Abolitionist’s new MLP, “A New Militance” Proves Punk Is Still Angry And Pissed Off

Release Date: January 7, 2019

Format: Digital, Cassette, and vinyl

Label: 1859 Records

Album Art/Layout: HORSEBITES

Location: Portland, OR

Current Lineup:

  • Dustin Herron (vocals, guitar)
  • Jeremy Dunlap (guitar, back-up vocals)
  • Joey Mohler (bass, back-up vocals)
  • Sean Rule (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Pink, War, Red, Nope, and Trigger

Sounds Like: Propagandhi, Debt Neglector, The Shell Corporation, and Good Riddance


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Portland, Oregon punks, Abolitionist are no strangers to politically charged punk rock. I’m a huge fan and loved both the Instant and The Pinnacle (EP)s. So let’s get into their latest release, “A New Militance”. The MLP was released on January 7, 2019. The first thing that caught my eye was the bad ass artwork by Horsebites. If we could give out awards to the best album artwork this one would definitely take the prize.

There is so much anger, emotion, pride, and a sense of a unity against not only a fascist front, but sadly a societal norm. I am referring a societal failure to believe sexual assault victims. By invalidating their experiences, this only leads society as whole to think it is ok, and the suppression will continue. Be sure to show your support for sexual assault victims here, https://www.rainn.org/. We as a scene, cannot and will not tolerate sex assault in any form or manner.

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Let’s get into, “A New Militance”. This record is not only some amazing music, but each track is part of a story line to the new Pink Militance. The first track, ‘Pink’, is loaded with raw hardcore riffs, and stellar drums. The lyrics are insanely good,

“Living life under martial law.

Not much else to lose.

We saw pink explode into the air as the paint bombs released miles (and miles) of color to contrast the monochrome.”

The next track up is, ‘War’. The one clocks in at massive 52 seconds. This might be the shortest song on the track, but the pit will rage as the war begins. You can hear the compassion in Herron’s vocals for his cause. The third track is, ‘Red’, and continue the story line. The lyrics again strike out with fierce venom. War is eminent.

“They’re seeing red.

Gonna have a field day.

Too many generations hearing the same old shit”

Next up is my favorite track on the record, ‘Actually’. Just listen below on the bandcamp embed. This song has been stuck in my head for a straight 3 days. No more excuses for keeping women down! Are you ready to dawn the pink mask?

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Well, actually … just shut the fuck up,

she said behind the pink mask,

that terror you feel is good.

Fatigued from excuses for generations of abuse,

like it’s some grand conspiracy to keep men underfoot.

‘Nope’ is the next track up. The hooks on bass and guitar are brilliant. This is a warrior’s song. I won’t be like fucking Bono and say, “This is not a rebel song”. This is a proud, fist clenched rebel song! ‘Avalanche’ follows up and comes in roaring hard. This one has more of a hardcore skate punk sound and I love it!

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“Trigger” comes up next. It’s a simple song with a powerful message. Now a Michigan GOP rep has stated this a few weeks back. “I’m thinking another Kent State might be the only solution protest stopped after only one death”. Seriously? You’re going to condone shooting peaceful protesters? Do we need another 4 dead in Ohio? No!
“Over” is the last rack on the record. Again some great riffs, powerful drums. You can hear the feeling of hope, in Herron’s vocals. Let me close this one out. Abolitionist’s, “A New Militance”, is a record all punks should own. Not only due to amazing artwork, but for the message. We will not sit by and allow oppression and inequality to continue. As it has for generations and generations. It ends, today. This record on vinyl is a MUST!!!

You can check them at 7th Circle on 8/29!!!

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. PINK
  2. WAR
  3. RED
  4. ACTUALLY
  5. NOPE
  6. AVALANCHE
  7. TRIGGER
  8. OVER

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No Solution – “No Coast”

Release Date: 01/19/2018

Format: Digital release

Label: Caruana Records

Location: East Peoria, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Current Members:

  • Blake Ballard – Bass/Vocals
  • Tyler Starr – Guitar/Vocals
  • Cody Edwards – Drums/Drums

Favorite Tracks: Bring You Down, First Day Of School, Growing Up

Sounds Like: Descendants, Lagwagon, Millencolin, and Teenage Bottlerocket


Is it 1994? I’m asking this because for me it was the dawn of discovery. It was the year I discovered punk. A lifelong obsession was soon to follow. I ask this question, as it seems like so much good punk is either out or on its way. You will have your blowhards that say, “Punk was so much better in the 80s and 90s”. The music scene never left. You just stopped looking for it.

I hear it all the time. Mainly from people who would rather pay $60.00 to see Rancid for the 300th time. They won’t take the time to get to know their local scene. So they would rather be like Uncle Rico and dream about 82. Considering most local shows are $5-$10 bucks, what’s the issue? Oh well their loss I guess.

Anyhow I pose this question after listening to No Solutions soon to be released EP, “No Coast”. This short, but kick ass EP made me feel a bit nostalgic for my younger days. So let’s check them out track by track. ‘First Day Of School’ is the first track up. This one is hopped up on JOLT cola. It’s edgy, fast and lyrically catching. The next track up is ‘Growing UP’. This track has unique DIY sound to it. I can’t agree more, ‘Growing up, can kiss my ass’.

You’ll be joining along on the chorus quick. The guitar into is instant hook into the rest of the track. “Bring You Down” is third on the track list. If there’s something I’ve noticed about punks in general. We all seem to be very empathetic sometimes. It’s a curse and a blessing for us all. We may be afraid of letting others down the most. The lyrics are the highlight on this track.

This next one is hilarious, ‘Social Media Queen’. Social Media has changed the ways we communicate. Now we can do it instantly. Gone are the days of praying your Mom didn’t pick up the phone when you’re dialing into the AOL servers. It’s also made people extremely self pompous. Has someone ever gotten pissed at you for not following their stupid IG page? Give me a fucking break haha! The guitar and drums blaze on this track.

The next track up is ‘Intoxication’. This one brings the speed of the record back up. The drums are heavy with a great bass backing. I can see a nasty pit forming. “Slacker” is the last track on the EP and continues the pace from ‘Intoxication’. It retains the speed and darker side. It has some great hooks.

Overall No Solution’s new EP, “No Coast” is pretty amazing. I can see almost every song on this record coming straight out of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game. If you’re looking for some pop punk with some steely edge. This EP is for you!


Tracks:

  1. First Day of School
  2. Growing Up
  3. Bring You Down
  4. Social Media Queen
  5. Intoxication
  6. Slacker

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Best of 2018 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by CPRA’s Skabones

Best of 2018 Albums and Ep/Lp Picks by CPRA’s Skabones

It’s been a crazy year here at CPRA. We’ve reviewed so much amazing music this year. We debuted our very first show, “Happy Skanksgiving” at Tennyson Tap. By the way our last show of the year, “Merry Punxmas” is on December 29, 2018. I know we all get a bit tired of these end of the year lists. As admins we all couldn’t possibly agree on overall favorites. So we are going to individually announce our own personal picks.

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Skabones’s Top Local Full Length Albums of 2018

1. Last Reel HeroLast Reel Hero (S/T)
2. Came And Took ItResume
3. Almataha – Kill The Leaders
4. Weathered Statues Borderlands
5. The Wannabes – Goodbye

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Skabones Top 5 Local EP/LP

1. Sunset Silhouette Detour EP
2. RASP State Of The Union
3. Younger Than Neil Never Quite Asleep
4. Married A Dead Man Haunt
5. People Corrupting People Red Herring

Skabones Top 5 International Full Length Albums

1. The Corps Tales From 2814
2. Dirty Work In The West End
3. Off The Mark Aging Disgracefully
4. The Shell Corporation Fucked
5. Fourbanger Never Let Go

 

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Skabones  Top 5 International EP/LP

1. FoL Therapathy
2. Debt Neglector The Kids Are Pissed
3. Millie Manders and The Shut Up Millie Manders and The Shut Up EP
4. Upper Downer Upper Downer
5. The F/A How Riots Start

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Skabones Honorable Mentions Full/EP/LP/S

The Rumjacks Saints Preserve Us
Grinning Barrets Riot
Alternative Ulster “Boobies, Banjos, Bagpipes & Beer”
The Dead End The Dead End EP
Oh See Demons Personal Issues
Bottom Bracket Is Something Else
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We reviewed almost 100 albums in 2018. So picking only a few was very tough on me. Happy Holiday and don’t let Krampus get ya! Be sure to pick up a CPRA shirt, patch, or sticker before Christmas! Email soon if you want one by Christmas!

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Chicago Punks, Evil Engine release new EP, “#2”after signing with No Affiliation Records

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Release Date: November 16, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location:

  • Chicago, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kryssie Crisis – Vocals
  • Jamie Booth – Guitar
  • Mike Skull – Bass
  • Colin Holmes – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Upstanding Citizen, Degeneration, Sink & Drown, Get The Gun, and POW

Sounds Like: Hot Apostles, Bad Cop, Bad Cop, The Distillers, A Pretty Mess, and Bad Religion


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When word dropped that Chicago-based punks, Evil Engine signed up with No Affiliation Records. I knew right away I had to check them out. No Affiliation is putting kickass bands one right after another. We reviewed many of them here. If you’re currently reading this from the toilet this, “#2” is for you! Let’s check it out!

The record kicks off with, ‘Upstanding Citizen’. This one is anthem like, encourages unity against tyranny. Kryssie’s vocals on this one are killer! There’s a kickass guitar solo that flies in for a few, but soon blends in with the excellent drums and guitar.

Next up on the track list is, ‘Degeneration’. This one has some catchy lyrics, fantastic drums, and a great message. This reminds of The Rumjacks, ‘Saints Preserve Us’ and Bad Religions, ‘20th Century Digital Boy’. The message is simple. Has technology killed a polite society? Being somewhat of an introvert I love technology, but even I realize that I have to put my phone down for my children’s sake. This song needs a music video a.s.a.p!

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The third track is, ‘Sink & Drown’. Again Kryssie’s vocals lead the rest of the band in a heavy hard rock, almost metal, yet still retaining a Suicidal Tendencies punk sound. The lyrics on this one are powerful as hell.

“The planet is mine,

the people are fucked,

our greatest achievement is to get rid of us.”  

The next track is, ‘Get The Gun’. This is my own personal favorite track. I have high hopes this song will hit Punk Tacos, although they tend to play it safe. This one is politically charged and sadly speaks the truth about ‘Mericas” law enforcement. This melodic anthem is catchy, yet powerful with great bass, the drums rock and heavy shreds.

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The last track on this epic EP, is ‘Prisoner Of War”. This song reminded of Stiff Little Fingers antiwar song, ‘Wasted Life’. We send our soldiers out to fight in wars we shouldn’t have started in the first place. We send them to liberate countries that want nothing to do with our version of so called, “Democracy”.

Yet when the soldiers come home they become prisoners of their minds. Our mental health system in America is plain fucked. Back to my review! You’ll soon begin chanting along as the guitar screams. The bass backing lends that cutting edge. The track is wicked.

“Dying for an upper class that doesn’t even care”

Let’s face it the world is a shit show. Its bands like ‘Evil Engine” that make it something worth fighting for. So should you give this record a spin? YES, do it now. Plus you can piss off that family of yours for Thanksgiving with their album art. They’re going places and you need to be at the jumpstart. Pick it up the new EP here, https://evilengineofficial.bandcamp.com/ .

Check out this awesome Evil Engine cover of ‘OI To The World’ by the Vandals!

 

Tracks:

  1. Upstanding Citizen
  2. Degeneration
  3. Sink & Drown
  4. Get The Gun
  5. Prisoner Of War

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Beat Obsolete – (S/T)

Beat Obsolete

 

Release Date: November 12, 2018                 

Format: Digital

Label: A Jam Records

Location: South Florida

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Joe Koontz – Guitar / Vocals
  • Fausto Figueredo – Drums
  • Ruben Gonzalez – Bass
  • Jose Ramos – Guitar

Favorite Tracks: Satan Is President, Citywide Destruction, Civilized War, Jesus On Acid

Sounds Like: Strung out, Pennywise, Gorilla Biscuits, Good Riddance, and 10 Foot Pole.


 

Yeah I started this off with saying, “Satan Is President”. I don’t think many would disagree with this statement. What’s the bright side to this shitty time in the United States? It’s the music! We have so many kick ass bands coming out and denouncing the ass hat in command. Take a look at all the great comps, songs, and etc. It would take me forever to try and list so many. This leads me to reintroduce Florida’s the Beat Obsolete.

We checked out the Beat Obsolete demo back during, “Small Label October”. I really enjoyed listening and creating that review. I’m happy to announce the Beat, not the English Beat are back now a brand new LP! The Florida based punks have put out 10 brand new tracks. Damn this one is wicked to say the least.

Some of my personal favorites off the new record are, Citywide Destruction, Civilized War, Hialeah Cowboy, Jesus On Acid, and Satan Is President. In fact Satan Is President needs a music video asap! Skatepunk fans this a new one for your collection!

Be sure to check out Beat Obsolete on A Jam Records!

 

Tracks:

1. Beat Obsolete
2. Satan Is President
3. Civilized War
4. C.O.V.F.E.F.E.
5. Citywide Destruction
6. Jesus On Acid
7. Havana Sonic Attack
8. Love and Trust
9. Hialeah Cowboy
10. Death Lottery

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Bring On The Storm – Altruism

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Release date: 11/4/2018

Format:  Physical Distro

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris Kreuger- Vocals/ Guitar
  • Brandyn Smith- Guitar
  • Josh Wallace- Bass
  • Clay Fandrick- Drums

Favorite Tracks: Deadbeat

Sounds Like: Propagandhi, Strung Out, Distillers, and Pennywise


 

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Small Label October is going strong as we close out this month of reviews dedicated to small record labels. The “smalls” as I like to call them are going against the iron giants in the music industry. Some of my favorite bands, like Came And Took It, Last Reel Hero, and Nerdlinger are either DIY or on small labels. Let’s face it we are tired of hearing the same shit over and over again on the radio. Some days I feel like Hard Harry from Pump Up The Volume.

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Here at CPRA we listen to a shit ton of music that will likely never hit the major radio waves. Yet I hear some old school punks complain that, “Punk Is Dead”. It’s not dead, you just stopped trying to look for it. We are the Hard Harries of Pump Up The Volume. Webzines may not be posted on telephone poles, but they are still out there. Punk Review sites are alive and well. All you really have to do is click!

This leads me to introduce Calgary hockey/skatepunks, Bring On The Storm. Their brand new record, “Altruism” will drop on 11/24/2018. Before I do my thing let’s check out this cool quote from the band regarding origin. “The sweat soaked locker room of a recreational hockey arena might seem like an unlikely birthplace for a punk rock band but for Calgary’s Bring on the Storm that’s exactly where it all started.” So there you have it! The band formed in a hockey rink!

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The album starts out with ‘Deadbeat’. This is by far my favorite on the record. It has some catchy lyrics, anthem like in the chorus, and some kick ass drums. Next up is, ‘One Billion Dicks’, no not just a few dicks, one billion. This one is really good. It’s almost industrial with a Ministry like intro, yet still retains extreme skate punk quality. This is going to make for one nasty mosh pit.

‘Spineless Gutless Bitch’, is up next on the track list. It’s almost a love song, and the antagonist in this is not a girl. It’s the writer against himself. This one is deep, and somewhat heartbreaking. It still kick serious ass on bass and guitar. ‘Shithole’, is up next and truthfully the sound was kind of unexpected for me. This is a complete and welcoming 360 from, ‘Spineless Gutless Bitch’. This one returns with anthem whoas, and furious vocals.

 

‘Proud Of My Drool’,  intros in with some heart pounding kick and great little guitar hook. I am not sure why, but for some reason this song reminds me of watching old skateboarding videos. It may be due to some of the almost “metal” like riffs.

 

 

‘Life Sucks’, speeds the progression backup to a break neck speed. This one is definitely for all of you speed punks out there. The drums and guitar are going insane on this one. ‘F.F.L.’ is up next on the record. This one slows it back down to more of a pop punk sound. This one is a bit sad, yet so very relatable. The lyrics are beautiful. ‘Alive’ brings in some acoustic, it’s well written and a great ending to the album. 

This album review for me was somewhat hard. It’s a fantastic album, but I’m having issues nailing down a genre. I hear hardcore, metal, pop punk, skate punk, and even some industrial. This makes it definitely worth checking out!

Tracks:

  1. Deadbeat
  2.  One Billion Dicks
  3. Spineless Gutless Bitch
  4. Shithole
  5. Proud Of My Drool
  6. Life Sucks
  7. F.F.L.
  8. Alive

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The Longest Hall – Don’t Panic!

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Release Date: July 21st, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Pigeon Hat Records

Location: Central Florida

Current Lineup:

  • Zac
  • Adam
  • Dan

Favorite Tracks: Punch a Nazi in the Face


The punk movement started as a knee jerk reaction to the social climate of the late 70’s. As society became more openly defiant, the music became a hard reflection. Today’s politics in America is fraught with open racism and a praise for the alt-right. Well, punk defiance is back and as hard as ever! The Longest Hall’s Release, Don’t Panic shows how that spirit is not dead. I can listen to Punk A Nazi in the Face on repeat.

This family three piece from Florida brings hard hitting sounds with a nice harmonizing component. It’s a fast paced ride from start to finish. You can hear the hard thrash influences in the guitar on the track, Upon Deaf Ears. Zac, Adam, and Dan are brothers that formed The Longest Hall in 2017 in Florida.They have been playing together for the last decade and this 13 track offering is the culmination.

You can catch them right now in Florida and we here at Colorado Punk Rock Army are hoping for a tour that includes us.

Tracks:
01-Modern Monarchs
02-Punch a Nazi in the Face
03-A Timely Message From Heaven
04-Enter Cludes
05-Kill What You Hate
06-Upon Deaf Ears
07-Sam Hall
08-Don’t Panic!
09-Abduction, Destruction, Consumption
10-The Quarantine at Rancho Cucaracha
11-Farther Than It May Seem
12-Red Sky
13-Nothing Gold Can Stay

Links:

Website: TheLongestHall.com

Instagram: instagram.com/thelongesthall (@TheLongestHall)

Facebook: facebook.com/TheLongestHall
Twitter: twitter.com/TheLongestHall