Denver’s The Mazlows Release New Video For “The Wolf Inside”

The pop punk in me fell in love with this song!

Read our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/03/05/cpramusicnews-denvers-the-mazlows-drop-new-single-the-wolf-inside/

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Denver’s Wild Lives Set To Drop New EP, “Return Of The Kid” at Streets of Denver Release Party on 6/22/2019

Release Date: 6/22/2019

Format: Digital                              

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Production: Mixed and produced by  Felipe Patino at Green Door Studios (Bricheros) and Ira Decther who mastered (OverTime)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Blake Pendergrass, drums
  • Hans Meyer, vox
  • Lindsey Housel, keys and vox
  • Jason Tollen, bass
  • Taylor Pendergrass, guitar

Track listing:

“Streets”

“Talk”

“Only One”

“Riots”

“Kill You to Live”


Normally when writing a review, we choose a few of our favorites…but I can’t choose a song I like best on this EP! I love every single track. Things that stick out to me: the opening riff of “Streets” is awesome and I love the vocal delivery.  Great choice as the EP opener. “Talk” is one of the faster tempo tracks, and the lyrics are awesome. It’s upbeat, rhythmic and relatable.

“The more they talkity talk

The less you walk walk walk

And the more they squakity squak

The more we walk walk walk away!”

“Only One” is perfectly aggressive, the guitar riff on “Riots” is infectious and has quintessential sing-along vocals: “The bell tolls. The riots roll!”

“Kill You to Live” has an awesome breakdown and the build up is well placed and timed.

Reminds me of: Suicide Machines, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Pennywise, The Buzzcocks, Rancid, Ten Foot Pole, Dwarves, Murder City Devils, TSOL, The Muffs.

Overall: Production wise, I think this EP is very well done. The drum sound is punchy and in your face but not overpowering, the bass and guitar tones are energetic yet still warm, the keyboards are mixed very well, providing a lush harmonic noise floor, and both vocalists deliver tireless, passionate words that you know they believe in. This band is not posing at all! This recording captures their energy and enthusiasm which I can only imagine is equally as good live.

Be sure to catch the Wild Lives EP Release Party this Saturday at Streets Of Denver with Cheap Perfume and Vic N’ The Narwhals. Get your tickets soon as this banger is likely to sell out!

About The Reviewer:

Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

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#CPRAMusicRadar Alert, Boulder’s Apodyopsis Releases First Debut Single -“Lead On”

Release Date: 5/13/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY                              

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Cody Townsend – Vocals

Rei Belmont – Bass

Sam Musinsky – Guitar

Max Lynch – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Lead On

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and The Cramps


Boulder’s Apodyopsis are new to the Colorado scene and these kids kick some ass! Per the band, “We formed this band because high school and boulder both suck. We’re a very unique band, our guitarist has green hair, our bassist is an edgy chia pet, our lead singer is lactose intolerant, and our drummer sometimes has glasses.” I really dig their sense of humor! Keep at it my dudes!

Be sure to pick it up here, https://deadsmurfs.bandcamp.com/releases

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Lead On

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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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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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2019

The Swifts – “All Sunshine”

Release Date: November 9, 2018

Produced By: Famed guitarist Ahrue Luster (Ill Niño/Machine Head)

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Broomfield, CO

Current Lineup:

  • Mike – Vocals
  • Rob – Guitar
  • Jim – Bass
  • Rich – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Snappy, Normal, October Sky, Blackout

Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, and Sunset Silhouette


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It’s Pop punk January apparently here at CPRA. Considering we’ve reviewed 2 pop punk albums from Arborview and Sunset Silhouette back-to-back. There’s one problem I see in pop punk frequently. The music is either really great or just kinda meh. Not that its bad, just boring. Due to the large amount of album review requests we have coming in from all over the world. We now have to be a bit more selective.

Yes it kinda sucks. I would love it if we had the energy, donations incoming, and time to really showcase each album submitted. So when I popped on The Swifts new album, “All Sunshine”. I was pretty damn well surprised. I forgot to mention famed Ahrue Luster from Ill Niño and Machine Head produced and recorded this 10 track album. Alright let’s dig into, “All Sunshine”.

‘Snappy’ kicks off with a very melodic style. It’s tight on the whoas, heavy drums, and catchy lyrics. The next track is ‘Normal’. I really like the lyrics, and harmonies on this track. Did you know pop punk could shred? Damn! Track 3 is ‘All Sunshine’. I like this track as it has a nice happy theme. The bass lines are quite good.

So far 3 tracks in and I’m noticing a little something different with this album. So far it has some pretty wicked guitar solos. As pop punk is generally known for 3 chords and nothing else. This is something I do disagree with. This one is already shaping up to be pretty damn good. ‘October Sky’ has a darker them to it. The piano notes are beautiful. I really didn’t expect this level of musicianship.

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‘I Will Be There’, speeds the pace back up. The build up in the intro is exceptional. Mike’s voice on this one is amazing. You can feel the emotion poured into this track by each band member. The lyrics are well written. ‘Sing’ is the sixth track and maintains the rocking pace. This one has a super catchy chorus.

‘Blackout’ comes in a bit harder and heavier from the last track. It has somewhat of a Ramonescore sound, yet has another killer guitar solo. This one is by far my favorite track on the record. I forgot to mention the band has coined themselves as the “Ultimate Dad Band”. That may be how these kick ass solos are sneaking in. Reminds me a bit of Chinese Rocks.

‘In Name Only’ comes in strong with superb melodies. The drums are my favorite on this track. The following track, ‘Zombie’ maintains the excellent sound and speed. Lyrically this song is awesome. Now we reached the end of the album with, ‘One More Drink’. This is my second favorite song on the record. It reminds me of my younger days hanging out at the pub and arguing if OP IVY would reunite. This track has yet another stellar guitar solo. It’s time I close out this review.

The Swifts have composed one helluva an album with “All Sunshine”. The melodies, lyrics, and solos make this one a definite add to your pop punk collection.  I’m going to throw this album into the best of 2019 mix.

Tracks:

  1. Snappy
  2. Normal
  3. All Sunshine
  4. October Sky
  5. I will Be There
  6. Sing
  7. Blackout
  8. In Name Only
  9. Zombie
  10. One More Drink

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