Dan Achin (Drums), Mike Ruggiero (Bass), Bob Meder (Vocals), Steve O’Brien (Guitar), Steve Diaz (Guitar) and Louis Ramsey (Guitar).
Favorite Tracks: Culture Vulture, Not the One, Positivity Anthem
Sounds Like: Strung Out, Protected Left, Early Cro-Mags, Chew Thru, CHASER, and PULLEY
It’s been a year since we checked out Corporate Citizen’s last release ‘A Brief Moment Of Sanity’. I still listen to this record on a fairly regular basis. So to my excitement and pleasure the band dropped a new EP back on 5/20/2020, ‘Six Minute Meeting’. If there’s anything we need now more than ever is more hardcore punk rock! This EP is only 3 tracks, yet full of anger, energy, and everything you need for a quick skate sesh.
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The EP starts out with “Culture Vulture”. The intro bass line has got me hooked. The little metal riffs and insane drum work is brillant. It speaks of the dangers of materialism and us all becoming Corporate Citizens, just like Joe Strummer warned us all about. The next track, “Not the One” is by far my personal favorite on the EP. While retaining a hardcore edge it slows, not by much, to the melodic side. Check out the video below!
The last track is “Positivity Anthem”. I can’t stress how important the message in this track is. We MUST especially during this ongoing pandemic encourage and promote positivity towards one another. See an article that’s really sad on Facebook? Don’t share it. I know it’s hard. We all want to feel a part of something right now since we can’t go to shows. This track is not only unexpected, but reminds me to share positivity more and negativity less.
Overall, Corporate Citizen’s, ‘Six Minute Meeting’, is 3 tracks that will leave you begging for more. One can only hope these tracks will be added to a full album release sometime in the near future. This EP also reminds that punk rock, even though often political in nature, can still provide messages of hope and love. I strongly suggest you pick this one up here, https://corporatecitizensd.bandcamp.com/album/six-minute-meeting
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
Legendary socal skatepunks Chaser have announced a new 7” ‘Look Alive’ to be released on 9/4/2020 with 100% of the profits going to Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation. As COVID continues to rage across the world the band hopes they can help keep up the good fight.
“Our proceeds from the record will be donated to 4 carefully handpicked charitable organizations: Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation. 2020 has been a year like no other. In the face of such unprecedented crises, one’s impact feels further minimized. However, if we have learned anything from these experiences, it is that we are all in this together and have a responsibility to do our part. At the minimum, manage what we can control.”
After their 2018 amazing album, ‘Sound The Sirens’, the band continues on 20 years later with main stage invitations and a desire to give back to the community. Be sure to stay tuned for that pre-order link!
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”.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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/.
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
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/
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!