A battle of epic PROPORTIONS, The fight of the century!
Tonight is the fight we have all been waiting for. The match of the century! Let’s first meet our referee! Weighing less than 3lbs from Adams County, Colorado is Slappy! Slappy has been busy as you can see below. He is the booker, security team, and overall ladies man for Dryer Fire. Slappy will be under scrutiny as he is currently in a substance abuse program.
Favorite Tracks: Revolution Part II, Survive, Suicide Mission, Fuck God and Fuck Reality, Fuck No, Manhole To Hell, Drink And Stink, Jake,
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Skudfux, Op Ivy, and Abolitionist
Why start this article off with a clip of High Fidelity? How is Jerkswitch’s “BUFO” even related to “High Fidelity? Let me tell you why. This 16 track debut album is FULL of non-stop fantasic fucking music. Personally when I heard the Skudfux was no more. I was a bit sad as I love them. Sometimes when something ends, it’s because something bigger and better is coming. Skudfux is now Jerkswitch!
This compilation album of old and new songs is a whopper at 16 awesome tracks. Let’s dig in further. “Revolution Part II” kicks off the record. You can listen to part one here. From the start you can feel a more polished sound. This is probably one of my top 5 intros of all time. The hunger, the passion, this is the ultimate set up.
Now my second favorite is actually the second track, “Survive” from the “FERN” EP. This is some hardcore ska punk. The lead singer has an almost Jello like tone. It’s just shy of being a little to metal, as the ska punk element is beautifully retained. The pit will be dangerous on this track. “Suicide Mission” is up next. It starts out with a heavy bass line before exploding into nonstop pogo madness.
“Fuck God And Fuck Reality” is up next. I absolutely love this track. From the opening guitar strum and drums straight into the heart pumping power chords. How long we will sit by and allow the church and/or Republican Party to dictate moral policy to us? The Catholic Church has died in popularity here in the states. A new and evil Republican church took over. Check out the lyrics below!
“I never was one to believe,
What I could not see,
All them catholic fairytales,
Keep em away from me,
And I don’t like what I see,
They don’t like what I am,
I’ll stand proud and say,
Fuck God and fuck reality”
These lyrics are so simple, yet so spot on to this writer. The swath of southern states passing women’s reproductive rights restrictions proves to us that the church is more concerned about social control and less about society as a whole. Let’s move onto the next song, “Better Days”. This song is providing hope for the hopeless with awesome lyrics and sweet guitar riffs. “AlertA” is next with an instrumental tune.
“Fuck No” is another song from the FERN Ep. This track cracks me up every time I listen. How many times a day do you say Fuck No? This is yet another great song. The anthems and whoas are perfectly timed. It is very catchy. “O Negative” comes up next with more of ska kickass Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, yet gets harder with the progression. This band is insanely talented.
Drown” starts out slow and serious note. I hear maybe some grunge influences, maybe even a bit of some surf punk. “Drink And Stink” comes roaring in with a fast skate punk sound. Advance warning before joining the pit on this track, it’s gonna be rough. I love this song! “Jake” another track from FERN is next up. Jerkswitch goes back to its roots with a great skapunk sound.
“Manhole To Hell”, is another energetic song along the lines of skatepunk. This is for anybody who has ever been oppressed by another. This song is full of anger, passion, and some amazing drum work. This song has to kill the lead singer’s voice. “All By Myself” slows down upon intro and build into circle pit loving madness. With the steely sound, guitar solos, this reminds me a lot of Faith No More.
Jerkswitch goes acoustic next with, “I’m So Sorry”. The composition of this track is beautiful. I think that’s a cello in the background. Wait this is punk. There are no cellos in punk. I kid of course. Again full blown talent and rightly displayed on this track. “About A Punk” speeds the pace back up with some skapunk. I adore this track. Not only is it skankable, the lyrical content is fucking amazing.
Anyone who has ever been in local band, worked with locals, can relate to this track. We all ask or friends and coworkers to come to our shows and they don’t. We ask them to share our albums, facebook posts and they don’t. It’s up to us as bands, promoters, and fans to help support the punk scene in any way we can. This track has serious potential for doing very well.
Here we are at the last track, “Richmond Hill” this is beautiful outro instrumental track. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of anything instrumental. In this particular album though the instrumentals blend like threads of a book binding. So there we have it. Jerkswitch’s debut album, “BUFO” is the definition of a perfect album. This record will appeal to not only fans of punk, but other genres as well. I personally cannot wait for more music from Jerkswitch!
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An absolute ripper of a song provides the intro for the EP, “Energy Gone Wrong”. The steely guitars are backed by a heart pounding drum and bass. This one is for anyone who ever felt like they didn’t belong. For everyone whose parents called them, “Bad Kids”. The lyrics are so damn catchy. I fucking love this song. It’s almost like life is a written computer program. If you or I don’t fit the rules, life throws us out as an ERROR.
“This constant attempt At the experiment A pig in a poke Who can’t afford the rent This restless attempt At the experiment A suicide vest Of belligerence”
“Depression”, is up next and a cover of Black Flag’s from “Damaged”. While, Flag’s version is timeless I have to admit it is starting to sound a bit old. SPIDER’s version increases the bass, and maybe even the speed. There’s no tin sound coming from the drums, which leads me to love the cover even more. It could be just better recording or better drums, but nonetheless; this version if fucking killer.
“The Reeperbahn”, is sadly the last track. This is yet another blistering energetic romp through the song writer’s mind. Per Wikipedia, “The Reeperbahn (German: [ˈʁeːpɐˌbaːn] (About this soundlisten)) is a street and entertainment district in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district, one of the two centres of Hamburg’s nightlife (the other being Sternschanze) and also the city’s major red-light district.” This one is super heavy on drums and yet another super catchy tune.
Let’s wrap up this review. SPIDER’s, “Energy Gone Wrong”, encapsulates the best of a 70s and 80s hardcore theme, while embracing 2019. In comparison to their first release I must admit I am loving, this EP. It’s not that the last one wasn’t good, but it felt more like they were still working on finding their style. The songs are far more polished, while leaving the anthems and chants stuck in your head. So on 7/26/2019, be sure to pick this one up right away. I’m throwing this one in the mix for Best EP of 2019. Pre order link – https://presave.io/t/energygonewrong
Sadly there is no Denver tour date below, but I have a great feeling these guys will hit the Mile High soon enough. Be sure to pick this one up on vinyl for the best possible listen. Per the press release, “The physical release is a limited edition 7” vinyl record offered in clear and white variants. The release features two original songs “Energy Gone Wrong” and “The Reeperbahn” plus a cover of Black Flag’s “Depression.””.
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Dan Achin (Drums), Hal Hannon (Bass), Bob Meder (Vocals), Steve O’Brien (Guitar) and Louis Ramsey (Guitar).
Favorite Tracks:95 Sound, Next Big Thing, Bold-Face Lies, and Got No Time,
Sounds Like: H20, Madball, New Narrative, Modern Goon, Gorilla Biscuits, CIV, The Lurchers, and 10ft Pole
The skate punk reviews seem to keep rolling in here at CPRA, and we are digging it. In the last few weeks we’ve reviewed, Riverside Odds, and The Barren Marys (Given more on the street punk side). I’d like to take a minute to disagree with whomever wrote the Wikipedia for Skate punk. Per the author skate punk was popularized in the mainstream by The Offspring’s 1994 album, “Smash”.
Personally I’ve never equated The Offspring with skate punk at all. That is really just my opinion of course. Skate punk for me started before the Offspring with bands like Suicidal Tendencies, and Agent Orange. Of course there are many arguments to be had here. Corporate Citizens new album, “A Brief Moment Of Sanity” continues the amazing tradition of California skate punk.
Let’s take a deeper look into the album. A ripper kicks off the album with, “Batten Down The Hatches”. This one is strong on an old school heavy bass line. The track gets your head nodding and has a sweet catchy chorus to sing along with. Next up is a favorite of mine, “95 Sound”. We all look back in time and think we had it better than.
“Wasting all of our todays just looking back at then. And twenty years from now we will look back at when? I won’t be held hostage by the distant past, seconds ticking down so fast. I will strive to live past the year 1995.”
We all have those awesome memories. Where were you the first time you heard “Institutionalized”? I agree with the band 1995 kicked ass, but don’t live in 1995. Punk isn’t dead and isn’t going anywhere. So hop that pogo right into the nearest pit. I absolutely love this fucking song! I am hoping we get a video for it. It is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
The next track is, “Next Big Thing”. Here at CPRA I have to use the latest smartphones to make sure I can access our social media stuff. That’s mainly because we want to constantly be available to our bands and our fans. Before CPRA I didn’t care if I owned the latest anything. Wanting the latest of anything really just makes you a slave to mass consumerism. You can’t take that $75,000 car to the grave with you.
“I never wanted it, I never needed it I’m not looking for the next big thing Just fine where i’m at And you can judge me, make me feel small But your opinion means nothing at all I just don’t care”
This song is another personal favorite. It’s relate-able and makes you angry to think how much money is wasted. From the intro and straight into the chorus this song kicks so much ass. I’m seeing circle pits in my mind as Meder’s vocals power through the wicked guitar riffs and drum work.
“Bold-Faced Lies” is next up and keeps up the non-stop energetic power force. This is yet another killer song. The bass and guitar hooks really build a genuine Cro Mags like expulsion. “Trust Fails”, follows a bit of a slower pace and feels more on the melodic side. This one for all of those failed relationships that should’ve been put out immediately. We’ve all been there and it sucks!
“Fatal Trap” comes rolling in with an increase in anger and speed. So far I love the simplicity in all of these songs. They speak to all of us in some way or another. This song is another for the pit. I love the drums as they are fast and heavy. “Got No Time”, is yet another one of my favorite songs on the record.
“How did we get in this predicament We wonder where the good times went Everyday is a battle but no one wins We’ll repeat this cause it never ends Can’t seem to find middle ground This carousel of hate goes round and round”
Yet another fantastic song for the pit. Are you starting to see a pattern here? This track fucking rules. Have you ever just stopped arguing and walked away? Do any of us have the time or the energy to spend arguing constantly with someone? This one has been stuck on repeat for 2 days! I love the guitar riffs.
“Just Walk Away”, come sliding in next. This track is heavy on the anger. It’s reminiscent of Gorilla Biscuits or H2O. I don’t really like to play the “Sounds Like Game”, but sometimes it’s hard to convey a similar sound without dropping a band name. “The Good One” closes out this phenomenal album. This track is as Admin A once said is pure, “Break Up Punk”. It relates to everyone with it catchy vocals, yet powerful bass and guitar.
I need to wrap up this review. Corporate Citizens album “A Brief Moment Of Sanity” is an incredible giant surprise to this reviewer. The band chants and harmonizes through this album with a fluidity only prone to hardcore punk.
Favorite Tracks: It’s Gonna Suck, Roaches and Fleas, Guantanamo Bay Beach Party, Hero,
Sounds Like: Dirty Work, Sniper 66, Zipperz, Propagandhi, and Death Lottery
It was recently announced Blink 182 and Lil Wayne will be visiting Denver. Don’t get me wrong mash up shows are always fun, but this one is sickening. Sometimes when we see these lineups our brain suffers massive brain damage. In order to repair that mental abuse one must be like Uncle Rico and hop into the time machine.
Let’s go back to the 80s when hardcore punk was ready to disturb the normies. The good news is we don’t need a time machine. Philly’s the Barren Mary’s are ready to drop their 3rd studio LP on 5/24/2019 via Violated Records (CD Release), Suicide Bong Tapes (Cassette Tape Release) and Frankensense Records.
“Wired Wrong”, intros in with “Good Time”. That familiar feeling of fast punk in your face returns. The second track, “It’s Gonna Suck”, tops out at a whopping 1:34. All of my favorite songs tend to be less than 2 minutes. I love the heavy bass, fast progression and killer drums. Next up is “Roaches and Fleas”. The killer guitar intro nails this track. So far I’m digging the simplicity on this album.
“Guantanamo Bay Beach Party”, this track has somewhat of a Ramones core sound. Again the heavy bass line really kicks it off. The combination of killer drums, awesome vocals and catchy lyrics make this my personal favorite of the album. “Hero”, this one is like a boot to face. Seriously keep the sick out of the pit on this track.
“On The Couch” is up next and it’s one kick ass song. This one is for all of us that have/had a house guest that never leaves. Just get the fuck out already! Rob, where’s my weed? Lyrically it’s hilarious. “Fascists”, bring the speed back into the fold. I am not sure if this is a jab at liberal infighting, but the overall sound is wicked. This band surely knows how to write some great music.
“I Wanna Be Unhealthy, Baby” follows and slows down the pace a little. It sends the sound back to a more Queers like sound, yet still has a real guttural feel. The grand pauses leave the listener wanting more. After, listening to “Perri’s Pizza” I really want some pizza. Did Perri’s pay for this jingle? “I Come From The Swamp”, is the last song on the record. Another track with strong emphasis on bass.
Personally I think I just found a new favorite band. Pardon me while I go download their discography. Haha in all seriousness. The Barren Marys have poured some blood, sweat and PBRs into, “Wired Wrong”. This record has heart and I don’t think Blink 182 or the likes of them (Fall Out Boy) will ever take that shit away.
Favorite Tracks: Habit, The Way I Feel, P.S.A., and Can’t Stand For It
Sounds Like: Black Flag, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks, and the Cro-Mags
On 2/10/2019 the first Kids Are Alright show went off like a rocket at Goosetown Tavern. If you missed it be sure and check out some pics and videos below of on our page. The talent from these bands just blew me away. This was also my first introduction to Denver based hardcore punks, Tuck Knee. We reviewed Almataha’s, “Kill The Leaders” back on 4/5/2018. Reviews for AFD and Neutral Thought will be coming in the future.
Why did I choose to write about Tuck Knee today? As soon as they stepped on stage. I felt thrown back into the 80’s hardcore scene. A powerful time in punk rock, as the American punk subculture was telling the establishment to fuck off. I felt a strong sense of pride throughout their set. I kept thinking, “Damn Denver, you’re one lucky city!” So today I ran over to their bandcamp and picked up their singles here, https://tuckkneeband.bandcamp.com/.
By the way all of their songs are currently “Name Your Own Price”, but be sure to drop at least $1 per song, so they can record more music! Keep in mind some of these videos taken are not great as the pit was pretty insane. Plus it was hard to film when I just wanted to mosh.
So let’s check out some songs!
They Way I Feel – I love the riffs, drums , and Ashmore’s vocals on this one!
Habit – This song is 1:17 seconds long, its angry, hardcore at its finest!
P.S.A – The message of this song. Don’t be an ass in the pit!
Can’t Stand For It – Per Bandcamp, “not the final version of this track full EP will be recorder in studio. Feb 2019”. I cannot wait to hear the final if this is the first!
Let me wrap this up. With 4 songs released I cannot wait to get my ear holes on some new material. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this band.
Favorite Tracks: Radioactivity, Nervous Wreck, This Machine Empowers Facists and Darkness Glows
Sounds Like: Exploited, Almataha, Rene SG, Minor Threat, and Gorilla Biscuits
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On that note we get a ton of pop punk review requests. Don’t get me wrong I love me some good pop punk, but sometimes you just need some good street punk in your lives. You need the energetic, fuck the establishment, pure and raw sound. Melbourne punks, Dead Already are doing just that with their latest release, “Gilded Age Of Piss”.
This EP is non stop train of old school classic punk straight out the back alleys of Melbourne. With songs like, ‘Nervous Wreck’, ‘This Machine Empowers Facists’ and ‘Darkness Glows’ I find myself fist pumping inside my office. My boss is probably thinking I’ve gone mental. Oh well fuck him anyway. So if you need something to accommodate an angry outburst, socially powerful, Dead Already’s, “Gilded Age Of Piss” is exactly the EP you NEED.