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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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/.
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.”
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/.
Favorite Tracks: Siren Song, Poison Oak, The Spider
Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Blitzkid, Tiger Army, Nick 13, Hotel Murder, The Followups, Livermores, and Alkaline Trio
Northern Colorado Horror punks, The Midnight Horrors are set to release their debut EP, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves” on March 13, 2020. Let’s face a true hard fact. Here in Colorado. We don’t really have a huge horror scene. Sure we have some great bands like The Dead End, but aside from them we really don’t have many. So I must admit I’m excited to see horror punk being represented more.
So let’s check out, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves”. The first track is, “Siren Song”. This track is strong on drums and power chords. Evans vocals provide and dark and dangerous backdrop to haunt the track even more. The chorus will be stuck in your head. The second track is, “The Unholy”. This track is heavy on bass with perfectly placed, “Whoas”. The 1950’s theme is awesome.
“Poison Oak” is the next track up. The progression is much faster. The pop punk sound is much more evident. This song is dedicated to all those zombie exs that never seem to go away.
“We are no good, It’s plain to see, You’re poison oak, And it’s killing me”
The following track is “21st Century Frankenstein”. The sound of a slapping bass is amazing; although I’m not sure an upright is used. This song is a bit slow and more on the rockabilly side. The story line is beautiful, dreamlike, and deeply haunting. Next up is my favorite track, “The Spider”. This track is much harder in comparison to the other tracks on the EP. The lyrics are thought provoking while remaining dark and spooky. I LOVE this track!
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Overall, The Midnight Horrors, “Guitars, Grease, And Shallow Graves” is a 5 track treat providing an amazing mix horror punk, pop, and rockabilly. Their ability to swing over into different genres, without sounding generic is fantastic. Personally I am very excited to see what’s in store for the Midnight Horrors. I’m definitely nominating this track for EP of 2020! So prepare that download button on 3/20/2020 and buy it here, https://themidnighthorrors.bandcamp.com/
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Sounds Like: Flatliners, Came And Took It, Nerdlinger, and Fourbanger
It seems that Stray The Course is prepping up for a new EP! We here at CPRA are huge fans! Today they released their brand new cover of DUA LIPA – “IDGAF”. The track is pop punked with a side of metal. The original version is not my style, but I”ll rock this one everyday!
Innsbruck, Austria. The band includes members from The Spastic Hearts (USA) DeeCracks (Austria) and On My Arms (Italy)
Jagger Holly- Vocals/Bass
Darby McCartney- Guitar/Vocals
Izzy Adler- Drums
Favorite Tracks: Christmas In Hawaii, What Do You Want For Christmas?, Santa Baby, All Alone On Christmas,
Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Queers, Came And Took It, Neon Bone, Lost Love, Latte+, Lawrence Arms, Flatliners, Nerdlinger, and Teenage Bottlerocket
What happened to the crazy Christmas videos from the 70s, 80s, 90’s? They say video killed the radio star, did internet streaming kill the video star? Actually MTv pretty much killed itself by switching over to a reality TV format. This started way before internet streaming became the popular format. So I thought in the spirit of Christmas and that of Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”. I’d revisit some ghosts of Christmas past before checking out the new Jagger Holly release.
Let’s start things off with the The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight). Next to FEAR’s. “Fuck Christmas” this is by far one of my favorite Christmas videos. The popular school of thought is Joey wrote this for his current girlfriend at the time Linda Ramone. We may never know, but the legal battle over the Ramones copyright continues today.
Another favorite Christmas video of mine is RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”. Not only is the video hilarious; but the song proved that rap could create some excellent seasonal tunes.
Last but number one in my book overall, The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York”. This controversial song reminds us that not all is happy and joyous.
This review is not really about any of the songs above, but they are all about Christmas. Since the rise 90’s punk. The amount of covers and originals are endless. So how is, Jagger Holly – “Somewhere It’s Christmas” in 3 words, A TOTAL BLAST! The intro track, “Ghost Of Christmas Past”, pays homage to the classic setting up the rest of the album. Personally I’d throw in some hits from the over consumed, People Corrupting People’s album, “White Elephant”.
“Christmas in Hawaii” is next and comes in with some surf like chords while paying tribute to “Mele Kalikimaka”. “What Do You Want For Christmas” follows with a fantastic love ballad. Speaking on love ballads. I have yet to be Whammed, by “Last Christmas”. Let us hope I don’t hear it. Haha! “Santa Baby” is next with twist on the popular song with Jagger Holly giving us an original version. The lyrics are hilarious.
I feel so good lately,
except for the drugs we used,
Satan made me do,
The next track is “Lonely”. Talk about seasonal blues! I love this ballad. It’s sad, but it’s for all of us missing someone special this time of year. As Clark Griswold introduces, “Holiday Without You” you are set up for old Griswold family christmas! This is a fun track! The “Ghost Of Christmas Present” follows with a super heavy bass line! This is a great instrumental track only.
Next up is a fantastic cover of Darlene Love’s, “All Alone On Christmas”. This track appeared on the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Sadly the movie was forgettable and somewhat strange to say the least. This cover features Lucy Spazzy ( Lucy And The Rats/ Spazzys) on vocals. I dig this version much better than the original. Lucy’s voice reminds me of Kirsty Maccoll. She nails this track! Side note the original was written by Steven Van Zandt.
“Number One On My Christmas List” follows with a strong pop punk tune. Jagger Holly is one of those bands I simply love listening to and “It’s Christmas Somewhere” incorporates everything we love and hate about Christmas. The next song is an anthem ballad called, “I’m Not Coming Home Christmas”. Now I’m not sure if this is a rip at Don Henley’s, “Please Come Home For Christmas, but It just might be.
The “Ghost Of Christmas Future” follows and returns a strong surf/rockabilly beat. I’d be lying if I said, “I hate rockabilly Christmas tunes”. In fact I was raised on them! The final track is, “Mistletoe” and continues the country twang. It pokes fun at atheists celebrating Christmas. It’s time I go try and wrap some presents!
In conclusion, Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere” is like a snowy Hawaiian adventure from Christmas’s past, and a pop punk rumble through the future. I would love to see, “All Alone On Christmas” hit the pop charts as we need new Christmas songs forced down our throats on November 1rst. I swear to God If I hear one more song! My only con of the album? Well at one point they mention, “Jingle All The Way” as their favorite Christmas movie. I beg to differ! “Christmas Vacation” is the ultimate winner. I kid of course. So if you need a change to the yule, throw on Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”!
What are your favorite Christmas jams and movies? Let us know down the comments!
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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Sounds Like: Voice of Addiction, Bitter Grounds, Off The Marks, FOL, New Narrative, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Good Riddance
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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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.