#CPRAmusicNews – Bury Mia Releases New Single, “Better Off” Out Now

Release Date: 03/05/2021

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Justin – Vocals/Guitar Devin – Vocals/Bass Noah -Vocals/Lead Guitar Marcus – Drums

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Saves The Day and The Ataris


It’s Pop punk Release Day here at CPRA. Today we’re kicking it off with Denver based Bury Mia. We have been fans of Bury Mia for a long time now. Today they released a new single “Better Off”. Check it out below!

This track was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room in Ft Collins, Colorado. Per the band this is the first single from a new record out later this year!

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Denver’s Years Down Release New Single, ‘Better Off’ – And It’s FIRE

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Aaron (guitar) Tim (guitar) John (bass) ben (drums) and me, griffin (vocals)

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Fine Dining, Four Year Strong, The Flatliners and Wilhelm Scream


Denver’s Years Down just released their first new single, “Better Off”. I don’t know about you guys, but I think another KILLER band has entered the Denver stage. We cannot wait to hear more from this up and coming band.

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

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/3Amm5wMsuXfqKC2eZUMGDP

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

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Slap Happy – Prophylactic Shock

Slap Happy has always been a fun band! Until now, they’ve pretty much stayed in their own lane, as a band that was strongly influenced by Green Day. Their newest album is a slight bit of a departure and an expansion.

I LOVE the 90’s! They had the best music, the best styles, the best economy (of my lifetime), and contained my “coming of age” years. They were a decade of growth, prosperity, and peace (for the most part). The sounds of the 90’s have always felt like “home” to me.

When I started listening to the new album, “Prophylactic Shock,” by Slap Happy, I was expecting something that was more or less in line with the rest of their catalogue. What I got was a much-needed mental vacation from the 2020’s!

The first track is the perfect introduction to the album. It relies heavily on their original sound, while giving hints as to what else is coming. It feels familiar, for those who have been acquainted with the band for a long time.

After the first track, however, it feels like I’m back at the Warped Tour with Skabones, back in 1996! The second track reminded me a lot of Goldfinger; a band I had almost forgotten about, but whom I really enjoyed back in the day. Also, one of the bands that played at the aforementioned Warped Tour.

(Side note: remember when Goldfinger was on Conan O’Brien, and the drummer dropped Conan on his head, after their performance? Good times!)

While listening to this album, I felt like I was 17 again, listening to KTCL (BEFORE they got bought out by Clear Channel), smoking pot in my parents’ basement, sitting in the leather chair that was in the living room until they got new furniture (sorry, Mom).

As the album continues, Slap Happy emulates a lot of the 90’s, channeling their inner Cobain on a few tracks; getting a little dirty, a little screamy, a little angry. It encapsulates the politics of the 90’s, combined with some of the more modern sentiment about climate change and other more modern problems.

In short, this is a GREAT album for anyone who loves the 90’s as much as I do, and a gereat move forward for people who have always liked Slap Happy! I fully expect to keep this album in my regular rotation of music that I regularly listen to!

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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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