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: Dead To Me, No Clue, 25 Days, Dark Times and The Wayside
Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, New Narrative, Face To Face, 10 Ft Pole and Pulley
Here at CPRA we celebrate, encourage, and support small record labels! We tend to stray away from band’s signed with major labels. We may occasionally let a Fat Wreck band through, but they are legend afterall. We’ve featured such labels as A Diamond Heart Production, Bypolar Records, CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS, El Topo Records, Freetime Boyz Inc, Monster Zero, Mutant League Records, and (No longer operating sadly) No Affiliation Records. Today I’m proud to announce a new label to CPRA, UK based, Cat’s Claw Records!
Today is a special day in which we check out their debut split EP release, Red Light Rebels Vs Bottlekids. The pre-order for this kick ass split closed on 10/25/2019. I’m hoping if we overload the website, https://catsclawrecords.bigcartel.com/ the pre-order will reopen. Why should we overload the website? This awesome split comes in a blood red cassette tape edition with digital download at time of purchase! FYI – THE PURCHASE LINK IS STILL LIVE!!!
Red Light Rebels Tracks 1-4
As with any new music we check out. I tend to be a bit of a skeptic when listening to new music. So when the first Red Light Rebels track came on, “Dead To Me”. I immediately turned it up! This track is skatepunk at its finest. The track contains extremely an addicting chorus, fast drums, and air guitar worthy chords. This track has serious potential and needs a music video ASAP! When you’re friends ask why you like punk rock let them listen to this one!
The follow up track is “Poison Eye”. The perfectly well placed, “Whoas”, will make Glen Danzing jealous. The strong hooks well have you grabbing your board and headphones. “No Clue” is up next and continues this blast of skatepunk! Why are they not doing a massive tour right now?
“There’s something wrong with you, That you gotta know right now, There’s something wrong with you, You got no fu%king clue”
“Let Go” is the last track on the split from, Red Light Rebels. Similar to early Face To Face this track is a bit slower than the previous tracks. This is one talented band. Seriously keep an eye on them!
Bottlekids Tracks 5-8
The first track is “25 Days”. The drums will draw you in fast. I really dig the lead singer’s voice. So far this split mix is a new personal favorite of mine! The follow up track is, “Smokes, Let’s Go”. This is a perfect, “Break up Punk” track. So many questions you ask yourself when going through an ending. Although the track is kind of sad you can feel a sense of hope.
“Dark Times”, is the next song. I really dig the intro into the track. This song is lyrically perfect with some amazing music to accompany. ALL of us can identify with this track! The final track on this epic split is. “The Wayside”. Here’s yet another track with HUGE potential. The bass and guitar turn our emotionally packed notes, while the drums provide a backdrop of anarchy. I love this track!
Overall this little 8 track split, “Red Light Rebels Vs Bottlekids” is a fast paced joyride, filled with the best pop and skatepunk England has to offer. If this is Cat’s Claw debut label release I simply cannot wait to see what the future has in store for this little giant. Be sure to pick it up NOW, https://catsclawrecords.bigcartel.com/product/red-light-rebels-vs-bottlekids.
Red Light Rebels Bandcamp
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Favorite Tracks: Burn, Quit It, Compassion, and In Limbo
Sounds Like: Manges, Teen Idols, The Lillingtons, The DollyRots, Nine Inch Nails, Ramones and Bomboloni
Let’s take a minute to recognize one of my favorite small labels, “Monster Zero Records”. They are not owned by the devils at Warner, or Sony, CBS, etc. The folks on their promotion team are just like you and me. In fact per their website, “Monster Zero is a semi-unprofessional punkrock label, based in Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria, Europe. We like punk rock, pop punk, power pop and beer. We love Ramones and 5-Star hotels”. I like punk rock, beer and 5 star hotels!
They are professionals at getting music on their label out to the masses. We’ve done a ton of reviews from Monster Zero bands, see them here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/monster-zero/. Today I’m happy to show ex pop punks from Forli, Italy, Teenage Bubblegums. The ex pop punks recently dropped their 3rd release, “In Limbo” back in September. Let’s give it a run through!
The first track is “Quit It”. The buzz saw like notes come flying in before joining in a dark and delicious melody. The next song is “Burn”. The track continues the dark them. The backbeat is amazing. Ally’s vocals make it seem as if the listener is traversing through some creepy haunted house. The bass takes it even deeper.
“How I Feel” follows with some insane work on guitar and strong chords. As I listen I can feel a sense of anger, emptiness, and hope. The next song is “In Limbo”. We’ve all been there stuck waiting on a change, waiting for an outcome. It can plain suck sometimes! This track; however does not suck! Extremely dark power chords, combined with excellent drum work make this track stand out.
The track could easily be added to an industrial playlist without sounding out of place. “Never Again” is the follow up track. In starts with Ramonescore sound, yet more on the Horror/Lillingtons side. The simple lyrics seem to fly through like a witch on a broomstick, flying around, searching for kids to add to her brew.
The next track is “Full Of Agony”. This tracks belongs in a horror movie. It’s fast, fun, although the lyrics would suggest otherwise! “My Mind” follows by coming in with a kick ass buzz saw sound before joining in with the bass and drums. The next track is “High”. Damn this song makes me want to get high haha! It’s pogo worthy in my book, with its energetic and fast melody.
“Shame” follows up coming in with a siren like intro. I love this track. Goth and industrial fans this may also appeal to you as well. The lyrics are dark and powerful.
Flames, I was walking through the flames
I’ve got some poison running through my veins
And I’ve got so much shame
Flames, I was walking through the flames
My name is loneliness, where did I fail?
And I’ve got so much shame”
The last track on the release is “Compassion”. Have you ever tried to change someone for the better in a relationship? You don’t want to lose them, but also cannot make them love you. I’ve been there and never going back. This track is for all of us whom have undergone the emotions associated. A Ramonescore melody sets the theme before unleashing into onslaught of punk.
In conclusion Teenage Bubblegum’s, “In Limbo” is angry, emotional river, which pulls in different genres such as post punk, pop punk and industrial to an incredible punk rock combination. Be sure to pick this one up on vinyl for the purest recording here, https://teenagebubblegums.bandcamp.com/album/in-limbo.
Production (Per Bandcamp): All songs recorded, engineered, & mixed by Jesus Hernandez. Artwork by Stacey Colangelo.
Per label Freetime Boyz Worldwide Inc, Miami based punk bands, Flores Robadas and Crimes Of Fashion have teamed up to release their latest split via cassette tape! You can listen below and pre-order as well!
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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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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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Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile
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!
“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.
“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.