The Jasons / Black Russians: A War-torn Split

Just in time for the most capitalistic of all holidays, The Jasons and Black Russians bring us a split full of bad tidings and fear. The tension between the two factions intensified towards the release date, with each side demanding allegiance. I feel like Hasselhoff is standing on a wall somewhere, just waiting to herald the huddled masses with whatever shite he sings. I don’t know. I was 6. 

The 7” has four songs, the CD has two bonus songs, each limited to 500.

Label: Mom’s Basement Records

Release Date: 11/20/2020


A-Side / The Jasons 

Kill a Commie for Mommy

Red Dawnna 

A Blaze in the Soviet Sky

Notes

Kill a Commie for Mommy: filtered back up vocals and interesting guitar patterns.

Red Dawnna: a distorted sample of Ritchie Valens’ “Oh Donna” explodes into girl-problem vocals. The instantly recognizable bass line directly transported me to the 90’s with memories of MxPx’s own cover of “Oh Donna”. I want to go buy some JNCOs.

A Blaze in the Soviet Sky: scathing, sneering delivery, graphic lyrics and a ferocious bass line that lingers in your head like a manifesto.

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B-Side / Black Russians  

Kill the Jasons 

Invasion USA

Red Blooded Soviet Punk Rock

Notes

Kill the Jasons: cheery song about killing mongoloids.

Invasion USA: “your freedom don’t mean shit” feels eerily appropriate given the current pandemic situation we are collectively experiencing. 

Red Blooded Soviet Punk Rock: absolutely dirty guitar solo over the bridge, this is a skippy love ballad.

Whether you’re into Ramones-inspired Horror Pop Punk, talking shit, or hockey, here’s a fun and fast addition to your pop-punk collection. Find the split on Mom’s Basement Webstore.

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Krista Brewer is a Colorado local with an undying passion for snowboarding, loud music, and photography. Krista specializes in street/art, architecture, ambient light/no flash photography through gingersnapshots.

The Mazlows Open Pre-Order Link For “Community Locker” On Vinyl

11/9/2020 – File Under #CPRAMUSICNEWS

So apparently when I write out my dreams they do indeed come true? Denver’s The Mazlows are releasing their debut album, “Community Locker” on vinyl. I love this album and so happy to see a release on record! You can read our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2020/08/06/best-pop-punk-album-of-2020-denvers-the-mazlows-release-community-locker-and-skabones-realizes-hes-a-music-snob/.

Considering this album is a nominee for best pop punk album of the year, You definitely wanna grab a copy of the vinyl as fast as humanly possible! You can pre-order here, https://www.themazlows.com/new-products/the-mazlows-community-locker-limited-edition-12-deluxe-vinyl.

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90’s And 2000’s Pop Punk Fans Rejoice! Hangtime Releases New ‘Destroy’ EP

Release Date: 09/25/2020                                                          

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Dental Records; https://www.facebook.com/rentalrecordspunk

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar

Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar

Dan Scicchitano – Bass

Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Too Many Days, When We Were Young, My Only One, Start All Over, Looking For You, and Radio Don’t Care

Sounds Like: Oldschool Greenday, TBR, The Livermores, Penske File, Lillngtons, Follow Ups, Sunset Silhouette and the Mazlows


Back in 2019 we posted our “What does punk mean to you?” video over on our Youtube channel. Now I don’t recall answering this question personally. Punk to me is being yourself no matter what and not allowing others or the government to control you. Punk can be political, it can be poppy and it can be hardcore. Most of all it can be whatever you want it to be. Why do I bring this up? I was raised on 70’s, 80’s and 90’s punk rock. 

Some of my favorite bands like Good Riddance, Propagandhi, NOFX, and yes even Green Day helped me form the person I am today. Toronto’s Hangtime released their new EP this morning called, “Destroy”. They have been releasing various singles in anticipation of “Destroy” and I have loved every one. You can read all our coverage on Hangtime here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/hangtime/. Why correlate my punk upbringing with “Destroy”? Let’s take a look into the EP to find out. 

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It starts with “Destroy!” which is a kick ass little instrumental. Next up is ‘Too Many Days”. This love song is for all of us who pine for the love of another. The vocals and melodic tone could easily pass as a pop punk song from the 90’s. It’s addictive, catchy and brings a smile to my face. Check out the hilarious video below! 

The next song is “When We Were Young”. Life seemed so much easier when we were younger. No bills, no mortgage/rent, going to punk shows, and best of all no Covid-19. Those days may be gone, but the memories will never fade. This track encapsulates that nostalgic feeling. I love drums and vocals on this track. 

“My Only One” follows and this track is fantastic. There’s something in the lyrical nature of this track that really pulls me in. Guitar and bass shine along with the vocals on this perfect song. I am not sure if this is a love song or a father talking to his children. I’d like to think it’s the latter. 

Now the next song, “Start All Over” is most definitely a love song. The melodic pop punk sound is not formulaic, and feels refreshing. “Looking For You” is next. The bass is killer on this song. This song feels a bit more on the hardcore side. When looking for love we all have so many questions to ask. 

The last and final track is my favorite song on “Destroy”. This song sounds straight outta 1996, while giving a nod to the Descendants and The Ramones. I was lucky back in the day to have friends to trade punk tapes with. Even back then the radio sucked and never played punk rock. I doubt that will really ever change. I’ll keep listening to my favorite punk podcasts, like Punk Tacos, The Cpra Denver Punk Rock podcast, and The Mable Syndrome Podcast

In reflection “Destory” is an EP we all need in a time where our future feels uncertain. Hangtime has meticulously crafted a record which not only appeals to my youth, but I cannot wait to share this one with my kids. Who knows maybe Hangtime will create another punk rock kid? I sure hope so!

Track List (Subject To Change)

DESTROY!

TOO MANY DAYS

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

MY ONLY ONE

START ALL OVER

LOOKING FOR YOU 

RADIO DON’T CARE

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Best Pop Punk Album Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release ‘Community Locker’ And Skabones Realizes He’s A Music Snob

Photo by Rick Kooker

Release Date: August 6, 2020                                                              

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Album Art – Mckenna Kooker (album art design)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them!

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Bury MIA, Came And Took It, Filthy Hearts, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Modern Baseball and Stray The Course


Photo by Lola Marie

The Mazlows have been making headlines within the pop punk world for the last year or so. You can read our posts about the Mazlows here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. From the first time I heard I heard their single, “The Wolf Inside”. I knew this band was going places. I’ve been bugging them since day one for a new album. Today my wish came true with the release of “Community Locker”.

Photo by Lola Marie

Back when I reviewed “The Wolf Inside” and “Leaving Town” I mentioned you needed to listen to this band so you could be proud to say, “I knew about them before they got big”. I realize now that is straight up music snobbery. Am I sorry for this? Nope, I’m proud of this and that’s why we started CPRA to share new music with those looking for it. So why Skabones did you say, “Best Pop punk album of 2020? Let’s dig into The Mazlows ‘Community Locker’. 

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The album is a whopping 14 tracks long. That’s impressive as hell! Some of my favorite tracks are “Best Days”, “Where Were You”, “Leaving Town”, “Here To Stay”, ”Thrown Away”, “Head First” , “Say Yeah”, “Were Not Dead Yet”, and last but not least, “Night Caps And Goodbyes”. All of these tracks have major potential to break the music airwaves. 

“Best Days” reminds me of my teenage years. I dated a girl at the one one would consider an “Alternative Girl” or “Punk Rocker”. Boy did I feel super cool at the time. We both moved on, but when a song can trigger a memory like that. You know it’s good. “Where Were You” also has a youthful tone with some great riffs from bass and guitar. Beatmaster D kills it on the drums. The overall harmony is amazing. This is not another “Pop Punk Love Song”. 

Pete. Photo by Rick Kooker

I reviewed “Leaving Town” a few weeks back. This track is exactly about leaving town. As we get older our desire to grow often leads us out of town. You may leave town, but you always return back to the community locker. “Here To Stay” has some wicked hooks and change ups. Nate’s vocals are amazing as the rest of the band joins into the fray. I love Hodel’s bass lines as they are unexpected. This track will surpass 1,000 plays within a few months or maybe sooner. Who knew punk rock could make you dance? 

Colt. Photo by Rick Kooker

Now “Thrown Away” actually threw me for a giant loop. Here I’m thinking the track will maintain the catch pop punk formula. Nope it didn’t happen. This track is dark, with a AFI like sound. The bass is wicked, Beatmaster D’s drums are insane! “Head First’ returns to back to the pop punk. It’s very addicting. It wouldn’t surprise me if “Say Yeah” does become the next pop punk anthem of the decade. The bass and drums with the “Say Yeah” chorus is awesome! 

Nate. Photo by Rick Kooker

Next up is another personal favorite, “We’re Not Dead Yet”. It goes to the dark side fast with a progressive melodic hardcore tone. The drums are nuts. The chorus is ultimate perfection. My last favorite track is “Nightcaps and Goodbyes”. This is a great ending track to an overall incredible album. We’ve all been there as we leave the bars at 2am. We all hope this won’t be the last time we can be together. 

Beatmaster D. Photo by Rick Kooker

In closing, The Mazlows, ‘Community Locker’ blew my expectations away. This crotchety old Misfits loving punk rocker now believes in the power of The Mazlows. The tracks will not only will make you dance, make you cry, but most of all provide a deeply needed sense of hope. This album is definitely getting added as a nominee for best pop punk album of 2020. Don’t wait till you hear them on the radio, check them out right now, https://themazlows.bandcamp.com/

Track List (Subject To Change)

Best Days
Where Were You
Leaving Town
Here to Stay
Leave It All Behind
Echoes
Thrown Away
Head First
Breakfast Epiphanies
Say Yeah
Forever And
We’re Not Dead Yet
Last Call
Nightcaps and Goodbyes

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Best Pop Punk Single Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release “Leaving Town” Out Now!

Art work by @_mck.k

Release Date: 7/16/2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: Leaving Town

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Stray The Course, and FIDLAR


Photo By Lola Marie

Denver’s The Mazlow’s dropped a fresh single this morning called, “Leaving Town”. Is it the best pop punk single to release this summer? It comes off the heals of some of their previous releases, which you can hear and read about here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. This track was originally written 15 years ago when the Mazlow’s were angsty teenage boys.

Photo By Lola Marie

Per their recent article in Westward, “Leaving Town” is about just that. Seeking out those teenage desires to run free out into the world. Per guitarist Colton Kooker, “The song connects our young dreams of moving away, to the current realities of still having challenges in life,”. For me this track encapsulates that teenage feeling of wanting to break free and experience life as we know it.

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With COVID currently stalking us, it’s awesome to have something energetic and hopeful to sing along with. This writer couldn’t be more excited for their full album release in August 2020. You can pick up the single now from all the major music providers.

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#NewVideoWednesday Hangtime Drops “When We Were Young”, From New EP, ‘Destroy’

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto, ON

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar
  • Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar
  • Dan Scicchitano – Bass
  • Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: When We Were Young

Sounds Like: Aimless Again, Dorkatron, The Livermores, Penske File, and the Mazlows


It appears Toronto Punks, Hangtime have dropped a new video for “When We Were Young” from their Fall 2020 EP release, ‘Destroy’. Ok so even though this whole quarantine pretty much sucks. It’s awesome bands are still putting so much out!

Check out our album review below from 6/7/2019! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/17/cpra-music-news-toronto-punks-hangtime-release-new-ep-invasion/

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Hangtime Releases New Video For “Too Many Days” From Their Next EP, “Destroy” Out September 2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto, ON

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar
  • Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar
  • Dan Scicchitano – Bass
  • Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Too Many Days

Sounds Like: Aimless Again, Dorkatron, The Livermores, Penske File, and the Mazlows

Check out the new video from Hangtime, “Too Many Days”. This track will be on their new EP “Destroy” which drops in September 2020!

Check out our album review below from 6/7/2019! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/17/cpra-music-news-toronto-punks-hangtime-release-new-ep-invasion/

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Pop Punks Stray The Course Release New Single From Quarantine, “Between The Walls” And It Will Give You The Feels

Way back in 2018 CPRA first checked out Denver’s Stray The Course. I have been a fan ever since. While their music sounds happy and go free. It’s actually full of depth unlike some of their predecessors. I’m looking at you New Found Glory! I kid of course.

So to my delight the band dropped a new video yesterday for “Between The Walls”. This awesome track is just another amazing example of why we here at CPRA love them so much!

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Montreal’s BOIDS To Drop New Full Release, “Quel Drag” on 2/21/2020. Is it Horror, Pop, Or Post punk? You Decide!

Release Date: 2/21/2020                                  

Format: Digital and Physical

Label: Stomp Records

Production: Tom Thacker of GOB and SUM 41

Location: Montreal, Québe

Favorite Tracks: Eurovision, There Goes The Neighborhood, Guillotine, Stains, Shrink wrap, and Shipping & Receiving


The BOIDS are set to release their 3rd full album “Quel Drag” on 2/2/2020 via Stomp Records. The badass part about CPRA, besides from the lackluster pay, we got to check it out early! I also want to give a giant shout out to our brothers and sister up in the great white north. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if CPRA has more fans in Canada. You folks are awesome to us! So let’s check out “Quel Drag”. 

The first track is “Eurovision”. The intro has this post punk drum work before busting out into some Ramones core beats. The heavy drums are fantastic. The lyrics are simple, yet fun to sing along with. The next track is, “Modern Art”. This track sounds very similar to Devo and I love it! Get those hands a clapping and join in the fun. 

“Bike Thief” follows you check it below in the Bandcamp embed. The track borders on pop and slower skatepunk. The drums make this song standout. So far I adore their simple punk rock sound. “Night Night” is the next tune and is heavy on bass and guitar. The mixing of this track is good! 

The 5th song on the record is, “There Goes The Neighborhood”. This is by far my favorite track. The throwback sounds are amazing with simple beats and lyrics. I think most of us can identify with this track. “Guillotine” is up next and again that Devo old school sound comes back. I dig it! 

Coming at number 7 is “Stains”. Oh crap this track is wicked! Ok so maybe this song is tied for first. I love the drums and build up. The lyrics are addicting and fun to jam along with. “Shrink Wrap” follows and comes in strong with a badass riff. Seriously if you’re not bobbing your head to this one, you’re dead inside. 

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“Shipping & Receiving” is the next song. Ok now I found another badass track. The intro is similar to Bauhaus or even Phantom Chords. It’s creepy, yet hilarious at the same time. As I too have worked in Shipping and Receiving. Everyday you go home exhausted and covered in cobwebs. “Jet Blue” follows up, and is for anyone who has ever flown Jet Blue. It SUCKS! This song does not! 

The last track on the record is Sue Tissue. This track pays homage to the frontwoman for cult New Wave band Suburban Lawns, “Sue Tissue”. After a short career and a film in 1986, Sue simply disappeared. Per IMDB she is now an attorney in Orange County, CA. I don’t know. I kinda dig the mysterious part better.  

In conclusion “Quel Drag” by BOIDS is an excellent album which includes a little something for everyone. Personally I didn’t really expect an 11 track record with so many awesome nods to different genres of music. I’m picking up “Quel Drag” on vinyl today and so can you, https://boids.bandcamp.com/

Track List 

  1. Eurovision
  2. Modern Art
  3. Bike Thief
  4. Night Night
  5. There Goes The Neighborhood
  6. Guillotine
  7. Stains
  8. Shrink Wrap
  9. Shipping & Receiving
  10. Jet Blue
  11. Sue Tissue

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A Cold February Morning Calls For Some Cliffhanger And Their New EP, “Eponymous”

Release Date: January 10, 2020               

Format: Digital & Physical

Album Art: Alexis Politz

Location: 

  • Chicago, IL (USA)

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Matt Meindl – vocals
  • Dan Rickert – guitar
  • Mike Centracco – guitar
  • Lou Pontillo – bass
  • Mike Licari – drums

Favorite Tracks: After Sunrise, Hollowed Out, Shakedown and Forever Ago

Sounds Like: Teenage Bottlerocket, Filters, Enemy Proof, Filthy Hearts, Sunset Silhouette and Vegas Valley Drive 


Let’s face the cold bitter truth. Unless you’re a ski bum. Winter sucks! The days are short and it’s dark all the damn time. It’s the only time of year I don’t mind passing out at 8pm, because my body thinks it’s midnight. So in order to fight a continued lack of vitamin D. I suggest you fire up Chicago based punks, Cliffhanger and their new EP, “Eponymous”. 

This is some fast paced pop punk which bounces around with catchy tunes and a few skatepunk hooks. The melodies hard head bob worthy and the drums fantastic. In comparison I’d say The Get Up Kids meet Teenage Bottlerocket. Some of my favorite tracks are “After Sunrise” and “Hallowed Out”. “After Sunrise” reminds me of my younger days and when my worries were small. 

“Hallowed Out” has a dark and edgy sound to it. The track is perfected with harmonies and some great vocals. We have all been there when a relationship ends. Where to go? How do you feel? Do you feel nothing at all?  Per Guitarist Mike Centracco, “A day after ‘Hollowed Out’ was released, Matt texted the band with a screenshot of our Spotify page showing that it had tremendous overnight growth. 

He asked if there was a glitch with Spotify as we had never seen numbers rise that quickly before. Upon further investigation, we found that it wasn’t a glitch and that people were really enjoying our new song. That got us really excited because we put forth so much effort into that song and it is now being played at a global scale for an audience that is hard to reach.”

Pic By Sasha Danielle Strahler

I totally concur with Mike. Cliffhanger’s, “Eponymous” is 7 tracks that include the inner battles and demons we as the human race fight daily. So pick this one up and inject some sweet pop punk into that brain of yours! Listen and download here, https://cliffhangerpoppunk.bandcamp.com/

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. The Oaks
  2. Diane 
  3. After Sunrise 
  4. Hollowed Out 
  5. Ivy Wall
  6. Shakedown 
  7. Forever Ago

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