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Bombs Away, Story And The Gaslight, White Coats, Young And High, Go Under, Hell Meet Hand basket

Sounds Like: Doc Rotten, Bad Religion, Debt Neglector, and Rise Against


We get a ton of music submissions weekly to CPRA for reviews, etc. Sadly we don’t get time to check out each one. We have to be picky and truth be told I really dislike that. Keep in mind CPRA is purely volunteer based and volunteers are always needed. Bands one way to get our attention is to have a kick ass video. Music videos can be pricey to make, but they will help your band! And this kids, is how I found The Run Around’s, “Bombs Away”. 

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The first track is indeed  “Bombs Away”. With a kick ass intro like this, you can’t help but start nodding your head. The drums are so damn good. The lyrics speak of America’s  desire to continue our never ending war machine. Why can’t we stay out of other countries’ business, https://nypost.com/2020/05/06/us-will-use-every-tool-to-get-ex-soldiers-back-from-venezuela/? Check out this awesome video below!

The next track is “Story And The Gaslight”. This track goes out to all bands who try to hit the road. I myself have never toured and have no idea what that experience may be like. Again another tack that kicks ass. Amazing bass and guitar riffs, energetic drums and great vocals by Fein. This track also pays homage to rhythm guitarist, Jeremy Kitt. Jeremy passed suddenly in 2014 leaving the band and his family at a loss. There’s also a great riff at the end of the track. 

Have you ever felt you just don’t belong, because some “Normie” put you down? Have you ever felt you’re crazy? Well welcome to the club. Let’s party until the “White Coats” take us away! This track is powerful yet playful. It filled me with a sense of pride. Yeah I’m crazy, but so is my punk rock family. This anthem will get stuck in your head!

Pic by Alex Zarek

The next track is “Young And Hi”. I love this drum beat. Growing up sucked and this track reminds us how tough it can be for young punks. When I was growing up I was told I can be anything I want to be. It wasn’t until I got older I realized I went through some serious shit. The lyrics relate on so many levels and are a blast to sing with. The guitar riffs have an old school glam metal feel, and I love it. 

“Go Under” is a love song. We all know what happens when the afterglow wears off. It sucks! If you’re going through this shit I really feel for you. “I was your lightning, you were my thunder, never really looked at another, but the lightning crashed, there was no more thunder, life goes on, then we go under”. I love this track in so many ways!

Well we have came to the finish line with, “Hell Meet Hand Basket”. This is hardriven political punk rock! Here we are in the USA where rednecks shoot “Robbers” in the streets and our ACAB cops slam kids to the concrete. As the track says, “We are lost, we are caged, we are anything but free”. I encourage you to read up on the so-called land of the “Free”. 

In reflection I have one statement to make. Where TF have these guys been all my life? I’m adding The Run Around’s, “Bombs Away” EP as a nominee for CPRA’s best of 2020 EP. “Bombs Away” has massive potential and this band deserves to hit the national touring stage. I found myself again through music, played by someone else. You can listen on any big streamer and be sure to buy if you can. 

Track List 

Bombs Away

Story and the Gaslight

White Coats

Young And High

Go Under

Hell Meet Hand basket

Links:

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

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/754GgYX40vpXX1T4G4VSev?si=FJxRWpjPT-2vgK_0IJXgug

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Does skatepunk ever age? Florida’s Protagonist, Releases Covers And Rarities Collection, “Fallout From The Chronicle”

Pic Credit @paperandplastick showcase

Release Date: April 10, 2020                                          

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: Boca Raton Florida

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Peter Marullo

John Marullo

Brian Forst

Kyle MacDougall

Jeff Berman  

Favorite Tracks: The Killing Fields, Generation Lost, Totally Fucked (Violent Society cover), Paper Dolls (Boils cover)and iamtheghost

Sounds Like: Lagwagon, Debt Neglector, Doc Rotten, Gamits, and AFI


I have a serious question, does skatepunk ever age? Sure it has gone through several evolutions/changes for example from Bad Religion’s, “Suffer” to Lagwagon’s “Hoss”. A few weeks back, Florida’s Protagonist released their “Fallout From The Chronicle” album. 

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This record spans 10 years and includes 3 tracks that were originally intended for the “The Chronicle” album. This album also contains some new kick ass covers from bands like Violent Society and The Boils. Our CPRA recommended tracks The Killing Fields, Generation Lost, Totally Fucked, Paper Dolls and a great acoustic version of iamtheghost. This album is a skatepunk’s wet dream and proves to me that even though time may change, skatepunk at the heart will not. Be sure to pick it up here on vinyl, https://protagonist.bandcamp.com/album/the-chronicle



Track List (Per Bandcamp)

The Killing Fields

Generation Lost

Reasoning WIth Time

Totally Fucked (Violent Society)

Dependent (The Boils)

Paper Dolls (The Boils)

Gone Dead and Buried (The Boils)

Iamtheghost – Acoustic

Charge – Acoustic

Links:

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

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

Bandcamp: https://protagonist.bandcamp.com/album/fallout-from-the-chronicle

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The Fullers – “Cheers”, A Live, Laugh, Love, Get Drunk, Get Back Up Again Record, Drops 4/24/2020

Release Date: April 24, 2020          

Cover Art: Stefan Beham

Format: Digital

Label: SBAM Records (Austria) and ProRawk Records (Chicago)

Production: Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls

Photos:  Doug Dresher

Location: 

  • Oceanport, N.J.

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Ian Egloff: Bass and vocals
  • Nic Fuller: Guitar
  • Rob Spahr: Drums and vocals
  • Pete Vincelli: Vocals and Guitars
  • Yotam Ben Horin: Guest vocals on “New Year’s Eve”

Favorite Tracks: My Good Friends, Remember Me, Richard Parker, Cold and Drunk, and This Girl is Crazy

Sounds Like: Doc Rotten, Bouncing Souls, Teenage Bottlerocket, Pennywise, and Lagwagon


CPRA had the pleasure of hosting NJ’s Doc Rotten a few weeks back and I got to thinking. New Jersey gets alot of shit for putting out some wicked music. As a state it’s been the blunt of many jokes like, “Q: What’s the difference between Newark, New Jersey and yogurt? A: Yogurt has an active living culture. The music coming from NJ has been incredible with such acts as Bouncing Souls, The Misfits, Richie Ramone, Streetlight Manifesto (AKA Catch 22), and many more. 

So before you take a dump on the Garden State keep all that in mind! Let’s talk about another kick ass band from New Jersey, The Fullers! They are set to release their brand new album, “Cheers”, produced by Pete Steinkopf of the Bouncing Souls on 4/24/2020. This album is being released by SBAM Records (Austria) and ProRawk Records (Chicago). ProRawk is quickly becoming one of my favorite small labels! 

We reviewed their last album, “Kingdom By The Sea” way back in October 2018. The one thing I love about the Fullers is their ability to tell a fantastic story through music. I rotate “Kingdom By The Sea” on a weekly basis. We got lucky and scored an early preview release! Read that again, Haha! So let’s take a deep look at the record. 

The album starts with an anthem like ballad called, “My Good Friends”. Per the band, “”My Good Friend” portrays a man who takes advice from the records he listens to”. I love this song! We can all identify with bands we can relate to. It mentions Joey Ramone and possibly Shane McGowan. I often equate myself with Shane. Though I’m not an alcoholic, I can relate as he spins his tales. This track has strong radio potential. 

The next song is “Remember Me” comes in on a somber note. We’ve all been there going through some major shit. This track is heavy on bass, excellent harmonies, and lyrically perfect. The “Whoa’s” will have you singing along instantly. This is the perfect song when you’re feeling down and out. “Tell The World” is up next and yet another favorite for me.

“Tell the world I’m here, Tell the world I’m better,
Tell the world I’m not ready to give up on myself”

Sometimes you just need something to believe in. I know I’ve thought about quitting booking shows, doing reviews, creating merch, but occasionally I’ll run into someone. They quickly remind me how important we are to the punk rock community. For those feeling like giving up, put on this track, drink some water, get up and kick some ass! “These Days” is up next and comes in hard with a great skatepunk sound. The drums, heavy bass, awesome guitar make this song not only pogo worthy, but fun to dance in your car too.  

“Richard Parker” follows up and per the band, “the narrator recounts a dream he had: a curious case of life imitating art. The drums are killer on this track and is yet another personal favorite track! This track is yet another that may be bound for the airwaves. 

“19 days not a bird in sight,
I don’t think I’ll make it through another night,
Sorry mates one of us got to die,
I’ll see you in the boozer on the other side”

I love everything about this track. The lyrics are perfectly composed, while the drums imitate a death march tune. I dare you to not get this track stuck inside your head. “My Carolina Home” is the next track and reminds me a little of Johnny Cash’s, “Orange Blossom Special”. We all reminisce about a time when things seemed simpler. Not really anywhere close to a country song, yet I see punks in my head running a circle pit to this track.

“Cold And Drunk” is next and kicks more and more ass. Personally I think I already have a 2020 best international of the year award right here! It sucks when all your friends are getting married, having kids, and joining the rat race. This song times out at 01:17 and has become another one of my favorite tracks under 2 minutes long. Let’s talk on the next song with “Beatrice”. Per the band, “The man at the heart of “Beatrice” is willing to travel through the depths of Hell to find his long lost love”. 

Have you ever met someone who is absolutely terrible for you, but end up falling in love with them anyways? I know I have and that brings us to “This Girl Is Crazy”. That heavy bass line is back with a vengeance. This song is catchy as all hell! The last track on the record is “New Years’s Eve”, with guest vocals from Useless ID, Yotam Ben Horin. This is a perfect way to end an excellent album. The beautiful acoustic sound, incredible vocals, leaves me feeling hopeful for a better tomorrow. 

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Tracks: 

  1. My Good Friends
  2. Remember Me
  3. Tell the World
  4. These Days
  5. Richard Parker
  6. My Carolina Home
  7. Cold and Drunk
  8. Beatrice
  9. This Girl is Crazy
  10. New Year’s Eve

Links:

CPRA 2020 Review Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHReU2iGck3MJt3v-V9CRGp9iEdodsy6

CPRA Presents: Doc Rotten To Headline CPRA Valentines Punk Show 2/21 At 3 Kings W/Poor Me & Skatepunk Hooligans – The Swifts (Update Tickets MOVING!!!)

Did Valentines Day come and go without much love for you? Come out to 3 Kings and shoot cupid in the head with some kick ass skate punk from NJ’s Doc Rotten! The boys will play the hallowed beer soaked floor’s of Broadway’s 3 Kings Tavern. If you haven’t listened to Doc Rotten you my friend are seriously missing out!

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

The boys are taking their show on the road to visit Denver and the rest of the world later this year!

The Local Line up!

Did anyone know this fact? Denver’s Poor Me was one of the first bands CPRA not only attended, but also reviewed? They played a major inspiration in the foundation of CPRA! You can check out our last review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/poor-me-sugarcane-ep/.

Have you ever been to Broomfield, Colorado? It’s a quite and parts agricultural town. One might say even a bit boring at times, now of course this was before the Swifts decided to light it on fire with kick flips. We LOVED their last album, “All Sunshine” and we cannot wait for new one!

Venue Information

3 Kings Tavern

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

Doors at 8pm, show at 9

$8.00 W/ Valid 21+ ID!

60 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Hardcore And Rising, Denver’s Chew Thru Debut EP, “Heavy Hands” Is EPIC

Release Date: November 29, 2019                

Format: Digital

Location: 

  • Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Tomaso Eugenio Di Cosola – Guitar, Matt Lamoureaux – Vocals, Bill Jenkins – Drums, Matt Rinehart – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Shithole Country, Heavy Hands, Find Your Line, Fake Smiles, and Drawbridge

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, CroMags, Gorilla Biscuits, AFD, and Tuck Knee


There is an amazing feeling when someone sends you great music. It shows they are thinking about you and know what you might like. This morning I was sent the Heavy Hands EP by Chew Thru. The feeling was even better because I have already been listening to it daily since December. Somehow it was like a vindication of, “Ha, I already knew it was great but you knew I would think that.”  If you have ever read a Colorado Punk Rock Army album review, you know out of the staff writers, I am in fact the weakest link. What you will get from me is heartfelt and wacky comparisons. 

pic by @mythik

Here’s the comparison; Cro-Mags hardcore meets old school crossover. I love the heavy grit on this EP. I am through and through a sucker for that dirty, hard bass. You get that on every song. The voice and lyrics give that punch in the face you need when listening to what I like to call, “beat your ass music.” What I mean by that is you can kill it at the skate park, gym, driving too fast or… Round it out with the perfect guitar riffs and strong solid beats and you have what is the late entry for 2019’s EP of the year. Check them out live. Go to their socials, like, follow, and stream it.  You will not be sorry.  

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The heart is this; Matt and the guys have been staples in one permutation or another around Denver and they truly deserve the love and recognition. Call it earned boys, because this is a helluva of a hard, and heavy ride.  “Heavy Hands” by Chew Thru is amazing on so many levels. The heavy bass lines, the outright assault, and pure relevance to everyday life will have this record stuck on repeat. It’s out now on all major music providers and should definitely be purchased here, https://chewthru.bandcamp.com/

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Shithole Country 
  2. Find Your Line 
  3. Heavy Hands 
  4. Fake Smiles 
  5. Drawbridge 

Links:

Melbourne Based Skatepunks, JUDO CHOP! Release New Video For “Vices”

Release Date: 12/21/2019                                     

Format: Digital 

Location: Melbourne, AUS

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Murray – Vocals
  • Johnny – Guitar/Vox
  • Aaron – Guitar
  • Andre – Bass
  • Big Shred – Guitar
  • Ollie – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Vices


Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, Implied Risk, Modern Goon, The Drowns, Ten Foot Pole, Lagwagon and the Descendents


Check out the new video release from Melbourne Skatepunks Judo Chop! And you better pronounce it that way! I cannot wait to hear more. You can purchase the single here, https://judo-chop.bandcamp.com/releases

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Red Light Rebels To Drop Yet Another Kick Ass Record, “Rewind Erase” On 1/31/2020

Release Date: January 31, 2020                 

Format: Digital

Location: 

  • Cheltenham, England

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ryan – Guitar/Vocals
  • Tom – Guitar/Vocals
  • Sam – Bass
  • Tommy G – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Rewind Erase, Dead To Me, 

Sounds Like: Ferocious Dogs, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, New Narrative, Face To Face, 10 Ft Pole, Pulley, and Voice Of Addiction


Back in September 2019 we were first introduced to the Red Light Rebels. Skabones got to check out their split EP, “Red Light Rebels Vs Bottlekids”. I still listen to that split on a frequent basis. You should definitely go check it out here. Since that time the Red Light Rebels have been playing shows and rocking out with legends like the UK Subs. 

In that time they managed to record a brand new EP, “Rewind Erase” which drops on 1/31/2020. Although, “Dead To Me” was released first on the split above.  If there’s one thing I love about the Red Light Rebels, every song no matter fast or slow, feels anthemic. That means every track gets your heart beating and your head thinking. How many bands really make you feel that way? For me the list is actually kind of short, but I digress. So let’s take a deep cut look at “Rewind Erase”. 

The first track is indeed, “Rewind Erase”. A note strike and kick ass drum intro bring this track in with an assault style speed. In my head I can’t get the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack out. Was this song made 20 years too late to be on it? The next track is by far my favorite song on the EP, “Dead To Me”. As I mentioned back in September this track deserves to hit the airwaves! 

“Call To Arms” follows and slows the tempo a bit. It seems a bit darker, yet somewhat uplifting in nature. I may be wrong, but it may be dealing with addiction of some sort. The pure talent in this track displayed by the boys is beyond me. The guitar solos give a solid throwback to a Suicidal Tendencies old school skatepunk feel. 

“Perfect The Last Chapter” follows with some melodic speed punk. Tommy goes hard on drums while Sam’s bass leads the troops. The song has some fantastic lyrical content as well. The last track is “Let Go”. This song is just plain fun as hell. It has some excellent hooks, heavy on bass, and the vocals are fantastic! See yet another anthem song right here! We all have something/someone to let go. 

In retrospect, “Rewind Erase” by the Red Light Rebels proves to me everything I learned about them from the Bottlekids split. They fucking RULE. This EP needs to be heard by anyone who craves the early days like when Milo went to college. Pick it up here on release day, https://redlightrebelsx.bandcamp.com/

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Rewind Erase
  2. Dead To Me
  3. Call To Arms
  4. Perfect The Last Chapter
  5. Let Go

Links:

Skabones Picks For Best Album/EP For 2019

Best of 2019 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by

Skabones

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! 

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Skabones’s Top Local LP Or Full Albums of 2019

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

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP

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

 

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. Jerkswitch BUFO
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
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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

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
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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

Bury MIA And Sleep It Off
Slap Happy  Cruisin
Hangtime Invasion
Spewers A New Disappointment
Over Time Decades
Wilmette Anxious Body
Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets Shake, Stomp And Stumble

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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!

CPRA Music News: System Restore Drops Super Sneak Peek Of New EP, “User Friendly Fire” Available 02/20/2020

Release Date: 02/20/2020                                         

Format: Digital, physical, and vinyl

Label: Small Round Records

Location: Casper, WY

Favorite Tracks: CTR ALT DEL, Going For It All, Privacy, and Wash Your Hands

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, Strung Out, Raised Wrong, Trashed Ambulance, and The Bricheros


Every year here at CPRA we compose our year-end favorites list. The categories are usually best local album, ep, or lp, best international release and so forth. So what’s the issue with today’s review/ The drop date is 2020! I can’t even nominate System Restore’s new EP, “User Friendly Fire” until after 2/20/2020. Why would I? Well you’ll have read below to find out. System Restore are no strangers to CPRA. We reviewed their last amazing album here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/10/system-restore-suburban-drones-review/

The EP starts out with, “CTR ALT DEL”. You know how you lock your computer down when leaving the office each day, or so you may think. This kick ass track has some wicked guitar riffs, wonderful drums, and a powerful message. We all know we are being spied on by our government. Since the invention of the cell phone it only became another tool for even more infiltration and data mining. Seriously we are giving them more power than ever before. 

Since starting CPRA back in 2016. I’ve accumulated more than 1200 friends on Facebook. I do my due diligence to weed out the cam girls, fakes, politicians, and Trump supporters. One thing I’ve noticed, many profiles with ties as being, “Retired” from the US government. If you want to spy on me join a kick ass band. It’s really that simple. The track first dropped over at Dying Scene on 11/2/19, https://dyingscene.com/news/ds-exclusive-system-restore-melodic-punk-premiere-video-for-new-single-ctlaltdel/. This track is a perfect example of skate punk done well. 

The next track is, “Going For All”. I love the buildup into the song. The guitar slide and drumming is epic. This track is angry and calls for a big change. The chorus will get stuck in your head as anthem chant to be shared with all. As a punk scene we need to build each other up and go for all! I love the bass line towards the end of the track. This song is wicked! 

“Privacy”, comes crashing in next. This track is cause for everyone to rush the pit. The track talks about how privacy is at stake. With every check in, every ad, every “Happy Birthday” you click, data about you is collected. I love this track! The next track is, “Wash Your Hands”. 

I firmly believe the biggest threat to humanity is not nuclear war or a meteor hitting the planet. Its diseases long stamped out that are breeding again all around us. Better get started shunning anti vaxxers asap! This track 100% pure skate punk. From the guitar slides, quick hooks, frantic drumming, this track is excellent. 

As this review comes to a close. I must admit this record will be my nomination for best EP of 2020. “Ctr Alt Del” will get my favorite single track release of 2019, boom just made a new category as well. “User Friendly Fire”, defines everything I love about skatepunk, and everything I love about punk in general. Be sure to pick it up on release day here, https://systemrestore.bandcamp.com/

See them live before the record release, Casper, WY on nov 9th with Rig Time, Laramie nov. 15th, and foco @surfside nov. 16th with shock troopers.

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Track List (Released Version May Differ In Order )

  1. CTR ALT DEL
  2. Going For All
  3. Privacy
  4. Wash Your Hands

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Is Crimson Riot’s, “Classy Punk For Trash People” One Of The Best Albums Of Summer 2019?

Release Date: May 31, 2019                                          

Format: Digital 

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Roxy Gunn – Guitar/Vocals
  • Chris Reject – Bass Guitar/Vocals
  • Ryan J – Drums/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Hurt, Fight Song, I’m Not Punk, Lola, Click (To Make Me Happy), Riot and so much more!


Sounds Like: Teenage Bottlerocket, Millencolin, Dolly Rots, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Haley and The Crushers, and Evil Engine


Pic by Steven Matview

Crimson Riot popped up on the CPRA radar about a year ago. A kick ass friend who runs a Las Vegas based band called JERK reached out to us for a Denver book. By the way he also books shows in Vegas so hit up JERK if you’re looking to play. Josh mentioned Chris Reject from Crimson Riot would also reach out for a future book. 

Anytime we are looking at bands the very first thing we do is check out their music. So I headed my happy ass off to Youtube. There I heard my first taste of Crimson Riot with, “Heres’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine is Down)”. The music brain in me started popping with a little joy, but I soon realized their catalog at the time was low. Let’s jump to May 2019.

Crimson Riot announced a brand new album and a new video to boot. Of course the skeptic in me was like, “Hey their last song the one mentioned above was pretty good”. So today let’s check out the new album, “Classy Punk For Trash People”. The album starts with by far my favorite song on the record, “Hurt”. I’m telling you right now. This track has mass potential. The video below has already hit 2,414 views in only 4 months’ time. The track is not only super catchy; it has some great guitar and bass. Roxy’s voice is perfect. 

The track also seems to speak of the entertainment industry taking advantage of people. They have been doing it for years. At least Harvey Weinstein and many others have been rooted out for the horrible people they are. This FIGHT song is a wonderful introduction to the band. 

“Fight Song”, follows as a punk rock love song. I’m not a fan of love songs, but this song is truly wonderful. Get your toe tapping cons on and grab your pit partner. Ryan’s drums perfectly accompany Roxy’s voice. This is another track with huge potential. Has someone ever questioned your punk credentials? 

The next song, “I’m Not Punk” is about just that. I know I have let it get to me sometimes. I don’t have the funds, or the time to be dressed to the nines. Punk isn’t about the clothes, it’s about being you. 

“So how did we get to this, 
And when did it become about fashion, 
I don’t wear spikes or a misfits patch,
Cause I’m not punk enough,
No I’m not punk enough”

Crimson Riot – I’m Not Punk

“Lola” follows and the catchy lyrics flow through the song. I could be wrong, but this song may be a reference to the Kinks famous track, “Lola”. Or it is simply a rad song. “The Ballad Of Dr Chop” is hilarious and up next. This rocksteady like song is about a dirty rotten plastic surgeon (Nip Tuck). I wonder if we’ll ever get a ska track from the band. That would be sweet! 

Pic by Steven Matvie

Now it’s time for a little psychobilly with “Lost Souls”. Chris Reject sets the melody with dark yet dreamy vocals. The bass joins into the shade. This track is similar to something the Lillingtons would write, but lacks the overproduced feeling and lends more heart to the track. “Click (To Make Me Happy” is next with Roxy back on vocals. The guitar intro sets a kickass tone. Roxy’s voice is amazing. The track is about immediate self-gratification, and narcissism.

 No matter how many clicks and shares. The selfies will never heal what’s really going on inside. “Down We Go” is next and follows a darker path. This track has a kickass backbeat from the drums. As well as some great little guitar riffs. This tracks deals with self-reflection. The lyrical content is on point. 

So Mike Muir only wanted a Pepsi and nobody would give him one. Well “Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down)” is a tribute to all of us. Always being told the damn shake machine is down! It’s hilarious, yet kick serious ass at the same time. Check out the video below! 

“Anchor Me” is the second to last song on the album. We all need a rock to cling to when things go bad. This is another love song. The melodies are perfected. I’d love to sing this song at karaoke someday. Although I recommend you plug your ears if it’s me. Chris and Roxy compliment each other making this track absolutely beautiful. 

Well friends we have come to our final destination, “Riot”. Roxy leads this track in a very Bad Cop Bad Cop like fashion, while throwing in her amazing sound. This track talks about injustices and making changes for the betterment of everyone. In reflection Crimson Riot’s new album, “Classy Punk For Trashy People” is a masterful blend of bubble gum punk rock. This record is fit for any fan who loves the Go Go’s, Distillers, or the Ramones. I highly recommend you buy this one now, https://crimsonriot.bandcamp.com/releases

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

1.Hurt 

2. Fight Song 

3. I’m Not Punk

4. Lola 

5. The Ballad Of Dr. Chop 

6. Lost Souls

7. Click (To Make Me Happy) 

8. Down We Go

9.Here’s The Bad News Laura (The Shake Machine Is Down) 

10. Anchor Me

11. Riot 

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Pics in this review by Steven Matvie