https://ffm.to/thehope

Release Date: October 15, 2021

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: Nottinghamshire, England

Band Members – 

Ken Bonsall – Lead singer & acoustic guitar.

Dan Booth – Violin & lead vocals on some songs.

Johnny Edwards – Multi-instrumentalist.

Ryan Brooks – Guitar

John Alexander – Bassist

Alex Smith – Drummer

Favorite Tracks: Haul Away Joe, Pentrich Rising, Victims, Broken Soldier, The Hope, Exiled Life (The Chase), Khatyn, 1914, Born Under Punches, Punk Police, Slayed The Traveller, Parting Glass, and Mairi’s Wedding Pt 4

Sounds Like: The Tossers, Dropkick Murphys, Rumjacks, Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly and The Pogues


CPRA is no stranger to great folk punk. We’ve covered so many greats over the years like, Bridge City Sinners, Days N’ Daze, Gogol Bordello, The Rumjacks, Flogging Molly and Frank Turner. Today is a great day as we get to review “The Hope” by Ferocious Dog. The last time we reviewed an FD album was way back in 2018 with the “Red Album”. Oh I did mention “The Hope” is currently charting it’s way to the top 20 in the UK!

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Ferocious Dog released “The Hope’ on October 15, 2021 to coincide with World Mental Health. This album is packed with amazing track after track. In fact no matter what I write I simply cannot give this album as much praise as it deserves. Let’s checkout some of my favorite tracks. The first killer track is “Haul Away Joe” an Irish traditional (sea shanty) cover. The accordion and violin set the scene for a beautiful yet haunting sea journey. As the song speeds up the bass and drums drive this track into a deep and powerful anthem. 

Pic by Marielle Groot Obbink

I am a huge Celtic folk/punk fan. The fact that I’ve never heard this song before drives me a bit mad. With the research I conducted on this track. I’d say Ferocious Dog’s version is definitely my favorite cover. Next up is “Pentrich Rising”. It references the great labor revolution of 1817. This song will have you pumping your fist in unity, “A night for revolution, a night to fight, a call to arms in England, all workers must unite”. We need this all over the world right now!

The next track, “Victims” will have you running to join the pit. Not only is it a great follow up to “Pentrich Rising”, but it’s about staying united and fighting political corruption and slave wages. “Broken Soldier” is up next and will pull at those old heart strings. How many soldiers went off to war only to return as shadows of their former selves? Most of us born after America ended the draft will never know what a soldier goes through on the battlefield. So help out our vets instead of raising your nose. 

My next favorite track is “The Hope”. Warning this song/video contains depictions of suicide or sucidial harm and may not be suitable for all listeners. On that note, this song will make you cry. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. The intro piano starts our journey and also the welling of my tears. This song should be in the top charts across the world! 

Let’s move on to, “Exiled Life (The Chase). This song speeds the record back up. It’s energy, it’s hope and everything we need in our lives. This track is catchy and fun. As punks we all lead an exiled life. We color our hair, we listen to unpopular music, we are all different from what society expects us to be. Instead of being ashamed, embrace this exiled life we have chosen. I wish someone would’ve taken the time with me to say, “It’s ok to be different and it’s ok to be just you”. If your likes and lives make you a happy person, stay the course.

So many good tracks on this so far! “Khatyn” is up next. The song references the 1943 Khatyn massacre. Per Wikipedia, “On 22 March 1943, almost the entire population of the village was massacred by the Schutzmannschaft Battalion 118 in retaliation for an attack on German troops by Soviet partisans.” We as a people can never let the atrocities the Nazi’s committed, happen ever again. 

Pic by Graham Whitmore

Let’s roll on. “1914” is a beautiful acoustic track about a soldier leaving to fight in World War I. “Born Under Punches” comes in swinging. This track is by far my favorite on the record. It’s fast, heavy, and relatable. Sometimes you can only rely on yourself. Now it’s time for some rock N roll with, “Punk Police”. We all know who the “Punk Police” are aka “The gatekeepers of punk music and subculture”. They will judge you for everything under the sun. Again I must reiterate Punk Rock Saves Lives motto,  

Positivity

Unity

Nurture

Kindness

If you are one of these gatekeepers I think you will find out you have less “Real friends” than you think you do! “Slayed The Traveller” is next up and continues the speed of “Punk Police”. It’s energy will have you up and dancing away. Grab a good beer and turn this tune on! One of my favorite Scottish traditional songs is next and it’s the “Parting Glass”. Every time I hear this song. I cannot help, but shed a wee tear for those who’ve gone before me. Ferocious Dog’s version is now my favorite. 

Get this on vinyl now! https://thehope.ferociousdog.co.uk/products/the-hope-deluxe-digipack

It’s time for another killer sea shanty with, “The Sea Shepherd”. This song is just plain fun which salutes the fine work the folks at The Sea Shepherd are doing. Pirates sure love their gold, but I think they love the ocean more and keeping it clean and poacher free. “Will You? (feat. Hazel O’Connor)” is a beautiful duet love song. I honestly didn’t expect this song and love it! Our final track is “ Mairi’s Wedding pt.4”. This is a solid way to end the record before going into the “1914 Reprise”. 

After listening heavily to Ferocious Dogs “The Hope”.  I can say with certainty that is my favorite record of 2021. “The Hope” is a clear winner. With tracks like, Haul Away Joe, Pentrich Rising, Victims, Broken Soldier, The Hope, Exiled Life (The Chase), Khatyn, 1914, Born Under Punches, Punk Police, Slayed The Traveller, Parting Glass, and Mairi’s Wedding Pt 4 this record keeps on giving and giving. If you’re facing uncertainty, need to smile, pay your respects, or just want a bit of craic. Put on “The Hope” now!

Be sure to pick this up on vinyl before the pre-orders close, https://thehope.ferociousdog.co.uk/

Track List

  1. Port Isaac
  2. Haul Away Joe
  3. Pentrich Rising
  4. Victims
  5. Broken Soldier
  6. The Hope
  7. Exiled Life (The Chase)
  8. Khatyn
  9. 1914
  10. Born Under Punches
  11. Punk Police
  12. Slayed The Traveler
  13. Parting Glass
  14. Sea Shepherd
  15. Will You?
  16. Mairi’s Wedding pt.4
  17. 1914 (Reprise)

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FerociousDog/

Website – Music and Merch! https://ferociousdog.co.uk/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ferociousdog.fd/

Listen Now – https://ffm.to/thehope

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5PZ7FELSdjX5ftgAKT7foX

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Release Date: April 16, 2021

Format: Digital

Label: IM Records

Location: Portland, Oregon

Photo by Bryon Jeremy – @bryon.jeremy (Instagram)

Album Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

Libby Lux – Lead Vocals & Banjolele
Michael Sinner – Resonator Guitar
Lightnin’ Luke – Fiddle
Clyde McGee – Banjo
Scott Michaud – Upright Bass

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS
Supporting back up vocals on “Rock Bottom” by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D’Amario, & Spencer Mode of the all mighty Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Supporting screams on “The Fear” by Veronica Sendejas & Jesse Edward Sendejas. Supporting back up vocals on “Unholy Hymns” by Connor O’Neal, Shawn D’Amario, Spencer Mode, Whitney Flynn & a girl named Lyz. Trombone on “Unholy Hymns” by Andrew Carew of Larry and His Flask. Guitar on “The Devil’s Swing” played by Clyde McGee.

ALBUM ART
Front cover BCS symbol designed by Michael Sinner. Back cover victrola art by Anastasia Guzinskaya. Layout and all other album art by Cud Eastbound.

THE RECORDING
Engineered & Mixed by Jesse Payne at LowShelf Recording in Portland, OR
Engineered & produced by Lightnin’ Luke
Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio in Portland, OR
Mastering for vinyl by Adam Gonsalves Telegraph Audio Portland, OR
All songs written by the Bridge City Sinners

Favorite Tracks: The Devil’s Swing, Rock Bottom, Departed, Love Of Mine, The Legend of Olog​-​hai, Pt. 1 and 2, The Damned, and Unholy Hymns

Sounds Like: Days N’ Daze, Amigo the Devil, Crow Cavalier, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Flogging Molly, Frank Turner, The Dolly Rots, The Jazz Spiders, The Damed, and The Dead South


Photo Credit Bryon Jeremy – @bryon.jeremy (Instagram)

As summer comes to an end. Things begin to get colder and darker. The shadows grow bigger, as daylight is slowly overtaken. The dead rise to to walk among the living and Bridge City sinners are leading the pack with their new release, “Unholy Hymns”. The record actually has two amazing stories combined into 11 tracks. The record begins, “The Devil’s Swing”, plunges the listener into a darkened barroom where the shadows playfully dance to this jazz infused track. The skeletons arise as if commanded by Lightnin’ Luke’s incredible fiddle. You too will be dancing along under the Devil’s magic spell. This track has some huge potential for movies and TV shows as it currently sits at 2k streams on YouTube.

Now our barroom is empty except for one single solitary soul and a band behind her. They are covered in darkness. As if to provide comfort from shadow only. Libby Lux’s vocals on “Rock Bottom” will draw you as she sings her tale. The Devil plays bartender has he continues to provide the nonstop rounds of alcohol. Every aspect of the track is beautifully written.

“Depression, Hello my old friend, It’s so good to see you again, At least with you I won’t die alone”

Rock Bottom – Unholy Hymns – Bridge City Sinners

Call in the skeletons the party has returned on “Departed”. It’s time to dance to this lively track. Be ready as you cannot control it. You’re under Libby’s spell now, move those dancing shoes! “Pick Your Poison” continues this zombie-like trance. Here’s another track with large potential. The story seems to be about getting over a lover, and having as much fun as possible in the process. The old Appalachian sound is given new life by Libby and amazing back up vocals. “Devil Like You”, tells the tale of a marriage gone bad and how it can turn seemingly normal folk into monsters. Unfortunately I am unsure who the male supporting vocal is on the track, but he is damn good!

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“Love of Mine” feels like it changes the tone from a 30-40’s sound to more of an early 50-60’s iconic sound side like The Animals or the Shangri La’s. Libby’s vocal’s feel like a cross between Amy Winehouse and Adele, and meet in the middle to provide a perfect overlay, while the backup singers support from the wings. I can picture our barroom dark and spooky, with a single spotlight on our singer. Only going out to focus on our skeletal dance troupe as they return to take the stage. The heavy bass brings us closer to end as we start our journey into the forest.

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Deep in the dark forest of the Appalachian mountains a demon sits waiting for you to join him on, “The Legend of Olog​-​hai, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2”. Acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, lead you into this forlorn journey only to arrive within the demon’s cave. This may be a reference to the mountain trolls from J. R. R. Tolkien’s, “Lord of The Rings”. As Libby sings the tale, our demon joins in singing the ballad, giving the track a terrifying tone, yet as I listened, a little hesitant and unsure, I was glued to her voice and remaining humanity.

Our heroine has escaped the cave and trudges through the forest as “The Fear” extends its massive black cloud. A dark mass of foreboding uncertainty and all consuming evil, that destroys all in it’s path. The demon continues to echo Libby as she screams in pure agony. The tune reminds me of Disney’s “The Headless Horseman” as Ichabod Crane tries to flee from certain death. Will Libby meet her fate as did poor old Ichabod? We are nearing the end with “The Damned”. The full orchestra brings doom and gloom, as poor Libby is consumed by the Fear.

Photo by Bryon Jeremy & photo editing by Divine Chaos Art

Our heroine has met her fate as we have reached the end of the story with, “Unholy Hymns”. The gentle pick of the acoustic guitar will not save her now as she confronts her past and future. This is by far my favorite track as orchestra and trombone lead her descent into the bowels of hell. Andrew Carew’s trombone (Larry and His Flask) is outright phenomenal.

“Matthew, Mark, Luke And James, It’s Time To March The Saints To Their Graves, It’s Me Against The World In This Fable, Which One Is Cain And Which One Is Abel?”

Unholy Hymns – Unholy Hymns – Bridge City Sinners

In conclusion, Bridge City Sinners, “Unholy Hymns”, is an amazing piece of dark Americana with a story driven musical singalong. The potential for this album to hit movies and television will not only help achieve new fans, but keep present day fans asking for more. The very best part about “Unholy Hymns”? It doesn’t matter how punk rock you think you are. You’ll be dancing to that swing beat in no time.

You can catch Bridge City Sinners tonight in Colorado Springs, 10/01 and 10/02 Denver (With Daze N Days). Oh and you luck folks going to the festivals below can see them as well! CPRA has more in store with BCS. Stay Tuned!

Psycho Fest – Las Vegas, NV (Aug,2021)
Punk Rock Bowling – Las Vegas (Sep,2021)
Muddy Roots – Cookeville, TN (Sep,2021)
Moonrunners – Chicago, IL (Oct,2021)
The Fest – Gainesville, FL (Oct,2021)
Boomtown Fair – United Kingdom (2022)
Rebellion Fest – United Kingdom (2022)
Resist to Exist – Berlin, Germany (2022)
SBÄM Fest, Tabakfabrik, Linz, Austria (2022)

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She’s whirling up the criss-cross stairs of a New York staircase when we connect. She tells me she has just woken up. It’s 10:30pm in New York. I take another sip of my cab sav and buckle up. It’s gonna be a ride. We talk about everything aside from the questions I have so diligently prepared. Those are no longer needed, nor wanted. She opens the door to the apartment she shares with her partner. They are sectioning out a loft space utilizing link chain and what appears to be cast-off wooden front doors. Guitars adorn the walls punctuated by scraps of papered art and the authentic weathered brick that every eatery in Denver aspires to emulate. 

CPRA: Hey tell me about your cat? 

Whitney Flynn: Ya this rescue cat is 4 and has barely any teeth, name’s Kiko. 

CPRA: Did Kiko inspire the video for Addvice? (My notes: flying cat loses his shit) 

WF: Nah.

Courtesy of Whitney Flynn, Facebook

CPRA: Do you have a favorite joke?

WF: Oh my fucking god, yes. This is a horrible fucking joke- the first time I heard it I laughed for an uncomfortable amount of time. 

What did Cinderella say when she got to the ball? 

<insert gagging sounds here>

CPRA: <laughing hysterically> First time?

Courtesy of Days N Daze

CPRA: Tell us about your most recent Days N Daze release, “Show me the Blueprints”.

WF: I feel like this is the first album that people actually took us seriously. We are our songs, we are writing our life story. I was just like, let’s believe in the process to get there. Everybody is fucking broken, but you don’t have to be that bad person. I found an appreciation for my hurt. After I listened to the master for the first time I was like “What the fuck did you just create?” My voice is louder than my own narrative. 

CPRA: It seems there is a difference in the harmonies on “Show me the Blueprints” and your earlier work- is there something new going on? 

WH: (Marked excitement, nodding in agreement) It was all Johnny (John Carey of Old Man Markley). Johnny is the King of Harmonies. With him, you’re allowed to grow and still be yourself. 

CPRA: Do you have a favored track from “Show Me the Blueprints”?

WF: Rewind! I fucking love that song! I wrote it in an hour. I was going through withdrawals. It wasn’t like I wanted a high. I needed something more. I suppose that’s what addicts say, what we all say. I didn’t want the high. I just wanted to be in control of my brain. I wrote this manic love letter to myself- where did your dreams go? Where did everything you aspire to, go?

Courtesy of Days N Daze

CPRA: You have a new split with Andrew Paley from The Static Age; “Caroline”. Can you expand on this song and how it came into existence? 

WF: They (Management? Aliens? Never did clear that up…) picked this song out for us and I listened to it like 50 times. And cried like 5 times. It was serendipitous. I love that song, it is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. This was our (Jesse and Whitney) first time recording separate from each other, and my first time recording myself to send over. Such an incredibly rewarding experience. Everyone is trying to find their worth and sometimes the opportunity is just sprung on you. And I did it. 

CPRA: So you recorded in New York?

WF: Yea, I recorded here, Jesse in Texas.

CPRA: And this was through FLIX AGENCY in Berlin? 

WF: Yea, we didn’t know Andrew (Paley) until we covered his song. 

(Caroline was mixed by Kay Petersen and mastered by Jurik Maretzki)

WF: This experience reminds me why we chose this label (Fat Wreck Chords). They’re friends- not pushing you into things. You forget that you are human sometimes. It’s not the feeling of “feed me bullshit and make me look pretty”.

5 Finger Discount from google

CPRA: What are you listening to?

WF: Attaboy! Oh my gosh, so great! They messaged me back on Facebook! Mac Miller. Mall Rat. Amy O. Post Malone- his song “Circles”- I’m gonna be THAT BITCH who plays it on the ukulele! I get asked to listen to a lot of bands and even if I fucking hate it, there has to be someting that I love. 

CPRA: So what have you been up to during the shitshow also known as 2020?

WH: My quarn is I’m just gonna shave my eyebrows forever. I couldn’t find a perfect planner, so I started prototyping my own. I love spreadsheets and post-it notes and highlighters. (She starts pulling reams of paper and packages of neon markers from a blue rolling cart and waving them around like a game show prize model.) There’s a crazy planner community- I found these perfect clips and was like “Yay! All the cool planner people have them!” As far as all of my addictions go, I’m not sure it’s the healthiest! I’ve got some 120# paper (waves that around) and some vellum. My partner Sturgeon (Scott Sturgeon/STZA) got me a craft cart for Christmas. It has three shelves and I’m happy. I should be sponsored by planners. (She busts out another brick of paper) See this- this is the good shit! Oh, and I have a printer now! Here’s my planner. Get your shit together- I’m a different person every day.

Sturgeon also got me this camera for me to play with. It’s a… uhhh Sony Ziess. I like messing around to see what does what instead of watching YouTube videos and saving time. It’s not a two dimensional relationship (with Sturgeon). I told him if I “had to spend the rest of my life with just one person, it would be you” and he’s like “we’re already doing that”. We are in a one bedroom apartment in New York. 

(The atmosphere changes, she becomes quiet and solemn.)

It’s been a rough year. My partner lost his best friend recently.

CPRA: The entire community felt the loss of Alec (Baillie), we mourn beside you. He will be sorely missed.

WF: I lost 16 people this year, including my tattoo artist that did these tattoos (motions to her eyes; which are marked by tiny green lines, a sort of hybrid between kitten whiskers and eye crinkles). I got these tattoos because they are my smile lines. They aren’t ever going to go away. 

CPRA: Fuck ya. Don’t ever give up. PMA is key. 

WF: I talked with my therapist two days ago. I suppose I’m constantly running away from being jaded. I felt it creeping up on me, that harsh apathy, that disconnect. I felt myself looking at everything and just despising it. Trying to get over these hurdles, like I’ve been here before and I smiled again- that’s pretty much how I deal with my depression. I’m grateful for my band- finding the little joys; it fucking makes a difference. A distraction from the harsh reality. You never get to know what happens if you dip out. I think we need to give each other a little more of a fighting chance. You gotta fight for that shit. Or distract yourself. Go to Buzzfeed and take a quiz. Be like: who am I? You are a pancake with a smile on the side. You are lightly powdered.

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(We go outside for a smoke and hear what sounds like music) 

WF: Hey this is my favorite song! Is he (Sturgeon) working on something new?

CPRA: I don’t know but it sounds pretty cool. 

(We realize at the same time we are listening to construction sounds and it bangs. This is how desperate the world is for shows- we both confused construction noise for music.) 

WF: Hey check out this Gretsch I just bought for $250! Isn’t she pretty? (She brandishes a 5 string Hunter green Gretsch)

CPRA: (Nodding) Yeah those Gretsch are a piece of art. 

WH: I had to leave all my guitars behind in Texas when I moved to New York. This is the first place I have ever lived for more than a few months. I remember back in Texas, when I first bought my trumpet it was between paying the electricity and paying for the trumpet, and as you do, I paid for the trumpet. 

CPRA: Excellent choice. 

CPRA: Are there any benefits to livestreaming as opposed to playing a stage? 

WF: My anxiety (on stage) got really bad. It made me very cold and unresponsive. When I got on stage, I just choked. If you think too much about existing, it trips you up. My new reality was ‘I’m scared of performing, I’m afraid of playing’. I looked fly as fuck though! And then Covid happened.

CPRA: I read that Jesse loves playing 7th Circle, one of our prized spaces here in Denver. 

WF: I know 7th Circle! I love 7th Circle!!! Aaron Saye & Crew were genuinely one of my earliest influences with booking shows in Houston. There’s this pic of my playing “Blue Jays” with the crowd in the background- I do believe that playing 7C was the first time we really felt like we “made it”.

(I looked everywhere for this photo. If you have this picture, please send to krista@coloradopunkrockarmy.com and we will publish it with photo credit.)

Courtesy of Days N Daze, Facebook

CPRA: How did “Go Fuck Yourself” land as a secret track on “Show Me the Blueprints”? 

WF: (to Sturgeon) Hey, she’s asking about “Go Fuck Yourself”, do you want to answer this? 

Sturgeon: Who are you? 

CPRA: Colorado Punk Rock Army

Sturgeon: Haha! We had this Lyft lady who was completely naked drive us from Denver- Colorado Springs. 

CPRA: Ya that sounds right. 

Sturgeon: I always thought that DND should put a song at the end of their record that didn’t sound like them. They didn’t have one, so I offered one of mine. I like old anarcho punk records that have that one acoustic song that really connects. So this was like the reverse of that concept. 

CPRA: Cool shit!

CPRA: What is a typical show like for you, Whitney? 

WF: It’s like when you make friends for a night. Hi humans- I don’t know what’s happening anymore. 

WF: Hey! Can I show you my tattoo? 

CPRA: Absolutely! 

WF: (pulls down pants and thrusts left hip) Check this out: it says LADY VODKA. They made me get a bandaid under it. 

CPRA: Hey, is that a cheetah-print bodysuit?

WF: Haha, ya! I’m strapped in here! 

CPRA: Last question: You are slated to appear on the European leg of the upcoming Punk in Drublic tour- what’s going on with that? 

WF: Buy all of the tickets. It’s happening. Buy the tickets. The first step to adjusting is buy those tickets. Drink our beers. Buy our tickets. Listen while you sleep.

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In this video Skabones reviews the new children’s book by Denver’s very own, Curt Fulster. In this book a fly played by Tony Sly helps out others in need. “Tony Fly Tames The Sky” supports the Tony Sly Music Foundation For kids. You can check out the foundation here, https://www.facebook.com/tonyslymusicfoundationforkids/. Curt has some amazing kids books! You can order, “Tony Fly Tames The Sky” and more here, https://cfulstybooks.com/

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Release Date: Oct 2020, New Record releases 11/24/2020                                                         

Format: Digital 

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Pic by AnarchoPunk

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike Waterhouse
Jim Wilcox
Allen White
Fred Bear
Chad Gilbert

Favorite Tracks: Sacrifice

Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, The Unindicted Co-Conspirators, Authority Zero, All Out Helter, and Boldtype


One of our favorite small labels, Thousand Islands Records, just got a little bigger with their addition of Denver’s new punk rock supergroup, Record Thieves. The Record Thieves just released their newest single, “Sacrifice” a few days back. I personally cannot wait for their debut album, ‘Wasting Time’ out November 24, 2020. 

I love the guitar solos, drums, vocals, in fact everything about this track hits home. By listening and not knowing one may think the Record Thieves were a 90’s Fat Wreck band. So be sure to download this now through your preferred format,https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/recordthieves/sacrifice. I’m hoping there will be a vinyl release!

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Links:

http://tidalrecords.ca/theconspirators/

Release Date: 2019                                                        

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Tidal Records

Purchase Link: http://tidalrecords.ca/theconspirators/

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Dustin Jones – Guitar and vocals

Chuck Dailey – Bass

Darrin Pfeiffer – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Don’t Want To Come Down, Bottle Then The Shakes, Not Today, Sunday Best, Taking Over, and I’m Sure

Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, The Unindicted Co-Conspirators, and No Use For A Name 


When 3 artists from legendary bands get together you know some awesome music will soon follow. Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) and Chuck Dailey (I Mother Earth) with Dustin Jones (Inner City Surfers/Dustin Jones and the Rising Tide) formed The Conspirators a few years ago. In late 2019 they were set to release their first record, “While The World Sleeps”, but Covid-19 snuck in and hampered those dreams.

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So let’s take a deep look at the new record. The first track is “Don’t Want To Come Down”. First off Dustin’s vocals are excellent and remind of Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe and life Of Agony). There’s a pure grunge feeling to the track. The gang vocals really add a pack to the punch. Darrin kills it on the drums. 

The next track is “Bottle Then the Shakes”. It talks about the dangers of alcoholism, the shakes, and the emotional swings. It’s super catchy and Chuck’s bass thumps with power. One of my favorites is up next and it’s called “Not Today”. It sounds a bit like face To Face or No Use For A Name. The premise? Not Today Satan, not today. 

“Sick And Broken Hearted” follows Dustin’s guitar riffs are amazing. This track seems more along the pop punk side, yet retains a skatepunk feeling with fast chords and powerful drums. “Sunday Best” this song kicks serious ass. The lyrics blew me away. The guitar riffs, bass bumps, and seemingly perfected drums will keep this on repeat. 

“Taking Over” feels like it was written just for me. “Now I’m barely holding on, I’m like a faded old tattoo, this trip is taking way too long, I miss the innocence of youth”. This song is rad in every which way possible. Now people who know me know I’m not a fan of acoustic music in general. 

I love my electric bass, guitar and drums. So upon hearing the intro to “I’m Sure” I kinda lost some energy from the previous, but it wasn’t until I really opened my ears and listened. This track is from a son to his mother and truth be told it made me cry, very hard. It’s beautiful and should be playing on every station around the world. 

Overall “While The World Sleeps” by The Conspirators is my new jewel in the rough. With tracks like “Don’t Want To Come Down”, “Not Today”, “Sunday Best”, “Taking Over” and “I’m Sure” you will be playing this one over and over again. Pick it up now on all major music providers or from the Tidal Records shop here, http://tidalrecords.ca/theconspirators/

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Did Valentines Day come and go without much love for you? Come out to 3 Kings and shoot cupid in the head with some kick ass skate punk from NJ’s Doc Rotten! The boys will play the hallowed beer soaked floor’s of Broadway’s 3 Kings Tavern. If you haven’t listened to Doc Rotten you my friend are seriously missing out!

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

The boys are taking their show on the road to visit Denver and the rest of the world later this year!

The Local Line up!

Did anyone know this fact? Denver’s Poor Me was one of the first bands CPRA not only attended, but also reviewed? They played a major inspiration in the foundation of CPRA! You can check out our last review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/poor-me-sugarcane-ep/.

Have you ever been to Broomfield, Colorado? It’s a quite and parts agricultural town. One might say even a bit boring at times, now of course this was before the Swifts decided to light it on fire with kick flips. We LOVED their last album, “All Sunshine” and we cannot wait for new one!

Venue Information

3 Kings Tavern

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

Doors at 8pm, show at 9

$8.00 W/ Valid 21+ ID!

60 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

2020 is setting up to be a killer year here at CPRA. We’re busing booking bands night and day. Our first show is brought to you by the letter P as in pop punk and S as in Skatepunk! The show starts at 9 with a $5.00 cover and valid ID, at Bowman’s Vinyl on Broadway!

Check out these amazing bands!

Forever Starts Today – Emo and pop punk combine in all out assault. Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/FSTofficial/

18th & Addison – No strangers to the music scene. 18th is becoming a household name since their stint on the 2017 Warped Tour. Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/18thandAddison/

Vegas Valley Drive – These skatepunks released their first full length album last year and we loved it! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/09/19/vegas-valley-drive-releases-debut-album-kentucky-lawnmower-and-its/ Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/vegasvalleydrive/

Stray The Course – These pop punk are kicking ass and taking names. They have been featured numerous times here at CPRA and we love them! Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/StrayTheCourseOfficial/, Reviews – https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/09/stray-the-course-self-titled-ep/

The show starts at 9pm! Event link: https://facebook.com/events/s/forever-starts-today-w18th-and/2583215375109163/?ti=as

In today’s CPRA Presents we celebrate Halloween! Ska Bones talks about No Authority new EP, “This Is Your Time”.

Links for the next 2 CPRA Shows coming up!

Slaughter To Prevail – https://www.facebook.com/events/1336827599809446/

Voice Of Addiction – https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

CPRA Presents: RockaHalloween At 3 Kings – https://www.facebook.com/events/2611124392273709/

Bands in this episode by order of appearance are!

Bolonium “Side Kick!” https://www.facebook.com/Boloniumband/
The Follow Ups – “Monsters” https://www.facebook.com/TheFollowUps/
Vladopus9 – “Transparent Fences” https://www.facebook.com/Vladopus9/
I Am the Owl – “New Horizons”
Denver Legends – King Rat – “E.M.T” https://www.facebook.com/kingratdenver/
Skabones
Pistol Mystics – “Lovesick” https://www.facebook.com/PistolMystics/
Dead End – “Bombshell” https://www.facebook.com/TheDeadEndpunk/

Special thanks to the band, families, all of those behind the scene.

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