Our Souls To Drop Second Release, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake” on November 1, 2019

Release Date: 11/1/2019

Format: Digital 

Location: UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Andy – Bass
  • Ben – Drums
  • Ian – Vocals
  • Jim – Guitar/Vocals
  • Mike – Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks:  Beer Bullet, Mental Health, Histrionics, To Wound and Wander, Destitute

Sounds Like: All Time Low, Audio Karate, Filthy Hearts, Face To Face, Dial Drive, and The Mezingers


Our Souls is set to release their second release, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake” on November 1, 2019. Their first debut EP ‘I Might Drink Myself to Death’ dropped back on November 16, 2018. The EP was well received with reviews from some of my favorite zines such as Keep Track of The Time, Colins Punk Rock World, Ear Nutrition, and The Punk Site. If you haven’t checked them out be sure to do so! 

So let’s dive straight into, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake”. The EP launches with, “To Wound and Wander, Destitute”. The melody on this track is killer. The guitar and bass playfully create the background as a second guitar drifts away for a little solo.  The song speaks of relationship breakup and the inability to find the light. I love this song! 

“But if the banality of lie, 

Dosen’t kill me, 

Then the c#nt inside my mind, 

Will just slowly,

Take my fu%cking soul,

Until I want to discuss fucking throw pillows” 

The next song is, “12312341”. So just when I started thinking, Our Souls may be on the pop punk side, out of nowhere comes some insane hardcore skate punk. The pit on this track will be dangerous. All of those over 30 should stay out, ha ha ha! Next is by far my favorite song on the EP, “Histrionics”. The track swings back towards the melodic side. 

Here at CPRA we use the phrase, “Breakup Punk” often. When a relationship begins to die so many things go through you head. What am I doing wrong? What are they doing wrong? It’s their fault, my fault, etc. If you need a song that will help you leave a toxic situation. Throw this on!

“Because when all is said and left unfinished, 

No idea if I’d be running away or starting again, 

And when all is said and undone, 

Would it be giving up or letting go?”

“Mental Health” follows and this is a tough track. The lyrics are deep and you can hear the emotions as they are belt out. The drums are the star on this as they lead the track through a confusing and broken time. I’ve lost too many friends and family to suicide. Don’t be afraid to ever reach out to one of us here at CPRA. Or please consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 1-800-273-8255. The truth this song inflicts will make you tear up. 

The final track is “Beer Bullet”. So many people can identify with this track. How many “Beer Bullets” do we fire on ourselves attempting to self-medicate ourselves into happiness? It’s short, but all of my favorite songs are less than two minutes long. The chorus is catchy, yet impacting. 

Overall, Our Souls, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake, is a fantastic EP.  The swings from melodic over to harcore are full of emotions that every one of us struggle with on a daily basis. I personally cannot wait for a vinyl release asap! So pick up the digital release first here on 11/1/2019, https://weareoursouls.bandcamp.com/releases

Check out their last release below as well!

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Tracks:

  1. To Wound and Wander, Destitute
  2. 12312341
  3. Histrionics
  4. Mental Health
  5. Beer Bullet

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Keeping 90s Skatepunk Alive, Trashed Ambulance Releases, “Shorthanded”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital, cassette (limited to 100 copies, order now!!)

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jawsh
  • RB
  • Shark

Favorite Tracks: Open Road, Buy In, Round 3

Sounds Like: 90s Skate Punk, NoFX


Growing up, there was the holy trinity of punk rock labels. It was Epitaph, Hellcat, & Fat Records. This band takes me back to listening to the Fat Records for Fat People compilations. Obviously influenced by NoFX, a band that is apparently easy to hate on by many punks now, but fuck that hate stuff. I never understood how hating things & bands made you a more interesting person. They are a band still influencing great music, like Trashed Ambulance.

The band’s new EP, Shorthanded, isn’t set on reinventing music here, but they take a sound & do it well. Vocals & guitar that serve the sound very well. Excellent melodies that will stick in your head. Driving drums that are vital to giving the record the energy needed to make the band work. What stands out the most though, is the bass. I love bass solos, walking the bass instead of simply playing the notes. Rad bass lines throughout the EP.

Open Road is an excellent opening track for their new EP. it’s everything I mentioned above, & everything you need to know about how you’ll enjoy this record. Fun guitar and bass solos break up the end of Trash Queens, helping the track stand out. Buy In is a great self-deprecating track, “I’m never gonna win, so I might as well buy in.” Great hook. The standout lyric to me though, is from Round 3, the closing track from the band. “Don’t find solace by being a dick.” Great lyric, great message, fantastic song. Be good to each other, be good to this band. Check them out.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Open Road
  2. Super League
  3. Buy In
  4. The Very Best
  5. Trash Queen
  6. Round 3

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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.

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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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.

Artwork from their S/T Release

“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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Marty, The Russians Are Coming! The Black Russians Drop New Album – “Death By Communism” Via Outloud! Records on 3/11/19

Release Date: 03/11/2019

Format: Digital

Label: Outloud! Records

Location: Leningrad Beach

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Black Russian 1
  • Black Russian 2
  • Black Russian 3
  • Black Russian 4

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”.

Be sure to pick up the album here, https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/death-by-communism

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Tracks:

  • Red Dawn
  • Rostov Ripper
  • Leningrad Beach
  • Saviour Of Your Blood
  • 5 Year Plan
  • Night Witches
  • Mommie Is A Commie
  • A Blaze In The Soviet Sky
  • Kremlins
  • UVB76
  • Russian Bear
  • Soviet War Machine
  • Satan U.S.S.R.

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Skate-Punk & Debauchery – Trick Punch Releases Long Awaited Album “The Latest”

Release Date: 4/24/2019

Format: Digital out now on all streamer, physical can be picked up from band members.

Production: Recorded at Crash Pad Studios

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) –

  • Billee
  • Pinez
  • Kyle
  • Eric
  • (Mingo 2013-2016)

Favorite Tracks: Brandi, The Latest, No Pegs, Snakes, One Track, Gfy, and Luci

Sounds Like: Strung Out, Good Riddance, The New Narrative, and Modern Goon


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So you’re sitting at school or work. Watching that stupid clock slowly countdown till you can hit your favorite show on Saturday. Life seems to come to a full and complete stop. Your boss is on your ass to make deadlines. Then out of nowhere one of your favorite bands drop an album a few days early. It’s like getting hit by a bolt of lightning. Almost as if you drank 20 Monsters and can now run, really, really fast.


Thus, my dilemma. I’m sitting here at work, making the man richer by the minute. I’d much rather somewhere, anywhere else. Out of nowhere Denver’s Trick Punch announces their new album. “The Latest” has dropped. Keep in mind their scheduled release is 4/27/2019 at Streets of Denver for the release party. So to serve my need for instant gratification I hit the download as soon as I saw the release.

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If Trick Punch are new to you be sure to check out their last release, “Third Bridge”. Now if you have listened to “Third Bridge”, you’re gonna love, “The Latest”. The album kicks off with “Brandy”. They couldn’t have picked a better song to start with. Super deep bass lines, guttural like vocals, and even a little melodic hardcore thrown in. This my friends defines CPRA’s definition of “Break Up Punk”.
“Don’t Look Down” is next up. This track continues the amazing fast and hardcore pace. The lyrics are heartfelt and sung with great passion comparable to Jason Cruz of Strung Out. It may seem like this song may be in reference to suicide. For this writer it’s about going head first into something with all your energy, heart and soul with zero fucks given.

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“The Latest”, comes in with a couple of sweet guitar strikes. The tributes to the movie “Office Space” are hilarious. This one is for all of us feeling like we are wasting our time. Those of us sitting like robots in the assembly line. “No Pegs”, comes up next with a master flow. This is my personal favorite song on the album.
I reached out to Billie Riot for more information. “No pegs is all about the hundreds of crazy nights spent at Denver skate park and all the shady or crazy stuff that went down. There is one gap called “no pegs” that anyone who skates knows. It’s also an anti bmxer song just for some fun shit talking, because they always sit right at the landing of the gap.

So when I would land my trick I would power slide into them like a bowling ball until, they got the fuck out of the way. The hot dog cart lady would sell single cigs if you were in the know and I suspected she sold more than just that.” I’m not going to ruin this kick ass song with my personal thoughts, because it deserves more than that! This song needs a great video for it, wink!
“Snakes”, follows “No Pegs”. That heavy skate punk sound returns. The track is just fun as hell and it’s about fireworks! It’s catchy as hell! “Secret Of The Pros” is up next and is probably my second favorite song. Listen to Trick Punch on this one and learn the secrets of the pros! This track has some wicked drums and some very impressive guitar riffs.

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The legendary bassist from Bottom Bracket behind a Snake pinata.

“Gyf”, is pure and furious. I suggest you add this to your “Break Shit” playlist. Throw this one on it right now! This one will have all those crazy drunk guys running straight for the pit. “One Track” is up next and likely the slowest track on the album. It has a darker, more emotional side. This one is heavy on bass and guitar shreds. It’s heartbreaking, yet relate-able on many levels.

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“Bowser”, this track is just some plain fuckery from the band. Get your pogo shit on with this tune. “Luci” closes out this fucking rad record. Another prime example of excellent “Break Up Punk”. I love the thumping western sound. I should probably stop fan boying all over this album.

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Trick Punch’s, “The Latest” is likely getting my vote for best local LP release. The amount of skate punk, old school rock, and even a hint of rockabilly will leave you coming back for another listen. This is the perfect album to introduce to those young skate punks in your life. Be sure to hit their release party show Saturday night at Streets of Denver with Bottom Bracket/Chemical X/Dryer Fire!

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Track list: (Per Apple Music)

  1. Brandy
  2. Don’t Look Down
  3. The Latest
  4. No Pegs
  5. Snakes
  6. Secret of the Pros
  7. GFY
  8. One Track
  9. Bowser
  10. Luci

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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

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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