Record Thieves Release ‘Wasting Time’, And All The 90’s Skatepunks Rejoiced, Vinyl Coming Feb 2021

Release Date: 11/24/2020                                               

Format: Digital/Physical 

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike Waterhouse

Jim Wilcox

Allen White

Fred Bear

Chad Gilbert

Favorite Tracks: Sacrifice, Work It Out, Transmission Clear, Sunburn, Actors For Hire, Who’s Driving, Wasting Time, The Feed, Daily Revolver, Crown Of Foil, and Slumber Party

Sounds Like: TBR, Nofx, Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, MxPx, Pennywise, Authority Zero, and Pulley


Are you looking for some new kickass skatepunk? Look no further, Denver’s Record Thieves have released their debut album ‘Wasting Time’ via Thousand Islands Records. CPRA has been wanting to get our hands on this one since the band released their first single a few months back. This punk rock supergroup, features members from, Of Authority Zero, Allout Helter, and Boldtype. Each member brings their own unique and epic style to this record. 

Sacrifice

The first track is “Sacrifice”. I was immediately thrown back into my highschool era 92-96. This was back when bands like NOFX, and Propagandi were bringing joy to my little teenage ear holes. The quick guitar hooks are my favorite in the track and the lyrical content hits home. 

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Work It Out

We’ve all been there when a relationship is failing. You question everything and anything. I think we can all relate to the songwriter on this track. I love the drums on this track, The melodic hardcore style feels perfected, yet not too close to being overproduced. I’ll be adding this track to my next relationship mixtape. 

Transmission Clear

This track is about letting go and moving on. The song is more on the melodic hardcore side which is unexpected, but gives the track a more deeper feeling. The lyrics again steal the show while the lead vocals perfectly align. If you are currently leaving a tough relationship listen to this track. Music soothes a damaged soul. 

Sunburn

This track swings right back to the skate punk side with it heavy chords, fast hooks, and awesome change ups. I love the guitar on this track. It harkens back to an early Suicidal Tendencies feeling. 

Actors For Hire

This track goes full hardcore. It reminds me of early Strung Out with its kickass riffs on guitar, thumping bass, and crazy fast drums. The vocals are killer. This is by far my favorite track on the record. 

Who’s Driving

This is my second favorite track. I love everything about this track, Waterhouse’s vocals are killer! The ending guitar riff sends it over the edge! We’re gonna need a music video for this one. 

Wasting Time

I don’t know about you, but I’ve wasted plenty of time in anger. Mainly with things completely out of my control. Things I really should’ve let go. Some of those things took me years to get over. We all feel out of control right now with Covid, so put this on and get some of that out! This track is beautiful. The bass gives this a dark edge. 

The Feed

This track comes in at a breakneck speed. Hit the pit, this is the track to do it. I hear some older influences and I love it. This track talks about the dangers of technology and nonstop “Feeding The Machine”. 

Daily Revolver

The guitar riffs on this track are fucking rad. It speaks about breaking the daily 9-5 cycle and remaining true to yourself. 

Crown Of Foil 

With the invention of the internet of course conspiracy theories had to follow. The gang vocals, “We can run, but we can’t hide” are by far my favorite part of this song. 

Slumber Party

Sadly we have reached the final song on ‘Wasting Time’. I have no idea where this came from, but this track reminds me of the movie/series, “High Fidelity”. Isn’t that what art/music is supposed to do? This is the perfect ending for an album. 

Pic by Jacob Fox

CPRA Conclusion

In Denver we have 2 scenes, Metal and Punk Rock. Occasionally there may be a show which features bands from both, but unfortunately it’s not very often. ‘Wasted Time’ by the Record Thieves may just be the album that can bridge these 2 scenes under one roof. The 90’s skate punk sound will leave you with “Devil Horns” in the air as you hit the skatepark. It will leave a lasting impression on you as it has on this writer. This record is just what I needed to cure my Covid 19 blues.

Seriously get this on vinyl for that authentic sound here, or buy the digital release here, https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wasting-time

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Denver’s Poor Me Drops Surprise New track, “Classwar”, Don’t Forget To Vote!

Release Date: 11/1/2020                                                          

Format: Digital

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Brett Delaney: Vocals / Nick Butler: Guitar / Nick Chmel: Drums / Mike Goyn: Bass/Vocals / Jason McWhinnie: Guitar/Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Classwar

Sounds Like: The Shell Corp, Propagandhi, Good Riddance, and Anti-Flag



Denver’s Poor Me dropped a surprise new single yesterday in support to remind you to get out and vote. Poor Me’s latest release, “Classwar” is an anger driven punk rock anthem that begs you to challenge the truth. The gang vocals really make this track stand out. You can pick it up here, https://poorme.bandcamp.com/track/classwar

Make sure your voice is heard on November 3, 2020, You can find your local polling place here, https://www.usa.gov/election-office.

“This oath is class war – tandem discourse.

No wished reward. Here’s giving to lofty goals.

Ugliness took the polls.

Touché. Well played.

And they never cared at all.

And they never cared.

No, they never cared at all.”

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Track List (Subject To Change)

Classwar

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With 54,000+ Plays On Spotify, Millie Manders And The Shutup’s Latest Release, “Telling Truths And Breaking Ties” Is…

Release date: October 23, 2020

Format : Digital, CD, and Vinyl

Location: Norwich/London

Current Lineup: 

-James Pendle – guitars
-Alessandro Vitiello – drums and samples
-Georgina Boreham – bass guitars
-Dom Walker – sax, trumpet and synth.

Favorite Tracks: Your Story, Broken Record, Here We Go Again, Silent Screams, Bitter, Panic, Not Okay, and Burnout

Sounds Like:  Save Ferris, Last Reel Hero, No Doubt, Dance hall Crashers, People Corrupting People, Band Manners, Sorry Sweetheart, The Interrupters, and The Transplants


Let’s hop in the way back machine kids. All The way back to 2018. CPRA started our quest to bring you the best music and news reviews for Colorado. We quickly surpassed our Colorado goal and started looking internationally. By pure happenstance I happened to come across skapunks, Millie Manders & The Shutup. Their first EP release, “Shutup”, blew me away. You can read that review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/millie-manders-the-shutup-shutup-ep/

Since April 2020, we’ve been featuring Millie Manders & The Shutup through CPRA TV on youtube with their new videos for “Your Story” and “Silent Screams”. So today it’s my pleasure to review their new album, “Telling Truths And Breaking Ties”. Let’s start out this review with the first track, ‘Your Story”. I LOVE this song. Millie’s heartfelt and powerful vocals, blazing horns, incredible bass and guitar, and the drums will have you dancing right along. 

This track reminds me what it feels like to be wanted by someone who doesn’t love you back. We’ve all been there going through hoops just to play a part in their story. The next track up is “Broken Record’. This one goes out to all those people who sound like broken records. “I’m sorry, I’ll never hurt you again”. We all know that’s bullshit, but somehow manage to let them creep back in. Millie’s vocal range on this song is nuts!

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The next song is “Here We Go Again (Black Dog”. The chorus will have you singing along from the start. The bass thumps deep, while the guitar and sax lend a friendly hand. The track gets gritty and I love it. Before we go onto the next song, I feel it’s important to discuss mental health. This year has been extra hard on all of us and especially those with mental health challenges. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. We don’t want to lose anyone! Let’s get back to the next kickass song, “Silent Screams”. This one is for all of us whomever felt no one could hear our silent screams. Mander’s voice speaks to my inner soul. The lyrical writing on this song is remarkable, while each instrument plays an equally important part. 

“Bitter” is the next track and it’s angry. I really didn’t expect this one coming; but I absolutely love the dark bass lines, the guttural almost sinister like vocals, and tribal drums. I think I also hear a theremin in there which was definitely unexpected. Shout out to People Corrupting People for introducing me to the crazy sound of the theremin. 

“Poor Man’s Show” follows up with a more old school Two Tone sound. It speaks of the poor suffering while the rich stay nice and warm. This track may be referring to England, yet I feel it relates to the entire world. Here in the states we have so many people laid off and suffering yet our government can’t agree on any sort of stimulus to help us out. Let’s get dark and nasty next with “Panic”.  “Panic” speaks on climate change and the dangers of staying on the course we have. Here in Colorado we have historic fires that have been burning for 3 months! 

After listening to tracks like “Bitter” and “Panic” it’s hard to imagine going back to a softer tone yet they do just that with “Glitter Mix”. At first listen I thought this might be Adele and actually had to check my phone. This track shows the amazing talent the band holds and Mander’s voice seems to reach new heights. “Not Okay” speeds the tone back up and the skapunk sound fully returns. Here’s yet another track that will make you dance. Were all going bored out of our minds with quarantine so put on this song and make your own dance party. I love the lyrics on this track. 

||: I’m not ok
I don’t see myself being that way
I haven’t been for years
But I’ve got masks made up to cover up my tears :||
I’m not ok…”

The last and final track is up next with a great upbeat tempo, “Burnout”. Did you ever think about the bands bringing you music? Many of them struggle to bring you the music. They are working jobs just like you and me and still manage to hit the road. They manage to produce new music as often as they can afford it. That’s why CPRA really pushes underground bands. We may occasionally write on mainstream music, but let’s face it. Those bands already have a massive following. This track is badass!

In closing, Millie Manders & The Shutup’s, “Telling Truth And Breaking Ties”, is an absolute lyrical and instrumental masterpiece. This record is now a nominee for my best album of 2020! I can only see the number of plays on Spotify and other media distributors growing and growing. It’s the perfect gift for the teen you’re trying to get into punk rock. You can check it out here, https://milliemanders.bandcamp.com/album/telling-truths-breaking-ties.

Tracks: 

1. Your Story

2. Broken Record 

3. Here We Go Again (Black Dog) 

4. Silent Screams

5. Bitter

6. Poor Man’s Show 

7. Panic 

8. Glitter Mix 

9. Not Ok 

10. Burnout 

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Radio Blast Drops “In Your Face” EP Via Mom’s Basement Records/Mom’s Cellar Dwellers Records

Release Date: August 10, 2020                                                            

Format: Digital

Label: Radio Blast Productions • Mom’s Cellar Dwellers

Production – (Per Bandcamp) – Mastered by Justin Perkins at the Mystery Room Mastering

Guest appearance on “In Your Face” provided by Reverend Norb

Location: NYC

Album Art – Radio Blast

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Kaspar (Vocals/Guitar)
  • Dom (Drums, Backing Vox)
  • Mike (Guitar, Backing Vox)
  • Francis M Dial (Bass)s

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them!

Sounds Like: Latte+, Follow Ups, Queers, and JERK


This summer may be the summer of COVID 19, but not all is a loss. New York City based, Radio Blast dropped a new EP, “In Your Face” back on August 10, 2020. We have been blasted by awesome releases this summer and “In Your Face” is another EP to add to your “Buy Now” list. This record is another amazing addition from Mom’s Celler Dwller/Mom’s Basement Records. So let’s check out “In Your Face”. 

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The first track is indeed, “In Your Face”. It has a kick ass Tommy Ramone style beat. The track is lyrically catchy. It’s fun with an old school throwback sound. The next song is “She’s A Cannibal”. This song slides to the horror punk side, but retains that fun Ramonescore beat. This is my favorite track on the record. The 3rd track up is “Boy With A Six Pack”. This song is heavy on bass and speaks on the dangers of adolescent alcoholism. It’s quite catchy! The final track is “Teddy”. This track has great bass, drums and extremely catchy chorus.

In conclusion “In Your Face” by Radio Blast is a short and in your face blast of fun. Ramonescore fans will dig this record. Personally, keep your eye out for another vinyl release. They are currently sold out, but I’m guessing another will come! You can check it out here, https://radioblast.bandcamp.com/album/in-your-face-ep

Track List (Subject To Change)

In Your Face

She’s A Cannibal

Boy With The Six Pack

Teddy

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Smokin’ Sam Babin The One Man Punk Rock Band Is Back With Vol 5!

Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx

Release Date: July 25, 2020

Format: Digital

Current Lineup: Smokin’ Sam Babin

Favorite Tracks: Blow Smoke Up Your Ass, The Return Of Karl Marx and many more!

Sounds Like: Buzzcocks, Dirty Work, Zipperz and Subhumans


The ever popular one man punk rock band is back with ‘Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx’! This 19 track album is FREE right now on Bandcamp, but make sure you throw some cash to help cover the cost!

Sam’s latest release “Volume 5: The Return of Karl Marx”

Originally born and raised in Chicago, IL. Sam has taken his music throughout the states. Let’s show Sam some DIY love and check out his tunes below!

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-Bandcamp: https://smokinsambabin.bandcamp.com/

-Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2injjYfkWCRJjYmRkZVew

Dos Cobros “Synesthesia” Is A Walk Through A Post Punk, Metal Infused World Of Insanity & We Love It

Release Date: June 19, 2020                          

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Snow Wolf Records

Location: US

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

Cobra Brother 2: Additional Guitar/Vocals/Double Pen Vocals, Additional Bro

Cobra Brother 2: Additional Drums(Kit of Pain) Double Pen Vocals, Additional Bro

Jarred McKinney:(Guitar/Keys/Vox on Xtra Track)

King Kobra:Out Camping

Cover Art created by: Jim Maddison at Print Mafia

Album art enhancement and Layout by Pat Miller

Disc Art By Pat Miller

Favorite Tracks: Space Wolf, The Russian Sleep Experiment, Kiss The Knife, Domestic Punk


Sounds Like: Vashon Seed, Early Metallica (Kill Em All), Fuzztones, The Melvins, Sonics, All Out Helter, Dream Theatre, Denver’s Wild Lives and Judas Priest


Order Here – https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia

Dos Cobros released their new album, ‘Synesthesia’ back on June 19, 2020 via Snow Wolf Records. This album is unique in so many different and exciting ways. “Space Wolf” begins sounding like a Misfits track, yet spins around into an almost dark Metallica theme. Whereas the next song, “The Russian Sleep Experiment”, sounds more like an updated version of the Stooges or Velvet Underground track. “Kiss The Knife” even throws in a bit of Industrial sound. The heavy guitar and deep bass are amazing. 

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“Domestic Punk” is for all of us Punk Rock Dads. We are trying to maintain our punk creds while raising our little monsters. It’s hilarious and sad but true, “You’re So Cool is up next and sounds a bit like the Stooges mixed with the Dead Kennedys. “Pretty Kitty follows with a sensual Iggy Pop groove. The guitar has a kick ass Motley Crue sound with dark vocals and a New York Dolls heavy bass line, The drums are frantic and rad on this track. 

“Danger Wank”, is up next with a groovy bass line. The drums lead all out assault as the lead singer spins his tale. The track is only 1:45, yet when it’s over you will be hitting that repeat button. The final track is next, “(To)Night Beat”. I immediately reached for the nearest air guitar. This track gets progressively faster before slowing down only to regain steam. I love this track! 

Overall, Dos Cobro’s ‘Synesthesia’ is truly a walk through so many different and eclectic musical  genres. The sheer talent of pulling together all of these genres is not only admirable, but fascinating. The storyline of this record is like being immersed in a Dark Horse comic book and doing your best to survive just one day. You can and you should pick up ‘Synesthesia’ here, https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia.  

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

Space Wolf
The Russian Sleep Experiment
Kiss The Knife
Domestic Punk
You’re So Cool
Pretty Kitty
Danger Wank
(To)Night Beat

Links:

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/doscobros/
Bandcamp: https://snowwolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dos_cobros/
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Best Pop Punk Single Of 2020? Denver’s The Mazlows Release “Leaving Town” Out Now!

Art work by @_mck.k

Release Date: 7/16/2020

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, Colorado

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nate Hout – vocals/guitar
  • Colton Kooker – guitar
  • Daniel Carrillo – drums
  • Peter Hodel – bass

Favorite Tracks: Leaving Town

Sounds Like: Sunset Silhouette, Came And Took It, Mixed Kid Fridays, The Swifts, Stray The Course, and FIDLAR


Photo By Lola Marie

Denver’s The Mazlow’s dropped a fresh single this morning called, “Leaving Town”. Is it the best pop punk single to release this summer? It comes off the heals of some of their previous releases, which you can hear and read about here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/the-mazlows/. This track was originally written 15 years ago when the Mazlow’s were angsty teenage boys.

Photo By Lola Marie

Per their recent article in Westward, “Leaving Town” is about just that. Seeking out those teenage desires to run free out into the world. Per guitarist Colton Kooker, “The song connects our young dreams of moving away, to the current realities of still having challenges in life,”. For me this track encapsulates that teenage feeling of wanting to break free and experience life as we know it.

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With COVID currently stalking us, it’s awesome to have something energetic and hopeful to sing along with. This writer couldn’t be more excited for their full album release in August 2020. You can pick up the single now from all the major music providers.

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#SOCAL Skatepunks CHASER Announce ‘Look Alive’ 7” Pre-orders Open 7/31/2020

Release Date:  Drops 9/4/2020, Pre-orders begin 7/31/2020                        

Format: Digital & Physical

Label: Available worldwide in 4 different color variants via Thousand Islands Records (Canada), Sound Speed Records (USA), SBAM Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia). Limited to 333 copies with pre-orders going live on July 31.

Location: Orange County, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Mike LeDonne (vocals), Jesse Stopnitzky (bass/vocals), Bill Hockmuth (guitar) and Davey Guy (drums

Sounds Like: Good Riddance, Sick Of It All, Strung Out, JFA, Bigwig, and The Faction


Legendary socal skatepunks Chaser have announced a new 7” ‘Look Alive’ to be released on 9/4/2020 with 100% of the profits going to Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation. As COVID continues to rage across the world the band hopes they can help keep up the good fight. 

“Our proceeds from the record will be donated to 4 carefully handpicked charitable organizations: Equal Justice Initiative, Educational First Steps, Crisis Aid International, and Surfrider Foundation. 2020 has been a year like no other. In the face of such unprecedented crises, one’s impact feels further minimized. However, if we have learned anything from these experiences, it is that we are all in this together and have a responsibility to do our part. At the minimum, manage what we can control.”

After their 2018 amazing album, ‘Sound The Sirens’, the band continues on 20 years later with main stage invitations and a desire to give back to the community. Be sure to stay tuned for that pre-order link! 

Look Alive 7” tracklist:

Look Alive (Side A)

Found Myself Again (Side B)

Links:

Previous releases: https://chaser.bandcamp.com/

Facebook- https://chaser.bandcamp.com/

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/chaserpunk/

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#RiotGRRLs The Damed Drop New Video for “Ritual Revolution” Out Now

Out Now!

Release Date: 7/13/2020

Production Company: Ting Ting Took These                                                      

Format: Digital 

Label: A Diamond Heart Production

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

Hellskiss – Vox/Gtr

Watts – Drums

Suze – Bass/Vox

Favorite Tracks: Ritual Revolution

Sounds Like: Bikini Kill, The Breeders, Doll Skin, L7, Cheap Perfume and Bratmobile


Directed by: Melissa Yu

The Damed continue to kick-ass and take names. They dropped their new video yesterday for “Ritual Revolution”. Per the band, “Ritual Revolution is a song about real covens of witches around the world that participate in a mass occult by casting binding spells over each waning moon to try and remove the president from office so he will stop doing harm to others.

In the video, the sorcerer symbolizes the president and we the witches are fighting back in self-defense to stand up for human rights at all costs to take our power back from the Trump administration.” Take a second and go read our review here from their self title release, ‘The Damed’, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/07/11/riot-grrrl-in-full-effect-with-the-dameds-latest-self-titled-release/.

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Photo by Melissa Yu

This little track and video from the Damed, shows how strong the punk rock community is in our endless fight against the Trump administration and fascism. Be sure to pick up the record here, https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/releases.

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com/album/the-damed

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedamedband/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMgIkdGl9xbAqX_2KXKsUQCPRA

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#NewVideoWednesday Hangtime Drops “When We Were Young”, From New EP, ‘Destroy’

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Toronto, ON

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Rick Burns – Vocals/Guitar
  • Warren Gregson – Vocals/Guitar
  • Dan Scicchitano – Bass
  • Enzo Suppa – Drums

Favorite Tracks: When We Were Young

Sounds Like: Aimless Again, Dorkatron, The Livermores, Penske File, and the Mazlows


It appears Toronto Punks, Hangtime have dropped a new video for “When We Were Young” from their Fall 2020 EP release, ‘Destroy’. Ok so even though this whole quarantine pretty much sucks. It’s awesome bands are still putting so much out!

Check out our album review below from 6/7/2019! https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2019/06/17/cpra-music-news-toronto-punks-hangtime-release-new-ep-invasion/

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