The New Narrative Releases, “Story So Far” And Denver Skate Punk Gains Another Bad-ass Album

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Release Date: 7/18/2019                                                      

Format: Record/Vinyl/Digital Album

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Darin Bowman Vocals
  • Anthony Newby Guitar
  • George Wilson Bass
  • Dray Taylor Guitar
  • Marco Contreras Drums

Production: Recorded & Mixed by Bart McCrorey at The Crash Pad Studio

Mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room

Favorite Tracks: Uninvited , Left For Dead, Empty Chorus, Transient, Too Old To Punk, Money Well Spent, The Catcher, Bad Sounds

Sounds Like: Descendants, Teenage Bottlerocket, No Use For A Name, H20, Over Time, Madball, and Gorilla Biscuits


The New Narrative dropped, “Story So Far” on 7/18/2019. CPRA is currently blowing up with booking and promotion requests. We are having a hard time getting back to our roots recently. What is CPRA’s Mission/Roots? That’s you Denver. Sure Rhino isn’t 5 Points anymore. You are now far more likely to get bit by a purse dog before being mugged. Tarantulas now serves hipsters IPA’s instead of drugs. Not that it ever did, just that it was kinda scary sometimes.

Let’s talk about something still present in Denver and cities around the world. Its punk, sure it’s gone through a huge evolution. Who knows, maybe soon there will be a scene of “Old Town Road Punks”.  One thing hasn’t changed, skate punk and how much we love it. Hell we love it so much we started our own CPRA Skates!

When the New Narrative announced they were putting out a new album. We here at CPRA all became giddy with joy. “Story So Far” was recorded and mixed by Bart McCorey (Messiahvore, Throttlebomb, The Pitch Invasion, and Valiomierda) at The Crash Pad Studios. Jason Livermore (Livermores) mastered this record at the infamous Blasting Room. So let’s check this one out!

The album starts with, “Uninvited”. Get your kicks on and grab your board. The track is fast, with perfectly well timed, “Whoas”. It’s catchy and we can easily relate to the meaning. Oh did I mention they’re playing with legends, Agnostic Front at the Oriental?

The next track is “Bad Sounds”. I love Darin ’s vocals on this song. The pure and raw emotion is evident throughout while Anthony and Dray are shredding it on guitar. This is by far one of my personal favorite tracks. You can listen to ”Bad Sounds” below and be sure to check out the hilarious interview with Bart.

“Left For Dead” is up next. This track is dark and fast asf! Hit the pit and the hardcore comes full force! Marco’s drums are insanely quick. This track has an old school 87-92 Gorilla Biscuits like sound. Next up is another favorite, “Empty Chorus”. This track feels deeper lyrically. The timing is spot on. George’s bass lines though a bit hidden are thumping. Turn this one up! This track needs a video!

“Loose Ends” follows and screams as it flows in. Yet it slows down into more of anthem/ballad type track. The writing on this track is phenomenal. The change up is unexpected, yet perfectly executed. I’m happy I’m not in a place where I’m trying to tie up loose ends in a relationship. That sucks! “Transient”, brings back the energy and speed. This track reminds me early Suicidal, and bring that nostalgic feel. “Try To Feel Alive, While You’re Dead Inside”, try forgetting those lyrics haha!

Ok next up is the ultimate Dad Punk song and another favorite, Too Old To Punk”. Not only does this track kickass, but it’s true. I get within 2 feet of a pit and I’m leaving with broken bones. The track is so damn catchy. Punk Tacos play this shit! “Money Well Spent”, follows with another catchy almost pop punk, yet harder. This is an old fashioned drinking song, speaking on that, “You look like you would like to buy me a drink!” Bust out that air guitar now!

“We Might Be Horrible” is next. This pogo worthy song is driven on angst and I love it! Sadly the last track is up next, “The Catcher”. From the drum intro, I’m already hooked. This is the perfect song to finish out an excellent album. In reflection this record will be spinning constantly on my player. The New Narrative is not only a powerfully talented band, but their ability to cross genres is admirable. So pick up that board, and pop on, “Story So Far”.

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Uninvited 
  2. Bad Sounds
  3. Left for Dead 
  4. Empty Chorus 
  5. Loose Ends 
  6. Transient
  7. Too Old to Punk 
  8. Money Well Spent
  9. We Might Be Horrible
  10. The Catcher  

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Spewers, Drop New Ep,“A New Disappointment”, And It’s…

Release Date: 7/5/2019                                                       

Format: Digital 

Label: DIY

Location: Chilliwack B.C., CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Blake Pinder
  • Brandon Roper
  • Tony Fehr

Favorite Tracks: Change, Citizen, Slime Category, and I Feel Gray

Sounds Like: Almataha, Dirty Work, Crass, Circle Jerks, Sniper 66, and Zipperz


Photo by Out of Step Productions

Canada seems to be bursting at the seams with tons of great new music. In the last few months we’ve reviewed some other Canadian bands such as Jerkswitch, Hangtime, and Trashed Ambulance. All of them I have really enjoyed listening and singing along. Today we’re going to check out the latest release from, Spewers, “A New Disappointment”. 

“No Change” is the first track up. This song is heavy on bass with an old school punk sound. “Citizen” is the next up. Bring your pogo and jump in the pit. It’s fast and fun, like early Black Flag or DK. “I Feel Gray” rolls in next. This track is pure street punk. The bass and drum throw in a disturbing perfect darkness. 

“Sensitive Punks”, follows with a fast heavy progression. Watch out for the pit! It’s gonna get nasty. Now “Slime Category”, is the last track on the EP. The song has a wicked buildup intro into the vocals. This one speaks to all of us that bust our asses. Only to be left with pennies come pay day. This is by far my favorite track as it crosses back and forth with an almost metal sound. 

In review, “A New Disappointment” by Spewers is a fantastic little EP. I honestly wish it was a bit longer. It’s also NYP in the bandcamp store currently, although toss them at least $1.00 a track! You can listen and download here, https://thespewers.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-disappointment

Help CPRA stay up and running! Hit that donate button below!

Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. No Change
  2. Citizen
  3. I Feel Gray
  4. Sensitive Punks 
  5. Slime Company 

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FullCount – Part Of The Game

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Release Date: October 12, 2018

 

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl

 

Label: Lockjaw Records

 

Location: Quebec City

 

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris Lehoux-Vocals/Bass
  • Jessy Boilard-Drums/Backing Vocals
  • Max Cat-Guitar/Vocals
  • P-O Brouard-Guitar/Backing Vocal
  • Jean-Philippe Alain-Guitar/Backing Vocal

Favorite Tracks:

Back Against the Wall, The Motion, Discord & Treachery

Sounds Like:  Skatepunk with a good amount of Metal-core thrown in


 

This is the perfect band that you’d hear at the peak of Warped Tour, then want to check out later when you were looking for new tracks to add to your playlist. Strong rock & roll, that you’ll want to hear more of once you’ve heard a little. Gritty vocals, skate punk bass lines, punk speed on the drums, and guitar. Holy crap, the guitar. This dude is a metal head.

 

The record starts with “Back Against the Wall.” Which, as a song title, does it get more “punk-angst” than that? And this is angsty music, not a feelgood album of the year. I mean, who hasn’t had a day where you want to turn up the dial on a song called “Losing at Bullshit”? Powerful, mad at the world music, as good punk should be.

The metal guitar shines on the aforementioned “Back Against the Wall.” The vocals are gritty, a little sloppy at times, but it’s punk rock. No one was saying that Johnny Rotten had the voice of an angel. The backing vocals are really strong here and throughout the record, & give a nice blend to their sound.

Another standout track again for me was “The Motion.” Here, the melodies of the vocals, both lead & backing, really shines, then there’s that metal breakdown at the close of the song.

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On “Discord & Treachery,” the lead vocals go right into hardcore, & that where the lead vocals were strongest. On “Maze Dream,” I was really liking the sound & feel of the song, then it ended, as it was pretty short, but it still really stood out. Then it went right into “Leap of Faith” which was another great energetic punk track.

One thing that artistically stood out was that each song played into the next. It plays like a live show, & thought was put into the order like a set list, not just track after track.

Solid punk, that you’ll want to add to your list of bands to stream, & if it’s your thing, order the record for that next “Losing at Bullshit” day that you want to get through with a good rock record.

 

Tracks:

  1. Back Against the Wall
  2. Killdozer
  3. The Motion
  4. Dry Bite
  5. The Host
  6. Them Shots Deep
  7. Discord & Treachery
  8. Alter Ego
  9. Maze Dream
  10. Leap of Faith
  11. Losing at Bullshit
  12. Dare Me Once

 

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Haley and The Crushers – Jewel Case

Release date: October 7, 2016

Format: Digital and Physical

Label:

Eccentric Pop Records (Vinyl) eccentricpop.com

Lost State Records (Cassette) loststaterecords.com

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Hayley Crusher Cain
  • Dr. Cain Crusher Cain
  • Gabriel Crusher Olivarria

Favorite Tracks: Seventeen strum, Backseat Love, Jaywalkin, Jewel Case, Glitter and Glue

Sounds Like: Blondie, The Turbonaughts, The Dead End (Colorado), The Go Go’s, Lucy and The Rats, Joan Jett (Blackhearts/Runaways), FIDLAR, B-52’s, and Gambler’s Mark


 

Glitter surf punks Haley and The Crushers are catching a tide and swingin their way down to Colorado. We thought in proper CPRA fashion we would give their last album a review and help you get ready for their shows. Before I start this review here’s a list of their Colorado tour dates!

  1. Thurs. July 19 – Triple Nickel, Colorado Springs w/ Chief White Lightning (CA), Shiii Whaaa, Bad Year
  2. Fri. July 20 – Tooeys Off Colfax, Denver w/ Colfax Speed Queen
  3. Sat. July 21 – (Day Show) Mile High Parley Fest, Denver (UMS)
  4. Sat. July 21 – Pinball Jones Campus West, Fort Collins with Bad Decisions, BombThreat
  5. Sun. July 22 – Bar Bar, Denver (early show 6:30 pm)

 

The album is like riding a surfboard through the mind of woman starring in her own kick ass surf punk comic book. The fuzz is strong, the bass low, and drums straight out of a 60’s surf movie. Some of my favorites on the album are, ‘Backseat Love’, ‘Jewel Case’, ‘Jaywalkin’, and ‘Glitter and Glue’.

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Overall this album is a blast to listen to. Their next album, “Cool/Lame is scheduled for release on 9/28/18! The range of influences is amazing. I hear punk era Blondie, the Go Go’s, and even the B-52’s. Here are some suggestions for Colorado acts they would pair well with The Dead End, Turbonaughts, Queen City Sinners, and Johnny Barber. So hit up their shows and get some merch to avoid shipping/handling!

Don’t forget Cool/Lame drops 9/28/18! 

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Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hayleyandthecrushers

Bandcamp: https://hayleyandthecrushers.bandcamp.com/

Website: https://www.hayleyandthecrushers.com/

The Virile One’s – Only The Rad Die Young!!!

Release date: 2018

Streaming links: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4REBtOVPWn86lFxcShjWcQ?si=A69xPVKpSTeicQfn3TDiOA ShjWcQ?si=WBP6xxS7T3CaJNpKEgkQwgen.spotify.com/artist/4REBtOVPWn86lFxcShjWcQ?si=WBP6xxS7T3CaJNpKEgkQwg
Format: Digital

Label: Johnny Beverage Records “18

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
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Our Favorite Track(s): The Rule Of Dumb, The Hands Of Time, The Middleman

Sounds Like: The Scutches, King Shelter, Dinosaur Jr.


 

It’s not often we receive requests from one man/woman bands. So when we do the experience is pretty interesting. LA’s Johnny Beverage wrote and played every instrument heard throughout his new EP. He also recorded, engineered, produced, mixed mastered and serves has his own distributor. That’s pretty fucking wicked. So let’s talk about the new ep.

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It’s rad when a musician can combine several different genres into their music. It keeps the listener, listening closely to every note.  I really enjoyed the song , ‘The Middleman”. The drums really kick ass on this song. The riffs are eccentric and deep. My favorite on the ep is by far, ‘The Hands Of Time’. I love the guitar on this track. The vocals are great as well.  Overall this song is just some good old rock n roll!

 

Let’s wrap this one up. “Only The Rad Die Young!!!” shows how talented Johnny Beverage really is. From indie rock, punk, and rock n roll. This ep has something for any music fan. You can pick up the ep here, https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-virile-ones/1067619257.

Also on Spotify as well https://open.spotify.com/artist/4REBtOVPWn86lFxcShjWcQ?si=A69xPVKpSTeicQfn3TDiOA.   Be sure to check him out on Facebook, http://www.facebook/thevirileones.com. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/thevirileones2018/.

Aimless Again – 2020 Future Punks

Release date: March 16, 2018

Format: Digital

Streaming Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6aVS4NNDEnpb0762oUqBss

Label: DIY

Location: Long Island, New York

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Jake Ferring – Lead Vocals/Guitar
  • Anthony Denapoli – Bass/Vocals
  • Seany Juevos – Drums

Our Favorite Track(s): My Mistake, Shredder, Scream, Turn And Run, 7 Lonely Days
Sounds Like: The Dead Milkmen, Violent Femmes, The Scutches, Backseat Vinyl


 

It’s not often these days an album tells a story like a novel. Usually an album or ep tends to be a mashup of the best songs available at the time. I don’t blame any band of course for trying to get some music out quick. An album with a backstory for me tends to send a more memorable impression. They also leave the opportunity for some awesome comic art like MF Ruckus! New York punk’s, Aimless Again are doing just that with 2020 Future Punks.

I reached out to the band for some background information. Here’s what Seany Juevo’s had to say, “Aimless Again has been a band since 2007 releasing albums such as “Bill!” “The North Shore Demo” but this newest album marks the highest point in the bands history with their new album “2020 Future Punks” an 11 track journey thru the human experience, threw the whindy ups and downs of life. We feel this new album is very important for the next generations of punk rock lovers. This album has a diy spirit, recorded in Staten Island at the haunted Kreisher Mansion by Brian Crowe and track 10 recorded on Long Island by Frank Bones. The Albums message is to face the future head on based on principles and values that the greats layed out for us. Facing your anxiety and becoming the best individual you can living in the wasteland that is America in the 21st century”

The song, “Tracer” has some great progressions. I really enjoyed the mix from hardcore to melodic. “Rejuvenate” comes back with another fuzz on surf sound, with a great drum build up. “Celebration” has some inspiring harmonies which collaborate into a good solid sound. Onto the last song on the album which is, “7 Lonely Days”. This song really reminded of something My Chemical Romance or The Used would do. It has somewhat of an emo sound it. I loved the acoustic intro, which builds into a kick ass chorus later in the song.

Ok this album was recorded in a haunted mansion? Damn that’s pretty sweet! I have to wonder if the intro to the album was just some background noise from the studio? Should we call the ghostbusters? Alright let’s get down to reviewing this album. This album comes off the heels of their previous releases, North Shore Demo, and Bill.

The album opens up with “Shredder”. Simply put this song is about destroying the past, learning and moving on. I really like the drums on this one. It’s hopeful, in a time that seems unforgiving.

The song, “Scream”, really reminds me of the Dead Milkmen. The riffs shred along with a catchy pop punk sound. The way the songs builds towards the end is perfect. “Uptight, I hear you screaming all night”. It’s almost like writer is saying, “Hey everything’s fucked up, but I can beat this”.

Next onto, the song, “My Mistake”. I feel like this song really shows off the talent, Aimless Again has to offer. The lyrics take us on a journey through the writer’s mind. “So what, who cares, fuck my life, cut my hair”. I see a bunch of skate punks saying, “You know what fuck it. I don’t care, what exactly society expects me to be”.

Alone. It makes me wonder if you’re in the Upside Down from Stranger Things would Aimless Again be playing?

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The song, “Tracer” has some great progressions. I really enjoyed the mix from hardcore to melodic. “Rejuvenate” comes back with another fuzz on surf sound, with a great drum build up. “Celebration” has some inspiring harmonies which collaborate into a good solid sound. Onto the last song on the album which is, “7 Lonely Days”. This song really reminded of something My Chemical Romance or The Used would do. It has somewhat of an emo sound it. I loved the acoustic intro, which builds into a kick ass chorus later in the song.

The song, “Tracer” has some great progressions. I really enjoyed the mix from hardcore to melodic. “Rejuvenate” comes back with another fuzz on surf sound, with a great drum build up. “Celebration” has some inspiring harmonies which collaborate into a good solid sound. Onto the last song on the album which is, “7 Lonely Days”. This song really reminded of something My Chemical Romance or The Used would do. It has somewhat of an emo sound it. I loved the acoustic intro, which builds into a kick ass chorus later in the song.

Time to wrap this one up. Aimless Again is producing something new and fresh into the world of punk rock. 2020 Future Punks is a  roller coaster through hardship and pain, but in the end hope remains. You can download the album here, https://aimlessagain.bandcamp.com/album/2020-future-punks . Follow them on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/aimlessagainpunks/ . Or on the magic of Instagram as well, https://www.instagram.com/aimlessagainpunks/ . Be sure to download their previous releases as well all of them kick some serious ass!

Gutter Villain – Wasted All The Time/Fuck Your Feelings (EPs)

Release date: January 8, 2016,  September 22, 2016

Format: Digital, Tapes,

Label: DIY

Location: Tulsa, OK

Current Lineup: (Facebook)

3 Assholes and 1 Pretty Alright Guy.

Our Favorite Track(s): Fuck Your Feelings, Beware I Am Here, Chillin’ With My Chillum

Sounds Like: Gorilla Biscuits, Wasted Youth, Rene SG, Minor Threat


 

Music is made to make you fucking feel something, Maybe it’s love, maybe hate or just energetic. It’s not often I find myself walking down the street, headphones, on and fist pumping like a fucking maniac.  Sure enough as soon as I loaded up Gutter Villain’s 2016 release, “Fuck Your Feelings”. I was fucking pumped! With songs like, Fuck Your Feelings, Beware I Am Here, Chillin’ With My Chillum, this EP is amazing. It seems like the issue with hardcore punk is that sometimes the songs are so short. It’s hard to grasp how good a band may be. This is not the case with Gutter Villain.

 

The sheer anger and animosity drives both fucking EPs. Here I am listening at work, downright and sadly sober. I can totally see drunk me running to the pit when Sick Of The Swine plays. Talk about being tired of cops. This song has a sick fucking intro riff and leads this song into a fucking frenzy. Again this EP is called, “Fuck Your Feelings”.

So let’s move right along to, “Wasted All The Time”. The EP was released in later 2016. Wasted brings the Gutter Villain we all know with some harder, almost metal like sounds. This EP really reminds me of , Rene SG. Only in that the speed is insanely fucking fast. This EP is hardcore speedpunk, sure to have you kicking down some walls.

Both EP’s are currently available for “Name Your Own Price” on bandcamp!  Although we suggest you drop at least $15.00. Be sure to see them here in Colorado on June 8,9, and 10! These shows will likely sell out. The pit at 7th Circle will be batshit crazy!

Follow Gutter Villain here on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GutterVillain/. Also on Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/guttervillain918/.