Release Date: September 3, 2021

Format: Digital & Physical

Location: Denver, Colorado

Favorite Tracks: Heartsick, Lovestuck, Classwar, So, Brother (Stalemate mix), Sugarcane (Remix), Papa Tells me and Fauxhawk

Sounds Like: Bad Religion, Descendants, Thrice, Flatliners, Sunset Silhouette, Shell Corporation, Propagandhi, and Against Me!   


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It’s spooky season here at Colorado Punk Rock Army. All of our admins are wearing their Halloween gear and listening to nonstop local punk rock albums. I decided I’d give Poor Me’s latest release, “Stalemate” a spin. So the big question remains is “Stalemate” a trick or treat? 

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The first track is “Heartsick” . It starts off slowly like a nightmarish lullaby. It quickly goes from zero to hundred in mere milliseconds. Per the band’s website this song is about moving on from an unforgettable past. Next is my absolute favorite track on the album, “Lovestruck”. This track is a tribute to Denver punk rock legend Johnny Bender. I’ll never forget where I was the night I heard Johnny passed. This beautiful tribute is so fitting for anyone who’s suffering the loss of a loved one. 

“So, Brother” (Stalemate Mix) follows and originally appeared on the band’s 2018 “Sugarcane” release. This new remix version hits harder with heavier chords and Delany’s sometimes gutter-like vocals. I have always loved the lyrics of this track.

“Let’s sacrifice it all. There wasn’t much for saving.
We’re welcoming your tired eyes – we’ll give you back your sight.
Although you’re broken, you still dissent?
So brother, why aren’t you changing? The truth is bright.
We share all the answers to fear the night.”

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“Sugarcane” (Stalemate Remix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”) follows and this track seems much heavier than its counterpart. The gang vocals seem more polished. The drums and melody seem more powerful and yet the track still sends a great message. My third favorite track is up next and is called “Class War”. 

Honestly if I didn’t know this song was by Poor Me I would have to guess it was by Propagandhi or The Shell Corporation. This track is an absolute killer. We all know how divisive the last 5 years have been. It sure does not appear to be getting better anytime soon. 

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“Papa Tells Me” (Stalemate Mix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”) is up next and has a strong message. As sons and daughters, we are always living in our parents’ shadows. Of course, this isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes there’s so much pressure put on the child’s shoulder even at a very young age. The first child is usually considered a “Golden Child”. The one child to change the family’s name in the social and political circles. I for one can easily identify with this track. 

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This version again destroys the former with more emphasis on a heavier sound edging the fine line between punk rock and hardcore. The track reminds me of something you would put on in a grungy rock bar before racking up the pool cues. “Mistakes Can Be Made” (Stalemate Mix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”) is up next. Pick up your air guitar and play along. The guitar is perfect for skatepunk fans and accompanies the vocals like magic. 

“I gave up on God and called for the nurse – a daydream had startled me.
That smile on your face may never return to me.
I couldn’t lie there and wait.
I guarantee in this life that mistakes can be made.
Guaranteed to challenge myself – but I can’t commit to a change.
Or maybe I’ll quit – I can’t commit to a change.”

“Strawman” is a brand-new track and it hits home. We fill ourselves up on so much crap to make us whole. This song is a little slower than some of the former tracks, but it can probably still manage a decent and fun circle pit. It will make you start to question life and it’s meaning.

“Fauxhawk” brings in an energetically charged political message questioning organized religion and the church’s intention. Even though it has a super deep meaning. This song is so much fun! Maybe it’s the melody or or the chorus, but this track makes me wanna dance. 

Well, we have arrived at our final track, “Perpetrators (Stalemate Mix – Originally appeared on “Sugarcane”. I have loved this song since “Sugarcane’s release. This version is so much stronger. You can feel the blood, sweat and tears pumped into the bass, the drums, guitar and vocals. You’re likely to bust a vocal chord by trying to match Delaney’s vocal styling. 

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Overall is “Stalemate” a trick or treat? Well it’s absolutely amazing on all fronts. The best part is feeling the impressive tempo changes and powerhouse of energy. With tracks like, Heartsick, Lovestruck, Class War, Papa Tells Me, and Strawman one is sure to keep this record spinning.  I’m giving a ”Stalemate” my vote in CPRA’s Best Of 2021 Local Albums list”. See Poor Me with Cheap Perfume and Reno Divorce this Saturday (10/30/2021) at The Marquis Theatre for Stalemate’s album release party!

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Heartsick 03:18
  2. Lovestruck 03:13
  3. So, Brother (Stalemate Mix) 02:18
  4. Sugarcane (Stalemate Mix) 02:54
  5. Classwar 03:02
  6. Papa Tells Me (Stalemate Mix) 03:20
  7. Mistakes Can Be Made (Stalemate Mix) 03:05
  8. Strawman 03:17
  9. Fauxhawk 03:05
  10. Perpetrators (Stalemate Mix) 04:15

Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/PoorMeMusic/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/poormemusic/

Website – https://www.poormemusic.net/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/27VhunyJUfXiYgFzaQV62g?si=jG3MYtDMTBCczzcAH8JDjQ

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Release Date: 11/1/2020                                                          

Format: Digital

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Brett Delaney: Vocals / Nick Butler: Guitar / Nick Chmel: Drums / Mike Goyn: Bass/Vocals / Jason McWhinnie: Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Classwar

Sounds Like: The Shell Corp, Propagandhi, Good Riddance, and Anti-Flag



Denver’s Poor Me dropped a surprise new single yesterday in support to remind you to get out and vote. Poor Me’s latest release, “Classwar” is an anger driven punk rock anthem that begs you to challenge the truth. The gang vocals really make this track stand out. You can pick it up here, https://poorme.bandcamp.com/track/classwar

Make sure your voice is heard on November 3, 2020, You can find your local polling place here, https://www.usa.gov/election-office.

“This oath is class war – tandem discourse.

No wished reward. Here’s giving to lofty goals.

Ugliness took the polls.

Touché. Well played.

And they never cared at all.

And they never cared.

No, they never cared at all.”

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Track List (Subject To Change)

Classwar

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Did Valentines Day come and go without much love for you? Come out to 3 Kings and shoot cupid in the head with some kick ass skate punk from NJ’s Doc Rotten! The boys will play the hallowed beer soaked floor’s of Broadway’s 3 Kings Tavern. If you haven’t listened to Doc Rotten you my friend are seriously missing out!

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

The boys are taking their show on the road to visit Denver and the rest of the world later this year!

The Local Line up!

Did anyone know this fact? Denver’s Poor Me was one of the first bands CPRA not only attended, but also reviewed? They played a major inspiration in the foundation of CPRA! You can check out our last review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/poor-me-sugarcane-ep/.

Have you ever been to Broomfield, Colorado? It’s a quite and parts agricultural town. One might say even a bit boring at times, now of course this was before the Swifts decided to light it on fire with kick flips. We LOVED their last album, “All Sunshine” and we cannot wait for new one!

Venue Information

3 Kings Tavern

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/590990638354788/

Doors at 8pm, show at 9

$8.00 W/ Valid 21+ ID!

60 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

Poor Me – ‘Sugacane’ EP

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Release Date: August 14, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

  • Brett Delaney – Vocals
  • Nick Butler – Guitar
  • Nick Chmel – Drum/Vocals
  • Mike Goyn – Bass/Vocals
  • Jason McWhinnie – Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks:

Perpetrators & So, Brother

Sounds Like:

Bad Religion, Down By Law, & Millencolin come to mind, mixed in with some metal influences & some hardcore vocals.


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Discovering Poor Me was a pleasant assignment. This band has its roots in 90s skate punk, & could have easily fit in during the heyday of Epitaph Records. While that’s their roots, there is some obvious influences that never let their sound become stale or predictable. You’ll hear metal riffs coming from the guitar, a little hardcore thrown in, & some screaming that rivals the best screamo vocalist. Even with those influences there, they don’t deviate from who they are, which is a consistent rock band with a passion for the art of writing a message into their songs.

The message of being you & true to yourself & your convictions are there. From the track “Mistakes Can Be Made” & the realization that you can make mistakes & feel like a defeated coward & changes need to be made, to the titular track “Sugarcane” and being like a sugarcane & never breaking. This is the type of record that is needed in a society that wants to mold you into what is acceptable & politically correct at all times instead of allowing you to form your own opinions. Where there is no learning from past mistakes, & instead being judged forever by them.

This EP contains strong vocals, great message, & music that will keep your energy up for whatever activity you are in the middle of while listening.

If I had to review it in a sentence, this record kicks ass & you should be paying attention to this band.

Track List:

  1. Mistakes Can Be Made
  2. Papa Tells Me
  3. Perpetrators
  4. So, Brother
  5. Sugarcane

Links:

Website: poormemusic.net

Facebook: Facebook.com/poormemusic

Bandcamp: poormemusic.bandcamp.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/27VhunyJUfXiYgFzaQV62g?si=JabfESeMQEm0ELywQlfLHg

CPRA Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/73BUOtISN9ulLZriyRYD5K

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.