90’s And 2000’s Pop Punk Fans Rejoice! Hangtime Releases New ‘Destroy’ EP

Release Date: 09/25/2020                                                          

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Dental Records; https://www.facebook.com/rentalrecordspunk

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar

Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar

Dan Scicchitano – Bass

Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Too Many Days, When We Were Young, My Only One, Start All Over, Looking For You, and Radio Don’t Care

Sounds Like: Oldschool Greenday, TBR, The Livermores, Penske File, Lillngtons, Follow Ups, Sunset Silhouette and the Mazlows


Back in 2019 we posted our “What does punk mean to you?” video over on our Youtube channel. Now I don’t recall answering this question personally. Punk to me is being yourself no matter what and not allowing others or the government to control you. Punk can be political, it can be poppy and it can be hardcore. Most of all it can be whatever you want it to be. Why do I bring this up? I was raised on 70’s, 80’s and 90’s punk rock. 

Some of my favorite bands like Good Riddance, Propagandhi, NOFX, and yes even Green Day helped me form the person I am today. Toronto’s Hangtime released their new EP this morning called, “Destroy”. They have been releasing various singles in anticipation of “Destroy” and I have loved every one. You can read all our coverage on Hangtime here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/hangtime/. Why correlate my punk upbringing with “Destroy”? Let’s take a look into the EP to find out. 

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It starts with “Destroy!” which is a kick ass little instrumental. Next up is ‘Too Many Days”. This love song is for all of us who pine for the love of another. The vocals and melodic tone could easily pass as a pop punk song from the 90’s. It’s addictive, catchy and brings a smile to my face. Check out the hilarious video below! 

The next song is “When We Were Young”. Life seemed so much easier when we were younger. No bills, no mortgage/rent, going to punk shows, and best of all no Covid-19. Those days may be gone, but the memories will never fade. This track encapsulates that nostalgic feeling. I love drums and vocals on this track. 

“My Only One” follows and this track is fantastic. There’s something in the lyrical nature of this track that really pulls me in. Guitar and bass shine along with the vocals on this perfect song. I am not sure if this is a love song or a father talking to his children. I’d like to think it’s the latter. 

Now the next song, “Start All Over” is most definitely a love song. The melodic pop punk sound is not formulaic, and feels refreshing. “Looking For You” is next. The bass is killer on this song. This song feels a bit more on the hardcore side. When looking for love we all have so many questions to ask. 

The last and final track is my favorite song on “Destroy”. This song sounds straight outta 1996, while giving a nod to the Descendants and The Ramones. I was lucky back in the day to have friends to trade punk tapes with. Even back then the radio sucked and never played punk rock. I doubt that will really ever change. I’ll keep listening to my favorite punk podcasts, like Punk Tacos, The Cpra Denver Punk Rock podcast, and The Mable Syndrome Podcast

In reflection “Destory” is an EP we all need in a time where our future feels uncertain. Hangtime has meticulously crafted a record which not only appeals to my youth, but I cannot wait to share this one with my kids. Who knows maybe Hangtime will create another punk rock kid? I sure hope so!

Track List (Subject To Change)

DESTROY!

TOO MANY DAYS

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

MY ONLY ONE

START ALL OVER

LOOKING FOR YOU 

RADIO DON’T CARE

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Toronto’s Wasting Time Hits You In The Feels With “Only You”, Out Now

Release Date: April 10, 2020                         

Format: Digital 

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Vlad Bojco, Mike Quan, Mark Bedross

Favorite Tracks: Only You

Sounds Like: Good Riddance, NoFX, Descendants, and Sponge


If there’s one thing we need right now is more love songs! Let’s face it punk isn’t really known for its love songs. I know many would beg to differ, but overall punk is known more for it’s political leanings. Toronto’s Wasting Time released “Only You” back on April 10, 2020.

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This track while being brand new sounds like it’s right outta of a Tony Hawk Proskater game. I’m getting some serious 90’s feels with this track. Time to go play some Tony Hawk PS, eat some Doritos, and drink some Mtn Dew! Oh and this single cover is badass! Pick it up right here, https://wastingtimemusic.bandcamp.com/track/only-you

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Only You

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Keeping 90s Skatepunk Alive, Trashed Ambulance Releases, “Shorthanded”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital, cassette (limited to 100 copies, order now!!)

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jawsh
  • RB
  • Shark

Favorite Tracks: Open Road, Buy In, Round 3

Sounds Like: 90s Skate Punk, NoFX


Growing up, there was the holy trinity of punk rock labels. It was Epitaph, Hellcat, & Fat Records. This band takes me back to listening to the Fat Records for Fat People compilations. Obviously influenced by NoFX, a band that is apparently easy to hate on by many punks now, but fuck that hate stuff. I never understood how hating things & bands made you a more interesting person. They are a band still influencing great music, like Trashed Ambulance.

The band’s new EP, Shorthanded, isn’t set on reinventing music here, but they take a sound & do it well. Vocals & guitar that serve the sound very well. Excellent melodies that will stick in your head. Driving drums that are vital to giving the record the energy needed to make the band work. What stands out the most though, is the bass. I love bass solos, walking the bass instead of simply playing the notes. Rad bass lines throughout the EP.

Open Road is an excellent opening track for their new EP. it’s everything I mentioned above, & everything you need to know about how you’ll enjoy this record. Fun guitar and bass solos break up the end of Trash Queens, helping the track stand out. Buy In is a great self-deprecating track, “I’m never gonna win, so I might as well buy in.” Great hook. The standout lyric to me though, is from Round 3, the closing track from the band. “Don’t find solace by being a dick.” Great lyric, great message, fantastic song. Be good to each other, be good to this band. Check them out.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Open Road
  2. Super League
  3. Buy In
  4. The Very Best
  5. Trash Queen
  6. Round 3

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About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

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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