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!
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/
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!
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)
2. Fight Song
3. I’m Not Punk
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)
I love it when we get reviews in from across the world! It’s exciting to see it punk thriving. Sure our numbers may be small, but our army grows larger. So today let’s check out the new album released by Grecian punks, Raised Wrong, called “Shut Up Already”.
This album kicks serious ass! From the start with 82 Street with its hardcore guttural style. The best description I can think of would be The Adolescents meet Teenage Bottlerocket. The cross over from skate to street punk is amazing on “Unknown Relatives”. Overall I cannot recommend this record more!
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Sounds Like: CIV, Comeback Kid, Gorilla Biscuits, NOISE, and Youth Of Today
In an age where EDM and shitty pop dominates the airwaves. You need some authentic and pure Denver punk to get through your day. Over Time hung up their Blades Of Steel to record a new EP for our ear holes. Speaking of Blades Of Steel I’m hoping they will release more of the shirts below. Mine is getting small or I’m getting fat. Anyhow you didn’t come to read about weight loss you came to read about, “Decades”.
The record intros in with, “Decades: What A Nightmare”. As the heavy kick drum starts out. You can feel the weight of this song, as it launches into a full on audio assault. This track is about watching your friends change and growing older. This track hit me on a personal level. I’ve watched a few of my so called, “Best Friends”, grow up and move on, to never hear from them again. Yet I’ve made new friends since and my relationships with them are now everlasting.
“And we’re past the point
Where this life is scary
I’ve buried more friends than I’ve seen get married
Man, it’s sad to say
But I hope they’re all in a better place”
“Cant Stay The Same” is up next. Now I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not but it seems there are some nods to the Boss aka Bruce Springsteen on this track. With references to the tracks, “Born To Run” and “I’m On Fire”. This track comes to life with energy, with strong chord strikes, head nodding drum beats, and great lyrical content. This tune will get stuck in your head from the get go. As the record progresses I love it more and more. Here’s my own nod to the boss below.
“Art Of The Steal” come up next. It reminds somewhat of an older H2O song. This one is politically charged and motivated by anger. If you’re even slightly afraid of a nasty pit, better get out on this one. If not join the fun! NYC Hardcore fans you will love this track!
“Energy” follows with more speed and some insane drums. This track is more on the melodic skate punk side. The writer is reminiscing about time with a friend while listening to Op Ivy’s, “Energy”. I felt I really couldn’t find the words when trying to describe this song. Nor felt I could give it the justice it deserves. Every time I tried to type a tear would well up. So I reached out for comment.
Per Ben Kellogg, “So, “Energy” was written about a friend of mine, my best friend actually that left us in 2015. It touches on the years that we first met and our connection over a taped copy of “Energy” by Op Ivy and the times we spent learning all the songs on the record and singing them at the top of our lungs whenever we got the chance. Fox, the person in question, always had a bit of mystery surrounding him and constantly left me worrying, so the song kind of touches on that in the sense that I always had the utmost confidence that he would survive his demons, but was always a bit shaken to the core by some of our conversations.
The first line, “I got that sinking feeling, the moment you flew south, you were the one that I told everyone about” kind of sums up the whole theme of the song, as I was always so proud and in constant awe of his friendship, but when he moved away in 2013 I just had a gut feeling that something bad was going to eventually happen.”
The next song is, “Twilight Sentinel”, fitting with the theme of the album and the nightmare of growing older. The acoustic intro starts out on a somber note, before building into an electrical climax. The bass line although not prominent adds that underlying emotion, while Kellog’s vocals provide the story. This vocals and style are similar to Lenny from Darkbuster. The big difference maker being, this track has an extreme amount of depth both instrumental and lyrically.
“Walls”, loses the acoustic while returning to a faster heart pounding sound. This one is pure driven hardcore. Have you ever obsessed about something you missed or felt you needed? You might be over it, yet still think of it from time to time. Yet still feel like there is a political undertone.
“Drag The Lake” is the last track on the EP. Personally I’m not ready for it to end. This track is nothing but heavy and I love it. One part I love about Over Time is you never really know which way a track will go. It may go the pop punk route, before quickly reverting to a hardcore skate punk sound. In my head I see fists pumping and kids circling the pit to this track. There’s a sense of unity somewhere in there.
I reached out to the band for comment as I really wanted to know more about what drove this record into production. Per Ira Dechter, “The album has a theme of growth and putting the past behind you. Learning from our mistakes and becoming a better person. While still touching on the current state of our country with the songs like “Walls” and “Art of the Steal” relative to being a better person and treating everyone as equals no matter where they’re from or what their background is.”
This EP has come to an end and so must this review. Over Time’s, “Decades”, has been composed with anger, love, and unbridled talent. The brillaint combination of NYC Hardcore, melodic skate punk, and a dash of pop punk, makes this little EP, one giant record. Sure there may be more like it out there, but none made by Over Time. Be sure to download here, https://overtimehxc.bandcamp.com/ and hit their massive 4 Way Release Party with Filthy Hearts, Sorry Sweetheart, and ZEPHYR.
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Growing up, there was the holy trinity of punk rock labels. It was Epitaph, Hellcat, & Fat Records. This band takes me back to listening to the Fat Records for Fat People compilations. Obviously influenced by NoFX, a band that is apparently easy to hate on by many punks now, but fuck that hate stuff. I never understood how hating things & bands made you a more interesting person. They are a band still influencing great music, like Trashed Ambulance.
The band’s new EP, Shorthanded, isn’t set on reinventing music here, but they take a sound & do it well. Vocals & guitar that serve the sound very well. Excellent melodies that will stick in your head. Driving drums that are vital to giving the record the energy needed to make the band work. What stands out the most though, is the bass. I love bass solos, walking the bass instead of simply playing the notes. Rad bass lines throughout the EP.
Open Road is an excellent opening track for their new EP. it’s everything I mentioned above, & everything you need to know about how you’ll enjoy this record. Fun guitar and bass solos break up the end of Trash Queens, helping the track stand out. Buy In is a great self-deprecating track, “I’m never gonna win, so I might as well buy in.” Great hook. The standout lyric to me though, is from Round 3, the closing track from the band. “Don’t find solace by being a dick.” Great lyric, great message, fantastic song. Be good to each other, be good to this band. Check them out.
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Dan Achin (Drums), Hal Hannon (Bass), Bob Meder (Vocals), Steve O’Brien (Guitar) and Louis Ramsey (Guitar).
Favorite Tracks:95 Sound, Next Big Thing, Bold-Face Lies, and Got No Time,
Sounds Like: H20, Madball, New Narrative, Modern Goon, Gorilla Biscuits, CIV, The Lurchers, and 10ft Pole
The skate punk reviews seem to keep rolling in here at CPRA, and we are digging it. In the last few weeks we’ve reviewed, Riverside Odds, and The Barren Marys (Given more on the street punk side). I’d like to take a minute to disagree with whomever wrote the Wikipedia for Skate punk. Per the author skate punk was popularized in the mainstream by The Offspring’s 1994 album, “Smash”.
Personally I’ve never equated The Offspring with skate punk at all. That is really just my opinion of course. Skate punk for me started before the Offspring with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, and Agent Orange. Of course there are many arguments to be had here. Corporate Citizens new album, “A Brief Moment Of Sanity” continues the amazing tradition of California skate punk.
Let’s take a deeper look into the album. A ripper kicks off the album with, “Batten Down The Hatches”. This one is strong on an old school heavy bass line. The track gets your head nodding and has a sweet catchy chorus to sing along with. Next up is a favorite of mine, “95 Sound”. We all look back in time and think we had it better than.
“Wasting all of our todays just looking back at then. And twenty years from now we will look back at when? I won’t be held hostage by the distant past, seconds ticking down so fast. I will strive to live past the year 1995.”
We all have those awesome memories. Where were you the first time you heard “Institutionalized”? I agree with the band 1995 kicked ass, but don’t live in 1995. Punk isn’t dead and isn’t going anywhere. So hop that pogo right into the nearest pit. I absolutely love this fucking song! I am hoping we get a video for it. It is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
The next track is, “Next Big Thing”. Here at CPRA I have to use the latest smartphones to make sure I can access our social media stuff. That’s mainly because we want to constantly be available to our bands and our fans. Before CPRA I didn’t care if I owned the latest anything. Wanting the latest of anything really just makes you a slave to mass consumerism. You can’t take that $75,000 car to the grave with you.
“I never wanted it, I never needed it I’m not looking for the next big thing Just fine where i’m at And you can judge me, make me feel small But your opinion means nothing at all I just don’t care”
This song is another personal favorite. It’s relate-able and makes you angry to think how much money is wasted. From the intro and straight into the chorus this song kicks so much ass. I’m seeing circle pits in my mind as Meder’s vocals power through the wicked guitar riffs and drum work.
“Bold-Faced Lies” is next up and keeps up the non-stop energetic power force. This is yet another killer song. The bass and guitar hooks really build a genuine Cro Mags like expulsion. “Trust Fails”, follows a bit of a slower pace and feels more on the melodic side. This one for all of those failed relationships that should’ve been put out immediately. We’ve all been there and it sucks!
“Fatal Trap” comes rolling in with an increase in anger and speed. So far I love the simplicity in all of these songs. They speak to all of us in some way or another. This song is another for the pit. I love the drums as they are fast and heavy. “Got No Time”, is yet another one of my favorite songs on the record.
“How did we get in this predicament We wonder where the good times went Everyday is a battle but no one wins We’ll repeat this cause it never ends Can’t seem to find middle ground This carousel of hate goes round and round”
Yet another fantastic song for the pit. Are you starting to see a pattern here? This track fucking rules. Have you ever just stopped arguing and walked away? Do any of us have the time or the energy to spend arguing constantly with someone? This one has been stuck on repeat for 2 days! I love the guitar riffs.
“Just Walk Away”, come sliding in next. This track is heavy on the anger. It’s reminiscent of Gorilla Biscuits or H2O. I don’t really like to play the “Sounds Like Game”, but sometimes it’s hard to convey a similar sound without dropping a band name. “The Good One” closes out this phenomenal album. This track is as Admin A once said is pure, “Break Up Punk”. It relates to everyone with it catchy vocals, yet powerful bass and guitar.
I need to wrap up this review. Corporate Citizens album “A Brief Moment Of Sanity” is an incredible giant surprise to this reviewer. The band chants and harmonizes through this album with a fluidity only prone to hardcore punk.