Favorite Tracks: Blow Smoke Up Your Ass, The Return Of Karl Marx and many more!
Sounds Like: Buzzcocks, The Damned, Zipperz and Subhumans
The One Man Punk Rock band has retuned with a new Greatest Hits collection out 4/20/2021! Our last review “Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx” back in August 2020 hit almost 500 views alone. Sam has also announced he has joined a (a new solo project) led by Naked Raygun/Big Black, Jeff Pezzati! You check out Sam’s music here, https://smokinsambabin.bandcamp.com/
Sam’s DIY approach is a welcome return to punk rock’s roots. Be sure to support Sam below!
Favorite Tracks: Shooting Silver Bullets, When She Bleeds (She Bleeds Bright Green), Copilot/April Fools!, and Bones
Sounds Like: Buzzcocks, Dirty Work, Zipperz and Subhumans
Good Morning Denver Colorado! (In my best Robin Williams impression)
We have been stuck in quarantine for a few weeks now. CPRA has always and will continue to be strong supporters of the DIY scene. We support the underdogs in the fight against the corporate music industry. You know that industry that continues to screw bands over? So today CPRA is proud to present a one man band “Smokin’ Sam Babin!
Originally born and raised in Chicago, IL. Sam has taken his music throughout the states. Let’s show Sam some DIY love and check out his tunes below!
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Favorite Tracks:Anxious Thoughts and Great Unknown
Sounds Like: 86-B, Prav Grant, Cokie The Clown, and Frank Turner
Former Denver transplant Seattle Stomp is set to drop, “Maudlin Madness” on January 3, 2013. We got our hands on an early preview. From the 2 tracks available we thoroughly enjoyed both “Anxious Thoughts” and “Great Unknown”. Give it a listen below and pick it up tomorrow here, https://crushgroverecords.bandcamp.com/album/maudlin-madness
I reached out to Alex Molica, aka Seattle Stomp to get his thoughts on the latest release. See his thoughts below
CPRA: What brought you to Denver?
Seattle Stomp: Well, I had graduated from Indiana Univ. in 2016 and was going through an anywhere but here, “running from myself” so I quit music, sold all my personal possessions and cruised the US for 6 months. On the road I fell in love with Denver and after I ran out of money decided to move there. A long personal struggle with drugs and alcohol caught up with me and that’s when these songs came to be during my time in Denver in 2016 and 2017 because you can’t run from the music that creates itself inside. Lived in Denver 2016-2018 and came to Ann Arbor in 2018.
CPRA: How is the music scene here compared to where you came from?
Seattle Stomp: The scene in Denver was awesome, I really loved Hi-Dive and Lions Lair and my favorite show was seeing Guantanamo Baywatch at Hi-Dive in November 2017. Denver is very different from most places in the midwest, here if you are in a band, cites are so much closer to tour and play and develop a route if you want to not play your hometown all the time, not so in Denver. The thing I found in Denver though is that all the hippy crap seems to be overbearing so the punks really show up when there’s a good local show going on because they don’t have it as much as we do in the midwest (at least thats what I saw)
CPRA: What does 2020 have in store?
Seattle Stomp: January is the big month for Seattle Stomp, January 3rd will be the album release in Ypsilanti, MI with Idle Ray, Jim Cherewick and CT James….January 16th St Petersburg, FL at Black Crowe Coffee with Emily Turnage and Eyelid CinemaJanuary 17th at Uncle Lous in Orlando, FL with The Grizzly Atoms, Dougie Flesch and the Slashers and Alien WitchJanuary 18th at Shanghai Nobby’s in St. Augustine, FL with AC Deathstrike, Flora LiCrame and Half my Home
CPRA: That’s fantastic! Where are you based now in Michigan?
Seattle Stomp: Ann Arbor, MI and as you can see I did come back to music, the label and the bands after some much needed readjustments to life.
Favorite Tracks: City Wide Destruction, Drop The Bomb, Crash Like Thunder, Runnin On Hate
Sounds Like: Stray Cats, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, too many genres to pin down an exact influence
Being a one person band 100 years ago meant, playing a bunch of different instruments at the same time. They were heavy and well the sound of course was always lacking. There were really more like a carnival act, and not something to really take seriously. Fortunately for us the times have changed. Due to the advances in technology one person can potentially play a bunch of different instruments and track them together.
So let’s check out this one man band phenom that is, MC1. MC1 recently put out his new ep, “City Wide Destruction” on 4/28/2018. My first thought upon listening was wow! Each song sounds dramatically different from each other. I tried really hard to nail MC1 down to one genre. I’m gonna say that’s just impossible. I hear goth, industrial, punk, rock, rockabilly and etc. That’s what really makes “City Wide Destruction” so much fun to listen to!
My favorite song by far is “City Wide Destruction”, and coming in second is “Drop The Bomb”. Be sure to check on MC1 and A Jam Records