Best Local EP Of 2020? The Unindicted Co-Conspirators Drop Surprise Release ‘Colfax Confidential’

Pic by Heather K

Release Date: August 11, 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Artwork By – Heather K

Location: Denver, Colorado

Production – Recorded by Felipe Patino With Green Door Recordings

Current Lineup: 

  • Fletcher Neeley – Guitar and Vox
  • Troy Thill – Sax on “To Catch A Theif”
  • David Dinsmore – Trombone 
  • Steve ‘Filthy’ Illich on trumpet.
  • Felipe Patino – Bass on Counterfit and Koi Tattoo 
  • Brian Barrows – Drums

Favorite Tracks: To Catch A Thief, Counterfit, La Mentirosa, D-Days In Pacific, and Koi Tattoo 


How many records can you say you had a straight impulse buy with? I’m guessing not many. In this day and age we have to be careful where and when we drop that hard earned cash. So to my surprise I noticed a new Denver band, The Unindicted Co-Conspirators released a 4 track EP called, “Colfax Confidential”. From the very start to the very end I was hooked. So what makes this record so rad? Let’s take an in depth look. 

The record starts with, “To Catch A Thief”. There’s something I really love about Fletcher’s vocals. Not only are they very well done, but feel more like a storytelling experience. Don’t get me wrong I love me some Danzig, yet sometimes I can’t understand him. Thill’s saxophone on this track is wicked and totally unexpected. 

The next track is “Counterfit” and starts out with a kick ass rockabilly feel. This track has a Cold War theme with legendary Felipe Patino on bass. Patino’s bass, Barrow’s drums and Fletcher’s vocals come together for a wonderful sound. I love the story line and lyrics. How many punk tracks talk about spies? 

“She was set up at some sketchy punk rock dive bar just off of East Melrose and 101
And the suitcase from a spooky looking g-man by the Pan Pacific Auditorium
We made love in the bed of her director guess that she was trying to settle some old score
Then he burst in I fired twice and hit him one time
That’s when we left him bleeding on the floor”

“La Mentirosa” is up next and translates to “The Liar” in English. The guitar on this track is on point. This love song is aggressive and fast and retains the storytelling element of the EP. The next track is  “D-Days In The Pacific”. The Japanese were a well oiled machine before and up until the very end the Pacific Theater in WWII. It took two atomic bombs to stop them from continuing the war. This track is frantic till the very end!

“Koi Tattoo” is sadly the last track. It opens with a traditional Japanese tune, before launching into madness. To sum all of this up, “Colfax Confidential” by the Unindicted Co-Conspirators is EP that deserves the full album treatment. The mix of different genres, talents of the players, and incredible storytelling make this record stand out among others. It’s only $4.00 over on Bandcamp right now, but I have a feeling the price will go up. Pick it up right here, https://theunindictedco-conspirators.bandcamp.com/

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Tracks: 

1. To Catch A Thief 

 2. Counterfit 

 3. La Mentirosa 

 4. D-Days In Pacific 

 5. Koi Tattoo

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CPRA Music News: Bands Against The Ban Announce Show At The Oriental In Support Of Planned Parenthood

We’ve got some important news to share from Denver’s Bands Against The Ban. See the full press release below!


Bands Against the Ban
Contact: David Pereira/Megan Kelley/Ethan Kotel
Phone: 303.587.5543/303.910.9367/303.956.7556
Email: info@hateminor.com/info@marriedadeadman.com/info@ethankotel.com

For immediate release: 12/13/2019

BANDS AGAINST THE BAN IS BRINGING MUSIC AND ACTIVISM TOGETHER!


Join Denver’s pre-eminent artists as they work to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood at the Oriental Theater on January 4 th

Denver, Colorado: Spearheaded by Megan Kelley, of the band Married a Dead Man, and
David Pereira, of the band Hate Minor , Bands Against the Ban is a new coalition of
Denver-based artisans, music-lovers, and activists, teaming up to defend a woman’s right to affordable, accessible health care. Their first event – a benefit concert for Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado – will be held on January 4th, 2020, at the Oriental Theater.

Photo By Devon Broderick

BATB is thrilled and honored to partner up with Denver-local businesses – Evergroove
Studio , Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado , Spruce Barber and Clothier , the Oriental
Theater
, Mutiny Information Cafe , and more – to take a stand for reproductive rights, and
create an event that’s as fun as it is effective!

Headlined by Church Fire , with direct support from post-punk gothic band Married a Dead
Man, rock-duo newcomers Hate Minor, and burlesque-troupe Rebel Girl Productions , this
show promises to deliver some serious punch, while raising some serious funds for a cause that every Denverite can get behind. We are thrilled to do our part to elevate female artistry as we work towards a better future for every woman; with each featured band boasting a strong female presence, from conceptualization to execution.

Music and activism go hand in hand, and BATB is proud to honor Denver’s strong tradition of conscientious songwriting and performance with an event designed to raise awareness and help embattled non-profits like Planned Parenthood to accomplish their missions. As we press into election season, we believe BATB’s goals will resonate with the Denver Music Scene, and help to inspire political activism from musicians and music-fans alike as we fight for what we believe in.

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Chicago Based Skatepunks Voice Of Addiction To Play Denver Show 10/26/2019 W/Filthy Hearts, Bad Desicions, and Drink Drank Punk

As Voice Of Addiction returns to Chicago they have 3 final shows on their way home. They are playing Colorado Springs tonight, so if you can’t make the Denver show be sure to hit this one, https://www.facebook.com/events/375391460005816/ .

Isn’t that the Infamous Tyler Miller (Trying To Get By) in the pic above? You may know Tyler from playing with another kick ass band, Some Kind Of Nightmare. Tyler is now on guitar with VOA. They play BAR BAR this Saturday 10/26/2019 with , Filthy Hearts, Bad Desicions, and Drink Drank Punk, https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

Still feeling hesitant to pay $5.00 for an epic night music? Check out some music below!

Denver’s Filthy Hearts

Since joining record label with Hidden Home Records Denver’s Filthy Hearts have release their brand new full length album, “Ambulatory“. This album is amazing and should be purchased asap! Be sure to see them Saturday and on November 12th at Streets Of Denver for the Fall Tour Kickoff show with Sharp Shock and Bury Mia!

(FT Collins) Bad Desicions

Bad Desicions hardcore gutter style will leave you wanting more!

(Denver) Drink Drank Punk

You can check out our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/drink-drank-punk-the-nederland-lament/

The Venue

BAR BAR is the magical place where for $5.00 you get 4 kick ass bands, compared to dropping a shit ton for a national tour show! Hit that going on the event now! https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

Barking Mad Is Going On A Street punk, “Rampage”

Release Date: June 29, 2019                                             

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Bram- Bass & Vocals
  • Arj- Guitar & Vocals
  • JD- Lead Guitar
  • Brooks- Drums

Recorded – Recorded January 2018 and produced by Bart McCrorey at Crash Pad Studios           

Favorite Tracks: Equal Opportunity, Rampage, Divide & Conquer, and All You Do
Sounds Like: Adolescents, Zipperz, Dirty Work, The Casualties, UK Subs, and Total Chaos


Photo by Jarrett Barnes

Holy crap? Apparently I have been living under a rock within the last year or so. Well if you’re like me and like to dwell below the earth. Allow me to introduce Denver’s Barking Mad. This kick ass gut punching, street punk band just released, their Rampage EP on June 29, 2019. Lets dig in! 

“Equal Opportunity” opens with a good dirty bass line. Suddenly I’m thrown back into the 1980’s LA punk scene. This track encapsulates everything I love about the era. With the guttural throat style, simple but admirable riffs on guitar. This track is already stuck in my head like a rusty nail you have grown fond of. 

Next up is “Rampage”. This track is a tribute to the game, “Rampage” and maybe even to the Damned with “Smash It Up? This song kicks ass! Grab your pogo, hockey mask, or a citizen out of a window to level up! The aggression, catchy lyrics, and killer drums will have you on your own RAMPAGE! “Anti-Social” slows the progression down a bit. The song has more wicked riffs on guitar. This track was me after the last election. The nonstop media coverage made me want to leave the country. I took a break from the world for a few months. 

Photo by Jarret Barnes

The next track is “Divide And Conquer”. The progression comes back like a fast baseball to the face. Here’s another pogo song, but watch the pit on this track. The song clocks in at a mere 1:57. Didn’t someone say all my favorite songs are less than 2 minutes long? The drums are thumping the battle hymn. 

“All You Do” is the next song up. Not sure if this is a break up song, but we’ve all been with that person who won’t shut up. This band is full of some superior talent. Check out the drums, guitar strikes, and vocals on this track. “1984” is based off of Orwells book, 1984. This heart thumping track spills the truth. We are not safe from our “Protectors”. 

Photo By Jarret Barnes

This tiny EP is now forever encased in my brain. Barking Mad’s, “Rampage” is 6 tracks of pure and unrivaled street punk. The fact that this record flew under our radar is amazing to this writer. So be sure to pick it up here,  https://barkingmad.bandcamp.com/releases

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Equal Opportunity 
  2. Rampage 
  3. Anti-Social 
  4. Divide & Conquer 
  5. All You Do
  6. 1984 

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New Music Release Day On The Next Episode Of CPRA Presents!

Episode 7 of CPRA Presents is now up! This week’s episode features such kick-ass bands as, Over Time, The Vanilla Milkshakes, Bricheros, Sorry Sweetheart, Zephyr, Bolonium, #PCPSUX, The New Narrative, Bury Mia, Younger Than Neil, Filthy Hearts, and Slap Happy

Theme Music by People Corrupting People, PCPSux.com!

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Ft Collins Based Bad Desicions Bring That Classic Punk Feel With Their latest Self Titled Release

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Release Date: July 12, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Gus Gonzalez (Gustavo la Douche)–throat
  • David Brack-bass
  • Jason Brack-guitar
  • Beckett Martin- drums
  • John Hunter-guitar.  

EP Lineup: Gus, jason, and beckett, + Rasputin Sane–bass and Damian Schoeneke guitar

Favorite Tracks: Snake, Goin To Jail, She May Not Think, and Please Die Soon

Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dag Nasty, and Hüsker Dü


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When a band purposefully, spells their name wrong. It makes your brain go what? As a writer I’m watching my spell checker red line almost everything haha! Per vocalist Gus Gonzalez, “Crawling out from under forgotten rocks, Bad Desicions’ humble beginnings began in 2016 when drummer Beckett “Tommy B” Martin (drums) and Gustavo “I’ve been doin this for 30 years” le Douche (vox) met in a dark alley after a back and forth Craigslist conversation.

Neither wanted the other to know where they lived at this point. It took about 6 months to get the ball rolling but roll it did.  With the help of bassist Zeke “el churro” Olguin and Damian “American Blackout” Shoeneke, the band began scaring the crap out of bar patrons from Fort Collins to Denver regularly.

Unfortunately, dealing with both Tommy B and le Douche became too much for the aforementioned “members” (except for Jason “he makes guns” Brack–who had also scared many an IPA drinker with the boys).  After a stint with “el Turbo Jugend” Rasputin Sane (bass), the guys finally got some relief as David “__” Brack (bass) and John “I got fired from Wax Trax” Hunter (guitar) joined the band in its present incarnate.

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With a foot in 80s hardcore and the other in progressive metal, Bad Desicions plays music that may sound familiar but then moves in another, less expected direction.”

That’s a pretty interesting little bio. So kids the story here is pick up an instrument when you’re young so you have a badass story to tell your interviewer! So let’s dig into their latest self titled EP and incorrectly spelled name, Bad Desicions. Personally this record was a very welcomed relief for me. I’m old school and personally tired of the emo based punk stuff. I like my punk, angry, energetic, and raw.

With tracks like “Snake”, “Goin To Jail” and my personal favorite, “She May Not Think”. Bad Desicions latest release spurs the classic punk feeling, with a tiny bit of occasional metal. They are currently working on a record! See them Saturday night at Tennyson’s Tap for CPRA’s Skate Or Die Night. Other bands on the lineup include, Admiral, Unusable Signal, and Modern Goon. You can check out the event page here, https://www.facebook.com/events/938762672984213/.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Snake 02:14
2.Goin To Jail 02:01
3.She May Not Think 02:06
4.Makin a Pipe Bomb 01:50
5.Pompous Hippies 01:48
6.Please Die Soon 01:16

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#CPRAMusicNews – Denver’s The Mazlows Drop New Single, “The Wolf Inside”

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Release Date: 3/05/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • nate hout – vocals/guitar
  • colton kooker – guitar
  • daniel carrillo – drums
  • peter hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: The Wolf Inside

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, and Jagger Holly


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Photo by 303 Magazine

Don’t you love those I heard it first moments? I hate to sound like an elitist, but I love finding new music before the mass population. My friends and family call me a “Music Nerd”. It’s a blessing and a curse, yet this is who I am. So when the Mazlow’s announced they were dropping their new single, “Wolf Inside” today. My music ears perked up.

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I’m gonna be straight up on this song. This will be a hit. It may not make the Billboard Top 100, but it will get regular airplay on the likes of Punk Tacos and other media. Yes it’s that good! From the kick ass intro to the addicting lyrics. I tend not to be a huge pop punk fan, but this songs is ridiculously good. The best part? It’s relatable to you and I.

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“I’m bursting at the seams

Good things can never last

Can you feel it all

Fading into the…

I’m just an animal

Raging out of control

Can you hear the wolf inside

Cryyyy out

You get knocked off your feet

And the odds are stacked

You might just let it out

You might not hold it back

Sometimes you lose control

You can’t win the fight

It’ll be alright, yeah it’ll be alright”

Not convinced yet? Head over to their Spotify channel and give it a listen! I’m personally hoping this is first song, off a a great pending new album. Be sure to check them out 4/3/2019 at the Larimer Lounge!

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. The Wolf Inside

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Bricheros – Making Our Way to the USA

 

Release date: Nov. 18, 2018

Lineup (per album sleeve):

  • Papi Chulo: Guitar
  • Riko Suave: Drums
  • Pincho Mono: Bass and Vocals

***THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE THOSE OF A? AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF OUR ORGANIZATION***


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Ok, so, usually, we try not to get too “political” with our posts; but with this particular album, that’s simply not possible.

So, here’s what I’m gonna do…

If it’s unavoidable, I’m just gonna say “fuck it all,” and just go for it…

I mean, given the current climate, it’s “all or nothing,” right?

Having said that…

FUCK TRUMP!!!

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I don’t think words have been created to portray the utter contempt and disgust that I feel about the government right now… so I’ll invent a few:

Fuckxasperated

Enfuckyoulated

Ragetastic

The embrace of Fascism and complete denial of facts and reality by the Republicans…

The complete and total FAILURE of the Democratic Party to fully comprehend the severity of our problems, and their pathetic need to treat this all like a “difference of opinion,” because the hippies still think that we can all just sing “Kumbiyah” and “get along”…

I’m sick of it ALL!!!

I’m sick of the concentration camps popping up on the Southern border! I’m sick of the overt RACISM of Trump and the CULT that follows him! I’m sick of watching well-meaning people trying to present facts to CAVEMEN who are too brainwashed to even LOOK at them! I’m sick of the right wing propaganda outlets that KEEP people brainwashed by LYING to their audiences on a daily basis!

… but I’m also a white guy…

… so a lot of the things going on now don’t impact me in the same ways that they impact people more darkly complected than myself… I’m never going to have racist assholes demanding to know my immigration status… I don’t have to fear that I or my family might be taken away by the ICE gestapo while waiting for the school bus with the kids…

… and watching other people have to go through this shit REALLY pisses me off!

That’s where Bricheros comes in…

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A “Brichero” (or Brichera) is a seductive Peruvian man (or woman) who sleeps with foreign vacationers with the hopes of achieving citizenship in their country.

The band, Bricheros, are Peruvian immigrants; and this album paints a vivid picture of the justifiable anger that many immigrants are feeling right now, at the hands of racist policies that are wreaking havoc; and a racist CULT that’s developing increasingly violent tendencies.

Musically, they remind me a lot of a band I liked a lot in the 90’s, called Helmet. Similarities can also be drawn to Bad Religion, Sponge, Ramones, and even Tom Petty (in a good way). I guess I would say that they’re like old school New York attitude with an LA style.

The album is further complimented by the awesome cover art by Denver’s ICONIC artist, Joshua Finley!

I truly love listening to this album! After hearing Der FurHair spewing hatespeech for the last decade (including all the birther shit), it’s great to hear it get dished back so beautifully, from the people it’s directly impacted!

From that perspective, while vastly different in style, I like them for the one of the same reasons that I like bands like Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, and Bad Brains: the perspective gained; and the justice served via honest, heartfelt music!

If you’re as sick of this shit as I am, it’s safe to say that this is an album that you want in your collection. You can purchase it (I recommend the vinyl) at the Bandcamp link below:

Album link: https://bricheros.bandcamp.com/

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

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knuNiiaDKh4

Website: www.bricherospunkrock.com

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