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https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/change-the-frequency

Release Date: October 1, 2021

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: San Francisco, CA

Album Info – (Per Bandcamp)

Band Members – 

Clinton Smith (Noless)/ Vocals

Sasha Mereu/lead guitar,Vocals

Danny Tuggle/Drums,Vocals

George Spooner (Renoops)Guitar,Vocals

Rod (R2) Bass

Guest vocals: 

Jason Devore, Dave Pederson, Leland Fallon,

Tracy Labrie. Rob Rover Rushing, Chris Joyce

Production – (Per Bandcamp)

Recorded by Danny Tuggle and Mixed by Russell Artega. Mastered by Vincent Coté. Artwork and layout by Sterio Design.

Record Label – Thousand Islands Records

Favorite Tracks: Running Out Of Time, Demons, Cool Kids Club, Frolic In The Darkness, Please Don’t Crash and Change The Frequency

Sounds Like: Lagwagon, NOFX, The Shell Corporation, These Roving Years, The Pollution, Descendents, No Use For A Name, Suicidal Tendencies, and Authority Zero


Picture Credit – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cast_Away

Apparently Facebook is down and the entire world has gone mad. It’s likely you won’t even see this review until it comes back. I guess I’m out of the Cool Kids Club until Facebook comes back online. So no matter how it is that you arrived at this post. Let’s talk about San Francisco based punks, United Defiance and their new record via Thousand Islands Records, “Change The Frequency”. We loved their last record from 2018, “Safe At Home”

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I remember when the world locked down for Covid. I remember asking the question, “Where are we going as a civilization? Can we focus more now on saving the environment? Can we focus on human rights? Can we spend more time with our loved ones and not with the clock? The answer is best summed by the first track on the record, “Running Out Of Time”. This skate punk like track has some killer guitar riffs, and a very catchy chorus. We as a people are running out of time. Is it too late to change course? 

The next track, “Daemons’ deals with battling addiction. We all face our addictions on a daily basis. It may be alcohol, food, porn, whatever it’s a personal battle and you versus your demons. The intro to this track is an extreme hook for the listener. It crosses that fine line between metal and punk rock. “Cool Kids Club” is up next and holy crap is this an awesome track! 

I, like many other people, was singled out at a young age for being different.  I remember in elementary school there was a “Cool kids Club”. They were all friends, in sports, or neighborhood friends. Since my family lived in a different part of town. I was bussed in from about 7 miles out. So I was labeled as being, “From a different hood”, “Probably a homo”, “Why did he color his hair? Is he really a girl?”, “Why does he listen to trash music?” 

“Welcome to the cool kids club

did you read the sign

you have to be this punk rock to ride this fucking ride

hey there where you going kid and what’s your worthy cause

the new punk rock thing to do is point out all your flaws”

https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/change-the-frequency

I really wanted to be in that club. Not because I liked those kids, but I thought it would stop the bullying. It was until I hit high school that found myself. I stopped caring what others thought and cared more about my own PMA. Punk rock saved my life. Now this track deals with the “Gatekeeping Of Punk Rock”. Yeah it sucks that there are even bullies in the punk scene. “You don’t have enough studs”, “You have too many studs”, “You like (insert band here)”. It’s time to move away from this crap!

Clinton’s vocals shine on this track. The listener can hear the deep emotional connection he shares with this song. I’m telling you now. Don’t be surprised when “Cool Kids Club” lands on the next big punk rock playlist.  “Frolic In The Darkness” is up next. It’s an energetic borderline hardcore rager! The little ska punk riff is badass! I’ll add this to my, “All My Favorite Songs Are Less Than 2 Minutes Playlist”. 

“Please Don’t Crash” follows up and sounds heavily influenced by Suicidal Tendencies. This is a deep track where the writer is questioning so many past decisions as we all do sometimes. The drums and vocals are the stars of this track. “Empty Advice” is next on the track list. It feels like it has more of a poppy 90’s punk sound. It’s a nice and needed tempo change. It’s also about trying to remain positive no matter what! Don’t forget the Punk Rock Saves Lives motto,

“P-ositivity

U-nity

N-urture

K-indness”. 

“Taps” comes in with a raging fire! It’s fast, deep bass lines, and kills it. “Show The World’, is up next. How many times have you rolled out of bed and rolled your eyes? I know I have done it many times, without realizing I was negatively hindering my life and my entire day to come. So “It’s time to rise up and show the world what you’ve got”! So let’s move onto another banger, “Sing With Me’. 

Oh and the video above is absolutely hilarious! This song brings out that euphoric feeling you get when attending a live show. That feeling you feel when you and the crowd sing along with the band. For me it’s one of the best feelings in the world. “All aboard all aboard this broken sinking ship, this ship that’s heading straight to hell, there’ll always be a fee, but together we are free so grab a drink and sing along with me”. 

Drum and bass take over the next track on, “Change The Frequency”. The guitar hooks and change ups breathe a new life into this song. You’ll be jamming along with this one in no time! “Spy Vs Spy” is what happens when a relationship crashes and burns. Sides are drawn, friends are lost, and an all out war may be on the horizon. This song is killer. The pit will be nuts on this track! 

“My Resignation”, is amazing. It talks about those who left us in the dark and those who stayed there for us. It gave me a sense of personal empowerment and hope. The last track on the record is a kickass cover of  Twisted Sister’s, “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and features Jason DeVore from Authority Zero! This is more of a fun tongue in cheek version, but I think I like it better than the original. 

In closing let me say one more thing. United Defiance’s, “Change The Frequency” is by far not only their best album, but by far one of the best punk rock releases of 2021. You can pick it up here via Thousand Islands Records, https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/change-the-frequency.

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Running Out Of Time 03:14
  2. Daemons 03:13
  3. Cool Kids Club 03:35
  4. Frolic In Darkness 01:00
  5. Please Don’t Crash 03:17
  6. Empty Advice 02:44
  7. Taps 02:53
  8. Show The World 02:40
  9. Sing With Me 03:17
  10. Change The Frequency 02:37
  11. Spy VS Spy 02:24
  12. My Resignation 03:15
  13. We’re Not Gonna Take It (ft. Jason DeVore) 02:15

Links

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/uniteddefiance

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/Uniteddefiance

Bandcamp – https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/change-the-frequency

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/1LdvjvKMvAjDrDCsKjPqrK?si=Q268DY8QRxqieIFH7u6YiQ&dl_branch=1

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San Francisco Bay area punks, United Defiance dropped a new single today from their highly anticipated new album, “Change The Frequency” due out October 1, 2021 via Thousand Islands Records. This writer cannot wait to get my hands on some new United Defiance! Be sure to preorder the new record here, https://uniteddefianceband.com/

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

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

Website: https://uniteddefianceband.com/

Photo Credit here – https://www.facebook.com/deathtrailsuk/photos/736182077289053

Release Date: April 2020/April 2021                                    

Format: Digital 

Location: London, England

Current Lineup For This Track: (Per Facebook)

Catlow – vocals & guitarLuke – vocals & bassMuss – drums

Sounds Like: Jerkswitch, Propagandhi, Sorry Sweetheart, Op Ivy, Classics Of Love, Madaline, Crimson Riot, and Younger Than Neil


London’s Death Trails are making some waves with some single releases. One can only hope for a new album soon. Due to Covid-19 the band like many bands around the world had to hold off on a new record. So spin their singles over and over. I love “Ska Dad” and “Animals”. “Animals” has a sweet Riot GRRRL sound reminiscent of The Distillers and Bikini Kill. Their singles are located here, https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/deathtrailsuk/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/deathtrailsuk/

Bandcamp – https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4T42JnW1QY7I2kA9mKMenf?si=dP-imje8TUWjg1gVL1qjJg

These dudes will give you a hug and then destroy your eardrums.

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Record Thieves are a bunch of incredibly talented goofballs with a killer fresh release and a new label, Thousand Islands records. After listening to the album, Wasting Time, about 1700 times I felt somewhat prepared to launch into a video interview. I was not prepared for the hilarity that ensued.

Amongst other tangents we explore a wild link twixt X-Men and the Olsen twins and a confusing moment when a baguette becomes mistaken for a plastic gem, followed by the music video for Work It Out.

Oh yeah, there’s a story arc AND Carole King! But everyone thinks she’s someone else. It’s a blast.

CPRA is so beyond grateful to Record Thieves for allowing us to film and pester them with questions, thanks guys!

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Release Date:  02/22/2021                                                        

Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)

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: Poking The Blind

Sounds Like: Op Ivy, Abolitionist, Classics Of Love, Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, and Street Light Manifesto


Jerkswitch recently released a brand new track for “Poking The Blind”. I am beyond excited to see them return to the music scene. If you love these guys as much as we do. Check out our interview with them below.


You can read our full review on BUFO here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/06/born-from-the-ashes-of-the-skudfux-rip-jerkswitch-releases-debut-album-bufo/. This album has been on heavy rotation since 2019! We are really hoping 2021 brings Jerkswitch to the states. In a time when everything feels uncertain I can put on “BUFO” and everything seems to get better.

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Track List On Bufo

  1. Revolution Part II 03:32
  2. Survive 03:18
  3. Suicide Mission 02:00
  4. Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
  5. Better Days 02:58
  6. AlertA 04:40
  7. Fuck No 04:05
  8. O Negative 04:16
  9. Drown 03:20
  10. Drink and Stink 01:27
  11. Jake 02:23
  12. Manhole to Hell 03:10
  13. All by Myself 03:07
  14. I’m So Sorry 03:12
  15. About a Punk 03:16
  16. Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24

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Cover Photo by: Ingo Karnicnik

It’s a big news today here at CPRA! DeeCRACKS has released a brand new video for “We Can’t Help It” via Pirate Press Records. This is the first single from their upcoming album Serious Issues which comes out March 12th on Pirates Press Records.

Per Pirates Press Records News Release –

“The song’s basically about life and love. How we can direct ourselves in a certain direction. Make things better or worse for us every day. But we can’t help to fall in love with someone. It just happens,” says lead singer Matt DeeCRACK.

Serious Issues is the follow-up record to the band’s 2017 LP, Sonic Delusions. The band toured relentlessly around the world in support of the album including a month-long European tour with the legendary CJ Ramone.

Although these hard-working fellas won’t be able to hit the road amidst the pandemic, they have not lost their DIY spirit and pension for staying active. Instead, the band has refocused their energy and will be releasing multiple music videos and live studio sessions over the next few months to promote the record.

Make no mistake about it, DeeCRACKS will be on the road as soon as the pandemic is over so we can safely enjoy these new tunes live!

Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook for order announcements!

Links:

Website: https://dee-cracks.blogspot.com/

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

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

CPRA YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVQvD4SZa_Y&list=PLAHReU2iGck38UVKrtQ2-ZR0-srWoYIIH

Release Date:  2/8/2021 Pre-order the new album here,                   

Location: Orange County, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike LeDonne (vocals), Jesse Stopnitzky (bass/vocals), Bill Hockmuth (guitar) and Davey Guy (drums

Sounds Like: Good Riddance, Sick Of It All, Strung Out, JFA, Bigwig, and The Faction


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Previous releases: https://chaser.bandcamp.com/

Facebook- https://chaser.bandcamp.com/

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/chaserpunk/

CPRA Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVQvD4SZa_Y&list=PLAHReU2iGck38UVKrtQ2-ZR0-srWoYIIH

Release Date: 1/4/2020                                                          

Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)

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: About A Punk (This track is from the album, “BUFO” and kicks ass)

Sounds Like: Op Ivy, Abolitionist, Classics Of Love, Suicide Machines, Mustard Plug, and Street Light Manifesto



Jerkswitch is back again the #CPRAMUSICNEWS headlines with a new video from their track, ‘About A Punk’. This writer is so excited to see new and exciting things from Jerkswitch. I voted their last album, “BUFO” as my favorite release from 2019. The band formerly know as The Skudfux is back together again. They have also hinted via Facebook they are going into the studio!

Listen to the BUFO album now, https://jerkswitch.bandcamp.com/releases

You can read our full review on BUFO here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/06/born-from-the-ashes-of-the-skudfux-rip-jerkswitch-releases-debut-album-bufo/. This album has been on heavy rotation since 2019! We are really hoping 2021 brings Jerkswitch to the states. In a time when everything feels uncertain I can put on “BUFO” and everything seems to get better.

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Track List On Bufo

  1. Revolution Part II 03:32
  2. Survive 03:18
  3. Suicide Mission 02:00
  4. Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
  5. Better Days 02:58
  6. AlertA 04:40
  7. Fuck No 04:05
  8. O Negative 04:16
  9. Drown 03:20
  10. Drink and Stink 01:27
  11. Jake 02:23
  12. Manhole to Hell 03:10
  13. All by Myself 03:07
  14. I’m So Sorry 03:12
  15. About a Punk 03:16
  16. Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24

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Release Date: 11/27/2020                                               

Format: Digita

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Justin Duran (vocals/guitars)

Sam Holder (drums)

Bret Ahroon (bass/vocals)

J. Ludemann (guitars)

Favorite Tracks: You Seem Fine

Sounds Like: CHASER, Counterpunch, Sunset Silhouette, No Use For A Name, and Face To Face 


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Denver’s The Frickashinas have released their first new single, “You Seem Fine”. The track was produced by 10 Ft Pole’s Scott Hallquist. This skatepunk laden track will leave you wanting more. Personally I’m hoping for a new EP or album from the band in 2021. Don’t forget to attend the online release party for “”Are we not doing phrasing anymore?” on 12/29/2020 here, https://www.facebook.com/events/421189228919439/

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Release Date: 11/24/2020                                               

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike Waterhouse

Jim Wilcox

Allen White

Fred Bear

Chad Gilbert

Favorite Tracks: Sacrifice, Work It Out, Transmission Clear, Sunburn, Actors For Hire, Who’s Driving, Wasting Time, The Feed, Daily Revolver, Crown Of Foil, and Slumber Party

Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, Pennywise, Authority Zero, and Pulley


Are you looking for some new kickass skatepunk? Look no further, Denver’s Record Thieves have released their debut album ‘Wasting Time’ via Thousand Islands Records. CPRA has been wanting to get our hands on this one since the band released their first single a few months back. This punk rock supergroup, features members from, Of Authority Zero, Allout Helter, and Boldtype. Each member brings their own unique and epic style to this record. 

Sacrifice

The first track is “Sacrifice”. I was immediately thrown back into my highschool era 92-96. This was back when bands like NOFX, and Propagandi were bringing joy to my little teenage ear holes. The quick guitar hooks are my favorite in the track and the lyrical content hits home. 

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Work It Out

We’ve all been there when a relationship is failing. You question everything and anything. I think we can all relate to the songwriter on this track. I love the drums on this track, The melodic hardcore style feels perfected, yet not too close to being overproduced. I’ll be adding this track to my next relationship mixtape. 

Transmission Clear

This track is about letting go and moving on. The song is more on the melodic hardcore side which is unexpected, but gives the track a more deeper feeling. The lyrics again steal the show while the lead vocals perfectly align. If you are currently leaving a tough relationship listen to this track. Music soothes a damaged soul. 

Sunburn

This track swings right back to the skate punk side with it heavy chords, fast hooks, and awesome change ups. I love the guitar on this track. It harkens back to an early Suicidal Tendencies feeling. 

Actors For Hire

This track goes full hardcore. It reminds me of early Strung Out with its kickass riffs on guitar, thumping bass, and crazy fast drums. The vocals are killer. This is by far my favorite track on the record. 

Who’s Driving

This is my second favorite track. I love everything about this track, Waterhouse’s vocals are killer! The ending guitar riff sends it over the edge! We’re gonna need a music video for this one. 

Wasting Time

I don’t know about you, but I’ve wasted plenty of time in anger. Mainly with things completely out of my control. Things I really should’ve let go. Some of those things took me years to get over. We all feel out of control right now with Covid, so put this on and get some of that out! This track is beautiful. The bass gives this a dark edge. 

The Feed

This track comes in at a breakneck speed. Hit the pit, this is the track to do it. I hear some older influences and I love it. This track talks about the dangers of technology and nonstop “Feeding The Machine”. 

Daily Revolver

The guitar riffs on this track are fucking rad. It speaks about breaking the daily 9-5 cycle and remaining true to yourself. 

Crown Of Foil 

With the invention of the internet of course conspiracy theories had to follow. The gang vocals, “We can run, but we can’t hide” are by far my favorite part of this song. 

Slumber Party

Sadly we have reached the final song on ‘Wasting Time’. I have no idea where this came from, but this track reminds me of the movie/series, “High Fidelity”. Isn’t that what art/music is supposed to do? This is the perfect ending for an album. 

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CPRA Conclusion

In Denver we have 2 scenes, Metal and Punk Rock. Occasionally there may be a show which features bands from both, but unfortunately it’s not very often. ‘Wasted Time’ by the Record Thieves may just be the album that can bridge these 2 scenes under one roof. The 90’s skate punk sound will leave you with “Devil Horns” in the air as you hit the skatepark. It will leave a lasting impression on you as it has on this writer. This record is just what I needed to cure my Covid 19 blues.

Seriously get this on vinyl for that authentic sound here, or buy the digital release here, https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wasting-time

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