CPRA Music News: System Restore Drops Super Sneak Peek Of New EP, “User Friendly Fire” Available 02/20/2020

Release Date: 02/20/2020                                         

Format: Digital, physical, and vinyl

Label: Small Round Records

Location: Casper, WY

Favorite Tracks: CTR ALT DEL, Going For It All, Privacy, and Wash Your Hands

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, Strung Out, Raised Wrong, Trashed Ambulance, and The Bricheros


Every year here at CPRA we compose our year-end favorites list. The categories are usually best local album, ep, or lp, best international release and so forth. So what’s the issue with today’s review/ The drop date is 2020! I can’t even nominate System Restore’s new EP, “User Friendly Fire” until after 2/20/2020. Why would I? Well you’ll have read below to find out. System Restore are no strangers to CPRA. We reviewed their last amazing album here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/10/system-restore-suburban-drones-review/

The EP starts out with, “CTR ALT DEL”. You know how you lock your computer down when leaving the office each day, or so you may think. This kick ass track has some wicked guitar riffs, wonderful drums, and a powerful message. We all know we are being spied on by our government. Since the invention of the cell phone it only became another tool for even more infiltration and data mining. Seriously we are giving them more power than ever before. 

Since starting CPRA back in 2016. I’ve accumulated more than 1200 friends on Facebook. I do my due diligence to weed out the cam girls, fakes, politicians, and Trump supporters. One thing I’ve noticed, many profiles with ties as being, “Retired” from the US government. If you want to spy on me join a kick ass band. It’s really that simple. The track first dropped over at Dying Scene on 11/2/19, https://dyingscene.com/news/ds-exclusive-system-restore-melodic-punk-premiere-video-for-new-single-ctlaltdel/. This track is a perfect example of skate punk done well. 

The next track is, “Going For All”. I love the buildup into the song. The guitar slide and drumming is epic. This track is angry and calls for a big change. The chorus will get stuck in your head as anthem chant to be shared with all. As a punk scene we need to build each other up and go for all! I love the bass line towards the end of the track. This song is wicked! 

“Privacy”, comes crashing in next. This track is cause for everyone to rush the pit. The track talks about how privacy is at stake. With every check in, every ad, every “Happy Birthday” you click, data about you is collected. I love this track! The next track is, “Wash Your Hands”. 

I firmly believe the biggest threat to humanity is not nuclear war or a meteor hitting the planet. Its diseases long stamped out that are breeding again all around us. Better get started shunning anti vaxxers asap! This track 100% pure skate punk. From the guitar slides, quick hooks, frantic drumming, this track is excellent. 

As this review comes to a close. I must admit this record will be my nomination for best EP of 2020. “Ctr Alt Del” will get my favorite single track release of 2019, boom just made a new category as well. “User Friendly Fire”, defines everything I love about skatepunk, and everything I love about punk in general. Be sure to pick it up on release day here, https://systemrestore.bandcamp.com/

See them live before the record release, Casper, WY on nov 9th with Rig Time, Laramie nov. 15th, and foco @surfside nov. 16th with shock troopers.

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Track List (Released Version May Differ In Order )

  1. CTR ALT DEL
  2. Going For All
  3. Privacy
  4. Wash Your Hands

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Ska-Goth? Skath? What is this? GRAVE DANGER Return with New EP ‘Tomb It May Concern’ featuring Cover of “Halloween” by the Misfits

Release Date: October 31, 2019                                            

Format: Digital 

Location: Berkley, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Dave Schwantes – guitars, bass, keyboards, tenor sax, bari sax, backing vocals
  • Dane Erbach – drums
  • Chris Marcanti – vocals
  • Margaret Miller – trombone
  • Andy Miller – trumpet
  • Emily Erbach – synth

Favorite Tracks: Give Up The Ghost, Bigfoot Beach, and Halloween

Sounds Like: People Corrupting People, Less Than Jake, Five Iron Frenzy, Madaline, Pietasters, and Reel Big Fish


There are 2 things in this world that mean everything to me. One of them is ska! My uncle introduced me to Madness at a young age. I’ve been hooked since. The other thing being Halloween. So what happens when ska and goth combine forces? Skath! Truth be told there’s not really many ska bands out there who can get dark, I mean gothic dark. So allow me to introduce Berkley, CA’s, Grave Danger! The 2nd EP release, ‘Tomb It May Concern’ dropped early this morning!

The EP kicks off with “Give Up The Ghost”. This track is dark with the creepy, “Munster’s” like organ, but so lovable. The horns and anthem like chorus are perfectly timed! Erbach is simply killing it on drums. It’s a love song. 

“Well I know I can make you see

How much happier you could be

We could chat with out necromancy

You gotta give up the ghost and get with me!”

The next track is “Bigfoot Beach”. Ok so what if all of our favorite monsters had a kick ass beach party? This ska/surf tune is nothing, but 100% fun! Dave’s work on guitar is admirable. Ok goth’s let’s get dancing under the moonlight and go to sasquatch’s BBQ! “Cemeterrarium” here’s another kick ass song to dance to! I can totally see the Peanuts gang dancing to this, haha! Chris’s vocals are amazing as this song is more on the ska punk side. 

“Halloween”, a Misfits cover is the next track. Although the Misfits version is classic. One issue I’ve always held with their version is Danzig’s annunciation. I thought it was “Dead Vets hanging from poles”, until the Misfits released the 1995 Collection with lyrics. The cover is happy, filled with energy, and you can clearly understand the lyrics! Plus the horns add a little extra evil! 

The final track is “Undead End Job”. Erbach kills it on yes the Theremin! Now there are not many bands that use a Theremin, of course Denver’s People Corrupting People do. We are sitting in our office chairs as the undead, waiting till the buzzer lets us rejoin the living. The guitar riffs are nuts. The pit may be a little nasty on this track. 

Let’s wrap this review up. Occasionally an album sneaks in and we HAVE to review it. Obviously since we are not paid, it’s purely a voluntary choice, speaking of that please consider a donation or a merch purchase! Grave Danger’s, ‘Tomb It May Concern’ is not only a great fit for Halloween, but an EP you should be listening to year round. The horns, pick it up riffs, incredible drums will make you buy all of their tracks! Pick it up NOW, https://gravedangerskath.bandcamp.com/

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Give Up the Ghost
  2. Bigfoot Beach 
  3. Cemeterrarium 
  4. Halloween
  5. Undead End Job

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Chicago Based Skatepunks Voice Of Addiction To Play Denver Show 10/26/2019 W/Filthy Hearts, Bad Desicions, and Drink Drank Punk

As Voice Of Addiction returns to Chicago they have 3 final shows on their way home. They are playing Colorado Springs tonight, so if you can’t make the Denver show be sure to hit this one, https://www.facebook.com/events/375391460005816/ .

Isn’t that the Infamous Tyler Miller (Trying To Get By) in the pic above? You may know Tyler from playing with another kick ass band, Some Kind Of Nightmare. Tyler is now on guitar with VOA. They play BAR BAR this Saturday 10/26/2019 with , Filthy Hearts, Bad Desicions, and Drink Drank Punk, https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

Still feeling hesitant to pay $5.00 for an epic night music? Check out some music below!

Denver’s Filthy Hearts

Since joining record label with Hidden Home Records Denver’s Filthy Hearts have release their brand new full length album, “Ambulatory“. This album is amazing and should be purchased asap! Be sure to see them Saturday and on November 12th at Streets Of Denver for the Fall Tour Kickoff show with Sharp Shock and Bury Mia!

(FT Collins) Bad Desicions

Bad Desicions hardcore gutter style will leave you wanting more!

(Denver) Drink Drank Punk

You can check out our review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/drink-drank-punk-the-nederland-lament/

The Venue

BAR BAR is the magical place where for $5.00 you get 4 kick ass bands, compared to dropping a shit ton for a national tour show! Hit that going on the event now! https://www.facebook.com/events/894781844238095/

Did Pop Punk Kill Hardcore? Or Was It Emo? East Bay Punks Protected Left Beg To Differ With Their New Release, “Fossil”, Out On 10/28/2019

Release Date: 10/28/2019                                

Format: Digital 

Location: Oakland, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Mario: Guitar/Vox
  • Bret: Bass/Backing Vox
  • Trey: Drums

Favorite Tracks: Never Know, Old Life, Worst Part, and Reboot

Sounds Like: Overtime, Bottom Bracket, Voice Of Addiction, and The New Narrative


During the rise of pop punk circa 1990s I began to wonder what would happen to hardcore punk. Out of nowhere bands like Blink 182, Goldfinger and Greenday, began to overtake the airwaves. Its successor emo pop, was less desirable to me with bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco. I knew punk was changing after seeing Fall Out Boy on the Warped Tour line up back in 2006. Don’t get me wrong I hold a special place in my heart for the Gilman bands, yet I’m not a big fan of emo. 

I like to also point out the massive popularity of the Tony Hawk Pro skater games as contributing to the rise of pop punk, although hardcore bands were on some of the soundtracks. So this leads me to today’s question. Did emo and pop punk kill hardcore? Before anyone accuses me of saying, “Punk Is Dead”, let me clarify PUNK NEVER DIED it only evolved into different forms. 

East Bay hardcore punks, Protected Left want you to decide with their latest release, “Fossil”. So let’s check out the new EP. “Never Know” is the first track up with powerful drums, heavy bass lines and intense guitar work. Lyrically it’s written in a question format. I dig it. 

The next rack is, “The Swell” this track is 100% skatepunk. This song could’ve easily ended up on one of the Tony Hawk soundtracks. Some heavy bass lines, almost metal with some sweet guitar solos rage on within. I think this where pop punk changed by losing the metal solos. I kind of miss them, so it’s great to hear a solo in this track. 

Next up is my favorite song on the EP, “Old Life”. The massive onslaught of fast hooks, perfected drums and vocals continues. A bad-ass guitar solo compliments the end, before slowing and allowing a few acoustic notes in. This song kicks ass! “Worst Part” follows being the shortest track on the EP, at 45 seconds long. Probably the best 45 seconds of my life! 

“Reboot” is the last track on the record and my second personal favorite. The lyrics are amazing, sad, yet hopeful at the same time. Here’s one for your, “Break Up Punk” playlist! It’s short and sweet. As we have come to an end, it’s time to wrap up this review. I began by asking the question, did pop and emo kill hardcore? The answer is, NEVER. There are a thousand or more bands out there playing hardcore for years to come. 

Pic by Heartless Jen

Protected Left’s, “Fossil” proves to us that hardcore is a root of punk rock and it’s staying power is timeless. With tracks like, “Never Knew”, “Old Life”, “Worst Part”, and “Reboot” this EP will leave you wanting more. Be sure to pick it up here on release day, https://protectedleft.bandcamp.com/. On a side note come see Chicago’s Voice Of Addiction this Saturday at BAR BAR!

Check out their last release below! Get it on tape!

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Never Know
  2. The Swell
  3. Old Life
  4. Worst Part
  5. Reboot

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Our Souls To Drop Second Release, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake” on November 1, 2019

Release Date: 11/1/2019

Format: Digital 

Location: UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Andy – Bass
  • Ben – Drums
  • Ian – Vocals
  • Jim – Guitar/Vocals
  • Mike – Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks:  Beer Bullet, Mental Health, Histrionics, To Wound and Wander, Destitute

Sounds Like: All Time Low, Audio Karate, Filthy Hearts, Face To Face, Dial Drive, and The Mezingers


Our Souls is set to release their second release, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake” on November 1, 2019. Their first debut EP ‘I Might Drink Myself to Death’ dropped back on November 16, 2018. The EP was well received with reviews from some of my favorite zines such as Keep Track of The Time, Colins Punk Rock World, Ear Nutrition, and The Punk Site. If you haven’t checked them out be sure to do so! 

So let’s dive straight into, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake”. The EP launches with, “To Wound and Wander, Destitute”. The melody on this track is killer. The guitar and bass playfully create the background as a second guitar drifts away for a little solo.  The song speaks of relationship breakup and the inability to find the light. I love this song! 

“But if the banality of lie, 

Dosen’t kill me, 

Then the c#nt inside my mind, 

Will just slowly,

Take my fu%cking soul,

Until I want to discuss fucking throw pillows” 

The next song is, “12312341”. So just when I started thinking, Our Souls may be on the pop punk side, out of nowhere comes some insane hardcore skate punk. The pit on this track will be dangerous. All of those over 30 should stay out, ha ha ha! Next is by far my favorite song on the EP, “Histrionics”. The track swings back towards the melodic side. 

Here at CPRA we use the phrase, “Breakup Punk” often. When a relationship begins to die so many things go through you head. What am I doing wrong? What are they doing wrong? It’s their fault, my fault, etc. If you need a song that will help you leave a toxic situation. Throw this on!

“Because when all is said and left unfinished, 

No idea if I’d be running away or starting again, 

And when all is said and undone, 

Would it be giving up or letting go?”

“Mental Health” follows and this is a tough track. The lyrics are deep and you can hear the emotions as they are belt out. The drums are the star on this as they lead the track through a confusing and broken time. I’ve lost too many friends and family to suicide. Don’t be afraid to ever reach out to one of us here at CPRA. Or please consider calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 1-800-273-8255. The truth this song inflicts will make you tear up. 

The final track is “Beer Bullet”. So many people can identify with this track. How many “Beer Bullets” do we fire on ourselves attempting to self-medicate ourselves into happiness? It’s short, but all of my favorite songs are less than two minutes long. The chorus is catchy, yet impacting. 

Overall, Our Souls, “I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake, is a fantastic EP.  The swings from melodic over to harcore are full of emotions that every one of us struggle with on a daily basis. I personally cannot wait for a vinyl release asap! So pick up the digital release first here on 11/1/2019, https://weareoursouls.bandcamp.com/releases

Check out their last release below as well!

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Tracks:

  1. To Wound and Wander, Destitute
  2. 12312341
  3. Histrionics
  4. Mental Health
  5. Beer Bullet

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Punk the Capital; Building a Sound Movement Film Headed To Denver 10/17!

COLORADO PREMIERE
“PUNK THE CAPITAL; BUILDING A SOUND MOVEMENT”
At AztlanTheatre Bar
$9.00 October 17th, 2019!
Screening and In-person Discussions with
Filmmaker James June Schneider and special guest

CALENDAR LISTING :
Time & Date : 7:30 pm, Thursday, October 17th, 2019
Location : Aztlan Theatre Bar
Address : 974 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, Colorado 80204
Ticket : $9
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/374945340114000/

Event Description :
Music documentary “Punk the Capital” about the punk
music scene (1976-1983) in Washington, DC. Screening
and in-person discussion with filmmakers James June
Schneider and special guest.

Year Of The Fist’s New Record, “Revive Me”, Anger And Animosity And Punk Rock At Its Core

Pic by @bhcole

Release Date: June 28, 2019

Format: Digital copy comes with purchase of vinyl 

Location: Oakland, CA

Label: Heart On Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Squeaky, Katie Cash, hal9000 Beers, Serge

Production (Per Bandcamp): Recorded at Tiny Telephone by Samantha Perez, House Of Faith by Bart Thurber, Fantasy Studios by Jesse Nichols & Hyde Street by Josh Garcia. 

Additional musicians:

Bryan Dean – Bass

Ariel Schneider – Piano

Jeremiah & Amanda Tennis

“Mad” Mike Smith

Artwork & Design Layout: Dismay Design

Favorite Tracks: Revive Me, Block Out The Sun, and Blood Bath

Sounds Like: Crimson Riot, Fabulous Disaster, Distillers, Evil Engine, Married A Dead Man, X-Ray Spex, Venomous Pinks, and Doll Skin


Photo by chiara c photography

Oakland, California punks Year Of The Fist recently dropped their new album, “Revive Me” via Heart On Records back on 6/28/2019. I have been so crazy busy here at CPRA I haven’t had a ton of time get some reviews done. So to my pleasant surprise I picked up and started, “Revive Me”. As soon as the first track hit. I heard a very familiar voice! It’s Squeaky from Fabulous Disaster! Holy crap let’s check out this record!

The first track, “Ghosts”, sets the scene of the album. The storytelling is epic as Squeaky screams, “Revive Me” for a few bars, before returning to almost angelic sound. Hal9000 Beer’s drums are wicked. Awesome name as well there Hal! The next track is, “Black Out Sun”. The song defines CPRA’s definition of “Break Up Punk”. The guitar frantic yet perfectly executed. The duet is unexpected, yet brilliant. 

“Dirty Hands” follows with a heartfelt message as it slows down the progression. I love the lyrical content, and Squeaky’s voice provides the needed justice. I can’t stop but wonder what if the Go Go’s were not required to produce such poppy stuff? Would it sound similar to this? This song is wonderful. 

The progression regains it angry edge next with, “Blood Blath”. This is by far my favorite track on the record along with, “Ghosts. Watch the video below from the almighty Bridge City Sessions! The sheer anger in this track, is giving the hopeless hope. Hal’s drums are killing it! This track needs to be on Punk Tacos ASAP!

“Memory Burn” is up next and continues with another, “Break Up Punk” track. This one slows down a little to focus on the emotions within. The production value is remarkable. There are so many little hooks. This song is going to get stuck in your head. “Loose Teeth In The Wind” follows and raises the progression back up. Squeaky’s scream at the beginning is nuts!

“Something’s Got To Give”, follows with an almost Joan Jett like backdrop. This is a fantastic little song to pogo along to. The guitar solo provides the catalyst before the group launches a full assault. “Are You Surprised” is next and relies heavily on the kick drum. It’s anger ridden and I adore it.

Photo by: Jeremey Johnson

“In This Room” is next with dreamy haunting sound. The intro with the piano is beautiful. The surf fuzz coming from the guitar blends well with Hal’s drums. Squeaky’s vocals are astonishing. This track crosses a Joy Division like bridge between goth and punk. “The Party’s Over” come roaring in at an unmatched pace. The song sounds similar to a much faster and less grunge version of The Breeders. 

The buildup on, “Red Lights Flash” is intense with it’s antem like ballad. Street punx this tracks for you. There’s a hidden track and let’s just say you need to hear it! To sum this all, “Revive Me”, by Year Of The Fist, is 11 tracks of pure and chaotic fun. The crossover to different genres brings punk, back to its core when it branched out from from the start. Be sure to pick this up on vinyl for the best and original sound, https://yearofthefist.bandcamp.com/music

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Ghosts 
  2. Block Out The Sun
  3. Dirty Hands
  4. Blood Bath
  5. Memory Burn 
  6. Loose Teeth In The Wind 
  7. Somethings Got To Give 
  8. Are You Surprised?
  9. In This Room
  10. The Party’s Over 
  11. Red Lights Flash 

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