Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, Implied Risk, Modern Goon, The Drowns, Ten Foot Pole, Lagwagon and the Descendents
Check out the new video release from Melbourne Skatepunks Judo Chop! And you better pronounce it that way! I cannot wait to hear more. You can purchase the single here, https://judo-chop.bandcamp.com/releases
Sounds Like: Ferocious Dogs,Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, New Narrative, Face To Face, 10 Ft Pole, Pulley, and Voice Of Addiction
Back in September 2019 we were first introduced to the Red Light Rebels. Skabones got to check out their split EP, “Red Light Rebels Vs Bottlekids”. I still listen to that split on a frequent basis. You should definitely go check it out here. Since that time the Red Light Rebels have been playing shows and rocking out with legends like the UK Subs.
In that time they managed to record a brand new EP, “Rewind Erase” which drops on 1/31/2020. Although, “Dead To Me” was released first on the split above. If there’s one thing I love about the Red Light Rebels, every song no matter fast or slow, feels anthemic. That means every track gets your heart beating and your head thinking. How many bands really make you feel that way? For me the list is actually kind of short, but I digress. So let’s take a deep cut look at “Rewind Erase”.
The first track is indeed, “Rewind Erase”. A note strike and kick ass drum intro bring this track in with an assault style speed. In my head I can’t get the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack out. Was this song made 20 years too late to be on it? The next track is by far my favorite song on the EP, “Dead To Me”. As I mentioned back in September this track deserves to hit the airwaves!
“Call To Arms” follows and slows the tempo a bit. It seems a bit darker, yet somewhat uplifting in nature. I may be wrong, but it may be dealing with addiction of some sort. The pure talent in this track displayed by the boys is beyond me. The guitar solos give a solid throwback to a Suicidal Tendencies old school skatepunk feel.
“Perfect The Last Chapter” follows with some melodic speed punk. Tommy goes hard on drums while Sam’s bass leads the troops. The song has some fantastic lyrical content as well. The last track is “Let Go”. This song is just plain fun as hell. It has some excellent hooks, heavy on bass, and the vocals are fantastic! See yet another anthem song right here! We all have something/someone to let go.
In retrospect, “Rewind Erase” by the Red Light Rebels proves to me everything I learned about them from the Bottlekids split. They fucking RULE. This EP needs to be heard by anyone who craves the early days like when Milo went to college. Pick it up here on release day, https://redlightrebelsx.bandcamp.com/
Canada seems to be bursting at the seams with tons of great new music. In the last few months we’ve reviewed some other Canadian bands such as Jerkswitch, Hangtime, and Trashed Ambulance. All of them I have really enjoyed listening and singing along. Today we’re going to check out the latest release from, Spewers, “A New Disappointment”.
“No Change” is the first track up. This song is heavy on bass with an old school punk sound. “Citizen” is the next up. Bring your pogo and jump in the pit. It’s fast and fun, like early Black Flag or DK. “I Feel Gray” rolls in next. This track is pure street punk. The bass and drum throw in a disturbing perfect darkness.
“Sensitive Punks”, follows with a fast heavy progression. Watch out for the pit! It’s gonna get nasty. Now “Slime Category”, is the last track on the EP. The song has a wicked buildup intro into the vocals. This one speaks to all of us that bust our asses. Only to be left with pennies come pay day. This is by far my favorite track as it crosses back and forth with an almost metal sound.
In review, “A New Disappointment” by Spewers is a fantastic little EP. I honestly wish it was a bit longer. It’s also NYP in the bandcamp store currently, although toss them at least $1.00 a track! You can listen and download here, https://thespewers.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-disappointment
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Favorite Tracks:Red Dawn, Leningrad Beach, My Mommie Is A Commie, UBV76, and Russian Bear
Sounds Like: Ramones, Lillingtons, Sunset Silhouette, and No Use For A Name
The Russians are coming Marty! The Black Russians that is with their latest release, “Death By Communism”. This Soviet Era Pop Punk band is heavily influenced by the Ramones. Truth be told I am in love with this record. From the wicked 80s style guitar solos, kick ass drums, to the thumping bass lines. The vocals are very similar to the Queers, yet there’s still a nod to Johnny Ramone in there.
My personal favorite track is Leningrad Beach. It may be an ode to The Ramones – “Rockaway Beach”, but the Black Russians present this song in a pure skate punk format. This is perfect melodic hardcore at its best. I want to grab my board and hit the streets just listening to this song.
“My Mommie is a commie and she’s running from the CIA”
Black Russians – “My Mommie Is A Commie”
My second favorite track is, “Mommie Is A Commie”. Talk about a song that is super catchy. The guitar hooks are wicked. I am sure hoping this gets a vinyl release at this point even in the review! To be perfectly honest all of these tracks are killer! Time for me stop ranting. Black Russians new, “Death By Communism” should immediately join your download collection. Don’t be surprised later when CPRA says, “We Told Ya So”.
Favorite Tracks: To Asuka, We’re A Team, We stick together, My Roommates, The Demons, and Five
Sounds Like: Briggs, Sniper 66, Dirty Work, Street Dogs, Transplants, Zipperz and NOISE
Italy’s Breakmatt Fastgyver surprised the absolute hell straight out of me. We get 10-15 album review requests a week. Sadly we cannot review all albums submitted as we all work full time jobs in addition to family obligations. So after staring the first track on, “The Light Inside Is Broken But I Still Deliver”. I thought I know I’ve heard these guys before. However, I quickly came to realize that indeed they are brand new to me. Their sound however is not so much brand new, but an amazing combination of classic, pop, and a bit of skate. The straight guttural style is what really drew me in. Let’s break these tracks down. “To Asuka” is the first track. I’m not sure if this is a love song or about trying to help a friend with depression. Lyrically this song is simply beautiful. The drums and melodic hardcore style keep me hitting the repeat button.
“I need appreciation, I need the whole world to know that I exist.
I want to shout out loud, please look at me!
Don’t tell me it’s pathetic, don’t ever tell I shouldn’t feel like this.
This is what I am, this is how I feel”.
“The Gardens, At Night” is the second song on the track list. The one has a really sweet bass/guitar intro. The lead singer’s vocals remind me a bit of Al Barr. “We’re A Team, We Stick Together” is the next song. This song deals with the pain one feels from either growing up or moving on with life. It has a nostalgia for the simpler times. Did you grow up and forget your dreams?
“But then years go by, we all take our separate ways.
And then we drift apart in time.
Today our scripts read reassuring lines.
Can we really say we’re doing just fine?
Did we grow scared to reveal ourselves?
Is it a consequence of life?”
“We’re A Team, We Stick Together” comes in fast and strong with pure emotion. The drums are killer. That feeling that I’ve heard this song before comes creeping back. I absolutely love it! The hooks are right on point when joining the melody. This is yet another beautifully written song. This is my personal favorite song on the EP.
Next up is “My Roommates, The Demons”. The bass line on this song is so damn good. It’s haunting, and continues when the drums and guitar join in later. Why is band not traveling the world? So good! “Five” is sadly the last song on the record. This song is the perfect ending to a perfect EP. Personally I would probably avoid the pit myself on this one. It would be insane. This one sounds a lot like something NOISE would write. It’s time to wrap this one up. CPRA has found yet another undiscovered band that should be touring the world and filling ear holes with joy. Part of me on the other hand is sad. Will I ever get to see Breakmatt Fastgyver live? “The Light Inside Is Broken But I Still Deliver” is a masterpiece EP that you should pick up ASAP! It’s currently Name Your Own Price on bandcamp! Be sure to throw down at least $5.00!
Track List Per Bandcamp
1. To Asuka 02:46
2. The Gardens, At Night 02:39
3. We’re A Team, We Stick Together 03:02
4. My Roommates, The Demons 03:24
5. Five 02:39
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Favorite Tracks: Retrospect, Loose Noose, Whisper Like You Mean It and Father’s Day
Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Neck Deep, and Wonder Years
It’s not often we get some kick ass pop punk from Belgium. In fact, I think this may be our first review ever for a Belgium based band. Boxing Day formed back in 2016 and “Retrospect” is their second release. So let’s check this one out!
The records intros with, ‘Retrospect’. I can already tell I’m gonna dig these guys. This song is lyrically perfect. I’m a bit surprised this one hasn’t landed on the pops. Sadly we all know how the pops work and chances are slim. This song has some real catchy notes. The bass and guitar seems to compete with each other. That’s not a bad thing. It’s pretty impressive. The sound mix on this one is wonderful.
The next track is, “Whisper Like You Mean It”. This one kind of hit me hard. It’s about a relationship ending or sorts. The song is so relatable. The chord progressions are beautifully composed, while the drums key into the emotions. Lyrically the song is catchy, yet powerful.
“Loose Noose”, is the next song up. Pull out that dusty air guitar for this one. I could be completely wrong on this one. I feel like this song is about all of us who don’t fit in with the “Normies”. Those so called normal kids like to pick on us. Sadly driving some to suicide. I love the sense of confidence towards the end to rise above.
“Father’s Day” comes in roaring next. This one is anthem heavy and a bit harder than I expected for a pop punk song. The drums are my favorite part of the track. Kevin’s vocals are excellent. This reminds a bit of Blink 182’s “Adam’s Song”, yet purely original. I think many of us can relate to this song.
Here comes the last song, “Either Way”. This is probably the slowest track on the record. The melodies are beautiful. There is some immense talent in this band. I should wrap this up. Boxing Days, “Retrospect” is masterfully composed and breaks the chains of traditional pop punk. Pop punk fans don’t miss out on this one. Be sure to give it a listen here, http://www.realghostrecords.com/products/632580-boxing-day-retrospect-ep.
Whisper like you mean it
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Favorite Tracks: Make It Out Alone, The Rack, Papercuts and Sleepyhead
Sounds Like: The Corps, Came And Took It, Flatliners, and Lawrence Arms
We have reviewed a number of amazing Canadian punk bands over the last few years. There’s no doubt in this writer’s messed up head. The scene up there is going strong. So let’s check out Edmonton based, Loser Points. I reached out to the band to gain some insight into their music.
“Many bands take years to develop and find a concise, mature sound. Loser Points, as they have done since their inception in 2015, follows no traditional timeline. With their latest full length, Denial & Error, Loser Points trades in the hardcore yells and blazing-fast song structures that earned them their place in the upper-echelon of the western Canadian punk scene in favor of hook-filled rock songs and massive, unforgettable choruses.”
So let’s dig a deep further into “Denial & Error”, which was released in fall 2018. ‘Make It Alone’ kicks off the record. This is definitely one my favorites. It’s addicting and catchy lyrics combined with melodic hardcore, will get you singing along. Somewhere deep within this song is hope for brighter days. The almost “Doo-wop” like chorus is charming seems to blend in perfectly with the song.
“Stuck in this disaster everyday it’s getting old Reduce to ashes and burn How can we make it on our own We’ll never make it out alone Beaten up and dragged on well beyond its prime a shell Of what it never once was”
Next up on the track list is, ‘Sleepyhead’. I love the lyrical writing on this one. It’s dark and deep, yet remains relatable. The drums are the kicker for me. Yep I was air drumming to this song the whole way through. If you’re looking for you next hook. It’s here. Next up is, ‘No Motion’. This one slows down the pace a bit, yet its still incredibly good.
‘Adult Girlfriends’ is up next. The title of this song already has me asking questions, just like the song writer. We’ve all been is those messed up relationships at one time or another. I love this song. Not only is it extremely relatable. The harmonies are amazing. There’s a sweet guitar solo as well. It was unexpected, but perfectly placed.
“I don’t know who you are on any given day
That makes it so damn hard to find the words to say
They never seem to count anyways
I can’t keep living like this
Wondering when you’re around
Who I will be dealing with day to day”
‘Gas Lights’ is up next. I feel like I’m repeating myself somewhat here. The harmonies again are the highlight. This one has a great dark background riff. The next song up is, ‘NFM’. I’m pretty sure you can guess what “NFM” means. It’s that horrible part in a relationship where the afterglow becomes a shiny piece of shit. The one slows it down. The lyrics are very well written.
‘Papercuts’ is up next on the track list. It’s heavy on melodies. The sound on this really reminds me of later Alkaline Trio or the Flatliners. Next up is ‘The Rack’. This one is harder and heavier than most of the other tunes. The fast old school riff really kicks the song off. Another tune with great harmonies and melodies.
Overall Loser Points new album is full of talented musicianship, well written lyrics, and masterfully composed melodies. Be sure to check this one out in the links below!
Sounds Like: No Use For A Name, JFA, Lagwagon, and I Am The Owl
It’s not often we get some really kick ass skatepunk. But when we do, we absolutely love it! Strasbourg, French punks, Call It A Day are releasing their brand new EP, “Mind The Gap” on 11/01/2018. The album is being released under, Thousand Islands Records. “Small Label October” hasn’t finished just yet! In proper CPRA fashion we gonna check it out! You really should take a few minutes and check out the kick ass music Thousand Islands are putting out. Anyhow let’s roll into, “Mind The Gap”.
‘For Your Safety’, kicks off the album. This one leans somewhat on the speed punk metal side. The guitar and drums are fucking nuts. The different harmonies and melodies are mixed well. ‘Empty Promises’, is up next on the list. The bass seems to be more emphasized on this track. This make for a great pit song. This one will be brutal! ‘Valium’ is the last track on the EP. The drums and guitar solo shine on this one.
Call It A Day’s, “Mind The Gap”, sits on the edge of hardcore while maintaining a core skatepunk sound. Any fan of hardcore skatepunk should add this their collection on drop day!