Evil Engine signs to No Affiliation Records

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Per No Affiliation Records Rep Paul Paul Levesque.

“Chicago based punk rock quartet has signed with Phoenix based No Affiliation Records. No Affiliation will be releasing their newest EP slated to come out later this year.”

Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit – “Light It Up”

Release Date: August 10, 2018

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Spokane, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Sid Broderius
  • Jasen Moser
  • Anthony Accardo
  • Ruben Gunion

Favorite Tracks: Broken Bottles, The Last Time, Wasting Your Time,

Sounds Like: Face to Face, Filthy Hearts, FOL, Off The Mark, Latte+, Stacked Like Pancakes, StreetLight Manifesto  and The Follow Ups


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Just when you think No Affiliation Records is done kicking some serious ass. Another great band pops out of nowhere. We’ve reviewed some really amazing fucking records by, Fourbanger, Off The Mark, FOL, and now today Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit! Here at CPRA we despise the major media companies. We miss the days when local radio was run by local companies, instead now we have the likes of Iheartradio.

My favorite radio station of all time was called 92X. Back in 1995, yeah I sound like Uncle Rico, 92X was the only radio station to play constant great alternative music. The played funk, punk, and underground hip hop. It was also the first time I heard bands like Black Flag, Social D, and OP Ivy. I was instantly hooked.

We are strong supporters of smaller record labels like, Lockjaw, No Affiliation, Stomp, and Thousand Islands. These labels are keeping punk fresh while introducing great bands you may never hear on the radio. We hope every band we love hits it big, but sadly we know the mainstream industry would rather continue its tradition of pushing out the same crap over and over again.

So let’s talk about another kick ass No Affiliation band, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit! The veteran Northwestern band formed in Spokane after spending time with the Grocery Boys and Storm Normandy. Their latest full album release, “Light It Up” is out now on all major music distributors.

So let’s check out, “Light It Up”. The album starts off with, “Broken Bottles”. The first thing that came to mind is how the sound is very original. We have our little, “Sounds Like” area to you give a sort of brief genre view. I really dig the opening riff and drums on this song.

It’s speaks of making reparations for past mistakes and substance abuse. Something most of us can identify with. Next up is, “Stoned In Wyoming”. This one has some great drums, and vocals.  It sounds a bit on the Face To Face side, yet maintains its own sound. I really like the lyrics.

“Stoned in Wyoming

Without my northwest friends

It’s starting to bore me, am I driving down a dead end?

I’m driving 2,000 miles

And it’s gonna take a while

To find my fucking place”

As any band may know touring is hard on the mind, body and soul. Now this song may not relate to touring at all, but I feel anybody can relate to being far away from home. Next up on the track list is “The Last Time”. This one is a bit faster and harder than the previous songs. I love this track! There’s some great skapunk on this one.

 

“Dead Or Alone”, is the next one up. This one has a very familiar ska riff. This is probably my second favorite track on the record. The trumpet is perfectly placed to blend in perfectly with the rest of the band. The hooks leading into the progression are remarkable. The lyrics are phenomenal.

“You let the lies slip off your tongue

And you can’t get enough

Of hurting the ones you love

And I don’t give a fuck

If they’re still there when I get home

I’d be better off dead or alone “

 

“Halloween”, this one reminds me a bit of “Bro Hymn”, by Pennywise. It does not really sound anything like Bro Hymn, however it relates to losing a close friend. We as a scene are a close knit community and it hurts to lose someone. “ Hard To Be Strong”, this song starts out like an anthem. This one has some killer lyrics, and guitar hooks.

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“At The Stake”, is up next on the record. Here’s another song that deals with some deep reflection. The drums are really the highlight on this one. “Call It Off”, the skapunk returns! This has some great classic ska hooks. The vocals really push the meaning. Our youthfulness seems to fly by.

“By The Throat” is the next track up. This one speeds it up a bit. The riffs absolutely shred on this one. “I’m not fucking up, I’m just losing my shit.”. How many times have we said that in our own lives? “Detached”, this one is a bit slower than most of the songs on the record. “I’ve been mixing up, self destruction and romance”. I can personally relate to this song . How many personal relationships have been destroyed by our own self destruction?

“Wasting Your Time”, this is another favorite for me on the record. The classic skapunk sound comes roaring back. This song kicks ass! “Like A Shadow”, head to the pit for this one. “Temperamental Timebomb”, is up next. Again this track has some amazing lyrics. “My brain is a temperamental timebomb, waiting to go off”. Man that’s some deep shit. “Written Together”, here’s another skapunk gem. This one is about a failed punk band and a failed friendship. “Line Wolf”, is up next and the last song on the record. The drums again really shine on this track, along with some great vocals!

Overall, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit, have composed a fantastic album. “Light It Up, contains a little something for everyone. This album is yet another great addition to the No Affiliation library! I spoke with Sid to get some information like tours and such. “No tour planned yet, but we’ll hit the road in Spring. We’re always writing, Ruben and I wrote a new song Yesterday. We have all played in bands together in the past. Storm Normandy, The Grocery Boys, Death By Pirates, etc. I started this project as a way to record songs I never got a chance to play in bands and it kind of spiraled into a serious project made up of amazing musicians.” Pick it up today here, https://theemergencyexit.bandcamp.com/album/light-it-up-2 .

Tracks: Per Bandcamp

  1. Broken Bottles
  2. Stoned In Wyoming
  3. The Last Time
  4. Dead Or Alone
  5. Halloween
  6. Hard To Be Strong
  7. At The Stake
  8. Call It Off
  9. By The Throat
  10. Detached
  11. Wasting Your Time
  12. Like A Shadow
  13. Temperamental Timebomb
  14. Written Them Together
  15. Lone Wolf

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sidbroderiusandtheemergencyexit/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/391073561246728/sid-broderius-and-the-emergency-exit/

Bandcamp: https://theemergencyexit.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oZHCWlyZh8RaqStlhOSSZ

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1nRnn7d38PUcSfTP5lhrtR

FoL – “Therapathy”

FoL – “Therapathy”

Release date: July 20, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

JChris- Drums/Vocals

Dave- Bass/Vocals

Aaron- Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Hate To Hear, Breathe Or Die, Jesse, Victim’s Anthem

Sounds Like: Lagwagon, Descendents, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion, Off The Mark, Fourbanger,  and The Windermeres,


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Back in April 2018 I reviewed, FOL’s Kinda…. But Seriously EP.  I loved that EP and still think it’s one of the best releases of 2018. On that note, No Affiliation Records continues it’s role of producing awesome music. See our past reviews here with the #NAR tag. I personally think labels like No Affiliation and Lockjaw Records that will be the death of iHeartRadio.

The 3 piece band continues to blow me away with their music. Let’s check out their latest upcoming release, “Therepathy”. The ep starts off with, ‘Hate To Hear’. This is already the FOL I know and love. This one has awesome drums, a somewhat melodic yet hardcore sound. The guitar shred on this one is sweet.

‘Breathe Or Die’ rolls up next on the song list. The lyrics on this one are great. The drums, combined with the vocals and guitar really pull this song together. It’s catchy and loveable, although a bit on the dark side, probably one of my favorites. You probably need to watch the pit on this one.

‘Jesse’ is up next on the record. I have to admit I wasn’t emotionally prepared for this song. This is an extremely well written song, about losing a loved one to suicide. It’s about thinking and wondering who that person would be today. I can see this song hitting the pops, easily.

“Who would you be?

If you made it through the Darkness?

Who would you be

If you were here with us today?

Who would you be, if you made it through the darkness

Who would you be?

Who would you be ?”

‘A Quick Drink’, c’mon now everybody know there’s no such thing as a quick drink. This one shows us FOL’s hardcore and speedpunk sound. It’s alot quicker than that drink of yours. ‘Sour Grapes’, shows why I love FOL. The mix of pop punk with hardcore is amazing. One minute you’re banging your head. The next you’re singing along with the melody.

The shreds on this make for an epic skatepunk song. ‘Victim’s Anthem’, comes next on the record. This slows it down with a powerful message for all those who suffer. I love the melody and poppunk style sing along.

FOL – “Therapathy” releases 7/20/218!

‘Cat Videos (and Propaganda)’, this anger fueled tune is sure to have you headed to the pit. While we sit behind screens watching cat videos and political propaganda. Our governments are taking away our freedoms one by one. Do you wish to sit idle by and watch? This hardcore song shreds with kick ass drums!

Let’s wrap the review up. FoL has produced yet another amazing record. This ep has something for just about every fan of punk in general. They are starting to set a standard of wonderful song after another. Don’t let this one escape and pick it up today! This one has been added to the list for ep contender of the year.

Track Listing: (Subject To Change)

1. Hate To Hear

2 .Breathe Or Die

3. Jessie

4. A Quick Drink

5. Sour Grapes

6. Victim’s Anthem

7. Cat Videos (and propaganda)

 

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstorlastaz/

Bandcamp: https://firstorlastaz.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/firstorlastband/

 

Fourbanger – Never Let Go

Fourbanger – Never Let Go

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Release date: 7/31/2018

Format: Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Mesa, AZ

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Kyle, Eric, Jason, and Jim

CPRA Favorite Tracks: Don’t Stop Running, Afterthought, Dead Sailor, Miles Away, and The Eagle Has Landed

Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Penske File , The Follow Ups, and Off The Mark


Mesa, Arizona punks Fourbanger are set to release, “Never Let Go” on 7/31/2018 through No Affiliation Records. Our lucky butts were granted an early preview. As mentioned in many of our posts, No Affiliation is putting out some kick ass bands like, Bare Teeth, FoL, Latte+, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit, Sun-0-Bathers, The Follow Ups, The Bastards, Square Shapes, System Restore, Off The Mark, and Cero Viejo.

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I have to admit this summer has been a hot one in Denver. Not only musically, but temperature wise. We don’t normally hit 100 degrees, but we have a few times already. So my 41 year old ass is feeling a bit exhausted. I really needed to change things up, feel a bit young again. So let’s check out, “Never Let Go”. Keep in mind since this is an early preview track order is subject to change.

1. Don’t Stop Running – This one has some strong riffs, great drums, very catchy vocals. I imagine.

2. Afterthought – This is my favorite track on the record by far. “And maybe I’m here, maybe I’m not, maybe I’m just an afterthought.” This track has some seriously addicting vocals, and some awesome drums.  Hello Punk Tacos or Dying Scene? Are you there? What if we all exist as someone else’s afterthoughts? This song is another classic example of amazing, “Break Up Punk”.

“And maybe I’m here, maybe I’m not, maybe I’m just an afterthought.”

3. Going Going Gone – A little on the darker side. This song has some wonderfully well written lyrics. One of the aspects I love about melodic punk, even though lyrically a song can be somewhat depressing. The presentation of melodies can alter the overall mood.

4. Dead Sailor – My second favorite song on the record. It brings a message of hope, while bringing harder riffs and again brilliant drumming. “I don’t want to be just another Dead Sailor, I don’t wanna sink to the bottom of the sea. I don’t wanna watch my life drift away.” The lyrics on this are catchy, fun, and heartfelt.

5. Miles Away – I really like the intro rift into the song. The mix of different instruments, combined with the vocals make this song a stand out, like, ‘Afterthought’.

6. The Lonely Parade – A much slower track. I really love the melodies and acoustic sound.

7. Calling Out – “Is anybody listening?” Great drums, intro rift kicks ass!

8. Never Let Go – A simple love song. This one reminds me of when I was a teen. I’d make mixtapes for love interests. This track would make the list today!

9. Get Back Up – I’m not sure if I hear some keyboard use on this one, but it sounds beautiful. These guys could really sell some records to the teen crowd. Although It still appeals to the old guy in me.

10. Arizona Screamin – These guys really know how to write addicting and fun music. There’s piano and punk on this one!

11. The Eagle Has Landed – The last one on the album. This one’s much harder than the previous few tracks. I like the message of hope and sci/fi theme.

This album has a little bit of something for everyone. It’s fast, fun, and extremely addicting. In true No Affiliation fashion, Fourbanger has produced a kick ass record. This is one us older punks, should pass around to the younger generations. You never know. You may have a future punk on your hands.

Links:

Website:  http://www.fourbanger.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Fourbangermusic/

Bandcamp:
https://fourbanger.bandcamp.com/album/never-let-go

System Restore – Suburban Drones Review

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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

Off The Mark- Aging Disgracefully

Release date: June 24, 2018

Album Release Party at the Yucca Tap Room with System Restore in Tempe, AZ

Format: Compact disc and Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Location: Tempe, AZ

Current Lineup: (Facebook)

  • Cole Tonge
  • Paul Levesque
  • Martin McDevitt

Our Favorite Track(s): Stay, We’re Doing Alright, The Answer, Permanent Holiday, Success In Moderation.

Sounds Like: Descendants, Face To Face, MXPX, Stray The Course, The Bricheros


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You know that odd feeling you get when you locate some awesome new music? It’s like a blast of serotonin to the brain. It makes you smile, pass it onto friends, and creates lifelong sustaining memories? Ok so maybe I’m caught in a bad bandmance with Off The Mark’s latest release,  “Aging Disgracefully”.

Off The Mark is returning from a 6 year hiatus. They haven’t missed a beat! The EP starts out with. “The Answer”. “Your answer to going nowhere, is giving up before your last try”. Now that’s some pretty powerful shit. Combine with great lyrics, kick ass drums, and pop punk riffs. This is probably one of my favorites off the EP. “When You Say”, slows it down a bit questioning the struggle of a relationship, but searching for hope. Is love lost?

“On My Own”, talks of struggling on your own. Searching to find your place in this thing we call life. Hell I just turned 40 not long ago, but one thing I’ve learned I’m done being someone I’m not. This track is full of hope, and I love it.

“I Don’t Need This”, A song about dealing with life’s changes. I really enjoyed harmonization and guitar riffs on this one. “Success In Moderation”, is about making mistakes, and taking every little win as a win. This song fits our definition of, “Break Up Punk” to a T! “Last Chance” is great song about living life one day at a time. I adore this song as well. You will be singing the chorus long after the track is over.

So let’s head over to “Permanent Holiday”. Alright this song is about walking away from a bad situation and finding you again. “Well I’m packing up everything, I’m heading on a permanent holiday vacation in the sun away from you”. If you need something to help you walk away from something bad in your life. Put this track on and walk right outta the door!

The song, “Stay” slows in down a little. I loved the background guitar and drums in the intro. This is plain and simple a beautifully well written love song. Not in that sappy kinda way, but heartfelt. Let’s move onto, “Same Old Song”. We really see the more harcore side to Off The Mark on this one. They bring a darker and harder sound on this one.

“We’re Doing Alright”, starts out with some great acoustic guitar. The intro builds into all- encompassing assault of pop punk. This is by far my favorite track off the album! The message, the music, combined to leave a memorable experience. I’m praying Off The Mark comes through Denver. Oh please great Spaghetti Monster bring them through!

We asked Off The Mark’s, Paul Levesque for more background information from the band and here is his reply, “The band started In early 2000s in Mesa az. We have put out 2 EPs. You’re so five years ago and point of reference. We have been on hiatus for about 6 years. We decided to start it back up again. We just played our first show In that time last weekend. We are having a dual release show with system Restore (also on no affiliation) June 24 at yucca tap room In Tempe, AZ.”

Alright let’s call this a wrap. Off The Mark is continuing the So Cal style of pop punk we have all come to love and admire. Their lyrics combined with powerful bass, guitar riffs, and drums, becomes a must download for this album. They are also on No Affiliation label, which by the way is adding great punk to it’s libary daily. Be sure to check out some our past NAR reviews here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews .

You can pick up, “Aging Disgracefully” here, on June 24, 2018, https://noaffiliationrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aging-disgracefully. You can pick up the physical version and merch here, https://noaffiliationrecords.com/shop?olsPage=products. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/offthemarkaz/. Make sure to follow No Affiliation Records as well!

Latte + – Everybody Listens to the Ramones Even My Mom

You know, sometimes things just happen to live up to their name; and actually do what it says.

With a name like “Everybody Listens to the Ramones Even My Mom,” you expect an album that’s heavily influenced by the Ramones; and that’s exactly what you get. This album sounds like it could be a continuance of the Ramones legacy, if Joey’s empty seat was filled by Weird Al Yankovic (once I heard it during track #7, “Stitches,” I couldn’t un-hear it… and it’s awesome!), and the band got just a little more “surfy.”

I would say that this album is a fitting tribute to the old school from the semi-new school, in the form of solid emulation of style and technique; while injecting their own personalities into the music, with splashes of humor and a different vocal style from the originals. As a band, Latte+ proves that they’re still cranking out quality, even after 21 years!

Sun-0-Bathers – Local Warming

Release date: March 16, 2018

Format: Digital, USA CD and 7″, via this summer through No Affiliation Records

Label: Released by:

Morning Wood Records (NL) MWR-046
Bearded Punk Records (BE) BPR-027
Melodic Punk Style (POL) MPS-05
Thousands Islands Records (CAN) TIR-018

No Affiliation Records 7″

Location: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

Jurjen de Vries – Vocals & Bass

Redmer de Boer – Guitars

Anne Osinga – Guitars

Jouke Rispens – Drums

Our Favorite Track(s): Sunspray, The Legend Of Scott Radinsky, and Kids Of The Sun

Sounds Like: Rene SG, Adolescents, Rich Kids on LSD, Bad Religion, Oh See Demons


 

The Sun-0-Bather’s released their debut EP back on March 16, 2018. Sometimes, a bands first EP or album is experimental at best. It might take a few tries to get their sound nailed down. This isn’t the case with “Local Warming”. Upon first listen I was like, “Holy Shit, these guys are fucking good. Hey Dying Scene don’t quote that. Haha. This is pure speed punk at it’s finest. Although the band says they consider themselves“pop punk”. I hear a ton of harcorde influnences. The EP also has hilarious outtakes from movies like, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

My favorite song by far, “The Legend Of Scott Radinsky”, pays homage to the  former baseball player and punk member of 10 Foot Pole and Pulley. I’m sure you know who Scott Radinsky is, if not read about the fucking legend here.

 

Overall this EP is a blast to listen to. The lyrics are catchy. The bass and guitar riffs are cutting. The drums are EPIC. My only complaint is well it’s an EP. I want more Sun-0-Bathers music and I want it now! The Sun-0-Bathers are mixing hardcore and pop punk, in a revolutionary fashion. This is a MUST download alert!

You can pick up their EP here, https://sun-0-bathers.bandcamp.com/releases. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/sun0bathers/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/sun0bathers/. Make sure to follow No Affiliation Records as well!

The Follow Ups – The Half Of It

Release date: 4/20/2018

Format : Digital

Label: No Affiliation Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)


Mike K – Guitar/Vox

Tyler A – Guitar/Vox

Jamie O – Bass

Greg M – Drums/Vox

Our Favorite Track(s) : The Half Of It and Monsters

Sounds Like : NOFX, No Use For A Name, Ten Foot Pole, Lee Rocker

From : New Brunswick, Canada 


 

Canadian punk’s The Follow Ups are back in the CPRA spotlight. As their new ep, “The Half Of It”, drops on 4/20/2018. If you wish to time travel back to the review click here. So when we scored an advanced copy of the ep we were super excited to review it. It’s not often when listening to music you realize you’re actually listening to a novel of some sort. Is this a hero vs villains kinda thing? I am absolutely loving this album. Let’s check it out track by track!

  1. Heart On My Sleeve – This is a great intro and sneak peek into the rest of the ep. I really dig the opening guitar riff and drums. Have you ever been in that situation where you really love someone, and that person doesn’t even know you’re alive? “I’m still a sucker for punishment, just tell me that I can see you tonight”. Man that’s fucking deep!
  2. Krista’s Getting Married – Written to the tune of The Dixie Cup’s, “Chapel of Love”. You know, “We’re going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married’. This is what’s like when the person you’re madly in love decides to get married to somebody else. It’s fucking heartbreaking, but our hero decides to deal. The Follow Up’s really show how talented they are on this track. They’ve turned this older tune, into a rocking psychobilly punk beat.
  3. Monsters – I love this fucking song! I’m guessing Krista changed her mind is now fucking with our hero again. Jesus Krista! Get your shit together! Trying to sleep when your head and heart are stuck on someone else, SUCKS! “I’m running from invisible monsters, and they’re waking up again tonight”.
  4.  At The Drive In – This is a perfect follow up to Monsters. It’s about reminiscing about times long gone. The drums again on this song are amazing!
  5.  The Half Of It – Next to Monsters this is by far my favorite song on the EP. I can definitely see this song landing on Punk Tacos, (Iheart radio you still sucks btw). You know the feeling when a relationship is just awful and will break at anytime? You’re dealing with those monsters in your head and now he/she says, “We need to talk”.  “Hold on till tomorrow, we about to see how bad this can get”.
  6. Rock And Roll Show –  Again the Follow Ups show their talent by shifting gears from a punk anthem like the Half Of It to a hard rock and roll beat. Yet it’s a beat you can grab your girl and dance to.
  7. Tell Me You’ll Be Mine – A simply love song that keeps you head boppin with melody and up tempo beats. Is our hero stuck in the friend zone on this one?
  8. No Remedy – When it’s over, it’s over. This a great progressive song about calling it quits.

Why does this EP kick ass?

The Follow Up’s have created an engaging ep, which shows their talents in a blend of superb punk rock and roll. Their songs are related to the human condition and trying to find strength none can be found. This ep really engaged the younger side of this old school punk. If you know anyone who likes punk even a little, bring them to the Dark Side with the Half Of It. I am hoping we get a tour sometime soon.

Pick up “The Half Of It” on 4/20/2018 here, https://thefollowups.bandcamp.com/music. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TheFollowUps/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/followupsband/. Be sure to also check out their label, “No Affiliation Records”, they have some great bands!

CPRA Band Radar Alert – The Bricheros – EP

So I’m just gonna start calling the month of April, “Unofficial No Affiliation Records Month” here at CPRA. In case you missed some of our reviews within the last few weeks. We’ve spotlighted some amazing bands like The Follow Ups and FoL who are currently signed up with NAR. Denver punks, The Bricheros are next to land on the CPRA Band Radar.

I know what you’re expecting, and shit that is not gonna happen. Usually some story how the band started out playing here locally and blah, blah, blah. The Bricheros have a kick ass origin story just like your favorite superhero. Maybe not Aquaman, well he smells like fish pee. All members of the band began their lives in Peru. On an interesting note, Peru’s punk scene began in the 1970’s and 1980’s, staying strong today.

We were lucky to score a chat with band member Ruben Patino. Here’s some band history we thought was pretty fucking rad! “Band was formed in 2017, we are all Peruvians living in Denver and our bass player lives in Hollywood LA, we have known each other since mid 90’s well Felipe (papi chulo) is my brother so I have known him since 1982 when the fucker was born, and I played with him since we were fuck like 13 years old, we have a band in Peru called futuro incierto (uncertain future). That band started in 1990 and we still get together back home and play shows.

When we moved to Denver roughly 2000 we started several bands. But the one that sticks out the most was Suburban Hostage. That was only Me (riko) and papi with these other dudes, then I played with Reno Divorce from 2010 till 2015 and after we parted ways. I decided to start a few bands, but nothing really worked out. Until about a year ago when I approach Jorge (mono) and papi and we formed Bricheros! I also fill in Drums for NY act The scutches, so that’s about it”

 

The band currently has a couple of singles out on Bandcamp, “Caving” and “Comb Over”. I love both these songs immensely. Per Ruben the band should have a new album out sometime this summer.  They are the perfect mix of pop meets political punk in a melodic style. You can pick up their singles here, https://bricheros.bandcamp.com/releases. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bricherospunkrock/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/bricherospunkrock/. Make sure to follow No Affiliation Records as well!