Thurs. Oct.24th At Goosetown Tavern! The Blue Kings (SKA/Rocksteady)With The Pollution (Punk), and AkA Miggy

Thursday Oct.24th
9pm/ 21+/$5
Join us for a great night of music with
The Blue Kings
(unique blend of Soulful Psych Rocksteady and Ska)
The Pollution
Post Hardcore “punk” “rock”,
and Music support your host and selector AkA Miggy

Event Link And Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/456523201877226/

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CPRA Music News: Neville & Sugary Staple release new video for ‘Way of Life’

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Release date: Available Now on all major music providers

Format : Digital and physical

Label: Cleopatra Records

Location: Coventry, U.K.

Current Lineup:

  • Neville Staple
  • Christine Sugary Staple
  • Featuring Roddy Radiation

Favorite Tracks: Rebel Down, Original Rudegirl Sound, Way of Life, Tattoo King, Be As One, Why Oh Why

Sounds Like: The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners, and Last Reel Hero


If you haven’t listened to, “Rude Rebels”, you’re missing out on some great new 2 Tone ska! Ska Legend Neville Staple has returned! Check out the new video for ‘Way of Life’ below! This record has been running non stop on my Spotify. Pick this one on vinyl for the best listening experience! I’ve included more videos just to give a taste of how amazing this album is!

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Rebel Down (Featuring Roddy Radiation)

Original Rudegirl Sound

Tracks on full album release:

  1. Rebel Down
  2. Tattoo King
  3. When I Call Your Name
  4. Boy (Dub Out)
  5. Be As One
  6. Wrong Shoes
  7. Original Rudegirl Sound
  8. Why Oh Why
  9. Ska To The Beat
  10. Dirty Little Liar
  11. The Border
  12. Way Of Life
  13. Way I Love You
  14. Woulda Coulda Shoulda

Links:

The Last Reel Hero releases new music video for “Hero Can’t Dead”.

Here at CPRA we are huge fans of Pueblo, Colorado’s Last Reel Hero. We reviewed their last album release and you can check it out here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/12/last-reel-hero-s-t/.

You can see their first Denver show at CPRA’S Happy Skanksgiving show, https://www.facebook.com/events/310508869736134/?ti=as.

Millie Manders & The Shutup – “Shutup” (EP)

Release Date: 9/21/2018

Format: Digital

Label: Bad Granola and Bredda Records

Location: Norwich/London

Current Lineup:

  • Millie Manders – Vocals,
  • Ukulele & Alto Saxophone
  • Lewis Slater – Guitar
  • Matt Munford – Bass
  • Alessandro Vitiello (Ale) –
  • Drums
  • George Alan – Trumpet
  • Dom Walker – Tenor
  • Saxophone

Favorite Tracks: Right To Life, Brave, Lollipops, and One That Got Away

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


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The beginning of the 3rd Wave of ska was flat out amazing! Here in the states we started with bands like, Fishbone, OP Ivy, Sublime, Bosstones, Let’s Go Bowling, The Aquabats, and the list goes on and on. But somewhere along the way. The big shots in the music industry discovered they could make a ton of money from it.

Somewhere along the line originality died. Many bands began to  follow the standard, “Reel Big Fish” formula. It was a race to see who could make more money, and not so much about making good music. This is not a knock on Reel Big Fish. Afterall we “Sold Out” with them. I do love many of their songs, yet they like Goldfinger went generic. They released full albums of nothing, but cover albums. Don’t get me wrong I love many of them, but for me, skapunk became generic.

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I started going more down the underground tunnel. I started looking for bands you wouldn’t find on the FM dial. I wanted that gritty street punk sound with massive heart. When we started CPRA back in 2016 I was happy to see that skapunk was thriving here in Colorado and across the world in small underground factions. The 3rd Wave never died, it evolved.

This leads me into introducing, Millie Manders & The Shutup, launching their new EP, “Shut Up” on Bad Granola and Bredda Records on 9/21/2018. I found this band through one my favorite skapunk bands, Bitter Grounds. I watched about 15 seconds of their new video for, “The One That Got Away” and knew right away I needed to review this record!

 

So let’s check out the new “Shut Up” Ep. The record kicks off with the “Right To Life”. This one is pure dirty and gritty ska punk. Mander’s vocals at the intro and throughout the track are extremely impressive. She sounds a bit like Imelda May, but retains the street punk sound of Monique Powell or Kim Deal. The pit will get nasty on this one. The heavy almost metal like bass line has this one stuck on repeat.

Have you ever been caught air drumming at work? Well I just did. Haha. That’s what the next track, “Brave” made me do. The guitar riff behind the drums is amazing in the intro before coming to full pressure to join the horns. The main theme of the song is stop being a slave to the system. I love this song!

“Lollipops”, is up next on the record. Mander’s vocals again shine on this track. You can feel her anger and animosity brewing. The horns and drums are the keys one this one. The political message in this song is strong. In fact Mr Trump this one goes out to you! The power hungry money money/war mongers are getting richer by the day while the poor get poorer.

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“The One That Got Away”, is up next. Everything seems to come together to blend into the perfect anti love song. This one will likely hit the major airwaves. Yep Dying Scene and Punk Tacos! This song is about taking the power back and walking away from a bad relationship. This song will quickly become an anthem for those trying to get away.

Overall this ep is phenomenal. Millie Manders & The Shut Up have broken the generic skapunk formula, and replaced it with everything we love. This record is filled with generes too many to count and the sheer happiness received when listening is priceless. Be sure to check the ep out!

Tracks:

1) Right To Life

2) Brave

3) Lollipops

4) One That Got Away

Links:

Last Reel Hero – (S/T)

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Release Date: 8/30/2018

Format: Digital, physical copies released 9/14/2018

Label: DIY

Location: Pueblo, CO

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Andy Jackson – vocals
  • Carlos Gomez – guitar
  • Shanon Sinclair – guitar
  • Geoff Andersen – bass
  • Shaun Herrera – drums
  • Dan Wiley – keys/trombone

Favorite Tracks: All I Want, Bitter Ending, Hero Can’t Dead, Guns Fever, All I Want, My Survival, and Cool Down.

Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dendrites, Pietasters, Bad Manners, English Beat, Fishbone, NOISE, Street Dogs, Dark Buster, Jackie Mendez, Mad Caddies, Streetlight Manifesto, People Corrupting People, The Specials, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Steel Pulse and Judge Dread.


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I was lucky to grow up during the golden age of MTV. Back when new videos came out every other week and British bands ruled the airwaves. Now sadly it’s a pile of rubbish. “I want my MTV”! As a child I fell in love with bands like Bad Manners, English Beat, Madness, and Steel Pulse. My love affair continues on to this day.

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This was mainly influenced from a British sitcom called, “The Young Ones”. The show was hilarious and featured various bands within each episode. The show helped many UK based bands gain international attention like, The Damned, Motorhead, and Madness.

 

You didn’t come here to read my life story you came to check out the Last Reel Hero! Let’s do this. The band formed in 2017. I reached out to the band, because well this album is pretty badass. Per bassist, Geoff Anderson, “We’ve been together for a little over a year, but have all been involved in punk/oi/reggae/ska/skinhead/rudeboy music/culture for years on end.

 

The name Last Reel Hero is taken from a line in the movie “The Harder They Come” and refers to the hero of a spaghetti western (Django, in this case) not dying until the last reel of the film. Why we have a slight spaghetti western theme”. The band details their spaghetti western theme through their various show flyers and album art. Check some of them out below! I personally cannot wait to get my hands on some merch!

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So let’s check out the album in pure CPRA fashion track by track style. The album kicks off with “The Show”. This one has a late mod sound to it with a bit of ska and punk. The bass and keyboard shine on this track. The vocals remind me of Prince Buster and even a little Jackie Wilson. This song calls all the rudies, punks and skins to drop their weapons and get to the party.

Next up is a Valentines cover “Guns Fever”. This is probably my favorite track on the record. It’s catchy and sure to be a favorite among the rudies and skins. It has a very traditional ska sound mixed Northern soul. Get your dancing shoes on! This one changes things up a bit to pay homage to their Pueblo roots.

“No Fool For You” follows with a classic ska riff in my favorite anti love song format. You can definitely hear guitarist Carlos Gomez (The Dead End) and Shannon Sinclair (Might Of Henry).  “Bitter Ending”, is up next. This one is pure OI in your face. It sounds a bit like Bad Manners meets Cock Sparrer. It’s the perfect blue collar song for anyone who busts their ass for pennies everyday.

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So far I’d say the Last Reel Hero is winning this gunfight with the author! Haha. ‘All I Want”, continues the OI. The kids will be running for the pit on this track. This one is my second favorite track on the album. It’s almost anthem like. So far Django (Last Reel Hero) has been up against the wall. He’s been faced with enemies, and lost love. How will this end for him?

“Cool Down” is up next on the track list. This one slows the record down in with beautiful reggae beats. Not many of us were there in England during the 1980’s skin riots. This song encapsulates that time period in my head. So if if any Nazi skins are reading this, you need to “Cool Down” ya and stop being a blockhead.

 

“Hero Can’t Dead”, ok so I lied this is my favorite on the album. This one will have the listener skanking at their desks, in schools, in pubs and at home. I love the lyrics! The vocals again come with a great Northern Soul mixed with reggae sound.

“Hero can’t dead,

Hear what I said,

They come at him in red,

But he riddle them with lead,

The bad men fled,

When he opened up his coffin bed”.

‘My Survival”, this one to me sounds like Fishbone. Even the vocals sound a bit like Angelo Moore. That makes this a great song. I fact I kinda want to light a joint right now. Ok I better not as my office tends to frown on mj use. Haha! I love the lyrics and everything about this song.  This one is about helping society find a better resolution to help those suffering.

“High Noon”, speeds the record back up and injects that OI. The progressions on this one are fantastic. I can see this song ending up as a football anthem. Hello football fans? Not US football obviously. This one is very Cock Sparrer/The Business like.

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“We’re Coming Back”, is a kick ass cover of the classic Cock Sparrer sound. This one closes out the record. It infuses some Bad Manners backbeats while the band throws in their style. So there you have it. Let’s break down the battle between the reviewer and Last Reel Hero.

Ska Bones – is awesome, yet super nerdy, 0 points awarded.

Last Reel Hero – Coolest band theme ever, makes great tunes, 10 points awarded.

There you have it folks. The Last Reel Hero wins this bout. In conclusion the album far exceeded any expectations I had. In the last 24 hours I’ve listened to this record 100 times or more.

Their hooks are catchy, deep and funky bass lines, Northern soul edge, and OI driven punk make this one album I will never forget.

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Tracks:

  1. The Show
  2. Guns Fever
  3. No Fool For You
  4. Bitter Ending
  5. All I Want
  6. Cool Down
  7. Hero Can’t Dead
  8. My Survival
  9. High Noon
  10. We’re Coming Back

Links:

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

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

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6hIdy2wyzZAP472d7nT9aX

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/73BUOtISN9ulLZriyRYD5K

People Corrupting People – Loan Shark

Release date: September 11, 2017

Format : Digital

Label : DIY

Website : http://pcpsux.com/

Current Lineup: (Per the band)

  • Nick Cormier – Lead Vox
    Heath “Candyman” Milton – Lead Guitar
    Kyle Nash – Drums
    Nate “L’Chaim O’Brien” Nepsky – Guitar/ Vox
    Austin Tinsley – Bass
    Jen “#jencam” Torres – Violin
    “Regular” Rich Granville – Trombone
  • The lineup for the Loan Shark recording was as follows:
    Nick Cormier – Lead Vox
    Nic Farber – Lead Guitar/Vox
    Matthew Krempel – Drums
    Nate “L’Chaim O’Brien” Nepsky – Guitar/Vox
    Doug Nicholas – Bass
    Jen “#jencam” Torres – Violin
    “Regular” Rich Granville – Trombone

Our Favorite Track(s) : Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Rolling Stoned, and Kyle’s In The Attic Again

Sounds Like : Fishbone, Less Than Jake, NOFX, Streetlight Manifesto


 

Not to sound like El Gaupo from 3 Amigos, but Denver has a plethora of super talented ska and ska punk bands. We have skacore band, Sorry Sweetheart, Northern Soul/Trad ska, The Dendrites and ska punk bands like Younger Than Neil and People Corrupting People. The ska scene in Denver is flourishing! We’ve already reviewed all of the bands I rattled off except for People Corrupting People, AKA PCP. I know there are more Denver ska bands out there, but I’m drawing a giant blank currently. So let’s check out PCP and their 2017 epic EP release, “Loan Shark”.

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I reached out to PCP for some typical backstory info. I was looking for basic stuff like band year formation and such. In typical PCP fashion their response was, “Desperate for something good to listen to, with no hope in others or a future, PCP was born.” It seems that not only is PCP a band, but also a mentality. After listening to “Loan Shark” I quickly started to pick up their cheerful nihilistic humor. For example listen to “Krazy Kris” or “Kyle’s In The Attic Again”, basically a song about a dude jerking off in the attic.

“Kyles in the attic again, Kyles going at it again, Kyles jerking off in the attic again”

The best part of both of these songs is not only the humor, but both display the true talent composed. “Krazy Kris” has a skacore, metalapocalypse sound behind it. While “Kyle’s In The Attic Again” is upbeat, and keeps your head nodding. So let’s move onto the rest of the EP. Next up is “Cuntroll”. Now I could be wrong, but I see a funny little play on words here. It’s a bit darker and Orwellian. Again typical PCP kick ass fashion.

How many old schoolers remember Ace of Base and their pop hit, “The Sign”? Sadly we cannot forget as it still played all the time. I was really happy to hear PCP’s cover. They took an original song and gave it a completely different meaning. In my opinion this version is not even really about a person. It seems to feel more politically motivated and meaningful.

 

This leads me into one of my favorite tracks on the EP, “Hand’s Up Don’t Shoot”. “I used to think I was never alone, someone would be there to protect my home. These days I can’t differentiate, between what is help and what is hate”. That’s pretty powerful shit!  I absolutely love this song. The darker tone, the blare of the trumpets, and vocals really make a brilliant combination. What’s up with their sweet album covers? Animal Farm anyone?

As I come to the end of this review I find myself quickly loading up my playlists with PCP. PCP is blazing new territories for ska.

This ska band should really not be labelled anything other than, “Fucking Fantastic”. You can pick Loan Shark here, https://peoplecorruptingpeople.bandcamp.com/album/loan-shark. Be sure to check them out on the Big Brother’s Cuntrol box, https://www.facebook.com/peoplecorruptingpeople/. Instagram link – https://www.instagram.com/pcpsux/.

The Dendrites – Damn right

SO glad I went to the album release party at 3 Kings for this one!  The show was a blast, all the bands that played were INCREDIBLE, and it was just a great room full of great people having a great time!
Cheers!

​The very next day, I put the needle to the vinyl.  Since then, I’ve probably listened to the full album 15 or more times in the month (or so) since it’s release.

​The Dendrites are an instrumental ska band; but could easily be called Jazz, as well (is there such a thing as “Jazz Ska”???  That’s what this is.)

​The warm, welcoming jazzy brass is beautifully balanced with an amazingly talented meandering ska-style bass and percussion.  The music has a very nostalgic feel, like Grandma’s House (either your ACTUAL Grandma’s house, or Grandma’s House, the Brewery… take your pick… either one applies)… it reminds me of good times… it makes me want to get up and move around… it makes me dance while I clean my house…

​It’s the PERFECT album for any gathering!  People really enjoy the music, and it stimulates conversation nicely!

​Honestly, there aren’t enough good things I can say about this album.  Quite frankly, I think it’s my favorite album of 2017!

Pick up the here https://thedendritesmassive.bandcamp.com/. ​