Favorite Tracks: Revolution Part II, Survive, Suicide Mission, Fuck God and Fuck Reality, Fuck No, Manhole To Hell, Drink And Stink, Jake,
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Skudfux, Op Ivy, and Abolitionist
Why start this article off with a clip of High Fidelity? How is Jerkswitch’s “BUFO” even related to “High Fidelity? Let me tell you why. This 16 track debut album is FULL of non-stop fantasic fucking music. Personally when I heard the Skudfux was no more. I was a bit sad as I love them. Sometimes when something ends, it’s because something bigger and better is coming. Skudfux is now Jerkswitch!
This compilation album of old and new songs is a whopper at 16 awesome tracks. Let’s dig in further. “Revolution Part II” kicks off the record. You can listen to part one here. From the start you can feel a more polished sound. This is probably one of my top 5 intros of all time. The hunger, the passion, this is the ultimate set up.
Now my second favorite is actually the second track, “Survive” from the “FERN” EP. This is some hardcore ska punk. The lead singer has an almost Jello like tone. It’s just shy of being a little to metal, as the ska punk element is beautifully retained. The pit will be dangerous on this track. “Suicide Mission” is up next. It starts out with a heavy bass line before exploding into nonstop pogo madness.
“Fuck God And Fuck Reality” is up next. I absolutely love this track. From the opening guitar strum and drums straight into the heart pumping power chords. How long we will sit by and allow the church and/or Republican Party to dictate moral policy to us? The Catholic Church has died in popularity here in the states. A new and evil Republican church took over. Check out the lyrics below!
“I never was one to believe,
What I could not see,
All them catholic fairytales,
Keep em away from me,
And I don’t like what I see,
They don’t like what I am,
I’ll stand proud and say,
Fuck God and fuck reality”
These lyrics are so simple, yet so spot on to this writer. The swath of southern states passing women’s reproductive rights restrictions proves to us that the church is more concerned about social control and less about society as a whole. Let’s move onto the next song, “Better Days”. This song is providing hope for the hopeless with awesome lyrics and sweet guitar riffs. “AlertA” is next with an instrumental tune.
“Fuck No” is another song from the FERN Ep. This track cracks me up every time I listen. How many times a day do you say Fuck No? This is yet another great song. The anthems and whoas are perfectly timed. It is very catchy. “O Negative” comes up next with more of ska kickass Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, yet gets harder with the progression. This band is insanely talented.
Drown” starts out slow and serious note. I hear maybe some grunge influences, maybe even a bit of some surf punk. “Drink And Stink” comes roaring in with a fast skate punk sound. Advance warning before joining the pit on this track, it’s gonna be rough. I love this song! “Jake” another track from FERN is next up. Jerkswitch goes back to its roots with a great skapunk sound.
“Manhole To Hell”, is another energetic song along the lines of skatepunk. This is for anybody who has ever been oppressed by another. This song is full of anger, passion, and some amazing drum work. This song has to kill the lead singer’s voice. “All By Myself” slows down upon intro and build into circle pit loving madness. With the steely sound, guitar solos, this reminds me a lot of Faith No More.
Jerkswitch goes acoustic next with, “I’m So Sorry”. The composition of this track is beautiful. I think that’s a cello in the background. Wait this is punk. There are no cellos in punk. I kid of course. Again full blown talent and rightly displayed on this track. “About A Punk” speeds the pace back up with some skapunk. I adore this track. Not only is it skankable, the lyrical content is fucking amazing.
Anyone who has ever been in local band, worked with locals, can relate to this track. We all ask or friends and coworkers to come to our shows and they don’t. We ask them to share our albums, facebook posts and they don’t. It’s up to us as bands, promoters, and fans to help support the punk scene in any way we can. This track has serious potential for doing very well.
Here we are at the last track, “Richmond Hill” this is beautiful outro instrumental track. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of anything instrumental. In this particular album though the instrumentals blend like threads of a book binding. So there we have it. Jerkswitch’s debut album, “BUFO” is the definition of a perfect album. This record will appeal to not only fans of punk, but other genres as well. I personally cannot wait for more music from Jerkswitch!
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I was just noticing at a show recently, that a lot of the new-schoolers still sport shirts and patches from the old-school bands… even some of the more obscure bands, that I thought NOBODY remembered! But it goes much farther than JUST the apparel… these youngsters actually LISTEN to the music of years past!
Punk just seems to be the genre that keeps to the sounds, rhythms, and original formulas that made it a “thing” in the first place! Going all the way back to its New York and London roots, Punk has stayed consistent. In a rapidly changing world, there’s something comforting about that.
I mean, here we are in 2019, and I listen to an EP that makes me flash back to the first time I heard “Milo Goes to College,” by the Descendants… and that was DECADES ago!
This is best highlighted by the song, “Schlotzky’s.” It’s a song about just wanting a good sandwich, and it strongly reminded me of songs from my own youth, like “Kids on Coffee” and “I Like Food.”
Ahhhhhhh, nostalgia… how I love you…
The average age of the band members is 17… and that gives me HOPE for the future of Punk! Now, we just have to hope for an endless stream of socially and politically conscious, fiercely unapologetic, unabashedly individualistic, regretlessly idealistic youngsters and “juvenile delinquents” (the term of my day) to keep coming into their artistic and musical voices and sharing them!
Favorite Tracks: Brandi, The Latest, No Pegs, Snakes, One Track, Gfy, and Luci
Sounds Like: Strung Out, Good Riddance, The New Narrative, and Modern Goon
So you’re sitting at school or work. Watching that stupid clock slowly countdown till you can hit your favorite show on Saturday. Life seems to come to a full and complete stop. Your boss is on your ass to make deadlines. Then out of nowhere one of your favorite bands drop an album a few days early. It’s like getting hit by a bolt of lightning. Almost as if you drank 20 Monsters and can now run, really, really fast.
Thus, my dilemma. I’m sitting here at work, making the man richer by the minute. I’d much rather somewhere, anywhere else. Out of nowhere Denver’s Trick Punch announces their new album. “The Latest” has dropped. Keep in mind their scheduled release is 4/27/2019 at Streets of Denver for the release party. So to serve my need for instant gratification I hit the download as soon as I saw the release.
If Trick Punch are new to you be sure to check out their last release, “Third Bridge”. Now if you have listened to “Third Bridge”, you’re gonna love, “The Latest”. The album kicks off with “Brandy”. They couldn’t have picked a better song to start with. Super deep bass lines, guttural like vocals, and even a little melodic hardcore thrown in. This my friends defines CPRA’s definition of “Break Up Punk”. “Don’t Look Down” is next up. This track continues the amazing fast and hardcore pace. The lyrics are heartfelt and sung with great passion comparable to Jason Cruz of Strung Out. It may seem like this song may be in reference to suicide. For this writer it’s about going head first into something with all your energy, heart and soul with zero fucks given.
“The Latest”, comes in with a couple of sweet guitar strikes. The tributes to the movie “Office Space” are hilarious. This one is for all of us feeling like we are wasting our time. Those of us sitting like robots in the assembly line. “No Pegs”, comes up next with a master flow. This is my personal favorite song on the album. I reached out to Billie Riot for more information. “No pegs is all about the hundreds of crazy nights spent at Denver skate park and all the shady or crazy stuff that went down. There is one gap called “no pegs” that anyone who skates knows. It’s also an anti bmxer song just for some fun shit talking, because they always sit right at the landing of the gap.
So when I would land my trick I would power slide into them like a bowling ball until, they got the fuck out of the way. The hot dog cart lady would sell single cigs if you were in the know and I suspected she sold more than just that.” I’m not going to ruin this kick ass song with my personal thoughts, because it deserves more than that! This song needs a great video for it, wink! “Snakes”, follows “No Pegs”. That heavy skate punk sound returns. The track is just fun as hell and it’s about fireworks! It’s catchy as hell! “Secret Of The Pros” is up next and is probably my second favorite song. Listen to Trick Punch on this one and learn the secrets of the pros! This track has some wicked drums and some very impressive guitar riffs.
“Gyf”, is pure and furious. I suggest you add this to your “Break Shit” playlist. Throw this one on it right now! This one will have all those crazy drunk guys running straight for the pit. “One Track” is up next and likely the slowest track on the album. It has a darker, more emotional side. This one is heavy on bass and guitar shreds. It’s heartbreaking, yet relate-able on many levels.
“Bowser”, this track is just some plain fuckery from the band. Get your pogo shit on with this tune. “Luci” closes out this fucking rad record. Another prime example of excellent “Break Up Punk”. I love the thumping western sound. I should probably stop fan boying all over this album.
Trick Punch’s, “The Latest” is likely getting my vote for best local LP release. The amount of skate punk, old school rock, and even a hint of rockabilly will leave you coming back for another listen. This is the perfect album to introduce to those young skate punks in your life. Be sure to hit their release party show Saturday night at Streets of Denver with Bottom Bracket/Chemical X/Dryer Fire!
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One of the main reasons I love music is for the perspectives that music can provide. Music relays the tribulations of others so much more completely than writing or other forms of communication, in my opinion. The reason is, when you hear these messages in music, they’re amplified by the intensity and emotion of the instrumentation, and poetically arranged in a way that makes me think more about what the words are saying than what the words are, themselves.
The starkest revelations I’ve gotten from music have come from hip hop and rap. Perhaps because the views and experiences expressed in those genres paint a vastly different picture from the life I’ve known, and caused me to think HARD about some of the things I once believed, how I’ve treated people (unknowingly), and how I’ve had to change in order to help spread this knowledge to others like me, who may have been ignorant of how our thoughts and beliefs affect the lives of other people.
This is the experience I had while listening to “Punching Cows,” by The Vanilla Milkshakes.
The Vanilla Milkshakes are Denver’s only punk band comprised entirely of autistic members; and their music has a lot to say about how they feel on a day to day basis. The songs made me think back about how I talk… about how I act… about how I treat people… about times I’d done things right, and times I’d done things wrong… about how I personally felt, way back on the Elementary School playground, when I was excluded from the frivolity that was shared by everyone else after lunch and during recess or gym class.
A lot of the music is about feeling excluded and left out; or otherwise feeling undeserving, as a result of being left out and excluded. A lot of the music is about the frustration of losing friends.
I’ve been listening to this album for over two weeks now, and I’ve found a lot in my life that I need to atone for; and some things that I need to make right.
This album highlights some of the things I love most about music, as a whole. It’s an incredible album, and I highly recommend it to all who read this.