Split 7″ by Hardship Anchors (CA) & Death Lottery (FL) – Very Limited Vinyl Release!

Release Date: 6/1/2019 Vinyl Release

Format: Digital out now, Vinyl goes out around 6/1/2019 only 150 will be released!

Label: Freetime Boyz Inc

Location: Death Lottery – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Hardship Anchors – Long Beach, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) – Death Lottery

  • Johnny // Guitar, vocals
  • Casidy // Bass, vocals
  • Joe Joe // Drums, vocals
  • Jesus // Guitar, vocals

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook) – Hardship Anchors

  • Trevor Lucca – Vocals/Guitars
  • Brett Gillies – Bass
  • Joey Luck – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Cease + Desist, Trespass,  Human Condition, and Fake


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Death Lottery is back once again here at CPRA with Hardship Anchors with a brand new 7” split! Be sure to pick this one up fast! Per Bandcamp: “The Hardship Anchors / Death Lottery Split 7″ (FBI-002) is limited to 150 hand numbered copies. Record release date slated for 6/1/2019 c/o Freetime Boyz Entertainment Worldwide Inc.”. Check out our previous review on Death Lottery here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/11/27/death-lottery-ep-ii-7/

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Tracklist: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Death Lottery – Cease + Desist
  2. Death Lottery – Trespass
  3. Death Lottery – Wrong Side of the Sun
  4. Hardship Anchors – Human Condition
  5. Hardship Anchors – Fake

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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

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Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets — “Shake Stomp And Stumble”

Format: Anyone who pre-orders the CD or LP will get a signed copy from the band!

Release Date: May 17th, 2019

Label: Primal Beat Records

Location: Fullerton, CA

Production: Album produced and engineered by Paul Miner whose credits include

New Found Glory, C.J. Ramone, Lisa Loeb, Adolescents, Thrice, Agnostic Front

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Greg Antista-
    (of) Joyride, Foxy, Flock Of Goo Goo.
  • -Warren Renfrow-
    (of) Cadillac Tramps, Manic Hispanic, Adolescents, Agent Orange, The Black Diamond Riders.
  • -Jessica Kaczmarek-
    (of) The Busstop Hurricanes, Russell Scott & The Red Hots, Bourbon Jones.
  • -Jorge E. Disguster-
    (of) CoDependents, Mr. Mirainga, Mink Daggers, Disguster.

Tracks and Art: All songs by Greg Antista except “Forever” by Steve Soto

Recorded & Produced by Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios, Orange, C

Logo & cover art by Louis Perez III

Favorite Tracks: Shiver, Goodnight Ramona, Forever, Carmelita, and Finally Say Goodbye

Sounds Like: Social Distortion, Reno Divorce, The Dead End, Tiger Army, Stray Cats, and Gamblers Mark.


There’s nothing in this world like some good old-fashioned rockabilly. Just like Brian Setzer’s, “Really Rockabilly” song. I have no idea what exactly is considered rockabilly in this day and age. Hell by now there’s probably even emocore rockabilly. We don’t get a lot of Rockabilly into CPRA. I’ll be the first to say hey, “That’s my review”!   

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The story behind the formation of Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets is intriguing. The band has actually been playing together for many years before forming as the Lonely Streets. Just look up at line up notes above. This band is full of excellent and talented musicians. As you can see here multiple members from various legendary California bands.

The coolest part of this story for me is Greg Antisita’s friendship with Steve Soto. In 1990 Antista joined Soto in Joyride. Joyride released two well-received pop punk albums with Johnny Bravo (1992) and Another Month of Mondays (1994). I played this shit outta of Johnny Bravo back in the 90s.

Forward to 2019, this Socal outfit is ready to release their first new album, “Shake Stomp And Stumble”. CPRA was given exclusive access to preview the new album. Let’s check out some tracks. The first track is “Shiver”. This track is filled with some excellent bass and guitar. Right away your ears are gonna perk up. The lyrics are quite catchy while not relayed in a generic sense. Kaczmarek kills it on guitar.  Did I mention she is endorsed by Gretsch Guitars? How badass is that?

“Goodnight Ramona” is next and by far my favorite track on the list. There is a perfect blend of outlaw country, punk and rock. The drums really draw me in followed by some kick ass vocals by Antista and crew. Grab you a dancing partner and hit the dance floor. Funny thing is for a punk site. I don’t get to say that very often. I love this song, because although it retains an old-fashioned sound, it resonates with anyone leaving a relationship.

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“Nasty Weather”, follows with some great drum work. This song has a very Social D like sound to it with that familiar Socal surf. The lyrical writing on this is fantastic.  

 
“When the stars above are fallin’, and the streets below they offer no hope
It looks like nasty weather, you better find yourself some shelter
And we all go down together”

“U-Haul”, is the next track up. It almost feels like Antista is writing the song directly to me! We’ve all been in that shitty relationship. You get home and the house is empty, or they stole all your stuff. Yet another track with some great lyrics, drums and excellent guitar work.

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“Beat Down And Broken” follows up. Per Greg Antista, “This is the tale of a personal rock bottom that I hit in the years following the demise of Joyride. Although I typically enjoy intertwining reality and fiction when writing lyrics, this one felt like it needed to be literal. For me, the Thunderbird, the city and street shout outs — they, all help the song to ring true. I love this tune. We’ve all been beat down and broken.

 
“One by one the good things they all melt away
Till you find yourself at daybreak in Westminster again
The Thunderbird she’s come to die in this Chevron parking lot
There goes the last friend that I got”

“They Killed Lily Bell” is another one of my favorites. Personally I thought this was a cover of a much older song, but it was written by Antista. I was a huge fan of AMC’s, Hell On Wheels. This song pays tribute to the character Lily Bell. In the show her husband was killed by Indians, and she escaped only to be strangled later by the show’s antagonist the Swede. Frankly I was pretty pissed off at AMC for this, but I realize that it helped build the main character, Bohannon.


This track sounds like it pulls some influences from Richie Valens or Orbison. It just plain rocks! This is more on the western swing side. Per Greg Antista, “Lily Bell was the lead female character on the AMC series Hell on Wheels. She was abruptly killed off in a season finale and the song wrote itself. It provided a great chance to sing about the backstabbing and betrayal we all encounter at some point.”

“Forever”, this is a cover from Steve Soto’s version. This version pays pure tribute to Soto. It made me tear up a little. It deals with band struggles, being on the road, and feeling far from home. Soto’s is more on the folk side, while Antista is electrified. No matter whose version you prefer the most. This song still kicks ass.

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“Carmelita”, brings in a heavy bass before the melody kicks in. I know I mentioned Valens before. This song proudly represents the sweet album cover by, Louis Perez III, but also the proud Hispanic culture of Southern California. This is a simple love song, still well paced and very well written.


The record closes out with another hip shaker, “Finally Say Goodbye”. This song has more of an old school Ramones sound to it, still keeps that twang the rockabilly guys and gals love. Overall I’m sad this review has come to an end. Greg Antista & Lonely Streets, “Shake, Stomp and Stumble”, is masterfully composed. It’s the perfect blend of outlaw country, punk, and rock and roll. I can only hope that this review has done this album the ultimate justice it deserves. Hit that pre-order link here, https://www.gregantistaandthelonelystreets.com/preorder.

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Tracklist:

1. Shiver

2. Goodnight Ramona

3. Nasty Weather

4. U-Haul

5. Beat Down and Broken

6. They Killed Lily Bell

7. Forever

8. Carmelita

9. Finally Say Goodbye

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Belgian Pop Punk Boxing Day Creeps Onto to US shores with “Retrospect” EP

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Release Date: December 26th 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Real Ghosts Records

Location: Buggenhout/Belgium

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  •    Kevin Monsieur – Stem
  •    Sven Corvers – Gitaar, Stem
  •    Tijs Lissens – Gitaar
  •    Stijn Van der Jeugd – Bas, Stem
  •    Stijn De Nollin – Drum

Favorite Tracks: Retrospect, Loose Noose, Whisper Like You Mean It and Father’s Day

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Neck Deep, and Wonder Years


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It’s not often we get some kick ass pop punk from Belgium. In fact, I think this may be our first review ever for a Belgium based band. Boxing Day formed back in 2016 and “Retrospect” is their second release. So let’s check this one out!

The records intros with, ‘Retrospect’. I can already tell I’m gonna dig these guys. This song is lyrically perfect. I’m a bit surprised this one hasn’t landed on the pops. Sadly we all know how the pops work and chances are slim. This song has some real catchy notes. The bass and guitar seems to compete with each other. That’s not a bad thing. It’s pretty impressive. The sound mix on this one is wonderful.

The next track is, “Whisper Like You Mean It”. This one kind of hit me hard. It’s about a relationship ending or sorts. The song is so relatable. The chord progressions are beautifully composed, while the drums key into the emotions. Lyrically the song is catchy, yet powerful.

“Loose Noose”, is the next song up. Pull out that dusty air guitar for this one. I could be completely wrong on this one. I feel like this song is about all of us who don’t fit in with the “Normies”. Those so called normal kids like to pick on us. Sadly driving some to suicide. I love the sense of confidence towards the end to rise above.

“Father’s Day” comes in roaring next. This one is anthem heavy and a bit harder than I expected for a pop punk song. The drums are my favorite part of the track. Kevin’s vocals are excellent.  This reminds a bit of Blink 182’s “Adam’s Song”, yet purely original. I think many of us can relate to this song.

Here comes the last song, “Either Way”. This is probably the slowest track on the record. The melodies are beautiful. There is some immense talent in this band.  I should wrap this up. Boxing Days, “Retrospect” is masterfully composed and breaks the chains of traditional pop punk. Pop punk fans don’t miss out on this one. Be sure to give it a listen here, http://www.realghostrecords.com/products/632580-boxing-day-retrospect-ep.

Tracks:

  1. Retrospect
  2. Whisper like you mean it
  3. Loose Noose
  4. Father’s Day
  5. Either Way

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Edward In Venice To Release, “Empathy” on 4/26/2019 Via Lockjaw Records

Release Date: 4/26/2019

Format: Digital

Release on: Lockjaw Records

Location: Pesaro – Italy

Favorite Tracks: The Deserter, High Tide, Pipe Dream

Sounds Like: AFI,The Used, Strung Out, Flatliners, and A Wilhelm Scream


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The UK’s Lockjaw Records are kicking some major ass when it comes to releasing some great music. We’ve reviewed a bunch of their releases, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/category/lockjaw-records/. Not a single release has let us down yet. When I saw Italy’s Edward In Venice dropped a new video. My old man self did a fast fist pump. That’s what we all did before so called dabbing, haha. I got lucky and grabbed a media release as soon as I could.

I have to be honest. I’m new to Edward In Venice. They have over 5K fans on their Facebook page. “I guess you could say, things are pretty serious”. Sorry had to throw in a cheesy Napoleon Dynamite quote there.

Let’s dig into “Empathy”. The record starts out with, “The Deserter”. This song is wicked good. The drums, are fucking nuts! The vocal range both singers meet is admirable. This song is perfect when you need to release some anger on a nonviolent level.

The next track up is, “High Tide”. Throw this one in the, “I need a release bin”. Everything in this song is catchy and relatable. The sheer talent of all on this one is remarkable.  The vocals really shine again on this track.

“Spark The Philly” is full of pure skate punk love. So far this record has made me revisit my youth a bunch of times. It angry, fast, and perfect. I’m betting this or “The Deserter” will be their next video. Then this super odd transitional tune comes in called, “Manolo Riddim”. Ok what happened to my angry punk rock? Don’t fret it comes roaring back with, “Pipe Dream”. This song is super catchy and fun to jam along with.

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“Blue Whale” is the next song up and will easily appeal to fans of the Used or maybe even some MCR, yet less whiny when compared to Gerard Way. Don’t get me wrong I love MCR, but sometimes they make me wanna slap them. The last song is “Vaporeon”. You can feel the energy that everyone puts out on this record as it culminates in a dramatic finale.

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Personally I’m a bit sad this ride is over, yet I think I found myself a new favorite. I’ve also found a new band to add to my, “Fuck Off Playlist”. “Empathy” is definitely getting my recommendation for CPRA’s International EP/LP of the year for 2019. Hit that preorder link here, https://lockjawrecords.co.uk/edward-in-venice-empathy/.

Track List Subject To Change

  1. The Deserter
  2. High Tide
  3. Spark The Philly
  4. Manolo Riddim
  5. Pipe Dream
  6. Blue Whale
  7. Vaporeon

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Dead Neck and Italy’s Action Men team up to release new split, “Defections” on Mudcake Records

Release Date: April 30, 2019                                                             

Format: Digital

Album On: Mudcake Records

Location: UK – Dead Neck

                 Italy – Action Men

Favorite Tracks: Lion, Born To Be High, Showers, Die Tryin’, Bakers Dozen,

Sounds Like: Lillingtons, Strung Out, Propagandhi, Livermores, Proton Packs, and The Followups


In the last few years we have been blessed by the resurgence of the split record. Two bands agree to release one album/comp using 8-10 tracks, sometimes more. Punk in general is no stranger to the split. In fact some of my favorite albums are comps or splits. So it gives me great pleasure to announce Action Men and Dead Neck are teaming up to release their brand-new split called, “Defections”.

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The first 5 tracks come from Italy’s Action Men. My favorites from their inclusion include Born To Be High, Lion and Showers. These songs are packed with fast and heavy hooks. Yet they seem to edge the hardcore without passing that line. All of their songs are relatable on a deep human level. I really enjoy the lead singers vocals from the Action Men.

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The first 5 tracks come from Italy’s Action Men. My favorites from their inclusion include Born To Be High, Lion and Showers. These songs are packed with fast and heavy hooks. Yet they seem to edge the hardcore without passing that line. All of their songs are relatable on a deep human level. I really enjoy the lead singers vocals from the Action Men.

The second set is provided by UK skatepunkers, Dead Neck. They up the speed of the split by 150%. Some of my favorite tracks included are Die Tryin’, Bakers Dozen which is badass, and Blind Into The Dark. Dead Neck kills it on this split! They remind alot of LA’s Shell Corporation

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Dead Neck-ActionMen split

Track List (Subject To Change)

  • Action Men – Lion
  • Action Men – Born To Be High
  • Action Men – C’est Dada
  • Action Men – Showers
  • Action Men – Polite
  • Deadneck – Die Tryin’
  • Deadneck – Bakers Dozen
  • Deadneck – Clatter
  • Deadneck – Seven Shades Of Shit
  • Deadneck – Blind Into The Dark

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Is grunge back? Seattle’s Bad Animals Bring It All With Their New Album, “All The Shakes”

Release Date: 3/26/2019

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Seattle, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Wallace Brown…guitar/vocals
  • Cory Johnson…drums/vocals
  • Eric Stallard…Guitar
  • Lucas Chalcraft…Bass

Favorite Tracks: Alone And Wasted, Remnants, Spitbox, and Laid To Waste

Sounds Like: The Pixies, Nirvana, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Lillingtons, and Pennywise


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As I entered high school in 1992 the grunge scene in Seattle was taking off. The sounds coming out of that city were crazy. We had Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana just to name a few. Keep in mind I was still forming my musical taste. I loved it and still do. Although I would later move onto a more hardcore sound. Part of me still loves grunge. So I when popped on the first track from Seattle’s Bad Animals I was very surprised.

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From start to finish I absolutely love this album! The influences are too many to count. Brown’s vocals go from 0-100 in a heartbeat. This album has a ton of amazing songs. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if this album hits Billboard’s Top 100. Being a punk oriented page. We would love all the bands to become successful. We just hope they don’t forget us when they do. So if you’re looking for an amazing band that plays all things from blues to post punk, check out Bad Animals!

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Track List (Subject To Change)
1. Remnants
2.Spitbox
3.Every Breath
4.All The Shakes
5.Laid To Waste
6.Alone And Wasted
7.Afraid To Win
8.New Pony (Dylan cover)
9.Black Hole In My Mind (Lillingtons cover)
10.Everything’s Yesterday
11.Wishing Well

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