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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Colorsfade – “In Real Time”

 

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Release Date: August 30, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Location: Gatineau, Canada

Current Lineup:

  • Frank: Guitar
  • Jeff: Vocals + Drums
  • Yan: Guitar + Vocals
  • Gui: Bass

Favorite Tracks: United for Our World & Frozen in Time

Sounds Like: Melodic Punk – Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes


 

I grew up on 90s skate punk. Epitaph, Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat, Tooth & Nail, Fearless. An era where melodic punk was big. I could go through and name band after band with similar sounds, but I’ve never liked to play the “sounds like” game. I feel that it takes away from the artists’ own creativity. But if you were into the bands of that era, give this band a listen.

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The vocals are strong here. Jeff can sing. A range of pitch that’s not always needed in punk rock, but you’ll definitely appreciate it when you hear it. Backup vocals are great too. I do wish I heard a bit more of the scream that came in at the one minute mark of “Imposter.” But backup vocals were great as well throughout the record.

Drums were fast, as punk rock needs to be, but able to keep it interesting. Bass was exactly what it needed to be. But the real strength here was the guitar. It’s unmistakably the punk sub genre they are going for, but you can tell that they guy is a metal head & also loves his classic rock. Just listen to “Frozen in Time” & you’ll hear the metal licks in there.

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This record also have some fantastic cover art. I’d love for there to be a copy available on vinyl so the art could be fully appreciated. Art that is saying so much with a picture & is beautiful to look at. It matches the quality of music here.

Many great songs on here. “Invisible Man” is a great track about having faith in yourself & being comfortable with who you are. “Imposter” is catchy and will get stuck in your head. As I already mentioned, “Frozen in Time” is a lot of fun musically as well as lyrically.

But the standout track for me was “United for Our World.” Here I am writing this review, & we have yet another  story causing social media arguments. People are so quick to get distracted at whether or not a football player will stand for the National Anthem, & are either pissed that Nike is supporting them, or going out and spending inflated prices on shoes that were made in conditions & wages that are inhuman. Instead we need to focus on the real issues.

 

People are dying, and at an alarming rate. There’s a message everyone needs to hear from this track. The opening lyrics of the song, “Can’t you hear and see the people dying on the news? Or are you too busy concentrating on your views?” Are lyrics that sadly resonate more & more every day. “It takes more than one man, to give up on hatred.” Let’s unite around care for each other.

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Great song, great message, all from a band you need to check out.

Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Disaster
  3. United for Our World
  4. Take Your Time
  5. Loaded for Peace
  6. Get Your Acts Together
  7. Impostor
  8. Invisible Man
  9. Frozen in Time
  10. Back on Track
  11. Obedience

Links:

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

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.

Shift-D – This Message Will Self-Destruct

Release date: June 21, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Thousand Island Records, Crack Records, 206 Records

Location: Ontario, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Current Members:

Dan – Vocals & Guitar

Todd – Guitar & B.Vocals

Andrew – Bass & B.Vocals

Steve – Drums

Sounds Like: The Penske File, Filthy Hearts, Oh See Demons, The Follow Ups, The Brie Face

The Corps.

Favorite Tracks: Recovery, Reasons, Straight To Hell, Sorry, Vicious Memory, and One Man Show.


 

I have seen so many articles in the last few years with the headline, “Rock Is Dead”. The phrase commonly used by journalists to hook a reader. This phrase usually describes how EDM and Hip Hop/pop are destroying the popularity of good old fashioned rock n roll. I get Dan Ozzi’s point that mainstream rock is dying only to survive in genres and sects. His intro, “The phrase “rock is dead” makes people angry. Whisper it in seclusion at the top of the Himalayas and 30 people in CBGB shirts will materialise to drop some well, actuallys… on you.” Did video really kill the radio star, or did big media?

Rock N Roll will always survive even in tiny little amounts. Guitars will still shred and people will still bang their heads. My point is if the main pop rock industry is dying we NEED to support rock’s genres and sects.

We as a people need start buying physical copies and more merch. Can’t make that punk show you really wanted to see? Hit the band’s website and order their discog or a t-shirt.

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My rant leads me into some kick ass punks from Ontario, Canada, Shift – D. Their brand new ep releases today, ‘This Message Will Self Destruct’. This ep contains some great melodic, yet semi hardcore tracks.

Let’s break these down track by track in pure CPRA fashion. “Recovery”, is by far my absolute favorite track on the record. This song is pure angry political punk rock. The lyrics on this are fucking amazing. I can definitely see this one playing on some majors.

“Stop right now

Take a look around and I’ll tell you what I see

Disconnected humans staring down towards their feet

Maligned and angry

Spouting hating everything

All the while they hide behind their pixelated screens

As I look back at myself that sounds a lot like me

But I’m working hard on breaking free

from the anger inside me

Cause I’m well on my way to a road of recovery”.

That’s some pretty powerful shit, combined with some awesome shreds on guitar, great vocals and drums. It definitely make we want to break shit, yet it remains hopeful for change.

Let’s move on to, “Reasons”. I really love the message. This is true, as we coined it, “Break Up Punk”. We all look for reasons to hang onto something that’s falling apart. This has a very melodic sound it.

“Crowns And Anchors”, slows it down a little. It takes reference from the dice game, named the same. We are all rolling the dice in the game of life. This is another melodic gem. “Straight To Hell”, comes back ripping. The drums are fantastic backed by Dan’s vocals. It’s angry, yet poetic. Again this one has a strong chance of landing on the major airwaves.

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“Sorry”, brings back the melodic with hardcore mix. This is song is about growing up and taking personal accountability. On to “Vicious Memory”, another more on the hardcore almost rock n roll side. I really love the chorus, guitar and bass; they seem to blend seamlessly together. “One Man Show” has a simple and lovely reggae/ska sound. This song is beautifully written.

Alright I bet you’re done with my mumblings, ok, pure self-genius thought. Let’s wrap this one up. Canadian Punk is keeping, Rock N Roll very alive. Almost all of the Canadian punk albums I’ve listened to. Almost seem to have their own story lines. I think this aspect is what makes you remember your favorite albums and why others may seem more forgettable. Speaking of forgettable songs, Bad Religions new song, “The Kids Are Alt-Right”, is pretty damn forgettable. Did some tour roadie drop this in Greg’s bag?

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Shift-D’s new ep has a storyline and we fucking love it.

“This Message Will Self-Destruct”, is an 8 track experience through the eyes of punk rock. The different and intriguing sounds they bring leave the listener wanting more. Oh and by the way you can as of today. Buy their entire discography on bandcamp for $11.70! That’s fucking wicked!

Links:

Website: http://www.shift-dmusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shift.D96/

Bandcamp: https://shiftd.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1N4wMmNMZy8SpH9OABWYfo

CPRA Spotify June Reviews Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/7HjfPGhWOVpByOa6gPNQSd

The Brie Face – First Serving

Release date: February 2, 2018

Format : Digital

Website : http://revsoul.com/

Label: DIY

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)
Marc Paraschuk – (Guitar,Vocals)
Michel Nastas – (Bass,Vocals)
Anthony Farina – (Drums)
Ariel Bouchard – (Guitar)

Our Favorite Track(s) : Walking Wounded and Nice Guys Finish Last

Sounds Like : Face To Face and The Ramones


 

Montreal’s The Brie Face released First Serving back on February 2, 201. So maybe this review is a bit late, like in true American fashion. As Americans we tend to poke fun at our northern neighbors all in good fun. As I’m sure they do us as well!

First Serving is band’s first full album release, totaling 11 songs. They remind me of a mix between Face To Face and The Ramones. Although I also hear other influences such as Bowie and some Springsteen. All of their songs on this album are very relatable to the human condition. “But.. there’s just one thing I could never buy and that’s your drama for nothing”…

 

This album is a blast of great rock and punk in your face. The amazing drums keep your head moving, while the riffs seamlessly rip through the album. Overall I enjoyed the album immensely. Hopefully a new full length album is on the way! Pick up The Brie Face, “First Serving” here https://thebrieface.bandcamp.com/album/first-serving . Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/thebrieface/ . Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/thebrieface/ .