It’s a big news today here at CPRA! DeeCRACKS has released a brand new video for “We Can’t Help It” via Pirate Press Records. This is the first single from their upcoming album Serious Issues which comes out March 12th on Pirates Press Records.
Per Pirates Press Records News Release –
“The song’s basically about life and love. How we can direct ourselves in a certain direction. Make things better or worse for us every day. But we can’t help to fall in love with someone. It just happens,” says lead singer Matt DeeCRACK.
Serious Issues is the follow-up record to the band’s 2017 LP, Sonic Delusions. The band toured relentlessly around the world in support of the album including a month-long European tour with the legendary CJ Ramone.
Although these hard-working fellas won’t be able to hit the road amidst the pandemic, they have not lost their DIY spirit and pension for staying active. Instead, the band has refocused their energy and will be releasing multiple music videos and live studio sessions over the next few months to promote the record.
Make no mistake about it, DeeCRACKS will be on the road as soon as the pandemic is over so we can safely enjoy these new tunes live!
Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook for order announcements!
Favorite Tracks: Don’t Want To Come Down, Bottle Then The Shakes, Not Today, Sunday Best, Taking Over, and I’m Sure
Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, The Unindicted Co-Conspirators, and No Use For A Name
When 3 artists from legendary bands get together you know some awesome music will soon follow. Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) and Chuck Dailey (I Mother Earth) with Dustin Jones (Inner City Surfers/Dustin Jones and the Rising Tide) formed The Conspirators a few years ago. In late 2019 they were set to release their first record, “While The World Sleeps”, but Covid-19 snuck in and hampered those dreams.
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So let’s take a deep look at the new record. The first track is “Don’t Want To Come Down”. First off Dustin’s vocals are excellent and remind of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe and life Of Agony). There’s a pure grunge feeling to the track. The gang vocals really add a pack to the punch. Darrin kills it on the drums.
The next track is “Bottle Then the Shakes”. It talks about the dangers of alcoholism, the shakes, and the emotional swings. It’s super catchy and Chuck’s bass thumps with power. One of my favorites is up next and it’s called “Not Today”. It sounds a bit like face To Face or No Use For A Name. The premise? Not Today Satan, not today.
“Sick And Broken Hearted” follows Dustin’s guitar riffs are amazing. This track seems more along the pop punk side, yet retains a skatepunk feeling with fast chords and powerful drums. “Sunday Best” this song kicks serious ass. The lyrics blew me away. The guitar riffs, bass bumps, and seemingly perfected drums will keep this on repeat.
“Taking Over” feels like it was written just for me. “Now I’m barely holding on, I’m like a faded old tattoo, this trip is taking way too long, I miss the innocence of youth”. This song is rad in every which way possible. Now people who know me know I’m not a fan of acoustic music in general.
I love my electric bass, guitar and drums. So upon hearing the intro to “I’m Sure” I kinda lost some energy from the previous, but it wasn’t until I really opened my ears and listened. This track is from a son to his mother and truth be told it made me cry, very hard. It’s beautiful and should be playing on every station around the world.
Overall “While The World Sleeps” by The Conspirators is my new jewel in the rough. With tracks like “Don’t Want To Come Down”, “Not Today”, “Sunday Best”, “Taking Over” and “I’m Sure” you will be playing this one over and over again. Pick it up now on all major music providers or from the Tidal Records shop here, http://tidalrecords.ca/theconspirators/
Favorite Tracks: Boomerang Kids, Spies Among Us, Gaslighting, Poverty Row, and many more
Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Protected Left, Chew Thru, The Corps, Anti-Flag, and The Shell Corp
Vancouver punks ATD aka A Total Disappointment dropped their first self titled release today via Kinda Cool Records. Why did I decide to checkout ATD? Well I’m fucking pissed as many of us are. George Floyd was murdered by those who swore to protect and serve. The world watched as cowards in uniform held George to his death. I really didn’t want to write about this today, but I’m boiling. This morning as I pursued the headlines my anger and blood pressure rose. I decided instead to escape into music with ATD’s, “A Total Disappointment”.
The first track is “Slipt” comes in fast, with some wicked drums. They remind me of being a kid and skating my ass off. There’s a sense of unity while the guitar busts out a quick change up. Next up is another amazing track, “Boomerang Kids”. Holy shit is this track fast as hell!
The next track is my favorite off the record and is called, “Spies Among Us”. This sounds so much like the Dead Kennedys. From the onset of the intro to the lead singer’s Jello-like voice. The lyrics on the song are not only scary, but sadly true. We are spied on everywhere we go. Our phones listen to our conversations so later they can recommend, “The best burger in town”. How long before “Minority Report” becomes the real deal?
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If you’re at the protests today wear a mask and sunglasses. Don’t get added to their list! The next tune is “Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper”. It’s really heavy on bass, sounding a bit like the early Cro-Mags or Gorilla Biscuits. Another favorite follows with, “Moonlight Clan”. It speaks of the dangers of capitalism and materialism. This track feels like another kick ass nod to the Dead Kennedys.
“Gaslighting” is next and times out at a massive 1:32! Speaking of that I’m gonna add this to my list of favorite songs under 2 minutes. “Poverty Row” follows with Bouncing Souls like charge. I feel like many of us can relate to this track.
“I’ve got my rights, my human rights. But without fair pay I can’t make rent today. I won’t lose sight, but still I know, I’m living on Poverty Row.”
I remember when my daughter was little, spending my last few dollars on getting her fed, while I went hungry that night. Our society panders to those with cash and throws everyone else in the gutter. This track needs a music video! “Let Down” is next up. This track feels like a tribute to all of us who feel like we let down our friends and family. It’s yet another pogo worthy track. I love the chorus!
Sometimes we need a push to do something great. Maybe it’s a friend’s advice, a job loss, a fucking ruthless pandemic, or just a kick in the ass. “Good Things” is next and is exactly the kick in the ass we need right now. It follows the fast and rhythmic tone of the record. I really want this on vinyl now! “Peak Paranoia” is next and has some awesome guitar riffs. The “Whoas” were unexpected, yet seem to fit perfectly.
“Teenage Vanities” follows its fast and crazy and clocks in at a massive 16 seconds! Sadly the last track is next. “Bunk Monk” is a direct fuck you to organized religion. It reminds me of the TV show, “Father Ted” from the 90’s. The head priest of the region was an evil bastard of a man and definitely a “Bunk Monk”. The track may be referring also to the 39 men who committed suicide in the name of their cult in 1997.
In reflection, ATD’s “A Total Disappointment” is a fantastic record. The mix of hardcore, metal, and thrash are like entering your first punk show all over again. As you see above I posted a quote from Mr Rogers. Music helps me through some of the hardest times. I sure hope it will help you too. I highly recommend you grab this one on vinyl before they sell out! You can check them out here, https://kindacoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-total-disappointment
Track List (Per Bandcamp) Slipt Boomerang Kids Spies Among Us Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper Moonlight Clan Gaslighting Poverty Row Let Down Good Things Peak Paranoia Teenage Vanities Bunk Monk
Favorite Tracks: Sociopath, Tim Allen’s Tea Time Tool Time, Bad Shit Happens All The Time, Trespassin, Bad Drivers, Jesus Does What He Wants, No Brainz, Cease & Desist, and Peter Pan
Sounds Like: Doc Rotten, Lawrence Arms, Wild Lives, and The Briggs
Death Lottery has returned to the CPRA Music News with their latest release, “LP I”. While Coloradorans may believe Florida has bad drivers. We can all agree they have some badass bands. I kid of course we all know Texans are the worst haha! Back in mid March as the world went to shit with COVID-19, Death Lottery finally dropped a full length release! Be sure to read more about their previous releases here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/death-lottery/.
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This record has a planned vinyl release in the works. Be sure to check out some of our favorites like, “Sociopath”, ‘Tim Allen’s Tea Time Tool Time”, and “Jesus Does What He Wants” and “No Brainz”.
In music news today, legendary founder of Victory Records, Tony Brummel has launched Mission Two Entertainment. In the course of 30 years, Victory Records has sold close to 16 million albums and tons of platinum and gold albums/singles. Per Tony Brummel, “Same job, different name, bigger mission. I started Victory Records in 1989 with $800.00. I made a different deal and I have not submitted like so many other ‘independents.’ I kept the entire staff. Let’s go!”
Per Mission Press Release:
“The inaugural release will be delivered by hardcore legends CRO-MAGS, led by founder, bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan. Debuting their first studio album since 2000 with the aptly titled In The Beginning, the album will be released on June 19th, 2020. The full-length features the latest single “The Final Test,” as well as the previously released “From The Grave,” featuring ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The NYC quartet recorded “The Quarantine Show” on March 15, 2020 live from New York City. “I first saw the CRO-MAGS open for Venom in 1985 in Chicago when I was 13 years old after moving home from the Bahamas. After that show, I knew I was not going to college,” says Brummel. The band is rounded out by guitarists Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), Gabby Abularach and drummer Garry Sullivan.
As one of the founders of the Salt Lake City punk scene, the reunited INSIGHT will issue Reflection later this summer. The 19-track collection spans their short but blistering career with four brand new tracks, rare live tracks and vintage studio material. Brummel says, “INSIGHT are a great band that my old band Even Score played with in Salt Lake City in 1990. Such an underrated band and better human beings.”
DON’T SLEEP, led by ex-DAG NASTY/DYS/ALL frontman Dave Smalley, will release their full length Mission Two debut later this year, Turn The Tide, with Smalley adding, “It is a new era for hardcore and I am really happy with it.” Brummel adds, “DYS and Dag Nasty were huge inspirations for me and I love Dave, the band and their manager Matt Holmes.”
In addition Mission Two Entertainment has launched Amuxe Publishing thereby creating a new independent publishing company. Both Mission and Amuxe are aggressively seeking new artists from all music genres. I think many of us saw the ending of Victory and felt we were losing a little bit of our childhood. At least for my teen years, but alas Victory is becoming something bigger. So be sure to throw both a like and subscribe for notifications.
Favorite Tracks: Stone Age, Turn Your Back, One Life, and Blue Lies
Sounds Like: Adolescents, Zipperz, Dirty Work, The Casualties, and Dirty Work
Barking Mad has returned from the depths of Denver’s dark alleyways with “Stone Age”. We reviewed their last release, “Rampage” here. If there’s anything we need in these dark times is some brand new tunes! So let’s check out, “Stone Age”. The first track in all it’s caveman glory is “Stone Age”. This track is heavy with early Suicidal Tendencies like guitar riffs and some great drum work. Are we as a people returning to the stone age?
The next track is “Turn Your Back”. This song has some kick ass hooks and quick changes. You will definitely wanna hit the pit on this one. My favorite song is up next, “One Life”. This is my personal gtfo of isolation song. I’m so tired of these walls I just want OUT! But alas I will stay home and save lives along with Barking Mad for now.
“I just wanna live my life and be free. I’m the only one who tells me who to be. Living my life my own fucking way.”
The 4th and final track is “Blue Lies”. Let’s be honest here even the smallest amount of police contact can destroy lives. Especially those from lower income and minority communities. What will some people say about this? “Stay out of trouble”. Yeah sure you old white bastard. The fact of the matter is “BLUE LIVES WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE”. I 100% love this track and highly recommend it.
I reached out to Bass/Vocalist Brams Swanson for his thoughts on the new EP. “Well, I wrote it about de-evolution. It’s about how people’s thought processes are becoming more and more closed minded and ignorant. They try to shield themselves from reality and differing points of view from their own in the name of being “woke”. Only they can’t even recognize the hypocrisy spewing out of their mouths…”
With the “Stone Age” EP, Barking Mad has solidified everything I love about punk. With tracks like “Stone Age”, “One Life” and “Blue Lies” this record is a must have! I suggest you pick up the vinyl here, https://truckstoptoiletrecords.bigcartel.com/
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Favorite Tracks: Eurovision, There Goes The Neighborhood, Guillotine, Stains, Shrink wrap, and Shipping & Receiving
The BOIDS are set to release their 3rd full album “Quel Drag” on 2/2/2020 via Stomp Records. The badass part about CPRA, besides from the lackluster pay, we got to check it out early! I also want to give a giant shout out to our brothers and sister up in the great white north. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if CPRA has more fans in Canada. You folks are awesome to us! So let’s check out “Quel Drag”.
The first track is “Eurovision”. The intro has this post punk drum work before busting out into some Ramones core beats. The heavy drums are fantastic. The lyrics are simple, yet fun to sing along with. The next track is, “Modern Art”. This track sounds very similar to Devo and I love it! Get those hands a clapping and join in the fun.
“Bike Thief” follows you check it below in the Bandcamp embed. The track borders on pop and slower skatepunk. The drums make this song standout. So far I adore their simple punk rock sound. “Night Night” is the next tune and is heavy on bass and guitar. The mixing of this track is good!
The 5th song on the record is, “There Goes The Neighborhood”. This is by far my favorite track. The throwback sounds are amazing with simple beats and lyrics. I think most of us can identify with this track. “Guillotine” is up next and again that Devo old school sound comes back. I dig it!
Coming at number 7 is “Stains”. Oh crap this track is wicked! Ok so maybe this song is tied for first. I love the drums and build up. The lyrics are addicting and fun to jam along with. “Shrink Wrap” follows and comes in strong with a badass riff. Seriously if you’re not bobbing your head to this one, you’re dead inside.
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“Shipping & Receiving” is the next song. Ok now I found another badass track. The intro is similar to Bauhaus or even Phantom Chords. It’s creepy, yet hilarious at the same time. As I too have worked in Shipping and Receiving. Everyday you go home exhausted and covered in cobwebs. “Jet Blue” follows up, and is for anyone who has ever flown Jet Blue. It SUCKS! This song does not!
The last track on the record is Sue Tissue. This track pays homage to the frontwoman for cult New Wave band Suburban Lawns, “Sue Tissue”. After a short career and a film in 1986, Sue simply disappeared. Per IMDB she is now an attorney in Orange County, CA. I don’t know. I kinda dig the mysterious part better.
In conclusion “Quel Drag” by BOIDS is an excellent album which includes a little something for everyone. Personally I didn’t really expect an 11 track record with so many awesome nods to different genres of music. I’m picking up “Quel Drag” on vinyl today and so can you, https://boids.bandcamp.com/.
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.
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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.