Release Date: September 3, 2021

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: Denver, Colorado

Favorite Tracks: Heartsick, Lovestuck, Classwar, So, Brother (Stalemate mix), Sugarcane (Remix), Papa Tells me and Fauxhawk

Sounds Like: Bad Religion, Descendants, Thrice, Flatliners, Sunset Silhouette, Shell Corporation, Propagandhi, and Against Me!   


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It’s spooky season here at Colorado Punk Rock Army. All of our admins are wearing their Halloween gear and listening to nonstop local punk rock albums. I decided I’d give Poor Me’s latest release, “Stalemate” a spin. So the big question remains is “Stalemate” a trick or treat? 

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The first track is “Heartsick” . It starts off slowly like a nightmarish lullaby. It quickly goes from zero to hundred in mere milliseconds. Per the band’s website this song is about moving on from an unforgettable past. Next is my absolute favorite track on the album, “Lovestruck”. This track is a tribute to Denver punk rock legend Johnny Bender. I’ll never forget where I was the night I heard Johnny passed. This beautiful tribute is so fitting for anyone who’s suffering the loss of a loved one. 

“So, Brother” (Stalemate Mix) follows and originally appeared on the band’s 2018 “Sugarcane” release. This new remix version hits harder with heavier chords and Delany’s sometimes gutter-like vocals. I have always loved the lyrics of this track.

“Let’s sacrifice it all. There wasn’t much for saving.
We’re welcoming your tired eyes – we’ll give you back your sight.
Although you’re broken, you still dissent?
So brother, why aren’t you changing? The truth is bright.
We share all the answers to fear the night.”

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“Sugarcane” (Stalemate Remix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”) follows and this track seems much heavier than its counterpart. The gang vocals seem more polished. The drums and melody seem more powerful and yet the track still sends a great message. My third favorite track is up next and is called “Class War”. 

Honestly if I didn’t know this song was by Poor Me I would have to guess it was by Propagandhi or The Shell Corporation. This track is an absolute killer. We all know how divisive the last 5 years have been. It sure does not appear to be getting better anytime soon. 

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“Papa Tells Me” (Stalemate Mix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”) is up next and has a strong message. As sons and daughters, we are always living in our parents’ shadows. Of course, this isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes there’s so much pressure put on the child’s shoulder even at a very young age. The first child is usually considered a “Golden Child”. The one child to change the family’s name in the social and political circles. I for one can easily identify with this track. 

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This version again destroys the former with more emphasis on a heavier sound edging the fine line between punk rock and hardcore. The track reminds me of something you would put on in a grungy rock bar before racking up the pool cues. “Mistakes Can Be Made” (Stalemate Mix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”) is up next. Pick up your air guitar and play along. The guitar is perfect for skatepunk fans and accompanies the vocals like magic. 

“I gave up on God and called for the nurse – a daydream had startled me.
That smile on your face may never return to me.
I couldn’t lie there and wait.
I guarantee in this life that mistakes can be made.
Guaranteed to challenge myself – but I can’t commit to a change.
Or maybe I’ll quit – I can’t commit to a change.”

“Strawman” is a brand-new track and it hits home. We fill ourselves up on so much crap to make us whole. This song is a little slower than some of the former tracks, but it can probably still manage a decent and fun circle pit. It will make you start to question life and it’s meaning.

“Fauxhawk” brings in an energetically charged political message questioning organized religion and the church’s intention. Even though it has a super deep meaning. This song is so much fun! Maybe it’s the melody or or the chorus, but this track makes me wanna dance. 

Well, we have arrived at our final track, “Perpetrators (Stalemate Mix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”. I have loved this song since “Sugarcane’s release. This version is so much stronger. You can feel the blood, sweat and tears pumped into the bass, the drums, guitar and vocals. You’re likely to bust a vocal chord by trying to match Delaney’s vocal styling. 

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Overall is “Stalemate” a trick or treat? Well it’s absolutely amazing on all fronts. The best part is feeling the impressive tempo changes and powerhouse of energy. With tracks like, Heartsick, Lovestruck, Class War, Papa Tells Me, and Strawman one is sure to keep this record spinning.  I’m giving a ”Stalemate” my vote in CPRA’s Best Of 2021 Local Albums list”. See Poor Me with Cheap Perfume and Reno Divorce this Saturday (10/30/2021) at The Marquis Theatre for Stalemate’s album release party!

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Heartsick 03:18
  2. Lovestruck 03:13
  3. So, Brother (Stalemate Mix) 02:18
  4. Sugarcane (Stalemate Mix) 02:54
  5. Classwar 03:02
  6. Papa Tells Me (Stalemate Mix) 03:20
  7. Mistakes Can Be Made (Stalemate Mix) 03:05
  8. Strawman 03:17
  9. Fauxhawk 03:05
  10. Perpetrators (Stalemate Mix) 04:15

Links

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

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/poormemusic/

Website – https://www.poormemusic.net/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/27VhunyJUfXiYgFzaQV62g?si=jG3MYtDMTBCczzcAH8JDjQ

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Release Date: April 16, 2021                                         

Format: Digital 

Label: IM Records

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

Todd Daigle on Bass and Backing Vocals Formally of King Rat and PrideBowl

April Schupmann on Drums and Backing Vocals from Sniper 66, OC45, and more

Adam “Bomb” Segal on Guitars and Backing Vocals of the Faction and Suburban Resistance.

Rob Rover Rushing on Vocals. Founder of Non Profit Punk Rock Saves Lives and formally Jigsaw, Exit 26 and Uncalledfor

Favorite Tracks: Positive Force, Give Up The Ghost, Stand Tall, Drinkin’n With Me, Sight (Began As A Dream), and These Roving Years

Sounds Like: The Faction, Pennywise, No Use For A Name, JFA, and Agent Orange


Today is a great day in punk rock history! These Roving Years has released their brand new self titled EP. This band is basically a punk rock super group with Rob Rushing (Punk Rock Saves Lives Founder, Jigsaw, Exit 26 and Uncalledfor), Todd Daigle on bass formerly (King Rat and Pridebowl), April Schupmann on drums (Sniper 66, OC45 and a ton of other bands), and Adam “Bomb” Segal on guitars (Faction and Suburban Resistance)

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The EP kicks off with “Positive Force”. It’s strong on bass which adds a nice cutting edge. Schupmann’s drums are killer. Adam’s riffs bring back an old school metal sound. The tracks message, “The punks are standing up for you”. The next track, “Give Up The Ghost” has a strong message of not giving up on life. Covid-19 has affected each and everyone of us. The ramifications will be felt for years to come. Check on your friends and family and make sure the don’t give up the ghost. The gang vocals kick ass on this one!

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“Positive Force” is also appears on the limited edition vinyl comp, “Punk Rock Saves Lives…The Album Volume One”. This comp has wicked list of awesome bands such as Descendents Flogging Molly Anti Flag HR The Bouncing Souls The Bar Stool Preachers Face to Face Authority Zero Cigar The Faction – Official Band Mercy Music United Defiance Suburban Resistance Reno Divorce These Roving Years-TRY. The vinyl is almost sold out so pick it up in the IM Records Store soon!

“Stand Tall” follows with some epic sounds on guitar. Schupmann drums are powerful. I actually may have blown my car speaker on this track. The next song is “Drinkin’ With Me”. Well let’s face it. In punk rock there is no shortage of drinking songs. Wait does this make us country fans? Haha I hope not. TRY (These Roving Years) “Drinkin’ With Me” isn’t so much about drinking as it is about comradery felt when hanging out with our friends and the music is pounding. I LOVE this track!

“Sight (Began As A Dream)” slows it down and reminds of some the Ramones slower tracks. This track will make you rethink about your priorities. Are you focusing on the things that are important to you or just scooting by? The gang vocals are a blast to sing along with. Rushing’s vocals are on point.

Sadly we have reached the end of TRY’s EP with “These Roving Years”. This punk rock ballad is likely to make you raise your glass, cry a little and definitely make you smile a lot. I rank this track up there with my favorite punk tracks about friendship such as The Undertones – Teenage Kicks, Pennywise – Bro Hymn, Rancid – Fall Back Down, and The Interrupters – This Is My Family.

In closing, the freshman release from These Roving Years TRY is a journey of self discovery, insanely great sounds on bass, drums, guitar, and vocals, and best of all the music that will make you happy. My personal favorite tracks are “Drinkin’ With Me” and “These Roving Years”. I’m throwing this one into the best local EP of 2021 mix. Do yourself a favor and pick this up now, https://theserovingyears.bandcamp.com/.

Links

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

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theserovingyears_try/

Bandcamp – https://deathtrails.bandcamp.com/

Holy crap look at this incredible line up! 2 Nights of kick ass music followed by a show with the Kids Are Alright!

Next weekend Goosefest 4 at Goosetown Tavern
Fri.Sept.27th – Sun.Sept.29th
Doors 7PM – 2AM

Day1 https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/335241

Day2 https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/335242

Day3 https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/337737 (Special Kids Are Alright Show)

You asked for more all ages shows Denver and guess what you got it! Your very own CPRA Lala and Just Miggy have worked together to bring you “The Kids Are Alright” Project. The first of hopefully many more shows to come will be at GooseTown Tavern this Sunday!

Come out and support Denver youth music!

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If you would like to read more about the Kids Are Alright from Westword check out their recent article here. The first show line up is incredible.

Almataha

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 Tuck Knee

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Amazing Flying Dumbasses

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Neutral Thought

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We WANT More!!!

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Sunset Silhouette is a Denver band with its sound rooted in the late 90’s, similar to bands like Civ and The Descendents’ later work. This EP does a good job displaying the band’s talent, but as with my frequent complaints about EPs, is just TOO DAMN SHORT!!!

I mean, you listen to an EP and you think, “Man, I like this… where can I get more?”

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… and then you go, and you look, and you get pissed off because this ONE EP is all that’s available. Hopefully a new one will be out soon. In the meantime check out their new video below!