CPRA New Music Alert : Sinister Pig – Manifest Destiny

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Release Date: 2/14/19
Format: Digital, physical CD
Distro for North America: self released
Location: Occupied Cheyenne/Arapaho/Ute Territory

Current Lineup:

  • Ratt Dooley – Vocals/Pit Administrator
  • Tenaya Kodze’e – Bass/Vocals
  • Dave Maelstrom – Guitar
  • Cymballic Nate – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Defective Human, Manifest Destiny, Let Them Eat Guillotines, Fascist Killing Machines.
If you like these bands, you will love Sinister Pig: Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Death Angel, TSOL, Adolescents, DRI, Anti-Flag, Circle Jerks.


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Rarely can a recording capture the energy and attitude that a punk band demonstrates live, but I think this album has done it! On tracks like “Let Them Eat Guillotines” and “MMIW”, Sinister Pig trade vocals and phrases between members. This release is full of enthusiastic backing vocals that support the lead vocals, truly getting their message across. This is not music for the faint of heart. It’s political, impulsive, motivating, honest, and kicks your brain into thinking about the world around you. It touches on subjects that only a few bands are brave enough to discuss through their art; such as classism, societal pressures, fascism, residual economic issues leftover from the Reagan era, capitalism, and personal isolation.

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Musically, the band is in great form! Always in the pocket, the drums and bass lay a driving, pulsing, energetic rhythmic landscape for the guitars to shred over, and do they shred! The bass and guitar often have licks that work beautifully together, complimenting each other in unison or in contrary motion, while the vocals sit perfectly on top of the guitar parts. The lead vocalist encapsulates the rage and disdain many people feel about the current state of political affairs, while also maintaining a personal feeling…not an easy combination to attain.

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Overall, I love this album! Sinister Pig truly practices what they preach, and this album illustrates their beliefs very clearly. Listen to it, and listen to it loud!

Be sure to pick it up here on Valentine’s Day, https://sinisterpig.bandcamp.com/

Track listing:

  1. Defective Human
  2. Let Them Eat Guillotines
  3. MMIW
  4. It’s a Great Day…
  5. Solitude
  6. Manifest Destiny
  7. Which One
  8. Fascist Killing Machines
  9. Sick Society

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About The Reviewer:
Megan Kelley is the front woman for Denver based post-punk band Married a Dead Man. She is an accomplished pianist, keyboardist and singer, with a full time private music teaching studio. She is also a composer, songwriter and holds degrees in classical voice and piano, as well as a second degree in sound engineering. Music is her entire existence.

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Sunset Silhouette – “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP

Release Date: January 4, 2019

Format: Digital and physical

Recording Info Per Bandcamp: “Far Beyond Suburbia”

was recorded and mixed by Chris Beeble at The Blasting Room

Mastered by Jason Livermore

November 26th – 30th 2018

Cover art by Bobbi Stark

All music written by Sunset Silhouette

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Joshua
  • Brian
  • Nick
  • Evan

Favorite Tracks: Far Beyond Suburbia, Oxford Road, It Had To Be, and Memory Lane

Sounds Like: The Lillingtons, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, and Lagwagon


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Photography by Tessa Ciaramitaro

Denver’s Sunset Silhouette crept up quietly on the CPRA radar last summer when they dropped their first EP, “Detour”. I was pretty busy with life at the time and didn’t get to that review. So my fellow admin A?, did the record review. I always go back and listen to the music submitted, even if I don’t write the review. “Detour” absolutely blew my fucking mind.

I can remember listening and picking up the phone and calling some friends. “Dudes check this shit out”. OK so maybe I was a bit like cousin Marvin Berry from Back To The Future. I’m sort of this awkward introvert. By sharing music with others it helps me break out of my shell. Anyhow this review is not about me or “Detour”. It’s about “Far Beyond Suburbia”!

The EP was recorded at the infamous Blasting Room by Chris Beeble. Bands if you want a great sounding record, go to the Blasting Room! As the opening riff on, ‘Oxford Road’ kicks off.  I can clearly hear its deeper and heavier when compared to “Detour”. It’s still signature Sunset Silhouette, yet seems to be lean more on the skatepunk side. The buildup into the chorus is just plain nuts. The heavy bass line adds that extra edge. The lyrics are very relatable to the human condition. Did you have a shitty day at work? Light up a bowl and throw this track on.

“Come let loose,

shapeshift with us,

escape impending doom with us”

‘It Had To Be’ is up next and intros in with a very familiar riff. You can feel the heartbreak in Brian’s voice on this one. I have no idea if this was personal to him or not, but that feeling is there and I love it. Sure it’s a bit depressing, but with every note, every cymbal crash, you can hear the emotions and feelings bleeding into song.

Next up is my personal favorite on the record, “Far Beyond Suburbia”. From the minute it came on for the first time. I’ve been hooked. The song starts off with a proper hardcore intro. The drums and vocals are killer. I find myself often with this song stuck in my head. Everything about this song is amazing. As one Youtuber said in regards, “It’s head bang worthy”. Haha!

“Far beyond suburbia

They probably haven’t heard of ya and that’s alright

Huddled inside the living room

Let’s go watch evening news but it’s all lies and it’s pointless

Mothers pop klonopin

Drink the wine in the garden and birdwatch, under the sunlight

Next door the government fishes for oil, money and greed disturbs our sacred soil, it’s not alright

Far beyond suburbia

Maybe there’s a place where people are thinking free

Far beyond suburbia

Maybe there’s a place for people just like me”

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Photo by Michael Snow

I feel like parents can be way too overprotective of our children. We take them away from the dangers of the city to the outskirts. We try to show them the “Right” way of living a life. Yet we forget that little person will grow up someday. They will realize all the bullshit that has been fed to them. My parents are caring and wonderful people. What they didn’t show me was the homeless folks lying on the sidewalks of downtown. The single parents struggling to get by.

They didn’t show me 20 years ago Rocky Flats dumping toxic waste into the Platte River. Don’t get me wrong I had an awesome childhood, but I feel like I was protected from, “Real Life”. Anyhow let’s get back to the review as we are nearing the end.

‘Memory Lane’ is sadly the last track on the EP. The riffs are my favorite part. These are kinds of riffs kids should listen to if they’re interested in music. I won’t make fun of anyone for throwing out the air guitar at school or work. With this song it’s easy to do. Again we have another song with fantastic lyrics and vocals.

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It’s time to wrap this one up. Sunset Silhouette’s “Far Beyond Suburbia” EP is in one word amazing. The line they cross between pop and skate punk will lead in new fans from both genres. Brian’s vocals, combined with the talent of Evan, Joshua, and Nick have blended into a perfect 4 track EP. Get it while it’s still name your own price in the Bandcamp store, or make sure to hit their next show to purchase a physical copy.

Tracks:

  1. Oxford Road
  2. It Had To Be
  3. Far Beyond Suburbia
  4. Memory Lane

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Arborview -Through This Storm (Deluxe) ep

Release Date: November 2018

Format: Digital

Label: We Are Triumphant Records

Location: Sydney, AUS

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Scotty Berger-Lead vocals & guitar
  • Eamon O’Byrne-Bass & backing vocals
  • Alex Powys-Drums & backing vocals

Favorite Tracks:

Stormy Weather, Fade, & Rise Up

Sounds Like:

Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, Relient K, New Found Glory, The Ataris


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I’m ready to admit it. I love pop punk. I’ve dealt with a lot of “real punks” writing this genre off as too radio friendly, or too emo, or not gritty & overproduced. But damn it, The music is still catchy. Those melodies get stuck in your head, make you smile, drum the rhythm on your steering wheel, while singing terrible made up harmonies in your car where no one can hear how bad you are. In other words, the music is good.

I grew up loving Millencolin, The Ataris, Mr. T Experience, & MxPx. By the time the Good Charlotte & Sum 41 bands were hitting the radio, I was too much of a radio snob to just understand why those bands grabbed attention, but I later grew in appreciation for. Arborview is definitely influenced by that era, and is every bit of that quality of music. So if that’s your background, definitely give these guys a shot.

After an intro track, that didn’t really add much to the project, the music starts with their single, “Stormy Weather.” A tale that is a man trying to hold onto the relationship that had a rough patch. We’ve all been there, & it’s very relatable. “It’s you & me in this storm…” are lyrics where he’s showing his commitment & refuses to stop trying for what he wants to stay alive. It has great breaks, harmonies, and a drummer that keeps it interesting musically. What else could you want in your pop punk? You’re gonna be humming this one later.

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Thematically, more of the same with “Corner of East and March,” where the writer is still trying to hang on to that love of his life after a mistake. Power Pop that drives right into “Fade” where, as a reviewer who is also a drummer, I love the tom work on the verses of this track. Again a loss of love track. Not sure if this was a purposeful concept of the record, or if this was just the recent life experiences that were being pulled from the time they were writing the songs for this project.

“Rise Up” is the track where he stands up for himself & stops longing for love. Instead the call to rise up and not last another day with others’ hands around their necks. Great breakdowns, again keeping the music interesting. And the conviction in the vocals by the last time the chorus is sung is the vocal highlight of this album.

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“This Story’s Over” and “Wake Up” close out the songs from the original EP. and is more fast driving, positive move forward with your life anthems that are going to be stuck in your head for days after listening to them.

This “deluxe edition” adds 3 acoustic tracks of the first 3 songs. While I prefer the full studio versions of the tracks, it’s nice to show the range of the band for potential opportunities with acoustic sets as a possibility now, & you know they can still provide quality with that sound.

Again, the Pop side of punk isn’t for every punk fan, but if it is for you, you need to give this band a shot.

Tracks:

  1. Scotty Goes to the Studio (intro track)
  2. Stormy Weather
  3. Corner of East and March
  4. Fade
  5. Rise Up
  6. This Story’s Over
  7. Wake Up
  8. Stormy Weather (acoustic)
  9. Corner of East and March (acoustic)
  10. Fade (acoustic)

Links:

About The Author:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

Italy’s The Ponches release their new and final lp, “Quit”

Release Date: December 2018

Format: Digital and Vinyl

Label: One Chord Wonder (Italy) and Mom’s Basement Records (USA)

Location: Turin, Italy

Current Lineup:

  • Giulio – guitars
  • Tony Kelvin – bass
  • Lorenzo Bravi – drums/vocals
  • Zack – guitars/vocals

Favorite Tracks: Enjoy The Rest, What a Shame (Jani Lane), and 216

Sounds Like: Alkaline Trio, The Lillingtons, The Ramones, and Lawrence Arms


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The Ponches go way back to 2005 when they formed in Turin, Italy. Sadly they have decided to call it quits, but not before releasing one kick ass single sided 12 inch Lp. The record is now out via One Chord Wonder (Italy) and Mom’s Basement Records (USA) . US listeners be sure to use the USA link to purchase.

On that note let’s check out their final release, “Ouit”. The record intros with, ‘Enjoy The Rest’. This one is fast paced. The drums and bass and perfected in this song. ‘Somerton Man’ is up next on the list. The pace slows down a little, but still rocks. This one has somewhat of a late 90s feel to it. This one is very Romanesque.

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Up next is ‘They Didn’t Know What You Did Before’. This one is much darker compared to the previous songs. It sounds alot like the Lillingtons. I really dig the guitar riffs on this one. ‘What a Shame (Jani Lane)’ is up next. Not positive, but this may be a tribute to Warrant’s Jani Lane? Anyhow it’s a great tune!

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‘216’ is up next with a strong melody. The harmonies on this are beautiful. ‘Autumn in Minsk’ is the last track on the record. This one has some great drums and even better melodies. Is this the last we will hear from the Ponches? Hopefully for our sakes this isn’t the last one and many more will follow. This record is a perfect way for a band to say goodbye to their fans. 

Tracks:

  1. Enjoy The Rest
  2. Somerton Man
  3. They Didn’t Know What You Did Before
  4. What a Shame (Jani Lane)
  5. 216
  6. Autumn in Minsk

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No Solution – “No Coast”

Release Date: 01/19/2018

Format: Digital release

Label: Caruana Records

Location: East Peoria, IL

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Current Members:

  • Blake Ballard – Bass/Vocals
  • Tyler Starr – Guitar/Vocals
  • Cody Edwards – Drums/Drums

Favorite Tracks: Bring You Down, First Day Of School, Growing Up

Sounds Like: Descendants, Lagwagon, Millencolin, and Teenage Bottlerocket


Is it 1994? I’m asking this because for me it was the dawn of discovery. It was the year I discovered punk. A lifelong obsession was soon to follow. I ask this question, as it seems like so much good punk is either out or on its way. You will have your blowhards that say, “Punk was so much better in the 80s and 90s”. The music scene never left. You just stopped looking for it.

I hear it all the time. Mainly from people who would rather pay $60.00 to see Rancid for the 300th time. They won’t take the time to get to know their local scene. So they would rather be like Uncle Rico and dream about 82. Considering most local shows are $5-$10 bucks, what’s the issue? Oh well their loss I guess.

Anyhow I pose this question after listening to No Solutions soon to be released EP, “No Coast”. This short, but kick ass EP made me feel a bit nostalgic for my younger days. So let’s check them out track by track. ‘First Day Of School’ is the first track up. This one is hopped up on JOLT cola. It’s edgy, fast and lyrically catching. The next track up is ‘Growing UP’. This track has unique DIY sound to it. I can’t agree more, ‘Growing up, can kiss my ass’.

You’ll be joining along on the chorus quick. The guitar into is instant hook into the rest of the track. “Bring You Down” is third on the track list. If there’s something I’ve noticed about punks in general. We all seem to be very empathetic sometimes. It’s a curse and a blessing for us all. We may be afraid of letting others down the most. The lyrics are the highlight on this track.

This next one is hilarious, ‘Social Media Queen’. Social Media has changed the ways we communicate. Now we can do it instantly. Gone are the days of praying your Mom didn’t pick up the phone when you’re dialing into the AOL servers. It’s also made people extremely self pompous. Has someone ever gotten pissed at you for not following their stupid IG page? Give me a fucking break haha! The guitar and drums blaze on this track.

The next track up is ‘Intoxication’. This one brings the speed of the record back up. The drums are heavy with a great bass backing. I can see a nasty pit forming. “Slacker” is the last track on the EP and continues the pace from ‘Intoxication’. It retains the speed and darker side. It has some great hooks.

Overall No Solution’s new EP, “No Coast” is pretty amazing. I can see almost every song on this record coming straight out of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game. If you’re looking for some pop punk with some steely edge. This EP is for you!


Tracks:

  1. First Day of School
  2. Growing Up
  3. Bring You Down
  4. Social Media Queen
  5. Intoxication
  6. Slacker

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SAGO – “Flood Island”

Release Date: September 1, 2018

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Piers – Drums
  • Alex – Vocals
  • Marty – Guitar
  • Chad – Guitar
  • Mike – Bass

Favorite Tracks:

  • Capitol Punishment
  • Galloping Beauty
  • Burning Books

Sounds Like:  Agnostic Front, Zeke, Straight Faced


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We’ve all been to that show where you go to hear the headliner, but there’s an opening band with a ton of energy that hits you out of nowhere unexpectedly. That’s how this record hit me. Just straight forward hardcore/thrash punk. It’s fast, & has a ton of energy. Great band that will drive you forward whether it’s a drive on the interstate, a workout, or just to hype you up for the day ahead of you, as well as make you want to get to a show & get your angst out in a circle pit.

It’s pretty unapologetically what it is, & that’s a fast punk record. 10 tracks that are over in 16 minutes will leave you wanting more, which is a good thing. It doesn’t leave tracks that you’d want to skip. From the first track, North X South, you know what to expect from the band. You could almost smell the sweat & beer smell from the club of fist pumping punks in the pit.

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They do show some variety on Capitol Punishment, slowing things down a bit, dropping that bass, but keeping it hardcore. Fun intro on that track as well.

Good vocal range & good use of a fun, although short, guitar solo on the song Ahead.

Galloping Beauty, at just under 3 minutes, is the longest track on the record, and gives the most dynamics as far as song structure. I love the build to the chorus & how they flow into a great instrumental, then just the drum & vocal sing along of, “kill a man in cold blood, get away with murder,” leading into a great breakdown, then stopping with a guitar fade out. Definitely a standout track.

Lifejacket was a solid next track, love the backup vocals and solos on this one a lot. Then Burning Books was the next stand out to me, simply encompassing the bands sound in a track. While North X South was a solid opening track, this could have been a great alternate for the opener. Fast thrash to start the energy.

White Lies, & The guitar solo closing it was a perfect closing track. Left me wanting to hear what’s next from this band, because I think there will be more great stuff to come.

The lyrics, like the music, come fast & distorted. I loved the tone of Alex‘s voice, but wasn’t always lyrically clear on the recording. Which would be my one wish for the record, would be to be able to make out the lyrics & message of the vocals.

So if you like your music fast, distorted, and fucking punk, go check them out. The links are below for Bandcamp & Spotify. I’d recommend a listen.

Tracks:

  1. North X South
  2. Los Ojos
  3. Capitol Punishment
  4. Scars
  5. Ahead
  6. Galloping Beauty
  7. Lifejacket
  8. Squealer
  9. Burning Books
  10. White Lies

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About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

The Bob Gordons – “Why Is That Funny?”

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Release Date: November 8, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Perth, Australia

Current Lineup:

  • Horsey Simpson – Lead Guitar and Vocals
  • Tom Manton – Guitar and Vocals
  • Bob Gordon – Bass and Vocals
  • Josh Barker – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Eme Goes Away, UFC, Nightmares, Rabbit, Stop Hate and Jerry Seinfeldhair, and Magic Glove

Sounds Like: The Decline, The Corps, Came And Took It, The Shorts, Nerdlinger and Frenzal Rhomb


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Australia is putting out some great punk rock! We’ve reviewed Nerdlinger, The Shorts, The Rumjacks (Now UK based) and today it’s my pleasure to bring you, The Bob Gordons. Hailing from the city of Perth. The band has released their new EP, “Why Is That Funny”.  So let’s check this one out!

The record starts off with ‘Emu Goes Away’ its a badass introduction of great things to come. This song has elements of pop and some skatepunk. The drums really stick out, with some great shreds on guitar. This song is addicting. Next up on the track list is ‘UFC’. I can completely identify with this track. Most punks, not all of course are not huge sports fans. If there’s two sports I despise with a passion is basketball and UFC.  

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The pure idolatry of the UFC makes me sick. I mean you’re worshipping a person whose job it is to hurt other willing contestants. Even boxing isn’t that bad. I guess it’s just not my bag. Anyhow this song kicks serious ass. It’s extremely catchy. The drums and Strung Out like sound are killer.  Next up is ‘Dog Rock’. This track is full on speed punk.

‘Liability’ is up next and by far by personal favorite on the record. This one is darker and struggles with addiction. The chorus will have you singing along quickly. There’s a kickass guitar solo as well. ‘Nightmares’ follows up with some great bass and guitar. The vocals are on point.

“It’s easy for you to tell me that everything’s alright, When, you’re not the one that’s having nightmares every fucking night, It’s easy for you to tell me that everything’s ok, Its kinda hard to confess when you can’t find the words to say”

Next on the track list is ‘Punishing Myself’. We call relate to this song. We are own worst enemies when it comes to punishing  ourselves. This one is another you’ll be singing along with. ‘Stop Hate’ is up next and my second favorite. The intro into the song will hook you right away. The drums are powerful, bass and guitar are insanely good.

Next up is ‘Rabbit’. Damn I love this song. It fast and furious with Motorhead meets hardcore sound. I’ve replayed this about a dozen times and seems to only get better! ‘Medication’ is up next and slows it back down to a more pop punk like sound. This is another relatable jam for every one of us.

This next one is called, ‘Jerry Sienfeldhair’ and brings the tempo backup to breakneck. This song immediately makes me wonder why this band hasn’t grown to massive amounts of popularity yet? The last track up is ‘Magic Glove’. This song is fucking hilarious, and kicks ass! The sheer speed and anger is brillant.

In conclusion the Bob Gordons should be playing on your device right fucking now. Their ability to play so many different kinds of punk is amazing. You’ll hear hardcore, pop, skate and even some metal mixed. Pick this up now!

Tracks:

  1. Emu Goes Away
  2. UFC
  3. Dog Rock
  4. Liability
  5. Nightmares
  6. Punishing Myself
  7. Stop Hate
  8. Rabbit
  9. Medication
  10. Jerry Seinfeldhair
  11. Magic Glove (won WAM punk song of the year in April this year)

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