Ft Collins Based Bad Desicions Bring That Classic Punk Feel With Their latest Self Titled Release

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Release Date: July 12, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Gus Gonzalez (Gustavo la Douche)–throat
  • David Brack-bass
  • Jason Brack-guitar
  • Beckett Martin- drums
  • John Hunter-guitar.  

EP Lineup: Gus, jason, and beckett, + Rasputin Sane–bass and Damian Schoeneke guitar

Favorite Tracks: Snake, Goin To Jail, She May Not Think, and Please Die Soon

Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dag Nasty, and Hüsker Dü


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When a band purposefully, spells their name wrong. It makes your brain go what? As a writer I’m watching my spell checker red line almost everything haha! Per vocalist Gus Gonzalez, “Crawling out from under forgotten rocks, Bad Desicions’ humble beginnings began in 2016 when drummer Beckett “Tommy B” Martin (drums) and Gustavo “I’ve been doin this for 30 years” le Douche (vox) met in a dark alley after a back and forth Craigslist conversation.

Neither wanted the other to know where they lived at this point. It took about 6 months to get the ball rolling but roll it did.  With the help of bassist Zeke “el churro” Olguin and Damian “American Blackout” Shoeneke, the band began scaring the crap out of bar patrons from Fort Collins to Denver regularly.

Unfortunately, dealing with both Tommy B and le Douche became too much for the aforementioned “members” (except for Jason “he makes guns” Brack–who had also scared many an IPA drinker with the boys).  After a stint with “el Turbo Jugend” Rasputin Sane (bass), the guys finally got some relief as David “__” Brack (bass) and John “I got fired from Wax Trax” Hunter (guitar) joined the band in its present incarnate.

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With a foot in 80s hardcore and the other in progressive metal, Bad Desicions plays music that may sound familiar but then moves in another, less expected direction.”

That’s a pretty interesting little bio. So kids the story here is pick up an instrument when you’re young so you have a badass story to tell your interviewer! So let’s dig into their latest self titled EP and incorrectly spelled name, Bad Desicions. Personally this record was a very welcomed relief for me. I’m old school and personally tired of the emo based punk stuff. I like my punk, angry, energetic, and raw.

With tracks like “Snake”, “Goin To Jail” and my personal favorite, “She May Not Think”. Bad Desicions latest release spurs the classic punk feeling, with a tiny bit of occasional metal. They are currently working on a record! See them Saturday night at Tennyson’s Tap for CPRA’s Skate Or Die Night. Other bands on the lineup include, Admiral, Unusable Signal, and Modern Goon. You can check out the event page here, https://www.facebook.com/events/938762672984213/.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Snake 02:14
2.Goin To Jail 02:01
3.She May Not Think 02:06
4.Makin a Pipe Bomb 01:50
5.Pompous Hippies 01:48
6.Please Die Soon 01:16

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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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The Bob Gordons – “Why Is That Funny?”

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Release Date: November 8, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Perth, Australia

Current Lineup:

  • Horsey Simpson – Lead Guitar and Vocals
  • Tom Manton – Guitar and Vocals
  • Bob Gordon – Bass and Vocals
  • Josh Barker – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Eme Goes Away, UFC, Nightmares, Rabbit, Stop Hate and Jerry Seinfeldhair, and Magic Glove

Sounds Like: The Decline, The Corps, Came And Took It, The Shorts, Nerdlinger and Frenzal Rhomb


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Australia is putting out some great punk rock! We’ve reviewed Nerdlinger, The Shorts, The Rumjacks (Now UK based) and today it’s my pleasure to bring you, The Bob Gordons. Hailing from the city of Perth. The band has released their new EP, “Why Is That Funny”.  So let’s check this one out!

The record starts off with ‘Emu Goes Away’ its a badass introduction of great things to come. This song has elements of pop and some skatepunk. The drums really stick out, with some great shreds on guitar. This song is addicting. Next up on the track list is ‘UFC’. I can completely identify with this track. Most punks, not all of course are not huge sports fans. If there’s two sports I despise with a passion is basketball and UFC.  

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The pure idolatry of the UFC makes me sick. I mean you’re worshipping a person whose job it is to hurt other willing contestants. Even boxing isn’t that bad. I guess it’s just not my bag. Anyhow this song kicks serious ass. It’s extremely catchy. The drums and Strung Out like sound are killer.  Next up is ‘Dog Rock’. This track is full on speed punk.

‘Liability’ is up next and by far by personal favorite on the record. This one is darker and struggles with addiction. The chorus will have you singing along quickly. There’s a kickass guitar solo as well. ‘Nightmares’ follows up with some great bass and guitar. The vocals are on point.

“It’s easy for you to tell me that everything’s alright, When, you’re not the one that’s having nightmares every fucking night, It’s easy for you to tell me that everything’s ok, Its kinda hard to confess when you can’t find the words to say”

Next on the track list is ‘Punishing Myself’. We call relate to this song. We are own worst enemies when it comes to punishing  ourselves. This one is another you’ll be singing along with. ‘Stop Hate’ is up next and my second favorite. The intro into the song will hook you right away. The drums are powerful, bass and guitar are insanely good.

Next up is ‘Rabbit’. Damn I love this song. It fast and furious with Motorhead meets hardcore sound. I’ve replayed this about a dozen times and seems to only get better! ‘Medication’ is up next and slows it back down to a more pop punk like sound. This is another relatable jam for every one of us.

This next one is called, ‘Jerry Sienfeldhair’ and brings the tempo backup to breakneck. This song immediately makes me wonder why this band hasn’t grown to massive amounts of popularity yet? The last track up is ‘Magic Glove’. This song is fucking hilarious, and kicks ass! The sheer speed and anger is brillant.

In conclusion the Bob Gordons should be playing on your device right fucking now. Their ability to play so many different kinds of punk is amazing. You’ll hear hardcore, pop, skate and even some metal mixed. Pick this up now!

Tracks:

  1. Emu Goes Away
  2. UFC
  3. Dog Rock
  4. Liability
  5. Nightmares
  6. Punishing Myself
  7. Stop Hate
  8. Rabbit
  9. Medication
  10. Jerry Seinfeldhair
  11. Magic Glove (won WAM punk song of the year in April this year)

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Beat Obsolete – (S/T)

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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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No Real Hero – “The Forest”

No Real Hero – “The Forest”

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Release Date: 09/06/2018

Format:  Digital

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Monreal, Quebec

Current Lineup:

  • Denis Bass and Vocals
  • Phil Guitar and Vocals
  • Luc Drum
  • Max Guitar and Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Back and Red and This is Home

Sounds Like:  AFI (early years)


 

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I have a punk playlist for the gym years old. Sometimes extra motivation is needed and the new E.P. from No Real Hero is just that.  Great driving tempo and catchy lyrics to get you going. They are a four piece made up of ex members of 69 Solution and Lobotomie Politique.  Awesome Canadian export that has all the right stuff to join the likes of Propaghandi.

 

Track List:

  1. Opening
  2. Comfort in Sorrow
  3. Broken Water
  4. This is Home
  5. The Forest For The Trees
  6. Red and Black

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About the writer: Old crab that stands in the back and complains that it was better in my day, but is 100% for the youth take over.  I’m a contradiction that thrives on holding on to rebellion with one foot on either side. – Lala

FullCount – Part Of The Game

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Release Date: October 12, 2018

 

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl

 

Label: Lockjaw Records

 

Location: Quebec City

 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris Lehoux-Vocals/Bass
  • Jessy Boilard-Drums/Backing Vocals
  • Max Cat-Guitar/Vocals
  • P-O Brouard-Guitar/Backing Vocal
  • Jean-Philippe Alain-Guitar/Backing Vocal

Favorite Tracks:

Back Against the Wall, The Motion, Discord & Treachery

Sounds Like:  Skatepunk with a good amount of Metal-core thrown in


 

This is the perfect band that you’d hear at the peak of Warped Tour, then want to check out later when you were looking for new tracks to add to your playlist. Strong rock & roll, that you’ll want to hear more of once you’ve heard a little. Gritty vocals, skate punk bass lines, punk speed on the drums, and guitar. Holy crap, the guitar. This dude is a metal head.

 

The record starts with “Back Against the Wall.” Which, as a song title, does it get more “punk-angst” than that? And this is angsty music, not a feelgood album of the year. I mean, who hasn’t had a day where you want to turn up the dial on a song called “Losing at Bullshit”? Powerful, mad at the world music, as good punk should be.

The metal guitar shines on the aforementioned “Back Against the Wall.” The vocals are gritty, a little sloppy at times, but it’s punk rock. No one was saying that Johnny Rotten had the voice of an angel. The backing vocals are really strong here and throughout the record, & give a nice blend to their sound.

Another standout track again for me was “The Motion.” Here, the melodies of the vocals, both lead & backing, really shines, then there’s that metal breakdown at the close of the song.

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On “Discord & Treachery,” the lead vocals go right into hardcore, & that where the lead vocals were strongest. On “Maze Dream,” I was really liking the sound & feel of the song, then it ended, as it was pretty short, but it still really stood out. Then it went right into “Leap of Faith” which was another great energetic punk track.

One thing that artistically stood out was that each song played into the next. It plays like a live show, & thought was put into the order like a set list, not just track after track.

Solid punk, that you’ll want to add to your list of bands to stream, & if it’s your thing, order the record for that next “Losing at Bullshit” day that you want to get through with a good rock record.

 

Tracks:

  1. Back Against the Wall
  2. Killdozer
  3. The Motion
  4. Dry Bite
  5. The Host
  6. Them Shots Deep
  7. Discord & Treachery
  8. Alter Ego
  9. Maze Dream
  10. Leap of Faith
  11. Losing at Bullshit
  12. Dare Me Once

 

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