Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit – “Light It Up”

Release Date: August 10, 2018

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Spokane, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Sid Broderius
  • Jasen Moser
  • Anthony Accardo
  • Ruben Gunion

Favorite Tracks: Broken Bottles, The Last Time, Wasting Your Time,

Sounds Like: Face to Face, Filthy Hearts, FOL, Off The Mark, Latte+, Stacked Like Pancakes, StreetLight Manifesto  and The Follow Ups


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Just when you think No Affiliation Records is done kicking some serious ass. Another great band pops out of nowhere. We’ve reviewed some really amazing fucking records by, Fourbanger, Off The Mark, FOL, and now today Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit! Here at CPRA we despise the major media companies. We miss the days when local radio was run by local companies, instead now we have the likes of Iheartradio.

My favorite radio station of all time was called 92X. Back in 1995, yeah I sound like Uncle Rico, 92X was the only radio station to play constant great alternative music. The played funk, punk, and underground hip hop. It was also the first time I heard bands like Black Flag, Social D, and OP Ivy. I was instantly hooked.

We are strong supporters of smaller record labels like, Lockjaw, No Affiliation, Stomp, and Thousand Islands. These labels are keeping punk fresh while introducing great bands you may never hear on the radio. We hope every band we love hits it big, but sadly we know the mainstream industry would rather continue its tradition of pushing out the same crap over and over again.

So let’s talk about another kick ass No Affiliation band, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit! The veteran Northwestern band formed in Spokane after spending time with the Grocery Boys and Storm Normandy. Their latest full album release, “Light It Up” is out now on all major music distributors.

So let’s check out, “Light It Up”. The album starts off with, “Broken Bottles”. The first thing that came to mind is how the sound is very original. We have our little, “Sounds Like” area to you give a sort of brief genre view. I really dig the opening riff and drums on this song.

It’s speaks of making reparations for past mistakes and substance abuse. Something most of us can identify with. Next up is, “Stoned In Wyoming”. This one has some great drums, and vocals.  It sounds a bit on the Face To Face side, yet maintains its own sound. I really like the lyrics.

“Stoned in Wyoming

Without my northwest friends

It’s starting to bore me, am I driving down a dead end?

I’m driving 2,000 miles

And it’s gonna take a while

To find my fucking place”

As any band may know touring is hard on the mind, body and soul. Now this song may not relate to touring at all, but I feel anybody can relate to being far away from home. Next up on the track list is “The Last Time”. This one is a bit faster and harder than the previous songs. I love this track! There’s some great skapunk on this one.

 

“Dead Or Alone”, is the next one up. This one has a very familiar ska riff. This is probably my second favorite track on the record. The trumpet is perfectly placed to blend in perfectly with the rest of the band. The hooks leading into the progression are remarkable. The lyrics are phenomenal.

“You let the lies slip off your tongue

And you can’t get enough

Of hurting the ones you love

And I don’t give a fuck

If they’re still there when I get home

I’d be better off dead or alone “

 

“Halloween”, this one reminds me a bit of “Bro Hymn”, by Pennywise. It does not really sound anything like Bro Hymn, however it relates to losing a close friend. We as a scene are a close knit community and it hurts to lose someone. “ Hard To Be Strong”, this song starts out like an anthem. This one has some killer lyrics, and guitar hooks.

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“At The Stake”, is up next on the record. Here’s another song that deals with some deep reflection. The drums are really the highlight on this one. “Call It Off”, the skapunk returns! This has some great classic ska hooks. The vocals really push the meaning. Our youthfulness seems to fly by.

“By The Throat” is the next track up. This one speeds it up a bit. The riffs absolutely shred on this one. “I’m not fucking up, I’m just losing my shit.”. How many times have we said that in our own lives? “Detached”, this one is a bit slower than most of the songs on the record. “I’ve been mixing up, self destruction and romance”. I can personally relate to this song . How many personal relationships have been destroyed by our own self destruction?

“Wasting Your Time”, this is another favorite for me on the record. The classic skapunk sound comes roaring back. This song kicks ass! “Like A Shadow”, head to the pit for this one. “Temperamental Timebomb”, is up next. Again this track has some amazing lyrics. “My brain is a temperamental timebomb, waiting to go off”. Man that’s some deep shit. “Written Together”, here’s another skapunk gem. This one is about a failed punk band and a failed friendship. “Line Wolf”, is up next and the last song on the record. The drums again really shine on this track, along with some great vocals!

Overall, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit, have composed a fantastic album. “Light It Up, contains a little something for everyone. This album is yet another great addition to the No Affiliation library! I spoke with Sid to get some information like tours and such. “No tour planned yet, but we’ll hit the road in Spring. We’re always writing, Ruben and I wrote a new song Yesterday. We have all played in bands together in the past. Storm Normandy, The Grocery Boys, Death By Pirates, etc. I started this project as a way to record songs I never got a chance to play in bands and it kind of spiraled into a serious project made up of amazing musicians.” Pick it up today here, https://theemergencyexit.bandcamp.com/album/light-it-up-2 .

Tracks: Per Bandcamp

  1. Broken Bottles
  2. Stoned In Wyoming
  3. The Last Time
  4. Dead Or Alone
  5. Halloween
  6. Hard To Be Strong
  7. At The Stake
  8. Call It Off
  9. By The Throat
  10. Detached
  11. Wasting Your Time
  12. Like A Shadow
  13. Temperamental Timebomb
  14. Written Them Together
  15. Lone Wolf

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sidbroderiusandtheemergencyexit/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/391073561246728/sid-broderius-and-the-emergency-exit/

Bandcamp: https://theemergencyexit.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oZHCWlyZh8RaqStlhOSSZ

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1nRnn7d38PUcSfTP5lhrtR

FoL – “Therapathy”

FoL – “Therapathy”

Release date: July 20, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

JChris- Drums/Vocals

Dave- Bass/Vocals

Aaron- Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Hate To Hear, Breathe Or Die, Jesse, Victim’s Anthem

Sounds Like: Lagwagon, Descendents, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Off The Mark, Fourbanger,  and The Windermeres,


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Back in April 2018 I reviewed, FOL’s Kinda…. But Seriously EP.  I loved that EP and still think it’s one of the best releases of 2018. On that note, No Affiliation Records continues it’s role of producing awesome music. See our past reviews here with the #NAR tag. I personally think labels like No Affiliation and Lockjaw Records that will be the death of iHeartRadio.

The 3 piece band continues to blow me away with their music. Let’s check out their latest upcoming release, “Therepathy”. The ep starts off with, ‘Hate To Hear’. This is already the FOL I know and love. This one has awesome drums, a somewhat melodic yet hardcore sound. The guitar shred on this one is sweet.

‘Breathe Or Die’ rolls up next on the song list. The lyrics on this one are great. The drums, combined with the vocals and guitar really pull this song together. It’s catchy and loveable, although a bit on the dark side, probably one of my favorites. You probably need to watch the pit on this one.

‘Jesse’ is up next on the record. I have to admit I wasn’t emotionally prepared for this song. This is an extremely well written song, about losing a loved one to suicide. It’s about thinking and wondering who that person would be today. I can see this song hitting the pops, easily.

“Who would you be?

If you made it through the Darkness?

Who would you be

If you were here with us today?

Who would you be, if you made it through the darkness

Who would you be?

Who would you be ?”

‘A Quick Drink’, c’mon now everybody know there’s no such thing as a quick drink. This one shows us FOL’s hardcore and speedpunk sound. It’s alot quicker than that drink of yours. ‘Sour Grapes’, shows why I love FOL. The mix of pop punk with hardcore is amazing. One minute you’re banging your head. The next you’re singing along with the melody.

The shreds on this make for an epic skatepunk song. ‘Victim’s Anthem’, comes next on the record. This slows it down with a powerful message for all those who suffer. I love the melody and poppunk style sing along.

FOL – “Therapathy” releases 7/20/218!

‘Cat Videos (and Propaganda)’, this anger fueled tune is sure to have you headed to the pit. While we sit behind screens watching cat videos and political propaganda. Our governments are taking away our freedoms one by one. Do you wish to sit idle by and watch? This hardcore song shreds with kick ass drums!

Let’s wrap the review up. FoL has produced yet another amazing record. This ep has something for just about every fan of punk in general. They are starting to set a standard of wonderful song after another. Don’t let this one escape and pick it up today! This one has been added to the list for ep contender of the year.

Track Listing: (Subject To Change)

1. Hate To Hear

2 .Breathe Or Die

3. Jessie

4. A Quick Drink

5. Sour Grapes

6. Victim’s Anthem

7. Cat Videos (and propaganda)

 

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstorlastaz/

Bandcamp: https://firstorlastaz.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstorlastband/

 

Off The Mark- Aging Disgracefully

Release date: June 24, 2018

Album Release Party at the Yucca Tap Room with System Restore in Tempe, AZ

Format: Compact disc and Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Tempe, AZ

Current Lineup: (Facebook)

  • Cole Tonge
  • Paul Levesque
  • Martin McDevitt

Our Favorite Track(s): Stay, We’re Doing Alright, The Answer, Permanent Holiday, Success In Moderation.

Sounds Like: Descendants, Face To Face, MXPX, Stray The Course, The Bricheros


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You know that odd feeling you get when you locate some awesome new music? It’s like a blast of serotonin to the brain. It makes you smile, pass it onto friends, and creates lifelong sustaining memories? Ok so maybe I’m caught in a bad bandmance with Off The Mark’s latest release,  “Aging Disgracefully”.

Off The Mark is returning from a 6 year hiatus. They haven’t missed a beat! The EP starts out with. “The Answer”. “Your answer to going nowhere, is giving up before your last try”. Now that’s some pretty powerful shit. Combine with great lyrics, kick ass drums, and pop punk riffs. This is probably one of my favorites off the EP. “When You Say”, slows it down a bit questioning the struggle of a relationship, but searching for hope. Is love lost?

“On My Own”, talks of struggling on your own. Searching to find your place in this thing we call life. Hell I just turned 40 not long ago, but one thing I’ve learned I’m done being someone I’m not. This track is full of hope, and I love it.

“I Don’t Need This”, A song about dealing with life’s changes. I really enjoyed harmonization and guitar riffs on this one. “Success In Moderation”, is about making mistakes, and taking every little win as a win. This song fits our definition of, “Break Up Punk” to a T! “Last Chance” is great song about living life one day at a time. I adore this song as well. You will be singing the chorus long after the track is over.

So let’s head over to “Permanent Holiday”. Alright this song is about walking away from a bad situation and finding you again. “Well I’m packing up everything, I’m heading on a permanent holiday vacation in the sun away from you”. If you need something to help you walk away from something bad in your life. Put this track on and walk right outta the door!

The song, “Stay” slows in down a little. I loved the background guitar and drums in the intro. This is plain and simple a beautifully well written love song. Not in that sappy kinda way, but heartfelt. Let’s move onto, “Same Old Song”. We really see the more harcore side to Off The Mark on this one. They bring a darker and harder sound on this one.

“We’re Doing Alright”, starts out with some great acoustic guitar. The intro builds into all- encompassing assault of pop punk. This is by far my favorite track off the album! The message, the music, combined to leave a memorable experience. I’m praying Off The Mark comes through Denver. Oh please great Spaghetti Monster bring them through!

We asked Off The Mark’s, Paul Levesque for more background information from the band and here is his reply, “The band started In early 2000s in Mesa az. We have put out 2 EPs. You’re so five years ago and point of reference. We have been on hiatus for about 6 years. We decided to start it back up again. We just played our first show In that time last weekend. We are having a dual release show with system Restore (also on no affiliation) June 24 at yucca tap room In Tempe, AZ.”

Alright let’s call this a wrap. Off The Mark is continuing the So Cal style of pop punk we have all come to love and admire. Their lyrics combined with powerful bass, guitar riffs, and drums, becomes a must download for this album. They are also on No Affiliation label, which by the way is adding great punk to it’s libary daily. Be sure to check out some our past NAR reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews .

You can pick up, “Aging Disgracefully” here, on June 24, 2018, https://noaffiliationrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aging-disgracefully. You can pick up the physical version and merch here, https://noaffiliationrecords.com/shop?olsPage=products. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/offthemarkaz/. Make sure to follow No Affiliation Records as well!