Rumor Has It, The Lucky Eejits New Album, “Out Of Time” Out Now On, Wiretap Records And Bypolar Records Is Way Good, Is It?

Release Date: 7/19/2019                                                              

Format: Digital, Vinyl Preorder on Wiretap Records and Bypolar Records

Location: Oakland, CA

Favorite Tracks: Get Out, Champion, So Far So Good, Out Of Time, 
Sounds Like: Came And Took It, 10ft Pole, Teenage Bottlerocket, Jerkswitch, Pegboy, Tightrope, The Lillingtons, and Descendents


 Yes there have been rumors swirling about like ravens caught in a tornado of fire. Those rumors are that The Lucky Eejit’s, new album, “Out Of Time” is pretty damned good. Their last release “Do It Again” was released in 2016. That record is amazing. Could the rumors be true? Can The Eejits stand the test of time? 

So how does “Out Of Time” hold up? Let’s check it out! The record starts out with, “Get Out”. This track is energetic from the start of the feedback sample. I’m already digging it. The drum work is beyond good. Hit the pit! Have you ever left a relationship feeling all to blame for the fall? This track is about recovering from a bad relationship. 

The next track is “Re-Light”. The lyrically writing on this track is brilliant and immediately catchy. The guitar and bass seem to be both doing their own work while working in tandem. My favorite song on the record is next, “Champion”. It starts out with some wicked anthem whoas, before the immaculate drum work begins. This track is driven by hope, and calls for a united drive for change.

“So Far So Good”, follows with a great guitar intro. This song has a darker theme, but seems meticulous in composition. More amazing lyrics with great vocals from Fitzpatrick! “Happy Accidents” is comes roaring next. The speed on this track is nuts!

“Out Of Time” is up next and slows down the pace. The bass is prominent on this song. The lyrics are fantastic and near to my heart. You know when you’re in a bad relationship, even though heart and head may not be on the same page. This track has serious potential. Be sure to tell Punk Tacos to play it! This is a sad song, but so damn good. 

“Got No Heart”, follows and feels like it follows the love story in “Out Of Time”. The drums stick out, along with the well written chorus. Damn I’m starting to think these rumors are true. So far this album kicks major ass. “Check Your Math”, is up next. This track is 100% skate punk! The call is a call to action for all of us!

“Cold Stare” continues the amazing raw sound, slows the pace a little. The track I feel is in relation to the government’s lack of action on gun control. It’s sad, because it’s true. Still a kick ass song! “Return Of A Black Rose”, comes next and talks of liberation. The guitar and drums steal the show on this track. 

“Jailor Serry”, is up next. This track is a kick ass old fashioned drinking song. It’s fast, fun, and funny. The last song is up next, “Warm Guinness”. This track is about the tour life and mentions the legend that is Nick from Bridge City Sessions. Check out the video below for “Re-Light” from the Eejits session on Bridge City. 

Now it has come time to review the rumor. Is “Out Of Time” by the Lucky Eejits a good record? Considering I haven’t stopped listening in 3 days I have to confirm this rumor is indeed FACT! With tracks like, “Get Out”, “Re-Light”, “So Far So Good”, the Lucky Eejits have compiled a fantastic record. I cannot wait for them to visit Denver. We all owe them an ice cold Guinness.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Get Out 
  2. Re-Light
  3. Champion
  4. So Far So Good 
  5. Happy Accidents
  6. Out Of Time 
  7. Got No Heart
  8. Check Your Math
  9. Cold Stare 
  10. Return Of The Black Rose 
  11. Jailor Serry
  12. Warm Guinness 

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Chicago Pop Punks Wilmette Ready To Drop New EP Release, “Anxious Body”, via Mutant League Records on 7/19/2019

Release Date: 7/19/2019                                                              

Format: Digital

Production: Seth Henderson at ABG Studios (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends) and mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens)

Label: Mutant League Records

Location: Sleepy Hollow, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Hailey – Vocals
  • Peyton Day – Bass/Vocals
  • Gage Pokorny – Guitar
  • Griffin Guge – Guitar
  • Aidan Hailey – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Anxious Body, Carol From HR, and Winter Stay (Feat Safe Bet)


Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Filthy Hearts, Breaking Benjamin, Thrice, The Used, and MCR


Chicago punks, Wilmette have recently signed with the coolest label name ever, Mutant League Records. Their new EP, “Anxious Body” hits the airwaves on 7/19/2019. This album had some serious production efforts from Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck and Real Friends) at AGB Studios and was mastered by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens). Wilmette seems to encompass many different styles let’s check out the tracks on “Anxious”.

The EP starts with “Anxious Body”. I can already hear the production efforts in full effect. The simple intro leads into a climatic drum driven melodic tune. I really love the lyrics on this track. It has somewhat of a pop punk sound, but swings into metal like bridge. This is my favorite track on the EP. 

Next up is, “Carol From HR”, who is a fan of HR? Anyone? Anyone? This track is for all musicians stuck working a 9-5 to survive. Aaron’s vocal range on this track is amazing. How he can still talk after singing this song is beyond me. The drums and guitar lead the foray as Aaron tells us the story. 

“Paul Rutt”, follows seems to continue this onslaught of awesome music. I feel like anyone can really relate to this track. When your going through the darkness, sometimes it’s hard to claw back out again. The song is perfect melodic hardcore. The next song is “Where I Sleep”. This track is deep, with strong guitar strikes, and a great bass line. 

The last song is, “Winter Stay (Featuring Safe Bet”. Be sure to check out the kickass video. I through personal experience have found that many people in the music scene. Suffer from Bi Polorism. It’s awful, but I think it drives some of the best music I’ve ever heard. This is a fantastic track, and an anthem for the hopeless.

“Anxious Body” By Wilmette has been composed with an articulous love for humanity,  music, and endless dose of courage and personal strength. I will not be surprised to see this band hit it in a very big way. The talent they possess seems beyond their years. If you love bands like, MCR, Thrice, and Alkaline Trio, you’re going to love Wilmette’s, “Anxious Body” EP. 

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Anxious Body
  2. Carol From HR
  3. Paul Rutt
  4. Where I Sleep
  5. Winter Stay Feat Safe Bet

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RIOT GRRRL In Full Effect With The Damed’s Latest Self Titled Release

Photo by Melissa Yu

Release Date: 6/28/2019                                                      

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: A Diamond Heart Production

Composition (Per Bandcamp): All songs written and produced by

Heather Hellskiss and The Damed

Production (Per Bandcamp): Mixed and mastered by Vanessa Silberman at

A Diamond Heart Production

Recorded by: Manny Nieto at Total Annihilation Studios

Cover Art (Per Bandcamp): Front cover art by David Rasmussen 

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hellskiss – Vox/Gtr
  • Watts – Drums
  • Suze – Bass/Vox ( Suzanne Slade of Denver from such bands as Battle Pussy and H2awesome)

Favorite Tracks: Extreme Vacancy, Equal Pay Day, Ritual Revolution, 

Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile


Photo by Melissa Yu

Let’s take a moment to congratulate the US Women’s soccer team on their hard earned victory in this years World Cup! Wait is it really a victory if you’re earning less than your male counterparts? Per NPR’s article this is the case and severely messed up. LA based The Damed are ready to kick ass in the name of feminism and sexual equality. Their debut record dropped 6/28/2019 via their label, A Diamond Heart Production. 

Let’s take a listen. Please promise to avoid all anarchic activities until you have fully read this review. I kid of course. The record starts out with “Extreme Vacancy”. This is a great tune to set the mood. You can feel the anger brewing, yet there is some playful melodies. This track is great for those leaving and moving on. 

My favorite track rolls up next, “Equal Pay Day”. The track has a great old school sound similar to Bikini Kill or even some Distiller tracks. The message is in the title. The delivery is solid gold. This will make all punks pogo with a cause. The intro riff is kick ass!

Photo by @holistic_chaos

“Ritual Revolution” follows and goes heavy like L7. The drums provide the backdrop for what feels like some sort of ritual dance. You have to hear, Hellskiss’s vocals on this track. She is wicked angry and ready to rip a head off. “Pulse”, comes in with another dark theme. The bass and drums come with a gothic tone, providing the mystery. 

In the 1980’s, alternative came in many different forms from many different bands. “Little Ship”, contains so much more besides punk. It’s a great example of a wonderfully composed song that has the ability to switch structured genres in a flash. While it encourages the end, it also encourages self-improvement and self-worth. Is this Siouxsie And The Banshees? Na, but it could give old Siouxsie Sioux a run for her money. 

“Pursuit” starts out with this crazy bass line that I adore. Did I mention Suzanne Slade of Denver’s Battle Pussy and H2awesome is on bass! This is a track you can dance to. The post punk influences return with a rhythmic fashion. In “We Are The Proof” the message is simple the #METOO is a movement that will only get stronger. This anthem like song, speaks of bonding together to fight a society. That has allowed women to be treated like shit for too long.

Photo by Melissa Yu

“Escape From The Shadows” is the last track. The song is like a culmination of this record up until now. The anger has brewed, the storyline foreshadowed. They are ready to step out from the shows in a tribal like blast of violence, destined to reclaim everything in its wake.  For a society that refuses to accept equality, that change will come with a fury. 

In closing the Damed’s new release is a brilliant composition filled with punk, post punk and synth. If you’re looking for a definition of Riot Grrrl music, look no further. The band could have easily sold out CBGB’s, or any local venue in the 1980s and just as easy in 2019. You can download the album here, https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/album/the-damed.

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. EXTREME VACANCY 
  2. EQUAL PAY DAY 
  3. RITUAL REVOLUTION 
  4. PULSE 
  5. LITTLE SHIP 
  6. PURSUIT 
  7. WE ARE THE PROOF 
  8. ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOWS 

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70s And 80s Hardcore Comes Back With A Vengence With SPIDER’s New EP, “Energy Gone Wrong”, Releases 7/26/2019 Via CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS

Release Date: 7/26/2019

Format: July 26th (digitally) and Aug 9th (physical) via CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS.

Label: CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS

Location: Long Beach CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hector Martinez (vocals)
  • Karl Izumi (guitar, vocals)
  • Jeff Abarta (bass, vocals)
  • Alf Silva (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Energy Gone Wrong, Depression, and The Reeperbahn

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Damned, The Bronx, and Strung Out


SPIDER is back in the CPRA Music News headlines once again, with a brand new EP set to drop on 7/26/2019. Lala reviewed their 2018 release here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/12/03/spider-st-ep/. I listened to their last release and was blown away. Lately it seems we are getting nothing but awesome fucking music from Socal bands. In the last month or, so we’ve reviewed, Corporate Citizen, and Greg Antista and The Lonely Streets. Personally I feel a very strong resurgence coming from Cali based punk band in the near future.

An absolute ripper of a song provides the intro for the EP, “Energy Gone Wrong”. The steely guitars are backed by a heart pounding drum and bass. This one is for anyone who ever felt like they didn’t belong. For everyone whose parents called them, “Bad Kids”. The lyrics are so damn catchy. I fucking love this song. It’s almost like life is a written computer program. If you or I don’t fit the rules, life throws us out as an ERROR.

“This constant attempt
At the experiment
A pig in a poke
Who can’t afford the rent This restless attempt
At the experiment
A suicide vest
Of belligerence”

“Depression”, is up next and a cover of Black Flag’s from “Damaged”. While, Flag’s version is timeless I have to admit it is starting to sound a bit old. SPIDER’s version increases the bass, and maybe even the speed. There’s no tin sound coming from the drums, which leads me to love the cover even more. It could be just better recording or better drums, but nonetheless; this version if fucking killer.

“The Reeperbahn”, is sadly the last track. This is yet another blistering energetic romp through the song writer’s mind. Per Wikipedia, “The Reeperbahn (German: [ˈʁeːpɐˌbaːn] (About this soundlisten)) is a street and entertainment district in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district, one of the two centres of Hamburg’s nightlife (the other being Sternschanze) and also the city’s major red-light district.” This one is super heavy on drums and yet another super catchy tune.

Let’s wrap up this review. SPIDER’s, “Energy Gone Wrong”, encapsulates the best of a 70s and 80s hardcore theme, while embracing 2019. In comparison to their first release I must admit I am loving, this EP. It’s not that the last one wasn’t good, but it felt more like they were still working on finding their style. The songs are far more polished, while leaving the anthems and chants stuck in your head. So on 7/26/2019, be sure to pick this one up right away. I’m throwing this one in the mix for Best EP of 2019. Pre order link – https://presave.io/t/energygonewrong

Sadly there is no Denver tour date below, but I have a great feeling these guys will hit the Mile High soon enough. Be sure to pick this one up on vinyl for the best possible listen. Per the press release, “The physical release is a limited edition 7” vinyl record offered in clear and white variants. The release features two original songs “Energy Gone Wrong” and “The Reeperbahn” plus a cover of Black Flag’s “Depression.””.

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SPIDER Show Dates


May 25             Las Vegas, NV

Jun 8         Santa Ana, CA

Jun 28           San Diego, CA

Jun 29           Tijuana, MX

Jul 20            Long Beach, CA

Jul 27            Gloucester, UK

Jul 28            Bristol, UK

Jul 29            Amsterdam, NL          

Jul 31            Leeds, UK

Aug 2            Manchester, UK

Aug 3            Blackpool, UK

Tracks:

  1. Energy Gone Wrong
  2. Depression (Black Flag Cover)
  3. The Reeperbahn

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Corporate Citizen Release New Album, “A Brief Moment Of Sanity” Out Now Via El Topo Records

Release Date: 4/26/2019

Format: Cassette + Digital Album (Cassettes limited to first 25 only)                                

Label: El Topo Records

Location: San Diego, California

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

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.

Be sure to pick it up here, https://corporatecitizensd.bandcamp.com/

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Batten Down The Hatches 03:20

2. 95 Sound 02:23

3. Next Big Thing 03:41

4. Bold-Faced Lies 02:41

5. Trust Fails 02:30

6. Fatal Trap 03:18

7. Got No Time 03:08

8. Just Walk Away 03:17

9. The Good One 03:07

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CPRA Radar Alert : Las Nubes To Drop New LP, “SMVT”, Via Sweat Records on 6/14/2019

Release Date: 6/14/2019

Format: Digital

Label: Sweat Records

Location: Miami, FL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ale Campos, Emile Milgrim, Nina Carolina

Favorite Tracks:  Still Growing, Tired Of Trying, Cold, I Go Wild, and QSW

Sounds Like: Breeders, Joy Division, Vampire Weekend, and Lucy And The Rats


Miami’s Las Nubes is on par to release “SVMT”, on 6/14/2019. This record is a kicker for fans of mega surf fuzz. These kick ass ladies combine English and Spanish to compose some beautiful melodies. This album is full of Joy Division like riff’s and Kim Deal like vocals. If Las Nubes was around in 1996. I really wouldn’t be surprised if they were on the Trainspotting soundtrack.


photo by @lacuevadelvacio

Considering they  have opened for the likes of Shonen Knife, Casket Girls, Sheer Mag, Institute, Jens Lekman, and Torche. Las Nubes should definitely be on your radar! Per Emile they are planning a tour later this fall.

Check out their new video below for “QSW”!

Be sure to pre-order here, http://sweat-records.shoplightspeed.com/las-nubes-smvt-lp-pre-order.html

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After a 14 Year Hiatus, Downway Returns With “Last Chance For More Regrets”

Release Date: 5/1/19 via Thousand Islands Records

Format: Digital out 5/1/19, CD and Vinyl goes out around 5/1/2019 only 300 on vinyl will be released!

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) –

Dave Pederson, Ryan Eagleson, Dave Holmes,

Favorite Tracks: Black Taxes, Letters, The Show, Wild Ones, Punk OG and Rebel Ballad

Sounds Like: Came And Took It, Sunset Silhouette, and Boxing Day.


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In 14 years so many things can change. One thing hasn’t changed and that’s Downway’s kick-ass sound! In 2017 they reformed to tour and produce their new album, “Last Chance For More Regrets”. The new album features 12 tracks. CPRA was lucky to score a pre-release copy.

This album is stocked with kickass pop, skate and the occasional metal lick. Personally I really would love a vinyl release. I’m finding it very hard to really nail down a favorite song as all are excellent. Downway may have taken some time off, but they came back harder and stronger than ever. Pick this one up on 5/1/19 here, https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/

Track list: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Intro
  2. Black Taxes
  3. Part of the Show
  4. Letters
  5. Same Sky
  6. Mary
  7. Wild Ones
  8. Rebel Ballad
  9. Saying Your Name
  10. Stars & Satellites
  11. PUNK OG
  12. Last Night’s Makeup

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