Vegas Valley Drive Releases Debut Album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” And It’s…

Release Date: Summer 2019                                        

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Production: Blasting Room 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • B-Vox, Hamon-Gitter 
  • Hamona-Bass
  •  Maj-Gitter
  • Hendo-Drums

Favorite Tracks: Sweetly, Punk Rock Frank, Chardonnay Shakes, Everything To Me, 
Sounds Like: Nova Kicks, The Lillingtons, Alkaline Trio, and The Flatliners


A few weeks ago I ran into a local band member.. We discussed how the Ft Collins production company the Blasting Room is putting out a ton of great local music. Check out our tags from Blasting room posts here. In our discussion in became way too apparent that CPRA must have a Blasting Room show here in Denver for our bands that have recorded with the company. 

Let’s jump to today. I get word that Denver’s Vegas Valley Drive has dropped a new album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” and it was recorded at the Blasting Room! So we’ve been around a few years and watched some bands grow like Bury MIA, Stray The Course and Vegas Valley Drive. It fills this writer with pride when the albums they produce come out. Let’s check out the new Vegas’s record! 

The record begins with, “All The Difference”. It comes in with some great chord strikes on guitar. I love how the guitar drifts out into a few notes alone. Lyrically this song is catchy and fun. The next track is “Sweetly”. This is by far my favorite track on the album. Have you ever had a huge crush on someone and turn into a mumbling moron when they talk to you? 

I’ve been there too many times to count. I see huge potential for this track. Don’t be surprised if this track ends up on the radio. It definitely needs a great music video to accompany the wonderful story line. Up next is, “Brake Park Reverse”. This track really reminds of Big Head Todd and The Monsters, although much faster and harder.  

Do you have a friend who claims his punk cred to everyone every 5 minutes? “Punk Rock Frank” is that guy and that song. The singer sounds like, Les Claypool from Primus. Not sure if that’s what they were going for, but I love it. In one word the song is hilarious. “Holding On” follows and takes on a more serious tone. This track has potential as well. The lyrics are catching, hooks are strong, and the melody addicting. 

“Wake Up Call”, sounds very comparable to The Lillingtons. The message is conveyed by some great vocals and a great bass line. Another favorite track is up next, “Chardonnay Shakes”. The song is introduced with a famous quote from Neverending Story. Already I kind of want to cry just thinking about the Atrex. Anyhow we shall proceed! 

This track is one small step away from going metal. The extreme power chords, mini guitar solos, bass edge provide a ballad like atmosphere. If this track becomes popular. You read it here first! Let’s slow it down and go acoustic. “Everything To Me” is next and you will be sure to hear this one at the next wedding you attend. It’s beautiful. Yet another hit? 

Let’s speed things back up with “Anesthetic Paramedic”. This song has a sweet skate punk edge to it. The bass is strong with some sweeping guitar hooks. The drum work is excellent. “Powers”, follows again following a skatepunk like sound. I could be wrong, but I think this track refers to the Power Rangers? Haha I have no idea, but this track kicks ass.  

“Sober Elbow” is next. This one is super catchy. This track is for all the people when drunk think they are superheroes. They think they can leap tall buildings, but usually land on their face. The chords are remarkable. The last song on the album is “Punk On The Radio”. It has some great pop punk melodies, lyrically simple, but so much fun. 

Well there you have it. Vegas Valley Drive’s, “Kentucky Lawnmower”, is a trip through some fantastic music with all right hooks and guilty pleasures pop punk. Fans of alternative in general will definitely want to give this one a listen. This record should be hitting all major streamers here soon. You can purchase the record here, https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vegasvalleydrive

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Track List 

  1. All the Difference
  2. Sweetly
  3. Brake Park Reverse
  4. Punk Rock Frank
  5. Holding On
  6. Wake up Call
  7. Chardonnay Shakes
  8. Everything to Me
  9. Anesthetic Paramedic
  10. Powers
  11. Sober Elbow
  12. Punk on the Radio

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Netherlands Punks Ink Bomb Drop “Fiction” To Explode Ear Holes

Release Date: August 23, 2019                                     

Format: Digital 

Location: Nijmegen (NL).

Favorite Tracks: Griefwalker, Brittle, Rerun, Ploughshares, 

Sounds Like: Voice of Addiction, Bitter Grounds, Off The Marks, FOL, New Narrative, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Good Riddance


Photo By Arian Stoetzer

You know what’s rad? Ink Bomb is based in Nijmegen (NL). So that means CPRA is reaching all over the world! I check our stats almost daily. I find it interesting when we are getting website visits from places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and etc. Now this review is not about web data, it’s about Inkbomb’s, “Fiction”! 

The record starts with my favorite song, “Griefwalker”. The drum intro is the perfect introduction to the album and Inkbomb. The chorus is quick to get stuck in your head. The bass plays a minor role, but adds that extra dark edge as the guitar playfully joins in. “Brittle” is the next track. 

This track could have easily ended up on a Pro Skater soundtrack. The overall progression has that old school skate sound. The lyrics have a message of confidence and unity. I know here in the states all of watching things go down the drain. The drums and lyrical content are the stars on the track. 

“So say your piece , 
Grit your teeth, 
Let them all blow, 
As you find your feet”

Griefwalker by Ink Bomb

Are you ready to pull out your rad air guitar skills? “Anchors” will have you doing just that. The lead singer’s voice is powerful as he slams poetry along with a heavy skate punk sound. “Sternschanze” is next and I may be wrong, but mentions the infamous Reeperbahn in Germany.

 “Scourge” is next and opens with a slower progression before it builds into a giant crescendo. The mix of perfect melodic, “Whoas”, combined with some amazing guitar skills is fantastic. “Count to Ten” follows with some powerful lyrics. This may be the slowest track on the record. “Rerun” bounces back with a fast progression. I am doing kickflips in my head as this track plays!  

Pop punk fans will love, “Midnight In The Desert” with its melodic and hopeful sound. This chorus is bound to get stuck in your mind. “Leap Of Faith” brings back the harder skate punk sound. This track seems to be more focused on the instrumental versus the vocal. 

“Cauterize”, slows down the album with an acoustic and flawless sound. This is beautifully written song as it dances through the shadows. Where did my skate punk go? Don’t worry though, “Ploughshares” brings it back with a vengeance as it is the final track. The drums and casual notes on guitar set up a revolution of sorts. While the chord strikes kick in to send the message. 

In summation, Ink Bomb’s, “Fiction”, is a masterful blend of pop and skate punk. Don’t overlook this little diamond in the rough. The album is currently up on major streamers and for purchase here, https://inkbomb.bandcamp.com/album/fiction.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Griefwalker
  2. Brittle
  3. Anchors 
  4. Sternschanze 
  5. Scourge 
  6. Count to Ten 
  7. Rerun 
  8. Midnight in the Desert 
  9. Leap of Faith 
  10. Cauterize 
  11. Ploughshares

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Hardcore Vs Pop Punk Night At Antero Hall (AKA Ecks Saloon) Tonight! Who will take the win?

A battle of epic PROPORTIONS, The fight of the century!

Tonight is the fight we have all been waiting for. The match of the century! Let’s first meet our referee! Weighing less than 3lbs from Adams County, Colorado is Slappy! Slappy has been busy as you can see below. He is the booker, security team, and overall ladies man for Dryer Fire. Slappy will be under scrutiny as he is currently in a substance abuse program.

Be sure to ready up and read our review of Dryer Fire’s, “Van Candy” here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/dryer-fire-van-candy/. He is in no relation to Mr Marbles, although this editor has heard some small footsteps in the night.

The contestants

Nebraska Pop Punks Liar Wire are are coming in hot off the heels. Check out their interview with Spotlight Omaha! Does Liar Wire have what it takes to take the crown?

Steadfast is rolling through with an impressive record for street punk and hardcore savagery! This Houston based band is ready to fight!

Who will this fight? You be the judge tonight at Antero Hall, Doors at 8, show at 9!

Pop Punks Slap Happy Drop New Ep, “Cruisin” on 6/28/2019 at BAR BAR EP Release Show

Release Date: June 26, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Luke Slouka
  • Andrew Larson
  • Adam Parker

Favorite Tracks: Last Night, Cruisin, Crack Up, and Blast Off

Sounds Like: Greenday, Blink 182, and The Ataris


I like to call Slap Happy a straight up CPRA band. They started back in the early days of CPRA by sending us videos asking if we liked their music. They invited us out to many shows and now we can finally review their brand new EP, “Crusin”. The EP starts out with,  “Thousand Yard Stare” this track totally reminds me of Greenday’s, “1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours”. It has the garage feel, that seems to be really lacking in major commercial releases.

The next track up is, “Last Night”. This is my favorite track. It’s quick and has a great little intro. The drums are killer! “Danger Days” is next and not to be confused with MCR’s album of the same name. This track is probably the fastest on the EP. Personally I really dig this song as well. This song is quite catchy and seems to bounce from riff to riff. “Cruisin” follows and is the only purely instrumental tune. It has a real kickass surf sound. I love it. Fans of King Shelter, and even older fans who like Dick Dale should give this track a listen.

“Crack Up”, follows and brings back that Slap Happy sound. The bass and guitar absolutely shred! The last track is “Blast Off” with a great drum into. Let me call this a wrap. Slap Happy is 6 tracks of pop punk bliss. This is a great sample of the future of Slap Happy. Be sure to pick this one up on 6/26/2019 here, https://slaphappytunes.bandcamp.com/.

Be sure to hit their EP release show on 6/28/2019 at BAR BAR with Younger Than Neil and State Drugs, https://www.facebook.com/events/607787679630596/.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Thousand Yard Stare
  2. Last Night
  3. Danger Days
  4. Cruisin
  5. Crack Up
  6. Blast Off

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CPRA Music News: Toronto Punks Hangtime Release New EP, “Invasion”

Release Date: June 7, 2019                                                   

Format: Digital and physical

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: A Thousand Years Ago, One Nine Nine Five


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


Let’s face it Mondays blow! Sometimes you need a little pick me up, beer, coffee, weed, or maybe some new kick ass music. Toronto punks Hangtime released, “Invasion” back on 3/1/2019. We may be a little late to the party on this one, but that’s because this EP was made to serve as the perfect pick me up.

This EP may seem small at a whopping 6 tracks, but it’s full on nonstop pop punk goodies. The album kick off with “A Thousand Years Ago”. This song hits home for me.  How many hearts have you broken and regretted for years to come? The lyrics are really the star on this track, while the band provides the anthem like charisma.

Next up is “One Nine Nine Five”, this song kicks absolute ass! The perfected hooks on this track are brilliant. I keep feeling I’ve heard this song before, but can’t pin it down. It may be they are just so damn good, it gives a good familiar feeling. My favorite track is up next, “See You Soon”. The drums are killer, the chords bleed perfection. The lyrics are catchy, yet none generic.

“Can I Take You Out”, is up next and continues a wonderful Ramones like sound. This record so far portrays an innocence really only found in pop punk. This is a love song and I feel the teenage boy in me giggle a little. “She”, comes roaring in next and no this isn’t a Greenday cover. Yet another track for all of us on a simple relatable level. When you have found the one, you just know it. The drums and power chords are sweet!

The last track up is “Lucky”. This track a an energetic fast romp reminiscent of the Penske File. I suppose I should wrap this up. Hangtime’s, “Invasion” is a great EP for anyone who is craving that pure pop punk sound. Pick it up here, https://hangtimeband.bandcamp.com/album/invasion.

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. INVASION
  2. A Thousand Years Ago
  3. One Nine Nine Five
  4. See You Soon
  5. Can I Take You Out
  6. She
  7. Lucky

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#CPRANewMusicAlert: Lee Resistant & The Lost, Drop ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’, On 4/15/2019

Release Date: April 15, 2019                                                          

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Ontario, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Lee Resistant
  • Jakob Durocher (guitar)
  • Brian Venne (bass)
  • Alex Hill (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Least Resistant, For The Few, Wishlist, Where Would You Run?

Sounds Like: Nothington, Hot Water Music, and Fletcher


Leaving something and starting a new project is always tough. Frankly it can be really scary at first. You never know when a piranha might come by even if you’re just dipping a toe in. Personally when we started CPRA I was mortified. What if the project fails? What will people think? Finally I just decided to say screw it and go for it. So a major shout out in this review goes to Lee Resistant for leaving Fletcher when they broke in 2005 and striking out on his own with, Lee Resistant & The Lost.

The band recently dropped their debut EP, ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’ via self release. The EP contains 3 re-recorded Fletcher songs . So let’s get into, ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’ in pure and proper CPRA fashion. The record starts out with “Lease Resistant”. I love this song! The chorus, the vocals, even the tiny little guitar solos. This little song has a big message about standing up and fighting for your beliefs.  

The next track is, “For The Few”. This song is immediately catchy. Put those fists up and sing along! I feel like this song resonates with anyone who is going through a struggle. The drum work on this track is fantastic. “Wishlist” is up next. It comes in with a great roaring melodic hardcore sound. This track speaks of a past intimate relationship and how the song writer wishes the relationship went better. I feel like all of us can relate on some level or another to this song.

The last song is up next, “Where You Run?”. This track is strong on an anthem power pop punk sound. Personally I am really enjoying this EP and excited to see what the future holds for Lee Resistant & The Lost. They are currently working on a full length release. Check out what Lee has to say below!

Speaking about the release, Lee says: “Once I decided that I wanted to end 20l8 with a full band show, it was an easy decision to add some of the old songs into the set. I still think that the Fletcher material holds up well after all this time, and I honestly thought that I would never get to play those songs in a band situation again, so it was a lot of fun to give them a new lease of life.” On the decision to re-record the material, Lee adds “I think it’s a good way to bridge the gap between the music I made in the early 2000s to the music I’m making now, almost like a reintroduction, while we work on the LRATL full-length record.”

You can pick up, ‘Thirteen Years Gone By’, right now here,

https://leeresistant.bandcamp.com/

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Least Resistant
  2. For The Few
  3. Wishlist
  4. Where Would You Run?

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