Featuring Members From Legendary Bands, Sin City Rejects, Drop New Album, “The Death Of A Nation”

Release Date: 7/4/2019                                                      

Format: Digital

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Scotty Griffin
  •  Johnny Roxx 
  • Jason Green
  •  Max Mazursky

Favorite Tracks: Death Of A Nation, Stronger Than This, 23, Sadder Day, and The Darkest Night. 

Sounds Like: TSOL, Ramones, Dickies, The Vibrators, The Heartbreakers, and The Cramps


Photo by Megan Brooke

It’s no surprise your friendly neighborhood punx here at CPRA love classic punk rock. Maybe we’re just all 40+? I kid of course. We grew up when punk rock was planting its roots. You couldn’t simply walk into Hot Topic and buy a Misfits shirt. You had to seek out a locally owned record shop hoping they may have one in stock. Now it’s 2019 and my have things changed. There’s one thing that hasn’t changed. My love for a classic punk sound! 

It’s my pleasure to review the new Sin City Rejects new album, “Death Of  A Nation”. This record features, Scotty Griffin (L.A. Guns) on Lead Vocals, Johnny Roxx (Ian Mitchell’s Bay City Rollers) on Lead Guitar & Jason Green (Sin City Sinners) on bass. This album also features guest appearances by Richie Ramone (Ramones) Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) & Anthony Tiny Biuso (T.S.O.L., The Dickies).

Scotty Griffin Pic By Benjamin Adams

“The Death Of A Nation” starts the record with a speech clip from Malcolm X. “Our forefathers weren’t the Pilgrims. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; the rock was landed on us”. (Ballot or the Bullet (Washington Heights, NY, March 29, 1964). Talk about a powerful opening. The classic punk sound is so evident, yet the simplicity of it all is encouraging. 

“Ask not what your country can do, 

But when and how,

They’re gonna fuck you”

“Stronger Than This” is one of those songs you NEED to have when going through a tough relationship break up. It’s also my personal favorite track on the record. Green’s bass lines quickly become an addiction, while Griffin’s vocals lead the guitar into an excellent solo. The kick drum on this track will be your new best friend.

“23” is up next and grab that pogo. It’s not quite the mosh of all moshing songs, but it’s catchy, hilarious, and simple. This track is about dating a person much younger than you. I’m 42 and deathly afraid of ever having to rejoin the dating scene. Plus at 23 we are all bat shit crazy trying to figure shit out. 

“(I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You” follows and features legend, Richie Ramone. This Ramonescore song is wonderfully crafted. Grab your partner head for the pit. This is a punk rock love song! The guitar on this track is fantastic. The next track is “Sadder Day”. This track has to be inspired by the Ramones. The “Bop” is clearly evident and adds meticulously to grand culmination. I love this track! 

“Mama Always Knew” follows with a darker edge. We’ve all been in shitty relationships with people whom are bad for us. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. If you’re like me, probably a few times haha!. The track has a nice heavy bass line, great drum work, and catchy lyrics. “If Mary Wanna” in next. This catchy anthem to cannabis is a Sin City Sinners cover. This track has been stuck in head since first listen.

“On The Darkest Night”, feels like the Cramps crawled out of the grave and reunited for just one track. The heavy bass lines, circus freak like drums, surf rock guitar riffs, and metal like vocals. This is another one of my favorite tracks. Be sure to add this to any Halloween playlist!

Damn I wish I could make this show!

In conclusion this record kicks serious ass! “The Death Of A Nation” by the Sin City Rejects is MUST own record. This is one of those albums that will appeal to not only punks, but old school metal lovers as well. The catchy songs, wicked drums, amazing bass and guitar will have you clamoring for more. Hit the link below to download now!

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Death of a Nation
  2. Stronger Than This
  3. 23
  4. (I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You Ft Richie Ramone
  5. Sadder Day
  6. Mary Jane is a Punk
  7. Mama Always Knew You Were
  8. If Mary Wanna
  9. On The Darkest Night FT Johnny Kelly

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VIDEO DEBUT: “Goodnight Ramona” by Greg Antista & the Lonely Streets.

#CPRAMusicNews – Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets release their debut video for “Goodnight Ramona”.

We will have a review coming out later this month for this record. All I can is guys and gals, punkers, rockers, rockabilly lovers, you’re gonna love this record! Hit the pre-order info below!

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GREG ANTISTA & THE LONELY STREETS
Shake, Stomp and StumbleLP/CD/DL
Primal Beat Records
RELEASE DATE: May 17
Pre-order: HERE

Greg Antista & the Lonely Streets:
Website: gregantistaandthelonelystreets.com
Facebook: gregantistaandthelonelystreets
Twitter: @greg_antista
Instagram: @gregantistaandthelonelystreets

Saturday Night Karaoke – “Professional Goofballs”

Release date: 8/19/2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label:

Location:

  • Jatinangor – Bandung, Indonesia

Current Lineup:

  • Athif Aiman : Drums & vocals
  • Andresa Nugraha : Bass & vocals
  • Prabu Pramayougha : Guitar & vocals

Favorite Tracks:

  • Buzzer Rejector
  • Lamar
  • Never Learn
  • Bartemu

Sounds Like:

Descendents, The Ramones, The Queers, Green Day and Screeching Weasel


 

 

Small Label October continues on with Indonesian punks, Saturday Night Karaoke aka SNK. Their new album, “Professional Goofballs” is out now on Monster Zero Records. It has to be tough in Indonesia being a punk. Here in the states we may get funny looks, or people may talk shit to us. We don’t conform to Uncle Sam’s fake American Pie life. Yet we retain the freedom to dress how we like, listen to our own music, and generally enjoy freedom of movement. Sure its not perfect, but we are not being forced into many things.

 

Indonesia is ruled by Sharia law and many punks have been arrested simply for being punks. I’m proud to review SNK’s new album and provide them with a safe place to visit! This album’s mix of poppy and catchy punk tunes sounds like it rolled right out of southern California. This album is just plain fun. My personal favorite tracks on the album are, “Buzzer Rejector”, “Lamar, “Never Learn”, “T.S.B.”, “Do The Gawking Geek, and Bertemu”.

 

The mix of punk and nerdcore add to the fun atmosphere the album sets. ‘Do The Gawking Geek” is absolutely hilarious. Yet the track “Bartemu” with its mix of surf, pop and punk, shows us that SNK is extremely talented. Overall I think any pop punk fan will love this album. Be sure to check them out here, https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/professional-goofballs!

 

Tracks: (Per Badcamp)

  1. Venus The Internship Clown
  2. Buzzer Rejector
  3. Lamar
  4. Never Learn
  5. Nostalgic Feeling
  6. Vaporwave
  7. Midnight Madness
  8. T.S.B.
  9. Come Home, Buddy!
  10. Do The Gawking Geek
  11. Weekend Bed Club
  12. Bertemu

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The Scutches – ‘Negatory’

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Release date:

  • June 1, 2018                 

 

Format:

 

Label:

 

Location:

  • United States

 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Vincenzo – Guitar/Vocals
  • Tyler Samz – Bass/Vocals
  • Sally Mandosa – Drums/Vocals

 

Favorite Tracks

 

  • Down The Drain

 

  • Worth Enough

 

  • Let It Last

 

  • One True Crutch

 

Sounds Like

  • The Queers, Off The Mark, The Ramones, Aimless Again, and the Livermores

 

We have been crazy busy here in the last few months at CPRA! We’re rebuilding our website, starting to get limited merch orders out the door, and getting back to our infamous, Album Reviews! Ok so maybe our reviews are not so infamous, haha.

Do you ever get so busy with life you forget to look for the little things in life that make you happy? Well that was me during this crazy time at CPRA. I just so happened to noticed the Scutches dropped their new LP, “Negatory” back on June 1, 2018. So please forgive if this review is a bit late to the party. Let’s check it out!

 

The LP starts out with that familiar Scutches sound, with “Worth Enough”. This one is drum and riff heavy, yet catchy. It talks of self worth and the struggles of raising a family. Next up is, “One True Crutch”. The drums are killer on this one.  This is my favorite on the LP! We all have that one true crutch to lean on when we really need them.

 

The next track up is, “Down The Drain”. The riffs on this one are strong. Yet another catch sing long in store for the listener. It seems like the song writer is struggling on the inside with a past love. Next up on the track list is “Party Girl”. I feel like anyone can relate to this song. Vincenzo’s guitar is really the stand out on this track.

“Party girl you will learn soon enough

in that your actions hold a pace and you won’t keep up

your days foreshadows your grave

and you do even notice em

party girl I hope you learn”

“Let It Last”, is up next on the list. This one has very west coast pop punk sound. There’s some kick ass guitar and drums on this song! Up next is, “Bring Me Your Love”. The one seems a bit faster than what we normally get from the Scutches and I love it! This one sounds like it’s straight off The Queers album, Punk Rock Confidential.  

The last, but probably my second favorite song is, “Goodbye”. This is a beautifully well written love song and the perfect ending to a great LP. Overall, “Negatory”, builds the Scutches already well established list of great albums. It almost seems like they are always on that cusp of hitting the pops, and it won’t surprise me if this is the album that gets them there. You can pick up the new LP here, https://somethingtodorecords.bandcamp.com/album/negatory . Want another review? Be sure check out our thoughts on their last album, “Glass House”.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Worth Enough 02:18
  2. One True Crutch 01:49
  3. Down The Drain 02:28
  4. Party Girl 02:14
  5. Let It Last 02:24
  6. Bring Me Your Love 01:4
  7. Goodbye 03:23

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Haley and The Crushers – Jewel Case

Release date: October 7, 2016

Format: Digital and Physical

Label:

Eccentric Pop Records (Vinyl) eccentricpop.com

Lost State Records (Cassette) loststaterecords.com

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Hayley Crusher Cain
  • Dr. Cain Crusher Cain
  • Gabriel Crusher Olivarria

Favorite Tracks: Seventeen strum, Backseat Love, Jaywalkin, Jewel Case, Glitter and Glue

Sounds Like: Blondie, The Turbonaughts, The Dead End (Colorado), The Go Go’s, Lucy and The Rats, Joan Jett (Blackhearts/Runaways), FIDLAR, B-52’s, and Gambler’s Mark


 

Glitter surf punks Haley and The Crushers are catching a tide and swingin their way down to Colorado. We thought in proper CPRA fashion we would give their last album a review and help you get ready for their shows. Before I start this review here’s a list of their Colorado tour dates!

  1. Thurs. July 19 – Triple Nickel, Colorado Springs w/ Chief White Lightning (CA), Shiii Whaaa, Bad Year
  2. Fri. July 20 – Tooeys Off Colfax, Denver w/ Colfax Speed Queen
  3. Sat. July 21 – (Day Show) Mile High Parley Fest, Denver (UMS)
  4. Sat. July 21 – Pinball Jones Campus West, Fort Collins with Bad Decisions, BombThreat
  5. Sun. July 22 – Bar Bar, Denver (early show 6:30 pm)

 

The album is like riding a surfboard through the mind of woman starring in her own kick ass surf punk comic book. The fuzz is strong, the bass low, and drums straight out of a 60’s surf movie. Some of my favorites on the album are, ‘Backseat Love’, ‘Jewel Case’, ‘Jaywalkin’, and ‘Glitter and Glue’.

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Overall this album is a blast to listen to. Their next album, “Cool/Lame is scheduled for release on 9/28/18! The range of influences is amazing. I hear punk era Blondie, the Go Go’s, and even the B-52’s. Here are some suggestions for Colorado acts they would pair well with The Dead End, Turbonaughts, Queen City Sinners, and Johnny Barber. So hit up their shows and get some merch to avoid shipping/handling!

Don’t forget Cool/Lame drops 9/28/18! 

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Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hayleyandthecrushers

Bandcamp: https://hayleyandthecrushers.bandcamp.com/

Website: https://www.hayleyandthecrushers.com/

Lucy And The Rats (S/T)

Release date: May 25, 2018

Format : Digital and vinyl

Label: Monster Zero, Co Released with StarDumb Records and Surfin’ Ki Records

Current Lineup:

  • Lucy Ellis: Vocals & Bass
  • Mike Cannibal: Guitar
  • J Tolosa: Guitar
  • M Santons: Drums

Our Favorite Track(s) : Pills, Girl and Can’t Surf

Sounds Like : B-52’s,  Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, Go -Go’s, Surfaris


 

Being from Colorado I sometimes forget what it’s like to walk along the beach. The smell of the water and sand in between your toes. In truth I haven’t been to the beach since 2009, when I visited Laguna Beach on holiday. I have always admired the sounds of southern California, “Surf Music” as some people call it. Musical legends like the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Surfaris, and the Ventures created a genre, still alive and kicking today. It created cheesy movies like “Beach Party” and “Gidget”. It lost its mass popularity to the British Invasion.

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The indie surfer music scene has become very strong over the last 10 years. Bands like Bleached, Bombón, The Frights, and King Shelter have helped pushed surf music back into the limelight. Although one could say many rockabilly bands often mix in surf as well. This leads me into Lucy and The Rats. This band deserves your weekly download!

Lucy and The Rat’s recently snuck into CPRA, with their new self titled album. They ate all our cheese and are currently surfing in our dishwasher. Let’s get some background on these fashionable rats. Lucy Spazzy formerly of Australia’s The Spazzy’s, moved to England a few years back. There she met some new band mates and formed Lucy And The Rats. I’m now proud to say a huge Spazzy fan as well.

 

Lucy’s new band, Lucy and The Rats have taken a full 180 degree turn from the Spazzy’s brand and sound. Their experimental sound of grunge, punk and surf blend well in this amazing album. She took her Australian born surf music to the UK. I really enjoyed the song, “Pills”. The song led me into somewhat of relaxed daydream daze. It would pair well with a nice indica if you know what I mean. The vocals are haunting and rich.

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I also enjoyed, “Girl”. The song is currently extremely popular in Spain. I can definitely see some Rockabilly guys gals enjoying this song. I really enjoyed the guitar riff and smooth melody. It reminded me of Duane Eddy & the Rebelettes. My favorite track is by far,  “Can’t Surf”. With an upbeat tempo, great drums, and sweet guitar solo. This song will have you, as the Mama’s and Papa’s coined it “California Dreamin”.

 

Lucy and the Rat’s are tapping into a new genre for the former Spazzy. Overall this album is amazing and a blast to sit back and listen to. The melodies sound pure and heartfelt. The album masterfully pieces 1960’s surf with today’s indie sound. So take our advice and hit that download link below! Also be sure to checkout Monster Zero Records. Monster Zero is signing some pretty fucking awesome bands!

 

​King Shelter – Failure EP

King Shelter is a Salad Rock band from Los Angeles, who are previously known for their surfy pop punk hits.  Also featuring their “Holy Ghost” single, but may have moved on to reinvent their sound to a distorted, drippy, and riverbed sound.

The songs on the Failure EP reflect messages perseverance despite hardship and self-doubt. Holy Ghost and Failure  are the two strongest songs on the EP.  “Luv Sub” is a song about someone who is intimidated by another’s love interest, but is not in the social situation to win that person over. While “People Change”,  shows
a reluctance of a break up and not being able to let go. The only thing that brings this EP down is the end track, “….But Bye”, which seems a bit out of place. I think the band maybe felt they  the track needed to put it in.

Overall I give this EP an 87%. I cannot wait for the next to hear what’s coming from the band next.!

Pick up the new album here http://kingshelter.com/#music-section. Be sure to follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/kingshelter/ .

@ColoradoPunk (E)