CPRA New Music Alert – Underage and Undiscovered, Tuck Knee is Going Places

49635920_373375716773515_2606662806388342784_n

Release Date: January 17, 2019                                                                   

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Lyons, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ellis Ashmore – Vox
  • Harlan Katzman – Drums
  • River Ashmore – Guitar
  • Garrett Folk – Bass

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


50442620_234469187471279_7385130616896880640_n

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.

20190210_164808
The Kids Are Alright First Show photo by CPRA

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.

20190210_145849 (1)

So let’s check out some songs!

They Way I Feel – I love the riffs, drums , and Ashmore’s vocals on this one!

51455505_390752845035802_2890148429088948224_n

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.

Links:

Advertisements

Dead Already land at CPRA with “Gilded Age Of Piss”. These Aussie street punks mean business

40226616_1912703839030772_5831845369197101056_n

Release Date: 8/25/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Current Lineup:

  • Rach S – Drums
  • Pat S – Guitar
  • Jack S – Bass
  • Paul W – Guitar
  • Scott R – Vox

Favorite Tracks: Radioactivity, Nervous Wreck, This Machine Empowers Facists and Darkness Glows

Sounds Like: Exploited, Almataha, Rene SG, Minor Threat, and Gorilla Biscuits


49125706_1968026053498550_6365036748354879488_n

We get a ton of reviews requests on a weekly basis. Some are so good, we can’t refuse. Some we have to pass, because it may not fit our format. On that note if you would like to help keep our reviews and website up, please donate here.

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.  

48392877_1968026013498554_7747149553396088832_n


48405908_1968026033498552_1436079850799497216_n

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Radioactivity 01:48
    2. Nervous Wreck 01:39
    3. This Machine Empowers Facists 01:39
    4. Gesso 02:05
    5. Multiball 02:31
    6. Darkness Glows 01:03
    7. Foetid Hell 03:07

Links:

SAGO – “Flood Island”

Release Date: September 1, 2018

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Piers – Drums
  • Alex – Vocals
  • Marty – Guitar
  • Chad – Guitar
  • Mike – Bass

Favorite Tracks:

  • Capitol Punishment
  • Galloping Beauty
  • Burning Books

Sounds Like:  Agnostic Front, Zeke, Straight Faced


sago

We’ve all been to that show where you go to hear the headliner, but there’s an opening band with a ton of energy that hits you out of nowhere unexpectedly. That’s how this record hit me. Just straight forward hardcore/thrash punk. It’s fast, & has a ton of energy. Great band that will drive you forward whether it’s a drive on the interstate, a workout, or just to hype you up for the day ahead of you, as well as make you want to get to a show & get your angst out in a circle pit.

It’s pretty unapologetically what it is, & that’s a fast punk record. 10 tracks that are over in 16 minutes will leave you wanting more, which is a good thing. It doesn’t leave tracks that you’d want to skip. From the first track, North X South, you know what to expect from the band. You could almost smell the sweat & beer smell from the club of fist pumping punks in the pit.

14595675_753748234764490_1448295389306523555_n

They do show some variety on Capitol Punishment, slowing things down a bit, dropping that bass, but keeping it hardcore. Fun intro on that track as well.

Good vocal range & good use of a fun, although short, guitar solo on the song Ahead.

Galloping Beauty, at just under 3 minutes, is the longest track on the record, and gives the most dynamics as far as song structure. I love the build to the chorus & how they flow into a great instrumental, then just the drum & vocal sing along of, “kill a man in cold blood, get away with murder,” leading into a great breakdown, then stopping with a guitar fade out. Definitely a standout track.

Lifejacket was a solid next track, love the backup vocals and solos on this one a lot. Then Burning Books was the next stand out to me, simply encompassing the bands sound in a track. While North X South was a solid opening track, this could have been a great alternate for the opener. Fast thrash to start the energy.

White Lies, & The guitar solo closing it was a perfect closing track. Left me wanting to hear what’s next from this band, because I think there will be more great stuff to come.

The lyrics, like the music, come fast & distorted. I loved the tone of Alex‘s voice, but wasn’t always lyrically clear on the recording. Which would be my one wish for the record, would be to be able to make out the lyrics & message of the vocals.

So if you like your music fast, distorted, and fucking punk, go check them out. The links are below for Bandcamp & Spotify. I’d recommend a listen.

Tracks:

  1. North X South
  2. Los Ojos
  3. Capitol Punishment
  4. Scars
  5. Ahead
  6. Galloping Beauty
  7. Lifejacket
  8. Squealer
  9. Burning Books
  10. White Lies

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.

UNIFORMS – “Reasons To Breathe”

UNIFORMS – “Reasons To Breathe” EP Review

26230674_1556500254429801_4796293126939786498_n

 

Release date: 8/24/2018

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: Make That A Take Records and TNS Records

Location: Dundee, Scotland

Current Lineup:

  • Derrick – vocals, guitar
  • Jamie – guitar
  • Jason – drums, vocals
  • Ade – bass, vocals

Favorite Tracks: Get Me Out Of Here,  Searchlights, and The Constant Here is You.

Sounds Like: Murderburgers, Elway, City Mouse, Mr T Experience, and Teenage Bottlerocket.


 

Alright punks it’s time to step into Ska Bones wayback time machine. Let’s go back to the early 1980’s when records were all the rage. Punk was gaining serious momentum in the UK and US.  My parents were considered young at the time being in their early 20’s. They were always buying the latest pop albums. Most of it was some Billie Joel or Springsteen crap.

The album that sticks out the most for me was, The Clash, “London Calling”. From the first time the needle dropped to the day our record player died. I’ve often thought about my first punk experience.  Thankfully for people like me vinyl has resurged with more and more people buying record players. You may have to fight a hipster to get one now. Haha.

I crave that pure original sound before the digitizing and mastering comes in. There are some albums that must be listened to on vinyl. Some of my favorites are Black Flag – “My War”, The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”, Sham 69 – “”Sunday Morning Nightmare”, and Stiff Little Fingers – “Inflammable Material”.

This leads me to introduce Dundee, Scottish punks, UNIFORMS. The melodic hardcore band formed in 2011 and after various line up changes is still cranking out tunes. So let’s check out their latest EP release on Make That A Take Records and TNS Records, “Reasons To Breathe”. Be forewarned you want this one on vinyl!

 

The first track, ‘Get Me Out Of Here’ kicks off the record. I find myself instantly hooked in by lyrics that seem to flawlessly flow with the music.

“Maybe we need to learn to listen

Maybe we’ll develop empathy

Don’t tell me who I am, what offends me

I promise you everything’s better than it used to be.

Well, well, well…”

“My Wise Friend” has some amazing drums, and hooks in just the right places. The lyrics are catchy yet meaningful. This reminds of some of my dark days where I question the meaning of life. Not that it’s a depression sort, but more or less self-reflective.

“We all make mistakes,

sometimes hearts will break.

We will always share the moon.

She sees everything.

New stories will begin.

You will learn to love again,

as you’ll learn for yourself.”

“Searchlights”, is next up on the record. Here’s another song where the lyrics are fucking beautiful! The drums and riffs accompany the vocals to make this a very memorable song.

“Remember when we were kids?

We’d put those records on,

lie there on your bed,

hold hands and sing along

with glow in the dark stars above our heads.

I still remember every single word you said.”

“The Constant Here is You?” closes out the record. Be sure to pick up this version either digitally or on vinyl so you can get this song! I love the guitar strike at the intro. This one has very street punk sound to it. In comparison one might say Rancid meets the Murderburgers. The lyrics and anthem like sound could easily end up on Dying Scene Radio.

0003572249_10.jpg

 

Overall I absolutely love and recommend this EP. The lyrics, and music seem to tell a story and I love what I hear. This record should be listened to via vinyl. The band has this very familiar sound, yet remains entirely new. The only con of the EP, would be the fact it’s an EP. So make sure you pick up some previous releases to the music doesn’t have to stop there.

Track List:

  1. Get Me Out Of Here
  2. My Wise Friend
  3. Searchlights
  4. The Constant Here is You? (This version)

Links:

System Restore – Suburban Drones Review

FB_IMG_1522857211935

 

Release date: June 24, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Casper, WY

Our Favorite Track(s): Self-Inflicted, Suburban Drones

Sounds Like: NOFX and Bad Religion


System Restore’s yet to be released album Suburban Drones portrays exactly what the title sells: anarchist-ish ideals mixed with the self-deprecating yet unclear tone of a suburban teenager growing up in hectic times. Or better summarized, a kid going through 2018. As much as I would love to put this band down for it’s obvious inspiration from bands such as the Offspring, NOFX and Bad Religion, it’s hard to overlook shining moments of complete originality.

Self-Inflicted, brings well-crafted lyrics that most listeners will gloss over. Additionally, the fast paced instrumentals mixed with a somewhat melodic drum beat at times kept me engaged and a kind of energized. Songs like the Jackal, on the other hand, despite their attempt at originality, lack a defined thought or meaning. Not to mention, specifically in the Jackal, the instrumentals not only bore me, but completely end up letting me down in its ending, which seemed like a possible breath of something engaging ended up being the band wrapping it up. I didn’t know whether I should have felt cheated or relieved.

This song aside, however, the title track Suburban Drones packs a powerful punch of politics and amazing instruments and originality. Despite it’s obvious influence from Bad Religion, this song turns the cynical attitude echoed by modern punk bands on its head without seeking to offend while also being obvious about it. Not to mention the instrumentals of this one! It’s something you would just have to hear for yourself, trust me.

Overall this album’s staying power in 2018 seems to be high, and most albums are; however, this album seems to landmark 2018 instead of pandering into it. It documents the views of the disgruntled youth while also staying safe of references that will die with time. The band itself seem to be heavily influenced by punk from the past, but show glimmers at attempting something new and trying to reach a different comfort zone. This album as a whole would earn a 83 from me with a higher score depending on the future endeavors of this band.

You can pick up the EP here on 6/24/2018, https://systemrestore.bandcamp.com/releases. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/the.System.Restore/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/system__restore/. Make sure to follow No Affiliation Records as well!

Review by @coloradopunk

Almataha – Kill The Leaders

 

Release Date: May 5th, 2018

Format: Vinyl, Cd and Digital

Label: Major Letdown Records

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

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!

20180914_204035

20180914_204037

20180926_164622

20180914_204039

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.

Guest Review by: Maxwell Liam of Hi/Jack

Drink Drank Punk – The Nederland Lament

Currently Available at the following locations: Copies are available at Barts Cds, and Albums On The Hill in Boulder, reverb link, https://www.reverbnation.com/drinkdrankpunk

Format: Digital, Disc, bandcamp release expected in June 2018

Label: DIY

Location: Rollins, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Facebook)

Ig Eels-guitar/vocals

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”.

The 3 blew me away at Cinco De Punko. Ig’s vocals, matched with Lisa’s bass. Barnes was a animal on drums. This album will offer that same feeling! You can peak a free listen over on their reverb page, https://www.reverbnation.com/drinkdrankpunk . Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/drinkdrankpunks/. Don’t forget to check bandcamp in the coming weeks for The Nederland Lament!