Hardcore Thrashers ATD Release “A Total Disappointment” Via Kinda Cool Records, Cue My Blood Pressure Rise

Release Date:  May 29, 2020                          

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Kinda Cool Records

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Ben / Joe / Marco / Dave / Dan

Favorite Tracks: Boomerang Kids, Spies Among Us, Gaslighting, Poverty Row, and many more

Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Protected Left, Chew Thru, The Corps, Anti-Flag, and The Shell Corp


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Vancouver punks ATD aka A Total Disappointment dropped their first self titled release today via Kinda Cool Records. Why did I decide to checkout ATD? Well I’m fucking pissed as many of us are. George Floyd was murdered by those who swore to protect and serve. The world watched as cowards in uniform held George to his death. I really didn’t want to write about this today, but I’m boiling. This morning as I pursued the headlines my anger and blood pressure rose. I decided instead to escape into music with ATD’s, “A Total Disappointment”.

The first track is “Slipt” comes in fast, with some wicked drums. They remind me of being a kid and skating my ass off. There’s a sense of unity while the guitar busts out a quick change up. Next up is another amazing track, “Boomerang Kids”. Holy shit is this track fast as hell! 

The next track is my favorite off the record and is called, “Spies Among Us”. This sounds so much like the Dead Kennedys. From the onset of the intro to the lead singer’s Jello-like voice. The lyrics on the song are not only scary, but sadly true. We are spied on everywhere we go. Our phones listen to our conversations so later they can recommend, “The best burger in town”. How long before “Minority Report” becomes the real deal?

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If you’re at the protests today wear a mask and sunglasses. Don’t get added to their list! The next tune is “Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper”. It’s really heavy on bass, sounding a bit like the early Cro-Mags or Gorilla Biscuits. Another favorite follows with, “Moonlight Clan”. It speaks of the dangers of capitalism and materialism. This track feels like another kick ass nod to the Dead Kennedys.

Pic by Micheal Elliott-Golding

“Gaslighting” is next and times out at a massive 1:32! Speaking of that I’m gonna add this to my list of favorite songs under 2 minutes. “Poverty Row” follows with Bouncing Souls like charge. I feel like many of us can relate to this track.

“I’ve got my rights, my human rights.
But without fair pay I can’t make rent today.
I won’t lose sight, but still I know,
I’m living on Poverty Row.”

I remember when my daughter was little, spending my last few dollars on getting her fed, while I went hungry that night. Our society panders to those with cash and throws everyone else in the gutter. This track needs a music video! “Let Down” is next up. This track feels like a tribute to all of us who feel like we let down our friends and family. It’s yet another pogo worthy track. I love the chorus!

Photo by Bob Hanham

Sometimes we need a push to do something great. Maybe it’s a friend’s advice, a job loss, a fucking ruthless pandemic, or just a kick in the ass. “Good Things” is next and is exactly the kick in the ass we need right now. It follows the fast and rhythmic tone of the record. I really want this on vinyl now! “Peak Paranoia” is next and has some awesome guitar riffs. The “Whoas” were unexpected, yet seem to fit perfectly. 

“Teenage Vanities” follows its fast and crazy and clocks in at a massive 16 seconds! Sadly the last track is next. “Bunk Monk” is a direct fuck you to organized religion. It reminds me of the TV show, “Father Ted” from the 90’s. The head priest of the region was an evil bastard of a man and definitely a “Bunk Monk”. The track may be referring also to the 39 men who committed suicide in the name of their cult in 1997. 

In reflection, ATD’s “A Total Disappointment” is a fantastic record. The mix of hardcore, metal, and thrash are like entering your first punk show all over again. As you see above I posted a quote from Mr Rogers. Music helps me through some of the hardest times. I sure hope it will help you too. I highly recommend you grab this one on vinyl before they sell out! You can check them out here, https://kindacoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-total-disappointment

Track List (Per Bandcamp)
Slipt
Boomerang Kids
Spies Among Us
Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper
Moonlight Clan
Gaslighting
Poverty Row
Let Down
Good Things
Peak Paranoia
Teenage Vanities
Bunk Monk

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A Total Disappointment

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Hardcore And Rising, Denver’s Chew Thru Debut EP, “Heavy Hands” Is EPIC

Release Date: November 29, 2019                

Format: Digital

Location: 

  • Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Tomaso Eugenio Di Cosola – Guitar, Matt Lamoureaux – Vocals, Bill Jenkins – Drums, Matt Rinehart – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Shithole Country, Heavy Hands, Find Your Line, Fake Smiles, and Drawbridge

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, CroMags, Gorilla Biscuits, AFD, and Tuck Knee


There is an amazing feeling when someone sends you great music. It shows they are thinking about you and know what you might like. This morning I was sent the Heavy Hands EP by Chew Thru. The feeling was even better because I have already been listening to it daily since December. Somehow it was like a vindication of, “Ha, I already knew it was great but you knew I would think that.”  If you have ever read a Colorado Punk Rock Army album review, you know out of the staff writers, I am in fact the weakest link. What you will get from me is heartfelt and wacky comparisons. 

pic by @mythik

Here’s the comparison; Cro-Mags hardcore meets old school crossover. I love the heavy grit on this EP. I am through and through a sucker for that dirty, hard bass. You get that on every song. The voice and lyrics give that punch in the face you need when listening to what I like to call, “beat your ass music.” What I mean by that is you can kill it at the skate park, gym, driving too fast or… Round it out with the perfect guitar riffs and strong solid beats and you have what is the late entry for 2019’s EP of the year. Check them out live. Go to their socials, like, follow, and stream it.  You will not be sorry.  

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The heart is this; Matt and the guys have been staples in one permutation or another around Denver and they truly deserve the love and recognition. Call it earned boys, because this is a helluva of a hard, and heavy ride.  “Heavy Hands” by Chew Thru is amazing on so many levels. The heavy bass lines, the outright assault, and pure relevance to everyday life will have this record stuck on repeat. It’s out now on all major music providers and should definitely be purchased here, https://chewthru.bandcamp.com/

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Shithole Country 
  2. Find Your Line 
  3. Heavy Hands 
  4. Fake Smiles 
  5. Drawbridge 

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Are You Ready For Over Time’s New EP, “Decades”?

Release Date: 7/13/2019                                                            

Format: Digital and physical

Production: “Decades”was  recorded at Denver’s, own Black In Bluhm studio.

Mastered at Dog Gate Studio

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ben Kellogg- Bass/Lead vocals. 
  • Ira Dechter-rhythm guitar/back up vox. 
  • Brian Burke-lead guitar/backup vox. 
  • Joel Gonzalez-Drums

Sounds Like: CIV, Comeback Kid, Gorilla Biscuits, NOISE, and Youth Of Today


In an age where EDM and shitty pop dominates the airwaves. You need some authentic and pure Denver punk to get through your day. Over Time hung up their Blades Of Steel to record a new EP for our ear holes. Speaking of Blades Of Steel I’m hoping they will release more of the shirts below. Mine is getting small or I’m getting fat. Anyhow you didn’t come to read about weight loss you came to read about, “Decades”. 

The record intros in with, “Decades: What A Nightmare”. As the heavy kick drum starts out. You can feel the weight of this song, as it launches into a full on audio assault. This track is about watching your friends change and growing older. This track hit me on a personal level. I’ve watched a few of my so called, “Best Friends”, grow up and move on, to never hear from them again. Yet I’ve made new friends since and my relationships with them are now everlasting.

And we’re past the point 

Where this life is scary

I’ve buried more friends than I’ve seen get married

Man, it’s sad to say

But I hope they’re all in a better place”

“Cant Stay The Same” is up next. Now I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not but it seems there are some nods to the Boss aka Bruce Springsteen on this track. With references to the tracks, “Born To Run” and “I’m On Fire”. This track comes to life with energy, with strong chord strikes, head nodding drum beats, and great lyrical content. This tune will get stuck in your head from the get go. As the record progresses I  love it more and more. Here’s my own nod to the boss below. 

“Art Of The Steal” come up next. It reminds somewhat of an older H2O song. This one is politically charged and motivated by anger. If you’re even slightly afraid of a nasty pit, better get out on this one. If not join the fun! NYC Hardcore fans you will love this track! 

“Energy” follows with more speed and some insane drums. This track is more on the melodic skate punk side. The writer is reminiscing about time with a friend while listening to Op Ivy’s, “Energy”.  I felt I really couldn’t find the words when trying to describe this song. Nor felt I could give it the justice it deserves. Every time I tried to type a tear would well up. So I reached out for comment. 

Per Ben Kellogg, “So, “Energy” was written about a friend of mine, my best friend actually that left us in 2015. It touches on the years that we first met and our connection over a taped copy of “Energy” by Op Ivy and the times we spent learning all the songs on the record and singing them at the top of our lungs whenever we got the chance. Fox, the person in question, always had a bit of mystery surrounding him and constantly left me worrying, so the song kind of touches on that in the sense that I always had the utmost confidence that he would survive his demons, but was always a bit shaken to the core by some of our conversations. 

The first line, “I got that sinking feeling, the moment you flew south, you were the one that I told everyone about” kind of sums up the whole theme of the song, as I was always so proud and in constant awe of his friendship, but when he moved away in 2013 I just had a gut feeling that something bad was going to eventually happen.”

The next song is, “Twilight Sentinel”, fitting with the theme of the album and the nightmare of growing older. The acoustic intro starts out on a somber note, before building into an electrical climax. The bass line although not prominent adds that underlying emotion, while Kellog’s vocals provide the story. This vocals and style are similar to Lenny from Darkbuster. The big difference maker being, this track has an extreme amount of depth both instrumental and lyrically. 

“Walls”, loses the acoustic while returning to a faster heart pounding sound. This one is pure driven hardcore. Have you ever obsessed about something you missed or felt you needed? You might be over it, yet still think of it from time to time. Yet still feel like there is a political undertone.  

“Drag The Lake” is the last track on the EP. Personally I’m not ready for it to end. This track is nothing but heavy and I love it. One part I love about Over Time is you never really know which way a track will go. It may go the pop punk route, before quickly reverting to a hardcore skate punk sound. In my head I see fists pumping and kids circling the pit to this track. There’s a sense of unity somewhere in there. 

I reached out to the band for comment as I really wanted to know more about what drove this record into production. Per Ira Dechter, “The album has a theme of growth and putting the past behind you. Learning from our mistakes and becoming a better person. While still touching on the current state of our country with the songs like “Walls” and “Art of the Steal” relative to being a better person and treating everyone as equals no matter where they’re from or what their background is.”

This EP has come to an end and so must this review. Over Time’s, “Decades”, has been composed with anger, love, and unbridled talent. The brillaint combination of NYC Hardcore, melodic skate punk, and a dash of pop punk, makes this little EP, one giant record. Sure there may be more like it out there, but none made by Over Time. Be sure to download here, https://overtimehxc.bandcamp.com/ and hit their massive 4 Way Release Party with Filthy Hearts, Sorry Sweetheart, and ZEPHYR.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

1. Decades: What A Nightmare

2. Can’t Stay The Same

3. Art Of The Steal

4. Energy Master

5. Twilight Sentinel

6. Walls

7. Drag The Lake

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Hardcore Vs Pop Punk Night At Antero Hall (AKA Ecks Saloon) Tonight! Who will take the win?

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.

Be sure to ready up and read our review of Dryer Fire’s, “Van Candy” here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/dryer-fire-van-candy/. He is in no relation to Mr Marbles, although this editor has heard some small footsteps in the night.

The contestants

Nebraska Pop Punks Liar Wire are are coming in hot off the heels. Check out their interview with Spotlight Omaha! Does Liar Wire have what it takes to take the crown?

Steadfast is rolling through with an impressive record for street punk and hardcore savagery! This Houston based band is ready to fight!

Who will this fight? You be the judge tonight at Antero Hall, Doors at 8, show at 9!

Born From The Ashes of Skudfux (RIP), Jerkswitch Releases Debut Album, “Bufo”

Release Date: 3/08/2019                                                              

Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)

Production: Mixed by Jason Lang at Studio 3

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Montréal, QC, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • EJ – Guitar & Vocals
  • Will – Guitar & Vocals
  • Dewey – Drums
  • Gab L.A. – Bass & Vocals

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.

This song is KILLER!

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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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Revolution Part II 03:32
  2. Survive 03:18
  3. Suicide Mission 02:00
  4. Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
  5. Better Days 02:58
  6. AlertA 04:40
  7. Fuck No 04:05
  8. O Negative 04:16
  9. Drown 03:20
  10. Drink and Stink 01:27
  11. Jake 02:23
  12. Manhole to Hell 03:10
  13. All by Myself 03:07
  14. I’m So Sorry 03:12
  15. About a Punk 03:16
  16. Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24

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70s And 80s Hardcore Comes Back With A Vengence With SPIDER’s New EP, “Energy Gone Wrong”, Releases 7/26/2019 Via CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS

Release Date: 7/26/2019

Format: July 26th (digitally) and Aug 9th (physical) via CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS.

Label: CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS

Location: Long Beach CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Hector Martinez (vocals)
  • Karl Izumi (guitar, vocals)
  • Jeff Abarta (bass, vocals)
  • Alf Silva (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Energy Gone Wrong, Depression, and The Reeperbahn

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, The Damned, The Bronx, and Strung Out


SPIDER is back in the CPRA Music News headlines once again, with a brand new EP set to drop on 7/26/2019. Lala reviewed their 2018 release here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/12/03/spider-st-ep/. I listened to their last release and was blown away. Lately it seems we are getting nothing but awesome fucking music from Socal bands. In the last month or, so we’ve reviewed, Corporate Citizen, and Greg Antista and The Lonely Streets. Personally I feel a very strong resurgence coming from Cali based punk band in the near future.

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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SPIDER Show Dates


May 25             Las Vegas, NV

Jun 8         Santa Ana, CA

Jun 28           San Diego, CA

Jun 29           Tijuana, MX

Jul 20            Long Beach, CA

Jul 27            Gloucester, UK

Jul 28            Bristol, UK

Jul 29            Amsterdam, NL          

Jul 31            Leeds, UK

Aug 2            Manchester, UK

Aug 3            Blackpool, UK

Tracks:

  1. Energy Gone Wrong
  2. Depression (Black Flag Cover)
  3. The Reeperbahn

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Corporate Citizen Release New Album, “A Brief Moment Of Sanity” Out Now Via El Topo Records

Release Date: 4/26/2019

Format: Cassette + Digital Album (Cassettes limited to first 25 only)                                

Label: El Topo Records

Location: San Diego, California

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

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.

Be sure to pick it up here, https://corporatecitizensd.bandcamp.com/

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Track List: (Per Bandcamp)

1. Batten Down The Hatches 03:20

2. 95 Sound 02:23

3. Next Big Thing 03:41

4. Bold-Faced Lies 02:41

5. Trust Fails 02:30

6. Fatal Trap 03:18

7. Got No Time 03:08

8. Just Walk Away 03:17

9. The Good One 03:07

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80s Hardcore in 2019? Yes Please! Philly’s The Barren Marys Set To Release “Wired Wrong” on 5/24/2019

Release Date: 5/24/2019

Format: Digital and Physical

Pictures in this post by: Brittany Ponti

Label: Violated Records (CD Release), Suicide Bong Tapes (Cassette Tape Release) , Frankensense Records

Location: Port Richmond / Philadelphia

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

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


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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.


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“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.

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“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.


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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.

Be sure to pick up here, on CD, http://www.violatedrecords.com/ and even better on tape, https://suicidebongtapes.bandcamp.com/.

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Tracks: (Track order subject to change)

  • 01 – Good Time
  • 02 – It’s Gonna Suck
  • 03 – Roaches & Fleas
  • 04 – Guantanamo Bay Beach Party
  • 05 – Hero
  • 06 – On The Couch
  • 07 – Fascists
  • 08 – I Wanna Be Unhealthy, Baby
  • 09 – Perri’s Pizza
  • 10 – I Come From The Swamp

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

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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


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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.

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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.

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So let’s check out some songs!

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

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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.

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

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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


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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.  

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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

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