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.

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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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Fine Dining – “Grass Fed Tunes”- Some EPS Make Me Sad, Because…

Release Date: August 2, 2019

Format: Digital, and Physical

Location: South Bay (Los Angeles), CA

Label:  Emmer Effer Records        

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Paul Miner (ex bass player from Death By Stereo, Chris Navarrete on vocals (eken is dead), Simon Johnson (ex drummer Western Waste), and Kevin Wells on guitar (Emmer Effer)

Production (Per Bandcamp): All songs written and performed by Fine Dining, except Don’t Be Misunderstood written by Benjamin/Caldwell/Marcus.

Recorded and engineered by Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios in Anaheim, CA March 2019.

Produced by Fine Dining and Paul Miner.

Favorite Tracks: Somewhere Along the Line, Elephant In The Van, A Drink For You, and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood  

Sounds Like: MF Ruckus, Pennywise, I Am The Owl, New Narrative, Strung Out, and Good Riddance


It happens all the time. A new band emerges from the depths of social media. Somehow they’ve broken algorithms and ended up on your playlist. You’ve added this brand new artist only to be faced with maybe 4-5 tracks tops. Yes the curse of the EP strikes again! I kid of course. Eps are the cheapest way for bands to get new material out fast. That also means we don’t have to wait years upon years for new music. 

The curse struck me again today when I checked out Fine Dining’s new EP, “Grass Fed Tunes”. Upon first listen with “Somewhere Along The Line” I became instantly hooked. The track comes roaring in with an epic skate punk sound. The bass is heavy and powerful, while the vocals are fine tuned. This track is only the start! 

I forgot to mention Fine Dining is somewhat of a supergroup with members such as Paul Miner (Ex bassist for Death By Stereo), Chris Navarrete on vocals (Eken Is Dead), Simon Johnson (Ex drummer Western Waste), and Kevin Wells on guitar (Emmer Effer). We’ve checked out the first track. Let’s move onto the second. 

“Elephant In The Van” comes roaring in. The track remains heavy on bass and guitar. Navarette’s vocals are phenomenal. This is so damn good! “A Drink For You” is the next up. Check out the video below! If there’s one thing music in general needs is tributes to those who have gone on before us! This track is in the same vein as Pennywise, “Bro Hymn”. FYI- My PC speaker cannot handle the lows of the bass on this track. 

A cover finishes out the ep, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. The Animal’s version is on my list of top 5 all-time favorite songs. The track was originally used by Nina Simone and later popularized by the Animals. This version slides that line between hardcore skate and metal. I absolutely love this cover! Johnson’s drums combined with Navarette’s vocals take on new original style, while retaining everything I love about the orignal. 

Ok so why does this EP make me sad? It is 4 tracks of insanely well composed music. Punks and metalheads will love this while crossing over to the rock crowd as well. It’s not often we get an EP. that I simply adore from start to finish. The problem is now I’ve run out of tracks! So while I work on my letter, penned, “Fine Dining Make A Full Album ASAP”. You should definitely go download, “Grass Fed Tunes” before word gets out! Mark my words this little EP has mass potential. 

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Somewhere Along the Line 
  2. Elephant in the Van
  3. A Drink For You 
  4. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

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#CPRAMusicNews: Flores Robadas & Crimes of Fashion Announce Silgo Bilingual Split EP Release On Cassette Tap!

Release Date: 9/11/2019                                             

Format: Digital, and Physical

Location: Miami, FL

Label:(Per Bandcamp) – Freetime Boyz Entertainment Worldwide Inc.                          

Production (Per Bandcamp): All songs recorded, engineered, & mixed by Jesus Hernandez. Artwork by Stacey Colangelo.    


Per label Freetime Boyz Worldwide Inc, Miami based punk bands, Flores Robadas and Crimes Of Fashion have teamed up to release their latest split via cassette tape! You can listen below and pre-order as well! 

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Flores Robadas – Reves 
  2. Flores Robadas – No Te Olvides De Mi
  3. Flores Robadas – Resist You 
  4. Crimes of Fashion – Memories
  5. Crimes of Fashion – Lil Flame
  6. Crimes of Fashion – 1000 Days  

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Laughing In The Face Of Drops First New Video Single since 2011, ‘Running With Coffee”

Release Date: 2019

Label: Lockjaw Records                                       

Format: Digital 

Location: Birmingham UK

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Steve: Vocals / Guitar
  • Jon: Guitar / Backing Vocals
  • Jim: Bass 
  • Andy: Drums / Backing Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Running With Coffee

Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, and Face To Face


You need some new skatepunk in your life! In fact we all need new skatepunk in our lives. Birmingham, UK based, Laughing In The Face Of dropped a brand new video for “Running With Coffee”. Check it out below and stay tuned for more news as we get it! 

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Track List 

  1. Running With Coffee

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No Cal Punks Tsunami Bomb To Drop First New LP In 15 Years, Listen To The New Single, “The Hathors” Now!

Release Date: 11/08/2019 via Alternative Tentacles      

Format: Digital, Physical, Vinyl (Vinyl extremely Limited!)

Preorder Now: https://alternativetentacles.com/shop/

Production: The Band and Mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock)

Location: Petaluma, CA

Members: 

  • Dominic Davi
  • (bass),
  • Oobliette Sparks (keyboards/Vocals),
  • Gabe Lindeman
  • (Drums),
  • Kate Jacobi
  • (Vocals),
  • Andrew Pohl
  • (Guitars)

Favorite Tracks: The Hathors 

Sounds Like: Bouncing Souls, Go Betty Go, Evil Engine, The Flatliners and The Vandals


Holy crap they are back without missing a beat! Check out the new single for the “The Hathors” below! Kate’s voice is on this track  haunting, yet angry and driven. I personally cannot wait for the full LP to land! Dammit is it November yet? 

The long awaited third release, “The Spine That Binds” drops on November 8, 2019 via Alternative Tentacles. Be sure to hit that preorder link, https://alternativetentacles.com/shop/.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Tidal
  2. Naysayers
  3. The Hathors
  4. Sinkhole
  5. Petaluma
  6. Dead Men Can’t Catcall
  7. Phosphene
  8. Last Call
  9. Lullaby For The End Of The World
  10. Wake The Dead
  11. The Spine That Binds

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Vegas Valley Drive Releases Debut Album, “Kentucky Lawnmower” And It’s…

Release Date: Summer 2019                                        

Format: Digital 

Location: Denver, CO

Production: Blasting Room 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • B-Vox, Hamon-Gitter 
  • Hamona-Bass
  •  Maj-Gitter
  • Hendo-Drums

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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Track List 

  1. All the Difference
  2. Sweetly
  3. Brake Park Reverse
  4. Punk Rock Frank
  5. Holding On
  6. Wake up Call
  7. Chardonnay Shakes
  8. Everything to Me
  9. Anesthetic Paramedic
  10. Powers
  11. Sober Elbow
  12. Punk on the Radio

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