Screaming At Traffic – “I Don’t Like Sports”, (Neither Does CPRA)

Release Date:  June 7th, 2019                                                

Format: Record/Vinyl/Digital Album

Location: Winnipeg, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jacques Richer – Vocals, Guitar
  • Duncan Murta – Vocals, Guitar
  • Paul Colman – Vocals, Bass
  • Stefan St. Godard – Drums 

Label: Little Rocket Records

Favorite Tracks: They Call Me “Thrillhouse”, I Don’t Like Sports, Bitter, Broken Teeth, and Weekend Cartoons

Sounds Like: Filthy Hearts, Descendants, Neck Deep, Penske File, Eat Defeat, and The Flatliners


Photo Cred Winston Smith

Do you like sports? Well here at CPRA we really don’t like any of the major sporting activities. Ok so maybe some roller derby or some hockey, but none of that NBA or NFL stuff. So when Winnipeg based, Screaming At Traffic dropped, “I Don’t Like Sports”. I knew I had to check the album out. And yes in pure CPRA fashion this album review is super late! We are still playing catch up. 

The album starts with They Call Me “Thrillhouse”. This track is deep with extremely well written lyrics, great drums, and a catchy guitar riff. Check out the video below!

“Y.B.F.” rolls in next keeping up the progression. “I wish you would say something instead of shutting down like you always do”. What does Ybf mean? Someone, anyone, Buehler? This song kickass! The next track is “Pantomime”. This is a personal favorite for me. The changing hooks, and melody drive this one home.

“I Don’t Like Sports”, is the next song. Obviously this track has nothing to do with sports. The track starts out on a somber note as the progression kicks in. We’ve all been in that relationship where you can never win. It sucks to lose, but sometimes you have to lose in order to win. I love this song! “Bitter” is another kick ass song. The drums are powerful when combined with the anthem like lyrics. 

Photo cred Kiwi Photography

“Broken Teeth” follows slowing down a bit. I love the subtle bass line that accompanies the guitar. This track hit home for me. After a bad relationship in 2012 I went down a never ending rabbit hole of drinking and self doubt. I finally pulled myself up. This is a great, “Break Up Punk” track! The guitar rocks on in a Flatliners like tone. 

“And I should never go out drinking before I eat, 

and I know I never looked so good with broken teeth”

“Monstrosity” is the next song. The change ups and hooks are wicked good. “Hey, Koyuki”, follows with a strong bass line intro. Not sure, but I think this track relates to musicians struggling to survive. I am not a musician, but my passion isn’t working the 9-5 rat race. It’s writing and talking about music, but it really doesn’t pay the bills. 

The next track, “Weekend Cartoons”, while starting out in a slow fashion. The track builds into an angry climatic driven ballad. “Naproxen” follows slowing the progression, yet retaining the wonderfully written lyrics. The last track on the record is, “People Pay Good Money For Secrets”. Personally I’m a bit sad to see this record end. 

In reflection Screaming At Traffic’s, “I Don’t Like Sports” is 11 tracks of emotion, intense musicianship, located in an introverts heart shaped box. With tracks like, “They Call Me “Thrillhouse””, “Bitter”, and Broken Teeth. I’ll be playing this record on repeat.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. They Call Me “Thrillhouse” (feat. Bleed American)
  2. Y.B.F. 
  3. Pantomime
  4. I Don’t Like Sports 
  5. Bitter 
  6. Broken Teeth
  7. Monstrosity (feat. Alex Guidry)
  8. Hey, Koyuki
  9. Weekend Cartoons (feat. Jenna Priestner)
  10. Naproxen 
  11. People Pay Good Money For Secrets 

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Emo Pop Punks Triple Sundae Announce New EP, “Glow”

Release Date: 6/7/2019

Format: Digital                              

Location: London, England

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hassan
  • Mike
  • Andy
  • Zandro

Favorite Tracks: Mental Pollution, Dazed, Glow, and Safe


Sounds Like: The Menzingers, Alkaline Trio, PUP and Spraynard


Triple Sundae are no strangers to the emo pop punk scene. “Glow” is their 4 studio release and they plan on releasing albums sometime in the future. Here at CPRA we are loving this EP! With fantastic tracks like, Pollution, Dazed, Glow, and Safe. These English punks really have found a kickass unique sound.

Be sure to pick it up here, triplesundae.bandcamp.com

Tour Dates:

* Tour with Jukebox Romantics

23 May 2019: The Festing, Portsmouth, w/ Burnt Tapes + Forever Unclean + WAYL

34 May 2019: Booze Cruise Festival, Bristol

30 May 2019: Waterintobeer, London, (acoustic)*

31 May 2019: Fighting Cocks, Kingston*

1 June 2019: Head of Steam, Newcastle*

2 June 2019: The Underground, Stoke-On-Trent*

3 June 2019: Conroy’s Basement, Dundee*

4 June 2019: Temple of Boom, Leeds*

5 June 2019: Le Pub, Newport*

26 June 2019: The Sebright Arms, London, w/ Ducking Punches + Not Scientists

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Pollution

2. Swisher

3. Dazed

4. Everything’s Cool

5. Glow

6. Safe

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Edward In Venice To Release, “Empathy” on 4/26/2019 Via Lockjaw Records

Release Date: 4/26/2019

Format: Digital

Release on: Lockjaw Records

Location: Pesaro – Italy

Favorite Tracks: The Deserter, High Tide, Pipe Dream

Sounds Like: AFI,The Used, Strung Out, Flatliners, and A Wilhelm Scream


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The UK’s Lockjaw Records are kicking some major ass when it comes to releasing some great music. We’ve reviewed a bunch of their releases, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/category/lockjaw-records/. Not a single release has let us down yet. When I saw Italy’s Edward In Venice dropped a new video. My old man self did a fast fist pump. That’s what we all did before so called dabbing, haha. I got lucky and grabbed a media release as soon as I could.

I have to be honest. I’m new to Edward In Venice. They have over 5K fans on their Facebook page. “I guess you could say, things are pretty serious”. Sorry had to throw in a cheesy Napoleon Dynamite quote there.

Let’s dig into “Empathy”. The record starts out with, “The Deserter”. This song is wicked good. The drums, are fucking nuts! The vocal range both singers meet is admirable. This song is perfect when you need to release some anger on a nonviolent level.

The next track up is, “High Tide”. Throw this one in the, “I need a release bin”. Everything in this song is catchy and relatable. The sheer talent of all on this one is remarkable.  The vocals really shine again on this track.

“Spark The Philly” is full of pure skate punk love. So far this record has made me revisit my youth a bunch of times. It angry, fast, and perfect. I’m betting this or “The Deserter” will be their next video. Then this super odd transitional tune comes in called, “Manolo Riddim”. Ok what happened to my angry punk rock? Don’t fret it comes roaring back with, “Pipe Dream”. This song is super catchy and fun to jam along with.

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“Blue Whale” is the next song up and will easily appeal to fans of the Used or maybe even some MCR, yet less whiny when compared to Gerard Way. Don’t get me wrong I love MCR, but sometimes they make me wanna slap them. The last song is “Vaporeon”. You can feel the energy that everyone puts out on this record as it culminates in a dramatic finale.

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Personally I’m a bit sad this ride is over, yet I think I found myself a new favorite. I’ve also found a new band to add to my, “Fuck Off Playlist”. “Empathy” is definitely getting my recommendation for CPRA’s International EP/LP of the year for 2019. Hit that preorder link here, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/edward-in-venice-empathy/.

Track List Subject To Change

  1. The Deserter
  2. High Tide
  3. Spark The Philly
  4. Manolo Riddim
  5. Pipe Dream
  6. Blue Whale
  7. Vaporeon

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RCKLSS – So Cynical (EP)

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Release Date: 2/1/2019

Format: Digital

Location: Brighton, United Kingdom

Current Lineup:

  • Matty Halliwell – Vocals/Guitar
  • Lewis Horsley – Guitar
  • Laurence Burkitt – Bass
  • Josh Woolnough – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Every Time, Struggle,

Sounds Like: All Time Low, and MCR, Pierce The Veil, and The Used


A debut record is always a scary thing to release as a band. You’re wondering will somebody like it? Did we make any major mistakes someone will notice? I have to wonder if the members of RCKLSS are going through these now. On the other hand they might be super pumped and excited to release their new EP, “So Cynical”.

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Let’s check out the tracks and see how they stack up. The first track up is, ‘Every Time’. This one is strong on the pop punk anthem side. The lyrics are addicting. I’m pretty sure you’ll be singing along quickly. The drums are powerful, with a strong bass background. The passion in Matty’s voice is admirable. ‘Animals’ is up next and kind of reminds me of a early 2000 MCR or The Used. It’s heavy and climatic. Lewis absolutely shreds on this track.

Next in comes, ‘Struggle’ the pace is slowed, yet builds again climatically. The piano is haunting, leaving the listener to drift off along with the melody. This is by far my favorite on the record. The next song is ‘Tell You’. The familiar melodic pop punk sound comes roaring back in with some well timed, “Whoas”. This song is just plain fun as it speaks of gaining your freedom from a bad relationship.

‘Sorry For Trying’, comes in slowly with a huge build. There some great writing on this track. I really dig this song as well. This song will likely get some time on the major airwaves. ‘Empty Space’ is the next song and the last on the record. The intro guitar riffs mixed with Matty’s vocals is engaging. This song is much slower and on the darker side.

Let’s wrap this review up. RCKLSS’s debut EP, “So Cynical” is a haunting yet powerful melodic journey of compelling harmonies and well written lyrics. Even when the darkness comes from songs like “Sorry For Trying”. The raw emotion from the band is sure to get you powerfully hooked. If this is their debut EP. I cannot wait to see how the rest of their discography will unfold.

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Tracks:

1) Every Time
2) Animals
3) Struggle
4) Tell You
5) Sorry For Trying
6) Empty Space

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Goodbye Blue Monday – ‘Misery Punk Ruined My Life’ EP

Goodbye Blue Monday – ‘Misery Punk Ruined My Life’ EP

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Release date: June 29th, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Make That a Take Records

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Current Lineup:

  • Graham Lough – Vocals/Guitar
  • Jack Cunningham Guitar/Vocals
  • Ross Gammie Bass/Vocals
  • Alberto Morillas Bravo Drms

Favorite Tracks: Worst In The Morning

Sounds Like:  The Menzingers


 

 

This is a heavy hitting EP of anthems for the bad days.  The title track Misery-Punk Ruined My Life is a fist pumping way of saying, “me too.”  We’ve all had those days where we want to get the words to come out right and it doesn’t work and we end up miserable.  Mornings and relational trepidation are the themes that round out the EP. When you’re questioning if there is more to life than this, this is the music you put on.  By the end I was ok with it all and you might say happy. I can’t wait to see what is ahead for this quartet from Scotland.

Track List

  1. Misery- Punk Ruined My Life
  2. Worst In The Mornings
  3. Love Is a Noose For Two

Links:

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

Band Camp: https://goodbye-blue-monday-1.bandcamp.com/album/misery-punk-ruined-my-life

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/goodbye-blue-monday-1/misery-punk-ruined-my-life

About the writer: Old crab that stands in the back and complains that it was better in my day, but is 100% for the youth take over.  I’m a contradiction that thrives on holding on to rebellion with one foot on either side. – Lala