PCT Musique launches 4th Split Series with Talk Show Host, Chump, and BIAS

 

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Release date: 9/14/2018

Format: Digital

Label: PCT Music

Location:

  • Talk Show Host- Canada
  • Chump- Belgium
  • Bias- France

Current Lineup:

Talk Show Host:

  • Sean-Drums & vocals
  • Chris-Vocals & Guitar
  • Fab-Bass & Baking

Chump:

  • Bruno-Guitar
  • Niko-Guitar
  • Romz-Bass
  • Raf-Drums

Bias:

  • Shak-Bass & vocals
  • Guif-Guitar & vocals
  • Ju-Drums

Favorite Tracks: The Long Way Home, Tony Sly, Be Water My Friend

Sounds Like: 

Talk Show Host- (First track Melodic Punk (think Lagwagon/Pulley), track 2 more Social D or Tumbledown)

Chump – (Old School punk/skate punk, NoFX with a little more screaming.)

Bias – (90s punk, All, Down By Law, Propaghandi)


Talk-SHow-Host

Talk Show Host

Remember when there was CDs & you didn’t learn about bands from streaming a track on Spotify or YouTube? Bands would either get a track on a compilation album, or a couple of bands would split the costs & put out a split ep project. This record is the latter. If you’re a fan of one of these bands, you’ll likely enjoy the others & it helps spread their music to each other’s fan bases.

The first of the three bands are Talk Show Host. This does what a 2 track sample is supposed to do. It makes me want to hear more. This was my personal favorite of the three bands. The only thing I would want to know is, what is their consistent sound? The first track, “Skull & Bones” is solid melodic punk, could have been on many of the punk comps I picked up in the 90s. What stuck out to me was The Beach Boys-like harmonies. Fun pop punk

“The Long Way Home” is up next. The sound changes. They’re both great, just different influences, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Could keep an album from all running together, but could keep a band from latching on when they really like the sound of one track but not into others. I for one dig it. This one has the bluesy/country flair of Social D or Tumbledown. Great rootsy song, that I’m sure plays really well live.

Chump

Chump

The second band is Chump. Their first track, “Not My President,” shows that political animosity is everywhere. Even though they aren’t from the US, many of us will relate to this one. Musically, it’s straightforward, hardcore punk. Vocally, there are 2 vocalists featured. Most of the time it works really well, hearing the harmony between the 2 of them, one presenting the message with a little more clarity, while hearing the angst from the backup vocal.“Tony Sly,” is an tribute to No Use For A Name, and punk legend.

A heartfelt track and the standout of their submission on the split. The more I listen to these 2 tracks, the more they grow on me. Not a ton of polish here, & it wouldn’t be as good were it over produced. Great old school punk rock, that again, wouldn’t be out of place on a Punk-O-Rama or Fat Music for Fat People comp.

BIAS

BIAS

The final band is Bias. The vocals grabbed me on this one. It’s fast, it’s punk, it’ll start a circle pit where ever you listen. “Be Water My Friend” was easily the standout of their 2 tracks. Although, “Walls of Darkness” had a great breakdown toward the end of the song, & even has a bit of a cameo from Yoda, reminding us of the dangers of what leads to the darkside. If you need a fix of some old school 90s punk, this is a good grab. It’s all about opening yourself up to try a new band, or maybe 3. It worked with me, as I felt like Talk Show Host was the standout from my personal taste, & now I need to find a little more.

I forgot to mention this split record is NAME YOUR OWN PRICE!!!

Tracks:

Talk Show Host

  • Skull & Bones
  • The Long Way Home

Chump

  • Not My President
  •  Tony Sly

Bias

  •      5. Be Water My Friend
  •      6. Walls of Darkness

Links:

About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

Colorsfade – “In Real Time”

 

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Release Date: August 30, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Location: Gatineau, Canada

Current Lineup:

  • Frank: Guitar
  • Jeff: Vocals + Drums
  • Yan: Guitar + Vocals
  • Gui: Bass

Favorite Tracks: United for Our World & Frozen in Time

Sounds Like: Melodic Punk – Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes


 

I grew up on 90s skate punk. Epitaph, Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat, Tooth & Nail, Fearless. An era where melodic punk was big. I could go through and name band after band with similar sounds, but I’ve never liked to play the “sounds like” game. I feel that it takes away from the artists’ own creativity. But if you were into the bands of that era, give this band a listen.

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The vocals are strong here. Jeff can sing. A range of pitch that’s not always needed in punk rock, but you’ll definitely appreciate it when you hear it. Backup vocals are great too. I do wish I heard a bit more of the scream that came in at the one minute mark of “Imposter.” But backup vocals were great as well throughout the record.

Drums were fast, as punk rock needs to be, but able to keep it interesting. Bass was exactly what it needed to be. But the real strength here was the guitar. It’s unmistakably the punk sub genre they are going for, but you can tell that they guy is a metal head & also loves his classic rock. Just listen to “Frozen in Time” & you’ll hear the metal licks in there.

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This record also have some fantastic cover art. I’d love for there to be a copy available on vinyl so the art could be fully appreciated. Art that is saying so much with a picture & is beautiful to look at. It matches the quality of music here.

Many great songs on here. “Invisible Man” is a great track about having faith in yourself & being comfortable with who you are. “Imposter” is catchy and will get stuck in your head. As I already mentioned, “Frozen in Time” is a lot of fun musically as well as lyrically.

But the standout track for me was “United for Our World.” Here I am writing this review, & we have yet another  story causing social media arguments. People are so quick to get distracted at whether or not a football player will stand for the National Anthem, & are either pissed that Nike is supporting them, or going out and spending inflated prices on shoes that were made in conditions & wages that are inhuman. Instead we need to focus on the real issues.

 

People are dying, and at an alarming rate. There’s a message everyone needs to hear from this track. The opening lyrics of the song, “Can’t you hear and see the people dying on the news? Or are you too busy concentrating on your views?” Are lyrics that sadly resonate more & more every day. “It takes more than one man, to give up on hatred.” Let’s unite around care for each other.

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Great song, great message, all from a band you need to check out.

Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Disaster
  3. United for Our World
  4. Take Your Time
  5. Loaded for Peace
  6. Get Your Acts Together
  7. Impostor
  8. Invisible Man
  9. Frozen in Time
  10. Back on Track
  11. Obedience

Links:

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/1nRnn7d38PUcSfTP5lhrtR

About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

The F.A. – How Riots Start

The F.A. – How Riots Start

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Release date: August 24, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Vero Beach, FL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Brian Espitia – Vocals
  • Joe Grover – Guitar
  • D. B. Stupor – Drums
  • Jeff Sheridan – Bass
  • Lee Fetzer – Guitar

Favorite Tracks:

  • Last Man Standing
  • You Don’t Know a Fucking Thing

Sounds Like:  

Angsty circle pit hXc, For fans of Agnostic Front, 98 Mute, Madball, Rene SG, and Bottom Bracket


 

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If you ask this band what they sound like, they’d say, “A bunch of old Florida dudes bringing back and blending the old school sounds of punk and hardcore!” They know who they are, because that’s exactly what you’ll hear. This is not an experimental album by any means. It’s not a record you’ll remember for creating anything new. You will however remember this record.

It took me a bit to get into the album. I’d recommend good headphones where you can focus on the lyrics of the songs. Not that they’re the deepest of lyricists, but because it’s the punk as fuck lyrics that you need to hear. In a world of political correctness, they stay true to their old school pick sensibilities.

Track one, Last Man Standing, shows right away that they aren’t afraid to be political. With a recording of a veteran talking about how meaningless the medals that were earned, it will piss off your right wing flag worshipping type in the first track. Their message is that war provides no real winners. It’s high energy, it’s aggressive, it’s punk.

Track 2 continues with a song about taking it back. In a world where we settled on choosing a crooked politician wife of a former president or a real estate mogul turned reality star & asshole tweeter as our leader, this song definitely strikes a chord with a country that we need to take back.

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The middle 2 songs are a bit of a change of pace perfectly placed in this 6 song ep. “You Don’t Know a Fucking Thing” stays on this topic with a wake up anthem with lyrics like, “you let your freedom ring, ‘cause you don’t know anything.” This song also has the most variety in their musical breakdowns.  The song “The Final Anthem” shows off the singer’s vocal range between his singing, screaming, & growling. I would have liked to hear that range & variety more throughout the record, as it definitely made this song stand out.

The final 2 tracks get back to circle pit aggressiveness & finish out hard, fast, & heavy. “We Won’t Back Down” is more in your face music about not letting yourself be mistreated, then we have 1:47 of kick ass album closing punk rock showing that they don’t really care what you think about them. “You don’t know anything about my crew, & we don’t give a fuck about you” are lyrics that come with the attitude they bring.

They know who they are, & they are comfortable with that. If you like the genre, you’ll enjoy this ep. if it’s not for you, I’m not sure this band will care. They’ll keep writing what they like & say what they want to say. And I think it’s worth hearing.

Track List

1-Last Man Standing

2-Just Might Snap (Take It Back)

3-You Don’t Know a Fucking Thing

4-The Final Anthem

5-We Won’t Back Down

6-My Crew

Links:

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

Purchase Link: https://thefa.bandcamp.com/releases

About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can

 

Poor Me – ‘Sugarcane’ EP

Poor Me – ‘Sugacane’ EP

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Release Date: August 14, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

  • Brett Delaney – Vocals
  • Nick Butler – Guitar
  • Nick Chmel – Drum/Vocals
  • Mike Goyn – Bass/Vocals
  • Jason McWhinnie – Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks:

Perpetrators & So, Brother

Sounds Like:

Bad Religion, Down By Law, & Millencolin come to mind, mixed in with some metal influences & some hardcore vocals.


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Discovering Poor Me was a pleasant assignment. This band has its roots in 90s skate punk, & could have easily fit in during the heyday of Epitaph Records. While that’s their roots, there is some obvious influences that never let their sound become stale or predictable. You’ll hear metal riffs coming from the guitar, a little hardcore thrown in, & some screaming that rivals the best screamo vocalist. Even with those influences there, they don’t deviate from who they are, which is a consistent rock band with a passion for the art of writing a message into their songs.

The message of being you & true to yourself & your convictions are there. From the track “Mistakes Can Be Made” & the realization that you can make mistakes & feel like a defeated coward & changes need to be made, to the titular track “Sugarcane” and being like a sugarcane & never breaking. This is the type of record that is needed in a society that wants to mold you into what is acceptable & politically correct at all times instead of allowing you to form your own opinions. Where there is no learning from past mistakes, & instead being judged forever by them.

This EP contains strong vocals, great message, & music that will keep your energy up for whatever activity you are in the middle of while listening.

If I had to review it in a sentence, this record kicks ass & you should be paying attention to this band.

Track List:

  1. Mistakes Can Be Made
  2. Papa Tells Me
  3. Perpetrators
  4. So, Brother
  5. Sugarcane

Links:

Website: poormemusic.net

Facebook: Facebook.com/poormemusic

Bandcamp: poormemusic.bandcamp.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/27VhunyJUfXiYgFzaQV62g?si=JabfESeMQEm0ELywQlfLHg

CPRA Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/73BUOtISN9ulLZriyRYD5K

About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.