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.


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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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Split 7″ by Hardship Anchors (CA) & Death Lottery (FL) – Very Limited Vinyl Release!

Release Date: 6/1/2019 Vinyl Release

Format: Digital out now, Vinyl goes out around 6/1/2019 only 150 will be released!

Label: Freetime Boyz Inc

Location: Death Lottery – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Hardship Anchors – Long Beach, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) – Death Lottery

  • Johnny // Guitar, vocals
  • Casidy // Bass, vocals
  • Joe Joe // Drums, vocals
  • Jesus // Guitar, vocals

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) – Hardship Anchors

  • Trevor Lucca – Vocals/Guitars
  • Brett Gillies – Bass
  • Joey Luck – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Cease + Desist, Trespass,  Human Condition, and Fake


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Death Lottery is back once again here at CPRA with Hardship Anchors with a brand new 7” split! Be sure to pick this one up fast! Per Bandcamp: “The Hardship Anchors / Death Lottery Split 7″ (FBI-002) is limited to 150 hand numbered copies. Record release date slated for 6/1/2019 c/o Freetime Boyz Entertainment Worldwide Inc.”. Check out our previous review on Death Lottery here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/11/27/death-lottery-ep-ii-7/

We are loving this split!

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Tracklist: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Death Lottery – Cease + Desist
  2. Death Lottery – Trespass
  3. Death Lottery – Wrong Side of the Sun
  4. Hardship Anchors – Human Condition
  5. Hardship Anchors – Fake

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The Hangup’s Return To The Airwaves With New EP, “No Expectations”

 

Release Date: February 21, 2019

Format: Digital, Physical and Vinyl

Label: Monster Zero

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ale Hangup – Guitar & Vocals
  • Hugo – Bass & Backing vocals
  • Poffe – Drums
  • Ludvig – Guitar & Backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Stupid World, Out Of Order, Done With You, and Bigger Brain

Sounds Like: The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and old school Greenday


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Sweden’s The Hangups have released their second EP called, “No Expectations” on Monster Zero Records. We reviewed their first EP here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/the-hangups-s-t/. I’m still rocking this record 6 months later. Today we get a brand new one!

I’m lucky I grew up during the time when Look Out Records was releasing some of the best punk bands from the 90s. “No Expectations” continues this tradition. One aspect I tend to dislike are outright depressing bands. I mean no disrespect, and we all need those bands at certain times in our lives. For a music reviewer 10 straight tracks of sadness, is seriously very depressing.

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This is why I adore the Hangups. All of their songs put a Joker like smile on my face.

So let’s check out, “No Expectations”. I have to admit I do have high expectations since I loved their last release. “Stupid World” is the first track up and it will get that dopamine moving. The drums are excellent. I’m feeling the throwback effect already. The lead singer’s voice sounds almost exactly like Joe Queer.

“Out of Order” is the second track up. The track is super fast. Grab your best friend and head for the pit. The drums and riffs are the stars of the track. “Done With You” comes up next. This is pure and 100% break up punk. Everyone and anyone can relate to this song. Where was this song when I really needed it? Damn.

“Bigger Brain” is next and this ends this kick ass EP. This would be my second favorite track. The lyrics are addicting with a thumping bass line. Overall The Hangups record, “No Expectations”, should quickly join your collection. This a 4 track record that gives you that youthful, no fecks given feeling. It’s something we all need in order to remain positive in a world full of shite. Grab your board and pick this one up on vinyl today.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Stupid World

2.Out Of Order

3.Done With you

4.Bigger Brain

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Edward In Venice To Release, “Empathy” on 4/26/2019 Via Lockjaw Records

Release Date: 4/26/2019

Format: Digital

Release on: Lockjaw Records

Location: Pesaro – Italy

Favorite Tracks: The Deserter, High Tide, Pipe Dream

Sounds Like: AFI,The Used, Strung Out, Flatliners, and A Wilhelm Scream


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The UK’s Lockjaw Records are kicking some major ass when it comes to releasing some great music. We’ve reviewed a bunch of their releases, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/category/lockjaw-records/. Not a single release has let us down yet. When I saw Italy’s Edward In Venice dropped a new video. My old man self did a fast fist pump. That’s what we all did before so called dabbing, haha. I got lucky and grabbed a media release as soon as I could.

I have to be honest. I’m new to Edward In Venice. They have over 5K fans on their Facebook page. “I guess you could say, things are pretty serious”. Sorry had to throw in a cheesy Napoleon Dynamite quote there.

Let’s dig into “Empathy”. The record starts out with, “The Deserter”. This song is wicked good. The drums, are fucking nuts! The vocal range both singers meet is admirable. This song is perfect when you need to release some anger on a nonviolent level.

The next track up is, “High Tide”. Throw this one in the, “I need a release bin”. Everything in this song is catchy and relatable. The sheer talent of all on this one is remarkable.  The vocals really shine again on this track.

“Spark The Philly” is full of pure skate punk love. So far this record has made me revisit my youth a bunch of times. It angry, fast, and perfect. I’m betting this or “The Deserter” will be their next video. Then this super odd transitional tune comes in called, “Manolo Riddim”. Ok what happened to my angry punk rock? Don’t fret it comes roaring back with, “Pipe Dream”. This song is super catchy and fun to jam along with.

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“Blue Whale” is the next song up and will easily appeal to fans of the Used or maybe even some MCR, yet less whiny when compared to Gerard Way. Don’t get me wrong I love MCR, but sometimes they make me wanna slap them. The last song is “Vaporeon”. You can feel the energy that everyone puts out on this record as it culminates in a dramatic finale.

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Personally I’m a bit sad this ride is over, yet I think I found myself a new favorite. I’ve also found a new band to add to my, “Fuck Off Playlist”. “Empathy” is definitely getting my recommendation for CPRA’s International EP/LP of the year for 2019. Hit that preorder link here, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/edward-in-venice-empathy/.

Track List Subject To Change

  1. The Deserter
  2. High Tide
  3. Spark The Philly
  4. Manolo Riddim
  5. Pipe Dream
  6. Blue Whale
  7. Vaporeon

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Dead Neck and Italy’s Action Men team up to release new split, “Defections” on Mudcake Records

Release Date: April 30, 2019                                                             

Format: Digital

Album On: Mudcake Records

Location: UK – Dead Neck

                 Italy – Action Men

Favorite Tracks: Lion, Born To Be High, Showers, Die Tryin’, Bakers Dozen,

Sounds Like: Lillingtons, Strung Out, Propagandhi, Livermores, Proton Packs, and The Followups


In the last few years we have been blessed by the resurgence of the split record. Two bands agree to release one album/comp using 8-10 tracks, sometimes more. Punk in general is no stranger to the split. In fact some of my favorite albums are comps or splits. So it gives me great pleasure to announce Action Men and Dead Neck are teaming up to release their brand-new split called, “Defections”.

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The first 5 tracks come from Italy’s Action Men. My favorites from their inclusion include Born To Be High, Lion and Showers. These songs are packed with fast and heavy hooks. Yet they seem to edge the hardcore without passing that line. All of their songs are relatable on a deep human level. I really enjoy the lead singers vocals from the Action Men.

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The first 5 tracks come from Italy’s Action Men. My favorites from their inclusion include Born To Be High, Lion and Showers. These songs are packed with fast and heavy hooks. Yet they seem to edge the hardcore without passing that line. All of their songs are relatable on a deep human level. I really enjoy the lead singers vocals from the Action Men.

The second set is provided by UK skatepunkers, Dead Neck. They up the speed of the split by 150%. Some of my favorite tracks included are Die Tryin’, Bakers Dozen which is badass, and Blind Into The Dark. Dead Neck kills it on this split! They remind alot of LA’s Shell Corporation

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Dead Neck-ActionMen split

Track List (Subject To Change)

  • Action Men – Lion
  • Action Men – Born To Be High
  • Action Men – C’est Dada
  • Action Men – Showers
  • Action Men – Polite
  • Deadneck – Die Tryin’
  • Deadneck – Bakers Dozen
  • Deadneck – Clatter
  • Deadneck – Seven Shades Of Shit
  • Deadneck – Blind Into The Dark

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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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