Bricheros – Making Our Way to the USA

 

Release date: Nov. 18, 2018

Lineup (per album sleeve):

  • Papi Chulo: Guitar
  • Riko Suave: Drums
  • Pincho Mono: Bass and Vocals

***THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE THOSE OF A? AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF OUR ORGANIZATION***


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Ok, so, usually, we try not to get too “political” with our posts; but with this particular album, that’s simply not possible.

So, here’s what I’m gonna do…

If it’s unavoidable, I’m just gonna say “fuck it all,” and just go for it…

I mean, given the current climate, it’s “all or nothing,” right?

Having said that…

FUCK TRUMP!!!

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I don’t think words have been created to portray the utter contempt and disgust that I feel about the government right now… so I’ll invent a few:

Fuckxasperated

Enfuckyoulated

Ragetastic

The embrace of Fascism and complete denial of facts and reality by the Republicans…

The complete and total FAILURE of the Democratic Party to fully comprehend the severity of our problems, and their pathetic need to treat this all like a “difference of opinion,” because the hippies still think that we can all just sing “Kumbiyah” and “get along”…

I’m sick of it ALL!!!

I’m sick of the concentration camps popping up on the Southern border! I’m sick of the overt RACISM of Trump and the CULT that follows him! I’m sick of watching well-meaning people trying to present facts to CAVEMEN who are too brainwashed to even LOOK at them! I’m sick of the right wing propaganda outlets that KEEP people brainwashed by LYING to their audiences on a daily basis!

… but I’m also a white guy…

… so a lot of the things going on now don’t impact me in the same ways that they impact people more darkly complected than myself… I’m never going to have racist assholes demanding to know my immigration status… I don’t have to fear that I or my family might be taken away by the ICE gestapo while waiting for the school bus with the kids…

… and watching other people have to go through this shit REALLY pisses me off!

That’s where Bricheros comes in…

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A “Brichero” (or Brichera) is a seductive Peruvian man (or woman) who sleeps with foreign vacationers with the hopes of achieving citizenship in their country.

The band, Bricheros, are Peruvian immigrants; and this album paints a vivid picture of the justifiable anger that many immigrants are feeling right now, at the hands of racist policies that are wreaking havoc; and a racist CULT that’s developing increasingly violent tendencies.

Musically, they remind me a lot of a band I liked a lot in the 90’s, called Helmet. Similarities can also be drawn to Bad Religion, Sponge, Ramones, and even Tom Petty (in a good way). I guess I would say that they’re like old school New York attitude with an LA style.

The album is further complimented by the awesome cover art by Denver’s ICONIC artist, Joshua Finley!

I truly love listening to this album! After hearing Der FurHair spewing hatespeech for the last decade (including all the birther shit), it’s great to hear it get dished back so beautifully, from the people it’s directly impacted!

From that perspective, while vastly different in style, I like them for the one of the same reasons that I like bands like Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, and Bad Brains: the perspective gained; and the justice served via honest, heartfelt music!

If you’re as sick of this shit as I am, it’s safe to say that this is an album that you want in your collection. You can purchase it (I recommend the vinyl) at the Bandcamp link below:

Album link: https://bricheros.bandcamp.com/

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knuNiiaDKh4

Website: www.bricherospunkrock.com

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Sunset Silhouette – “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP

Release Date: January 4, 2019

Format: Digital and physical

Recording Info Per Bandcamp: “Far Beyond Suburbia”

was recorded and mixed by Chris Beeble at The Blasting Room

Mastered by Jason Livermore

November 26th – 30th 2018

Cover art by Bobbi Stark

All music written by Sunset Silhouette

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Joshua
  • Brian
  • Nick
  • Evan

Favorite Tracks: Far Beyond Suburbia, Oxford Road, It Had To Be, and Memory Lane

Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, and Lagwagon


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Photography by Tessa Ciaramitaro

Denver’s Sunset Silhouette crept up quietly on the CPRA radar last summer when they dropped their first EP, “Detour”. I was pretty busy with life at the time and didn’t get to that review. So my fellow admin A?, did the record review. I always go back and listen to the music submitted, even if I don’t write the review. “Detour” absolutely blew my fucking mind.

I can remember listening and picking up the phone and calling some friends. “Dudes check this shit out”. OK so maybe I was a bit like cousin Marvin Berry from Back To The Future. I’m sort of this awkward introvert. By sharing music with others it helps me break out of my shell. Anyhow this review is not about me or “Detour”. It’s about “Far Beyond Suburbia”!

The EP was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room by Chris Beeble. Bands if you want a great sounding record, go to the Blasting Room! As the opening riff on, ‘Oxford Road’ kicks off.  I can clearly hear its deeper and heavier when compared to “Detour”. It’s still signature Sunset Silhouette, yet seems to be lean more on the skatepunk side. The buildup into the chorus is just plain nuts. The heavy bass line adds that extra edge. The lyrics are very relatable to the human condition. Did you have a shitty day at work? Light up a bowl and throw this track on.

“Come let loose,

shapeshift with us,

escape impending doom with us”

‘It Had To Be’ is up next and intros in with a very familiar riff. You can feel the heartbreak in Brian’s voice on this one. I have no idea if this was personal to him or not, but that feeling is there and I love it. Sure it’s a bit depressing, but with every note, every cymbal crash, you can hear the emotions and feelings bleeding into song.

Next up is my personal favorite on the record, “Far Beyond Suburbia”. From the minute it came on for the first time. I’ve been hooked. The song starts off with a proper hardcore intro. The drums and vocals are killer. I find myself often with this song stuck in my head. Everything about this song is amazing. As one Youtuber said in regards, “It’s head bang worthy”. Haha!

“Far beyond suburbia

They probably haven’t heard of ya and that’s alright

Huddled inside the living room

Let’s go watch evening news but it’s all lies and it’s pointless

Mothers pop klonopin

Drink the wine in the garden and birdwatch, under the sunlight

Next door the government fishes for oil, money and greed disturbs our sacred soil, it’s not alright

Far beyond suburbia

Maybe there’s a place where people are thinking free

Far beyond suburbia

Maybe there’s a place for people just like me”

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Photo by Michael Snow

I feel like parents can be way too overprotective of our children. We take them away from the dangers of the city to the outskirts. We try to show them the “Right” way of living a life. Yet we forget that little person will grow up someday. They will realize all the bullshit that has been fed to them. My parents are caring and wonderful people. What they didn’t show me was the homeless folks lying on the sidewalks of downtown. The single parents struggling to get by.

They didn’t show me 20 years ago Rocky Flats dumping toxic waste into the Platte River. Don’t get me wrong I had an awesome childhood, but I feel like I was protected from, “Real Life”. Anyhow let’s get back to the review as we are nearing the end.

‘Memory Lane’ is sadly the last track on the EP. The riffs are my favorite part. These are kinds of riffs kids should listen to if they’re interested in music. I won’t make fun of anyone for throwing out the air guitar at school or work. With this song it’s easy to do. Again we have another song with fantastic lyrics and vocals.

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It’s time to wrap this one up. Sunset Silhouette’s “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP is in one word amazing. The line they cross between pop and skate punk will lead in new fans from both genres. Brian’s vocals, combined with the talent of Evan, Joshua, and Nick have blended into a perfect 4 track EP. Get it while it’s still name your own price in the Bandcamp store, or make sure to hit their next show to purchase a physical copy.

Tracks:

  1. Oxford Road
  2. It Had To Be
  3. Far Beyond Suburbia
  4. Memory Lane

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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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The Bob Gordons – “Why Is That Funny?”

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Release Date: November 8, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Perth, Australia

Current Lineup:

  • Horsey Simpson – Lead Guitar and Vocals
  • Tom Manton – Guitar and Vocals
  • Bob Gordon – Bass and Vocals
  • Josh Barker – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Eme Goes Away, UFC, Nightmares, Rabbit, Stop Hate and Jerry Seinfeldhair, and Magic Glove

Sounds Like: The Decline, The Corps, Came And Took It, The Shorts, Nerdlinger and Frenzal Rhomb


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Australia is putting out some great punk rock! We’ve reviewed Nerdlinger, The Shorts, The Rumjacks (Now UK based) and today it’s my pleasure to bring you, The Bob Gordons. Hailing from the city of Perth. The band has released their new EP, “Why Is That Funny”.  So let’s check this one out!

The record starts off with ‘Emu Goes Away’ its a badass introduction of great things to come. This song has elements of pop and some skatepunk. The drums really stick out, with some great shreds on guitar. This song is addicting. Next up on the track list is ‘UFC’. I can completely identify with this track. Most punks, not all of course are not huge sports fans. If there’s two sports I despise with a passion is basketball and UFC.  

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The pure idolatry of the UFC makes me sick. I mean you’re worshipping a person whose job it is to hurt other willing contestants. Even boxing isn’t that bad. I guess it’s just not my bag. Anyhow this song kicks serious ass. It’s extremely catchy. The drums and Strung Out like sound are killer.  Next up is ‘Dog Rock’. This track is full on speed punk.

‘Liability’ is up next and by far by personal favorite on the record. This one is darker and struggles with addiction. The chorus will have you singing along quickly. There’s a kickass guitar solo as well. ‘Nightmares’ follows up with some great bass and guitar. The vocals are on point.

“It’s easy for you to tell me that everything’s alright, When, you’re not the one that’s having nightmares every fucking night, It’s easy for you to tell me that everything’s ok, Its kinda hard to confess when you can’t find the words to say”

Next on the track list is ‘Punishing Myself’. We call relate to this song. We are own worst enemies when it comes to punishing  ourselves. This one is another you’ll be singing along with. ‘Stop Hate’ is up next and my second favorite. The intro into the song will hook you right away. The drums are powerful, bass and guitar are insanely good.

Next up is ‘Rabbit’. Damn I love this song. It fast and furious with Motorhead meets hardcore sound. I’ve replayed this about a dozen times and seems to only get better! ‘Medication’ is up next and slows it back down to a more pop punk like sound. This is another relatable jam for every one of us.

This next one is called, ‘Jerry Sienfeldhair’ and brings the tempo backup to breakneck. This song immediately makes me wonder why this band hasn’t grown to massive amounts of popularity yet? The last track up is ‘Magic Glove’. This song is fucking hilarious, and kicks ass! The sheer speed and anger is brillant.

In conclusion the Bob Gordons should be playing on your device right fucking now. Their ability to play so many different kinds of punk is amazing. You’ll hear hardcore, pop, skate and even some metal mixed. Pick this up now!

Tracks:

  1. Emu Goes Away
  2. UFC
  3. Dog Rock
  4. Liability
  5. Nightmares
  6. Punishing Myself
  7. Stop Hate
  8. Rabbit
  9. Medication
  10. Jerry Seinfeldhair
  11. Magic Glove (won WAM punk song of the year in April this year)

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Chicago Punks, Evil Engine release new EP, “#2”after signing with No Affiliation Records

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Release Date: November 16, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location:

  • Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kryssie Crisis – Vocals
  • Jamie Booth – Guitar
  • Mike Skull – Bass
  • Colin Holmes – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Upstanding Citizen, Degeneration, Sink & Drown, Get The Gun, and POW

Sounds Like: Hot Apostles, Bad Cop, Bad Cop, The Distillers, A Pretty Mess, and Bad Religion


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When word dropped that Chicago-based punks, Evil Engine signed up with No Affiliation Records. I knew right away I had to check them out. No Affiliation is putting kickass bands one right after another. We reviewed many of them here. If you’re currently reading this from the toilet this, “#2” is for you! Let’s check it out!

The record kicks off with, ‘Upstanding Citizen’. This one is anthem like, encourages unity against tyranny. Kryssie’s vocals on this one are killer! There’s a kickass guitar solo that flies in for a few, but soon blends in with the excellent drums and guitar.

Next up on the track list is, ‘Degeneration’. This one has some catchy lyrics, fantastic drums, and a great message. This reminds of The Rumjacks, ‘Saints Preserve Us’ and Bad Religions, ‘20th Century Digital Boy’. The message is simple. Has technology killed a polite society? Being somewhat of an introvert I love technology, but even I realize that I have to put my phone down for my children’s sake. This song needs a music video a.s.a.p!

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The third track is, ‘Sink & Drown’. Again Kryssie’s vocals lead the rest of the band in a heavy hard rock, almost metal, yet still retaining a Suicidal Tendencies punk sound. The lyrics on this one are powerful as hell.

“The planet is mine,

the people are fucked,

our greatest achievement is to get rid of us.”  

The next track is, ‘Get The Gun’. This is my own personal favorite track. I have high hopes this song will hit Punk Tacos, although they tend to play it safe. This one is politically charged and sadly speaks the truth about ‘Mericas” law enforcement. This melodic anthem is catchy, yet powerful with great bass, the drums rock and heavy shreds.

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The last track on this epic EP, is ‘Prisoner Of War”. This song reminded of Stiff Little Fingers antiwar song, ‘Wasted Life’. We send our soldiers out to fight in wars we shouldn’t have started in the first place. We send them to liberate countries that want nothing to do with our version of so called, “Democracy”.

Yet when the soldiers come home they become prisoners of their minds. Our mental health system in America is plain fucked. Back to my review! You’ll soon begin chanting along as the guitar screams. The bass backing lends that cutting edge. The track is wicked.

“Dying for an upper class that doesn’t even care”

Let’s face it the world is a shit show. Its bands like ‘Evil Engine” that make it something worth fighting for. So should you give this record a spin? YES, do it now. Plus you can piss off that family of yours for Thanksgiving with their album art. They’re going places and you need to be at the jumpstart. Pick it up the new EP here, https://evilengineofficial.bandcamp.com/ .

Check out this awesome Evil Engine cover of ‘OI To The World’ by the Vandals!

 

Tracks:

  1. Upstanding Citizen
  2. Degeneration
  3. Sink & Drown
  4. Get The Gun
  5. Prisoner Of War

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Beat Obsolete – (S/T)

Beat Obsolete

 

Release Date: November 12, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: A Jam Records

Location: South Florida

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Joe Koontz – Guitar / Vocals
  • Fausto Figueredo – Drums
  • Ruben Gonzalez – Bass
  • Jose Ramos – Guitar

Favorite Tracks: Satan Is President, Citywide Destruction, Civilized War, Jesus On Acid

Sounds Like: Strung out, Pennywise, Gorilla Biscuits, Good Riddance, and 10 Foot Pole.


 

Yeah I started this off with saying, “Satan Is President”. I don’t think many would disagree with this statement. What’s the bright side to this shitty time in the United States? It’s the music! We have so many kick ass bands coming out and denouncing the ass hat in command. Take a look at all the great comps, songs, and etc. It would take me forever to try and list so many. This leads me to reintroduce Florida’s the Beat Obsolete.

We checked out the Beat Obsolete demo back during, “Small Label October”. I really enjoyed listening and creating that review. I’m happy to announce the Beat, not the English Beat are back now a brand new LP! The Florida based punks have put out 10 brand new tracks. Damn this one is wicked to say the least.

Some of my personal favorites off the new record are, Citywide Destruction, Civilized War, Hialeah Cowboy, Jesus On Acid, and Satan Is President. In fact Satan Is President needs a music video asap! Skatepunk fans this a new one for your collection!

Be sure to check out Beat Obsolete on A Jam Records!

 

Tracks:

1. Beat Obsolete
2. Satan Is President
3. Civilized War
4. C.O.V.F.E.F.E.
5. Citywide Destruction
6. Jesus On Acid
7. Havana Sonic Attack
8. Love and Trust
9. Hialeah Cowboy
10. Death Lottery

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Upper Downer – S/T EP

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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)

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