Boston Alt Rocker Vera Kay Release New Singles From EP, “Pink Roses”. In One Word – Compelling

Release Date: April/May 2019
Format: Digital
Label: DIY
Location: Boston, MA
Producer: Aaron Sprinkle and Shannon McArthur
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
Katherine Rufli
Favorite Tracks: Pink Roses, Comatose, and Paradise
Sounds Like: Paramore,  Poor Moxi, The Sounds, Married A Dead Man, and American Pinup


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Here at CPRA we are no strangers to great alternative rock. This might be a website geared toward punk, but we find ourselves constantly dipping our toes into other alternative music outlets. It helps keep us fresh, and we get to listen to some kick ass music. Plus it’s helping us build a massive tour network so when a band visits town. We know right away which bands to book them with.

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Let’s take a step back and get nostalgic. When I was growing up female fronted bands were bursting onto the airwaves. The 90s were filled with great artists like Tori Amos, Garbage, Belly, Natalie Merchant, Veruca Salt and so many more. Ok I’ll admit I kinda liked Hole until I saw them live.  Hole sucks live, be sure to pass up any chance to see them fast! So recently into CPRA comes Vera Kay.

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Vera Kay is set to release their debut EP, “Pink Roses” sometime this spring. Personally I’m actually a bit excited for this one to drop. Let’s check out some tracks. Be sure to listen below in the player. The first track, “Pink Roses” is a powerful relationship anthem. The guitar and drums are killer. Rufli’s vocals are quite astonishing. This ballad has a high chance of landing on the major radio waves.

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“Comatose”, is up next and a bit slower. I’m not sure how this was accomplished. It could be the producers mixing. It’s almost as if there’s a giant orchestra playing in the background. Again some fantastic drums. They remind of some strange, yet primal orgasmic beat. Anyone with a heart can relate to this song.

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“Paradise” is the last of these 3 songs. This song has more of punk almost industrial sound. Think the Pixies with some darker and heavier bass lines. The guitar shreds right into some amazing hooks. The lyrical flow accompanied by the vocals is simply priceless. Seriously somebody get this band up on a label!  

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Time to wrap up this review. These 3 great songs are just a taste of the rest of the EP. I seriously cannot wait for this one to drop. Keep an eye on this band. I have a feeling there may be some great things in store for them. CPRA will be sure to announce the day this EP is available commercially.  

Tracklist: (Depends on what service you stream on)

  1. Pink Roses
  2. Comatose
  3. Paradise

Links:

The Wannabes – Goodbye

The Wannabes – Goodbye

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Release date: July 26, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Cameron McCurry – Vocals/Guitar

Andy Pieratt – Drums

Joe DeSimone – Bass

Favorite Tracks: Therapy, Lullaby, Night Ride, and Working Class Poet

Sounds Like: The Penske File, Poor Moxi, King Shelter, The Pixies, Nirvana and Vampire Weekend


 

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The Wannabes first popped on the CPRA Band Radar Alert back on 4/06/2018.  So I was extremely happy when, “Goodbye” first popped up on Spotify. So let’s dive right in with the intro track, ‘Intro’. This one is small, but it’s like opening a new book for the first time. For whatever reason the first time I heard this track. I kept thinking about the movie, “Being John Malkovich” It’s basically about some guy (John Cusack) finds a door. This door leads directly into actor John Malkovich’s brain. Cusack can see and hear everything going on in Malkovich’s life. It’s one of my favorites.

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‘Therapy’, is next up on the list. The guitar, drums, and bass seem to flow easily as they intertwine with one another. This one has a simply beat, yet feels like it has a very deep message. “I sell smiles, but I’m running low”.

“Trust in us

That we will turn your ugly thoughts

Into pretty melodies

Cause we have medicine in our veins

And poison on our skin

If you’re better at being me

Then I might know where we will be

Sleeping under your bed

Or in your dreams

But we’ll never be like you

(Chorus)

I sell smiles but I’m running low”  

‘Night Ride’, this one is a little on the harder side. The bass and drums on this track are fantastic. Cameron McCurry’s vocals really add that bit of edge to the song. ‘Princess’ rolls up next on the track list. This love song has some great lyrics and shreds on guitar.

‘Animal’, this song sounds almost Ramones inspired with its melodies. I really like the “sing a long” type lyrics. The drums are great. Next up is my second favorite track, ‘Lullaby’. This one again has some great lyrics, some great hooks, and fantastic drumming. We can all relate to this song.

“Im a little odd

but my friends all call me crazy

Im a little ugly

but my friends say Im a monster

My friends dont exist

My friends dont exist

My friends dont exist”

‘Rings’ comes up next on the list. The song is almost  like a great power ballad. This one is a bit darker. I feel like we are really getting inside the writer’s mind on this song. ‘Running Out Of Time’ slows it down with some great little notes acoustically. ‘Working Class Poet’, this track speeds it back up. This one reminds me of Nirvana towards the end of their stand. The drums really stand out along with the cello or violin on this one.

“Puddles”, ok not sure if this song is referencing, “Puddles The Clown”, but I’ll be damned this is a great song. The piano is absolutely heartbreaking, yet hauntingly beautiful.

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‘Death Song’, leans more towards a goth rock type song. The keyboard along with the vocals sound like they came from an opera of sorts. Even in a pure instrumental style this song could stand on its own.  ‘Goodnight’, closes out this amazing album. This song is such a fantastic ending to a great album.

I reached out to drummer, Andy Pieratt for some formation information on the band. That’s something I always like to check into to. It helps me understand their music more. “We formed in October of 2016 with just Cameron McCurry and Andy Pieratt (me), we had talked on Craigslist because we both had similar influences and both wanted to start a band. So, we decided to meet up at a Mexican restaurant, and after like 5 minutes of talking together, we just seemed to click. Then, Cameron asked if I had any ideas for band names, and I said I was “cool with whatever,” he suggested that we should be called The Wannabes because he has this guitar called “The Wannabe” guitar, and as far as we can tell that guitar does not exist outside of the one Cameron owns.

Trust me we’ve searched endlessly on Google. But, after that Cameron and I would practice regularly and “Lullaby” and “Therapy” were some of the first songs we worked on and eventually made. We had a long time of trying out different bassists because none of them seemed to fit right or fill that missing connection in the band. Then one day, Cameron mentioned that there’s a kid named Joe at his school who plays bass/guitar that he thought might be the perfect fit.

Then in like February of 2018, Cameron, Joe, and I all met at the same Mexican restaurant and the full band of The Wannabes formed. Cameron and I both knew Joe was the perfect fit before we had even practiced with him. He was an edgy kid who was wearing a beat-up Zeppelin t-shirt, can’t get more rock n’ roll than that. Eventually, in May of 2018 we started recording our first album “Goodbye”, and now here we are today!” That’s some great stuff!

In conclusion, “Goodbye’ from the Wannabes is a magical and twisted journey that should be added to any music lover’s collection. The different genres they feature make this a exemplary album of combined talent. I’m adding this one onto the list for the CPRA 2018 Album Of The Year. You can download it here, https://thewannabes.bandcamp.com/.

Track list

1.Intro

2.Therapy

3.Night Ride

4.Princess

5.Animal

6.Lullaby

7.Rings

8.Running Out of Time

9.Working Class Poet

10.Puddles

11.Death Song

12.Goodnight

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wannabesthe/

Bandcamp: https://thewannabes.bandcamp.com/

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/77gVLUrnwpGL9bnJz5zasD

Walter – Open Plains, Deserted Roads

 

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Release date: June 9, 2018

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup Per Facebook:

  • Brian Barrows [drums]
  • Dan Olson [vox, rhythm guitar]
  • Kyle Lysek [bass]
  • Kevin Wolff [lead guitar]

Sounds Like: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Stone From The Sky, The 250’s.

CPRA Favorite Tracks: Anton, Love Child, Shotgun Wedding, East Wind, and Face Melter


 

Being a Lyft driver I get to meet people from all walks of life. I’ve met people going through various stages of life, divorcees, newlyweds, new parents, veterans, and sadly, end of life. It’s been hilarious and sometimes sad. Ok except for the drunk lady who was old enough to be my mom.

She tried to touch my crotch, and well it was a bit scary. That’s a whole different story. I met some kids from France, backpacking America. The drunk guy that forgot where he lived. I could go on and on. The best part is the conversations that take place. I get to promote Denver’s music scene. Usually I ask what kind of music a passenger wants to listen to.

99% of the time, a passenger’s response is; whatever is fine. Now thankfully that didn’t happen last Saturday. I picked up lead singer/guitarist, Dan Olson, from Denver’s Walter band. He said, “Yeah put on my CD. I’m in the band, Walter”.

As I put in the CD, “Open Plains, Deserted Roads” . My first thought was, “Oh shit this is good stuff. Dan and I started talking about the album. The highs and lows about making a record. I mentioned my recent article regarding, “Rock Is Dead”. The conversation really solidified my point in the article. Rock is surviving in genres, and subsects, but it will never truly die. So buy some merch, so bands can survive!

 

In true CPRA fashion, I wanted to share my thoughts on the record. These guys are super fucking talented.From the opening riff on, ‘Anton’ which starts to spin its web.  ‘Love Child’ brings a almost Black Crows esqe dance sound to it. The lyrics of each and every song are extremely well written.

“You could call is star crossed happenstance. You’d be right” Shotgun Wedding

My favorite song on the album is by far, “Face Melter”. This song definitely deserves some air play on the majors.  The guitar, bass, drums and Olson’s vocals combine almost effortlessly into a post Nirvana like madness. “Wolves” follows right after with some wicked drums.

Overall Walter is a breath of fresh air and a shot of rock adrenaline. The genres they touch on keep a music lover on edge. Denver is continuing to amass a giant talent bass. Walter could easily tour with a national band.  So take my advice and give them a listen!

Links:

http://www.walterthewebsite.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Walter-265273303497470/

Bandcamp: https://waltertheband.bandcamp.com/