Featuring Members From Legendary Bands, Sin City Rejects, Drop New Album, “The Death Of A Nation”

Release Date: 7/4/2019                                                      

Format: Digital

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Scotty Griffin
  •  Johnny Roxx 
  • Jason Green
  •  Max Mazursky

Favorite Tracks: Death Of A Nation, Stronger Than This, 23, Sadder Day, and The Darkest Night. 

Sounds Like: TSOL, Ramones, Dickies, The Vibrators, The Heartbreakers, and The Cramps


Photo by Megan Brooke

It’s no surprise your friendly neighborhood punx here at CPRA love classic punk rock. Maybe we’re just all 40+? I kid of course. We grew up when punk rock was planting its roots. You couldn’t simply walk into Hot Topic and buy a Misfits shirt. You had to seek out a locally owned record shop hoping they may have one in stock. Now it’s 2019 and my have things changed. There’s one thing that hasn’t changed. My love for a classic punk sound! 

It’s my pleasure to review the new Sin City Rejects new album, “Death Of  A Nation”. This record features, Scotty Griffin (L.A. Guns) on Lead Vocals, Johnny Roxx (Ian Mitchell’s Bay City Rollers) on Lead Guitar & Jason Green (Sin City Sinners) on bass. This album also features guest appearances by Richie Ramone (Ramones) Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) & Anthony Tiny Biuso (T.S.O.L., The Dickies).

Scotty Griffin Pic By Benjamin Adams

“The Death Of A Nation” starts the record with a speech clip from Malcolm X. “Our forefathers weren’t the Pilgrims. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; the rock was landed on us”. (Ballot or the Bullet (Washington Heights, NY, March 29, 1964). Talk about a powerful opening. The classic punk sound is so evident, yet the simplicity of it all is encouraging. 

“Ask not what your country can do, 

But when and how,

They’re gonna fuck you”

“Stronger Than This” is one of those songs you NEED to have when going through a tough relationship break up. It’s also my personal favorite track on the record. Green’s bass lines quickly become an addiction, while Griffin’s vocals lead the guitar into an excellent solo. The kick drum on this track will be your new best friend.

“23” is up next and grab that pogo. It’s not quite the mosh of all moshing songs, but it’s catchy, hilarious, and simple. This track is about dating a person much younger than you. I’m 42 and deathly afraid of ever having to rejoin the dating scene. Plus at 23 we are all bat shit crazy trying to figure shit out. 

“(I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You” follows and features legend, Richie Ramone. This Ramonescore song is wonderfully crafted. Grab your partner head for the pit. This is a punk rock love song! The guitar on this track is fantastic. The next track is “Sadder Day”. This track has to be inspired by the Ramones. The “Bop” is clearly evident and adds meticulously to grand culmination. I love this track! 

“Mama Always Knew” follows with a darker edge. We’ve all been in shitty relationships with people whom are bad for us. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. If you’re like me, probably a few times haha!. The track has a nice heavy bass line, great drum work, and catchy lyrics. “If Mary Wanna” in next. This catchy anthem to cannabis is a Sin City Sinners cover. This track has been stuck in head since first listen.

“On The Darkest Night”, feels like the Cramps crawled out of the grave and reunited for just one track. The heavy bass lines, circus freak like drums, surf rock guitar riffs, and metal like vocals. This is another one of my favorite tracks. Be sure to add this to any Halloween playlist!

Damn I wish I could make this show!

In conclusion this record kicks serious ass! “The Death Of A Nation” by the Sin City Rejects is MUST own record. This is one of those albums that will appeal to not only punks, but old school metal lovers as well. The catchy songs, wicked drums, amazing bass and guitar will have you clamoring for more. Hit the link below to download now!

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Death of a Nation
  2. Stronger Than This
  3. 23
  4. (I Just Wanna) Waste Some Time With You Ft Richie Ramone
  5. Sadder Day
  6. Mary Jane is a Punk
  7. Mama Always Knew You Were
  8. If Mary Wanna
  9. On The Darkest Night FT Johnny Kelly

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The Young Rochelles – “The Young Rochelles (S/T)”

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Release Date: December 8, 2017                                           

Format: Digital and Vinyl

Label: Sounds Rad Records

Location: Long Beach, NY

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ricky Rochelle – Lead Vocals and Drums
  • Rookie Rochelle – Bass Guitar
  • Rocky Rochelle – Electric Guitar and Backup Vocals

Favorite Tracks: My Stomach Hates My Guts, Mental Vacation, Return Of The Skunk Ape, Coastin’ Strong, Monster In My Hallway, and Never Saw The Ramones.

Sounds Like: The Ramones, The Queers, Aimless Again, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Screeching Weasel


Here at CPRA we are all huge fans of the Ramones and Ramonescore in general. So any time we get a review request in for something in relation I tend to get a bit excited. The first track, ‘Never Saw The Ramones’ really struck me. Yes that’s right me, Skabones, never got to see the Ramones. I get to sit and listen in a jealous manner to all those around me whom were lucky to see the Ramones.

“At CBGB’s playing loud, they started out performing to the lonely crowd, when I was there they were no more”

This is a great tribute song to the Ramones and their everlasting influence on punk rock. It’s also a tribute to punk in its heyday. Not many people were able to catch the Ramones live at CBGB’s and sadly we will never see another show there again. If there’s one thing I really dig about the The Young Rochelles, although the Ramones are a major influence. They have their own unique and amazing sound.

Some personal favorites for me on this record are, ‘Coastin’ Strong’, ‘Don’t Let It Last’, ‘Monster In My Hallway’, ‘Return Of The Skunk Ape’, ‘She’s Always Glowin’, and of course, ‘Never Saw The Ramones’.  This album is full of strong bass, kickass drums, guitar riffs that wickedly shred, and anthem like melodic tunes!

Pick it up here on vinyl for the original sound, http://theyoungrochelles.storenvy.com/products/22600599-the-young-rochelles-s-t-lp. You can also listen on most major streaming services.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. I Never Saw the Ramones 01:19
  2. Don’t Let it Last 01:54
  3. Return of the Skunk Ape 01:51
  4. Monster in My Hallway 02:21
  5. The World Will Swallow You Whole 01:37
  6. Coffee in the Dog Dish 01:30
  7. No More Fights 01:37
  8. She’s Always Glowin’ 02:17
  9. You’re Tops 01:30
  10. My Stomach Hates My Guts 01:49
  11. Caught You in a Lie 00:54
  12. Mental Vacation 01:07
  13. Coastin’ Strong 01:56
  14. Last Love Letter 03:15

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Latte + – Everybody Listens to the Ramones Even My Mom

You know, sometimes things just happen to live up to their name; and actually do what it says.

With a name like “Everybody Listens to the Ramones Even My Mom,” you expect an album that’s heavily influenced by the Ramones; and that’s exactly what you get. This album sounds like it could be a continuance of the Ramones legacy, if Joey’s empty seat was filled by Weird Al Yankovic (once I heard it during track #7, “Stitches,” I couldn’t un-hear it… and it’s awesome!), and the band got just a little more “surfy.”

I would say that this album is a fitting tribute to the old school from the semi-new school, in the form of solid emulation of style and technique; while injecting their own personalities into the music, with splashes of humor and a different vocal style from the originals. As a band, Latte+ proves that they’re still cranking out quality, even after 21 years!