Denver’s Married A Dead Man dropped a surprise cover of the song yesterday. I love this track! MADM is one of the best bands to cover such an iconic track. They are donating a portion of the proceeds to Safehouse Denver, a local nonprofit organization. Per Safehouse’s website, “SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by:
-providing shelter and counseling to survivors of abuse; -working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence; -and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence
I loved this track so much. I reached out to front-woman Megan Kelley for comment regarding the track. Per Megan, “”We have wanted to cover this song for three years, and it’s finally come to fruition. The lyrics are written from a female’s perspective of being controlled by her male partner. Re-imagining this song, getting in touch with the lyrics, and making it our own, musically, was very important to us. We hope you like it! Digital release format only: Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, SoundCloud, our Youtube channel, and any other streaming platforms.
It’s also for digital purchase at Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes. A portion of the sales will go to Safehouse Denver, who assist adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. On a personal note, the reason we decided to cover this song is because of relationship experiences our singer has had. It was cathartic and healing for her and us to play this song.”
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Did you know that physical violence is not the only form of domestic violence? If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to call 911 in the event of an emergency. If you need to talk with someone please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
You can check out Married A Dead Man’s cover of “Voices Carry” here, https://marriedadeadman.bandcamp.com/. Per MADM, this single was self produced, rearranged, some the chords were given a darker tone. The changing of the chords really makes this sound like an original MADM track, The band is also seeking a guitar player. Maybe if we all donate enough money they can put this one out on vinyl!
Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Stray The Course, and FIDLAR
Denver’s The Mazlow’s dropped a fresh single this morning called, “Leaving Town”. Is it the best pop punk single to release this summer? It comes off the heals of some of their previous releases, which you can hear and read about here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. This track was originally written 15 years ago when the Mazlow’s were angsty teenage boys.
Per their recent article in Westward, “Leaving Town” is about just that. Seeking out those teenage desires to run free out into the world. Per guitarist Colton Kooker, “The song connects our young dreams of moving away, to the current realities of still having challenges in life,”. For me this track encapsulates that teenage feeling of wanting to break free and experience life as we know it.
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With COVID currently stalking us, it’s awesome to have something energetic and hopeful to sing along with. This writer couldn’t be more excited for their full album release in August 2020. You can pick up the single now from all the major music providers.
Production: Recorded & Mixed by Bart McCrorey at The Crash Pad Studio
Mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room
Favorite Tracks: Uninvited , Left For Dead, Empty Chorus, Transient, Too Old To Punk, Money Well Spent, The Catcher, Bad Sounds
Sounds Like: Descendants, Teenage Bottlerocket, No Use For A Name, H20, Over Time, Madball, and Gorilla Biscuits
The New Narrative dropped, “Story So Far” on 7/18/2019. CPRA is currently blowing up with booking and promotion requests. We are having a hard time getting back to our roots recently. What is CPRA’s Mission/Roots? That’s you Denver. Sure Rhino isn’t 5 Points anymore. You are now far more likely to get bit by a purse dog before being mugged. Tarantulas now serves hipsters IPA’s instead of drugs. Not that it ever did, just that it was kinda scary sometimes.
Let’s talk about something still present in Denver and cities around the world. Its punk, sure it’s gone through a huge evolution. Who knows, maybe soon there will be a scene of “Old Town Road Punks”. One thing hasn’t changed, skate punk and how much we love it. Hell we love it so much we started our own CPRA Skates!
The album starts with, “Uninvited”. Get your kicks on and grab your board. The track is fast, with perfectly well timed, “Whoas”. It’s catchy and we can easily relate to the meaning. Oh did I mention they’re playing with legends, Agnostic Front at the Oriental?
The next track is “Bad Sounds”. I love Darin ’s vocals on this song. The pure and raw emotion is evident throughout while Anthony and Dray are shredding it on guitar. This is by far one of my personal favorite tracks. You can listen to ”Bad Sounds” below and be sure to check out the hilarious interview with Bart.
“Left For Dead” is up next. This track is dark and fast asf! Hit the pit and the hardcore comes full force! Marco’s drums are insanely quick. This track has an old school 87-92 Gorilla Biscuits like sound. Next up is another favorite, “Empty Chorus”. This track feels deeper lyrically. The timing is spot on. George’s bass lines though a bit hidden are thumping. Turn this one up! This track needs a video!
“Loose Ends” follows and screams as it flows in. Yet it slows down into more of anthem/ballad type track. The writing on this track is phenomenal. The change up is unexpected, yet perfectly executed. I’m happy I’m not in a place where I’m trying to tie up loose ends in a relationship. That sucks! “Transient”, brings back the energy and speed. This track reminds me early Suicidal, and bring that nostalgic feel. “Try To Feel Alive, While You’re Dead Inside”, try forgetting those lyrics haha!
Ok next up is the ultimate Dad Punk song and another favorite, Too Old To Punk”. Not only does this track kickass, but it’s true. I get within 2 feet of a pit and I’m leaving with broken bones. The track is so damn catchy. Punk Tacos play this shit! “Money Well Spent”, follows with another catchy almost pop punk, yet harder. This is an old fashioned drinking song, speaking on that, “You look like you would like to buy me a drink!” Bust out that air guitar now!
“We Might Be Horrible” is next. This pogo worthy song is driven on angst and I love it! Sadly the last track is up next, “The Catcher”. From the drum intro, I’m already hooked. This is the perfect song to finish out an excellent album. In reflection this record will be spinning constantly on my player. The New Narrative is not only a powerfully talented band, but their ability to cross genres is admirable. So pick up that board, and pop on, “Story So Far”.
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Favorite Tracks: Far Beyond Suburbia, Oxford Road, It Had To Be, and Memory Lane
Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, and Lagwagon
Denver’s Sunset Silhouette crept up quietly on the CPRA radar last summer when they dropped their first EP, “Detour”. I was pretty busy with life at the time and didn’t get to that review. So my fellow admin A?, did the record review. I always go back and listen to the music submitted, even if I don’t write the review. “Detour” absolutely blew my fucking mind.
I can remember listening and picking up the phone and calling some friends. “Dudes check this shit out”. OK so maybe I was a bit like cousin Marvin Berry from Back To The Future. I’m sort of this awkward introvert. By sharing music with others it helps me break out of my shell. Anyhow this review is not about me or “Detour”. It’s about “Far Beyond Suburbia”!
The EP was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room by Chris Beeble. Bands if you want a great sounding record, go to the Blasting Room! As the opening riff on, ‘Oxford Road’ kicks off. I can clearly hear its deeper and heavier when compared to “Detour”. It’s still signature Sunset Silhouette, yet seems to be lean more on the skatepunk side. The buildup into the chorus is just plain nuts. The heavy bass line adds that extra edge. The lyrics are very relatable to the human condition. Did you have a shitty day at work? Light up a bowl and throw this track on.
“Come let loose,
shapeshift with us,
escape impending doom with us”
‘It Had To Be’ is up next and intros in with a very familiar riff. You can feel the heartbreak in Brian’s voice on this one. I have no idea if this was personal to him or not, but that feeling is there and I love it. Sure it’s a bit depressing, but with every note, every cymbal crash, you can hear the emotions and feelings bleeding into song.
Next up is my personal favorite on the record, “Far Beyond Suburbia”. From the minute it came on for the first time. I’ve been hooked. The song starts off with a proper hardcore intro. The drums and vocals are killer. I find myself often with this song stuck in my head. Everything about this song is amazing. As one Youtuber said in regards, “It’s head bang worthy”. Haha!
“Far beyond suburbia
They probably haven’t heard of ya and that’s alright
Huddled inside the living room
Let’s go watch evening news but it’s all lies and it’s pointless
Mothers pop klonopin
Drink the wine in the garden and birdwatch, under the sunlight
Next door the government fishes for oil, money and greed disturbs our sacred soil, it’s not alright
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place where people are thinking free
Far beyond suburbia
Maybe there’s a place for people just like me”
I feel like parents can be way too overprotective of our children. We take them away from the dangers of the city to the outskirts. We try to show them the “Right” way of living a life. Yet we forget that little person will grow up someday. They will realize all the bullshit that has been fed to them. My parents are caring and wonderful people. What they didn’t show me was the homeless folks lying on the sidewalks of downtown. The single parents struggling to get by.
They didn’t show me 20 years ago Rocky Flats dumping toxic waste into the Platte River. Don’t get me wrong I had an awesome childhood, but I feel like I was protected from, “Real Life”. Anyhow let’s get back to the review as we are nearing the end.
‘Memory Lane’ is sadly the last track on the EP. The riffs are my favorite part. These are kinds of riffs kids should listen to if they’re interested in music. I won’t make fun of anyone for throwing out the air guitar at school or work. With this song it’s easy to do. Again we have another song with fantastic lyrics and vocals.
It’s time to wrap this one up. Sunset Silhouette’s “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP is in one word amazing. The line they cross between pop and skate punk will lead in new fans from both genres. Brian’s vocals, combined with the talent of Evan, Joshua, and Nick have blended into a perfect 4 track EP. Get it while it’s still name your own price in the Bandcamp store, or make sure to hit their next show to purchase a physical copy.
While my all time favorite PCP song is still “Kyle’s In The Attic Again”. This new EP is stocked with more amazing skapunk. Best of all you download all of them for FREE right now here! The best part about PCP. Every release sounds just a little different from the last. The new album contains contributions from other local artists such as, Brian Bonsall of Sunset Silhouette on “American Dream”, Ric ofRoka Hueka, Erik Livesay (from A Little Off) on “ “Policía del Pensamiento” (“Thought Police”) , Bourbon Brawlers on “L’Chaim O’Brien” , and Irah Jon on “Guantanamo Bae”.
So since you’ve already used, Big Brother’s magic Google machine to get here. Let’s dive deep into. “Red Herring”. This EP was guitarist Nate (Soon to be a major producer) Nepsky’s first time producing and recording the album. The whole album was actually recorded in the infamous PCP House. When I refer to “Infamous” you need to follow their vlogs to see the insanity that which ensues. The hilarity is far beyond measure.
Let’s kick off the review with the first track, “American Dream”. This track features Brian Bonsall of Denver’s Sunset Silhouette. Be sure to check out their new EP. It’s one my favorites. “American Dream” starts off with our “Dear Leader” telling us how he’s pretty smart and everybody else is stupid.
When we were young we were told if we work hard, we can amount to anything we desire. Your economic status and racial identity will not matter and you will succeed. That’s simply not true. What society fails to tell you, is that the “American Dream” is a big fat lie. These lyrics are a sad, but true.
“So you want the house with the white picket fence?
Tax dollars go to national defense
Sign on the dotted line for a fixed rate mortgage
If you’re eager we can work out a loan
But if you’re down and out you know you’re on your own
Surplus of stupid, wish we had a shortage”.
How many non ska band use an acoustic viola? Well this non ska band uses one. It sounds brilliant in combination with the bass, guitar, and trombone. Nick’s vocals send this one into a yes I’m gonna say it, a skapunk frenzy. Bonsalls contribution on chorus seems to bring it all together.
Next up is, “He Dwells Within”, there’s so many awesome attributes to this song. There’s a great harmonica piece. This is the song you NEED when you’re pissed off. Torres pieces on the violin are insane. They lyrics are wicked as well. This is my favorite track!
“Some of our brothers and sisters prefer to drop their bombs,
Others want to see you run before they shoot you down with a gun.
But it shouldn’t really have to take a motherfucking genius to see,
Your propensity to kill, is a thing that is as real, as rage can be.”
Do you Remember that time Aaron from Reel Big Fish collapsed on stage? Well PCP does this track is hilarious and very catchy! I personally have seen RBF many times and quit seeing them after the cover era. It was like did you run out of ska or did run out of you? The bass, guitar, and trombone rip through this song. I wouldn’t be surprised of Cormier lost his singing voice after this one.
“Guantanamo Bae” is up next and this song is KILLER. Irah Jon’s vocals are fucking awesome! This song should serve as a model to prove unity between alternative and hip hop. It brought back memories of the WuTang days. I personally would love to see more shows with hip hop, punk, rockabilly and ska bands in the Colorado scene.
If there’s one thing I love about PCP. They are by far the most original band I’ve ever listened to. All of bands inside jokes seem to reappear in their music. That’s what happens through this Irish/Jewish folk song, “L’Chaim O’Brien”. I can totally see L’Chaim O’Brien becoming a South Park character. This track is fun as hell and you’ll be singing along in no time.
Now let’s get a bit darker. Now PCP does have quite a few politically charged songs, but this one actually made me tear up a little. This song is sung by Ric ofRoka Hueka. By the way go check Roka Hueka as well! Per a PCP Facebook post, “We had the honor of working with Ric of Roka Hueka for our final song on the Red Herring album, “Policía del Pensamiento” (“Thought Police”). Inspired by the 43 students who were kidnapped by their own government in Mexico, we had always envisioned the song in Spanish (*lyrics coming soon!*) and invited Ric over to help with the translation and delivery.
We quickly learned how close this subject was to his heart (his band has a song that was also inspired by these events), and realized just how perfect he was for this project. Ric ended up re-writing the entire thing, and delivered it in such a powerful way that it still gives us goosebumps, as though listening to the cries of a revolutionist. To top it off, Erik Livesay (from A Little Off) shreds on a 3-part epic guitar solo (can you believe he asked if we would be “ok” with that??). The song concludes with the quote from 1984 – George Orwell: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” (in French, cuz it’s “class”y.)” That shit is deep!
That post is dead on. Rik and Jenn kill on vocals, while Livesay shreds on guitar. Overall “Red Herring” is mastered collection of extremely talented musicians. Their humor, and ideals make this an EP to remember. I’m throwing this one in as nominee for the best EP of the year award from CPRA! Go download this one for free on their website, http://pcpsux.com/ .
You catch PCP at CPRA’s show “Happy Skanksgiving” on 11/24/2018 at Tennyson Tap here in Denver!
Trond Goderstad – Vox
John E. Quesada – Guitar
Bella Quesada – Bass
Max Arbess – Drums
Our Favorite Track(s): Illusion Wall, Genocide, American Taliban
Sounds Like: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, Subhumans, Bad Brains, The Exploited
Great Hardcore? Look No Further!
When it comes to hardcore punk, there are certain things you expect: fast buzzsaw guitars, pounding drums and those over the top throat ripping vocals. Almataha’s latest effort delivers that in spades! Personally, I loved the little “vintage” atom bomb instructional intro on Illusion Wall. While this sort of thing has been done before, it’s fun and tasteful. Plus, with the warning siren in the background, it does feels like the big one is about to be dropped. Duck and cover!
The rest of the album quickly aligns with the sound and feel of “Wall” and doesn’t let up until the very end. This band needs to make its way to Milwaukee, they would do very well! Can’t wait to see what else these lads (and lass) come up with next.
Format: Digital, Disc, bandcamp release expected in June 2018
Location: Rollins, Colorado
Current Lineup: (Facebook)
Lisa Mccarley-bass/backing vocals
Mike Barnes and/or Rolf Gunnar Hauge-drummers
Our Favorite Track(s): OI, Lemme See That Bass, Drink drank punk , Rat Boy, Pentatonic Gin & Tonic
Sounds Like: The Stooges, New York Dolls, Anti Flag, The Creeps
Colorado’s Drink Drank Punk aka DDP recently rocked the Toad’s Punko De Mayo fest. This was actually my first time hitting a DDP show. I was blown away and was lucky to catch guitarist/vox, Ig Eels after their set. We discussed how Ig used to be a part of Radio KNED, a pirate radio station that once blasted out of Nederland, Colorado. KNED sadly was issued as with most pirate stations, a cease and desist letter. They did not hold a FCC licence and could no longer operate. This leads me to wonder.
Since the FCC continues shutting down pirate radio stations does this allow big media to thrive? Was Mark Hunter right when he said, “Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?”. Every day we see the corporate world taking on more and more power than they deserve. Hell England has even contracted with a private police force to patrol wealthy neighborhoods. How long before DPD, renames itself, “Denver Corp Police”?
Alright so maybe I moved off topic a bit with a political rant. I’m here to talk Drink Drank Punk! We scored a limited commercial release of DDP’s album, “The Nederland Lament”. The album has some great old and new school punk sounds, such as OI, and Pentatonic Gin & Tonic. There may be a special cover in there as well! But let’s talk about what makes this album stand out among the rest. The album includes some KNED commercials that harken to Christian Slater’s Hard Harry. I am hopeful KNED or other similar like stations will return.
So let’s get a quick backstory from DDP’s Ig Eels. Per Ig, “Drink drank punk started in March 2013 in Nederland, Co. Our first 2 shows were house parties for radio kned, a pirate radio station. We broadcast these shows on air and began regular recording of station drops for kned. Our original lineup was: ig eels-guitars, vox. Lisa Mccarley, bass guitar. Josey Wales, drums. The band name drink drank punk comes from an anti flag song. Before radio kned, i did a punk rock show on kbfr in boulder, and that song always caught my eye on the station playlist, it seemed like a great band name for the kind of music i play and write.
The initial idea was to play blusier, standard rock songs for the start of a 3 hour bar show, which evolved to hard core punk rock by the start of the 3rd set. In August of 2013 we got a show at 3 Kings Tavern for the NIPP reunion party. From that point on DDP has been primarily a one set denver punk rock band, having played around 100 shows. We play original songs, and always a few covers. Usually by black flag, circle jerks, agent orange, stooges, or ramones.
In the fall of 2016 original drummer-and former Leftover Salmon drummer- Josey Wales rode off into the sunset after a long Colorado rock n roll career, moving to Mexico to continue his Outlaw thing. Since then drums for DDP have been alternated between Mike Barnes and Gunnar Hauge, both of whom kick ass on the kit. DDP bassist Lisa McCarley has organized the Rock, Metal, Punk, and Ska festival (RMNPS) every year since its inception in 2015 at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, CO. We are happy to bring punk to the mountains again this year on 7/21 at the Pioneer Inn in Nederland and on 9/15 for RMNPS”.
Per Bandcamp: – Mixed, Mastered and Tambourined by Jack Endino, Seattle, WA
Our Favorite Track(s): Chasing Monsters With The Torch, Blackout Young, and What’s Wrong
Sounds Like: Nirvana, Lucy And The Rats, Sliver, Pixies
Denver’s becoming home to so many great different genres of music. We have always been known for a having a great rock scene. Berry Fey was instrumental in putting Denver on the map. He put on great shows like the first Led Zeppelin concert. Also U2- “Live At Red Rocks”, which by far my favorite recorded concert. I think Fey instituted a love by bands for the state in general. I’m not saying Fey was a saint, but he put Denver on the map, musically.
You’re probably like Ska Bones. “I’m only 21 years old. I have no idea who the fuck you’re talking about”. And that’s ok. My point is the pool of talented Colorado musicians is getting deeper and deeper every day. Since we started CPRA a few years back. We’ve run into musicians from across the globe, like the Bricheros. Sure LA and Nashville have great scenes, but since the new age of DIY artists. The landscape is changing. The independent artists and labels are starting to dominate.
This leads me into grunge punks, The Denver Meat Packing Company AKA DMPC. Their second release, “Escape” dropped back on 9/27/2017. I really enjoyed the neat backstory behind their formation. Per Facebook, “The two crossed paths when they were both living in Houston back in 1998. It was a random meeting at a bar with Jerome sending a shot of tequila over, but no music plans were hatched. It wasn’t until each had moved to Denver from California — Jerome from Northern California, David from Los Angeles, when they started playing music together. Bassist Alfred Mueller also relocated to Denver from Los Angeles and was a natural fit for the band, since he’d actually been in the illustrious Karate Pants with David.”
So let’s talk, “Escape”. This album could mix really well into 1995 or 2018. The boys bring the sound of Nirvana mixed in with some Melvins. I can also hear some “Surf”, wouldn’t go so far as to call them, “Salad Rock”. This is no surprise since the band has some LA origins. My favorite song on the record is probably, “Chasing Monsters With The Torch”. This song is deep, and heart wrenching in some ways. I really enjoyed the deep riffs and drums on this one. The bass is heart thumping. My second favorite is, “Blackout Young”. It has that grungy feel from 1993.
Nick Cormier – Lead Vox
Heath “Candyman” Milton – Lead Guitar
Kyle Nash – Drums
Nate “L’Chaim O’Brien” Nepsky – Guitar/ Vox
Austin Tinsley – Bass
Jen “#jencam” Torres – Violin
“Regular” Rich Granville – Trombone
The lineup for the Loan Shark recording was as follows:
Nick Cormier – Lead Vox
Nic Farber – Lead Guitar/Vox
Matthew Krempel – Drums
Nate “L’Chaim O’Brien” Nepsky – Guitar/Vox
Doug Nicholas – Bass
Jen “#jencam” Torres – Violin
“Regular” Rich Granville – Trombone
Our Favorite Track(s) : Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Rolling Stoned, and Kyle’s In The Attic Again
Sounds Like : Fishbone, Less Than Jake, NOFX, Streetlight Manifesto
Not to sound like El Gaupo from 3 Amigos, but Denver has a plethora of super talented ska and ska punk bands. We have skacore band, Sorry Sweetheart, Northern Soul/Trad ska, The Dendrites and ska punk bands like Younger Than Neil and People Corrupting People. The ska scene in Denver is flourishing! We’ve already reviewed all of the bands I rattled off except for People Corrupting People, AKA PCP. I know there are more Denver ska bands out there, but I’m drawing a giant blank currently. So let’s check out PCP and their 2017 epic EP release, “Loan Shark”.
I reached out to PCP for some typical backstory info. I was looking for basic stuff like band year formation and such. In typical PCP fashion their response was, “Desperate for something good to listen to, with no hope in others or a future, PCP was born.” It seems that not only is PCP a band, but also a mentality. After listening to “Loan Shark” I quickly started to pick up their cheerful nihilistic humor. For example listen to “Krazy Kris” or “Kyle’s In The Attic Again”, basically a song about a dude jerking off in the attic.
“Kyles in the attic again, Kyles going at it again, Kyles jerking off in the attic again”
The best part of both of these songs is not only the humor, but both display the true talent composed. “Krazy Kris” has a skacore, metalapocalypse sound behind it. While “Kyle’s In The Attic Again” is upbeat, and keeps your head nodding. So let’s move onto the rest of the EP. Next up is “Cuntroll”. Now I could be wrong, but I see a funny little play on words here. It’s a bit darker and Orwellian. Again typical PCP kick ass fashion.
How many old schoolers remember Ace of Base and their pop hit, “The Sign”? Sadly we cannot forget as it still played all the time. I was really happy to hear PCP’s cover. They took an original song and gave it a completely different meaning. In my opinion this version is not even really about a person. It seems to feel more politically motivated and meaningful.
This leads me into one of my favorite tracks on the EP, “Hand’s Up Don’t Shoot”. “I used to think I was never alone, someone would be there to protect my home. These days I can’t differentiate, between what is help and what is hate”. That’s pretty powerful shit! I absolutely love this song. The darker tone, the blare of the trumpets, and vocals really make a brilliant combination. What’s up with their sweet album covers? Animal Farm anyone?
As I come to the end of this review I find myself quickly loading up my playlists with PCP. PCP is blazing new territories for ska.
It’s time to show some local love to Denver based Ska/Punk band, Younger Than Neil. Back in January they released, “Never Quite Asleep”. A 3 track EP that I can’t seem to stop listening to. The new EP shows how much the band has matured since 2016’s release, “Know Their Parts”. There are deeper bass lines, more melodic guitar riffs, and amazing trumpet work. I still love “Know Their Parts”, but I’ve found my new EP obsession.
“They say that violence is in our genes. Point the finger as if they ruined everything. Our father’s cursed us with spirits, unclean. But it’s only up to us to change our destiny”
I love all of these tracks. My favorites are by far, “Happiest Nihilist” and “In Our Genes”. “In Our Genes”, really hit home for me. It made me think how we struggle to become what our parents wanted, not the person we want to become sometimes. Fighting a demon our parents left behind. Along with great lyrics, and a killer trumpet solo this is an amazing song!