People Corrupting People – Animal Farm Chronicles Vol 8 – “Busy Beaver”


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Release Date: 04/22/2019

Format: Digital

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Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Nick Cormier – Lead Vox |
  • Nate “L’Chaim O’Brien” Nepsky – Guitar/Vox |
  • Heath “Candyman” Milton – Bass |
  • Dyl “Pkyl” McGreggor – Drums |
  • “Regular” Rich Granville – Trombone |
  • Jen Torres – Violin |
  • Mike Lebofsky – Theremin/Percussion
  • Guest Artists/Past ‘Members:
  • Nic “MC N.I.C.” Farber – Guitar |
  • Erik “Spaghetti Man” Livesay – Face-Melting Guitar |
  • Russell “Greenman” Lopez – Bass/Shenanigans
  • Doug “Dougie Damage” Nicholas – Bass/Damage |
  • Austin Tinsley – Bass/Artwork |
  • Mike Barnes – Drums |
  • Matt “Cap’n Kirk Cruz” Capanna – Drums |
  • Jim Dempsey – Guitar/Trumpet |
  • Kyle Nash – Drums |

Favorite Tracks: Building 7, Bacteri-Yum, Ex Man, Call Me Al, Washington, and Cum All Ye Faithful

Sounds Like: Mustard Plug, Let’s go bowling, Reel Big Fish, and Streetlight Manifesto, all on drugs still.



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Denver’s PCP has been some Busy Beaver so far in 2019. They released their infamous Christmas album, “White Elephant” back in January. You can read that review and other Animal Farm Chronicles here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/people-corrupting-people/. The Orwellian based band continues to bring truth and justice to the masses. Kids pop in some PCP Tarts. It’s time to dig into, “Busy Beaver”.


So before I go all long and drawn out. Let me point out that, “Busy Beaver” is FREE. I know you were ready to fork out thousands of dollars for some quality ska punk. So save those dollars for the bar or best of all PCP merch. The EP kicks off with “Two Minutes Hate”. In a way I feel like every person can relate to this. You pick up your phone to check out Facebook and can quickly get your “Two Minutes Hate”. It may be some religious zealot friend, some orange haired ogre president, or even a relative. You don’t need that negativity in your life.

“Building 7” is the next track up. This song reminded me of a documentary I watched recently regarding the Emperor Constantine. The documentary offered proof that Constantine was never a Christian, and that he stayed true to his pagan roots. He even built monuments to display his pagan beliefs. One was a statute of the Roman Sun God, Apollo. Constantine was said to have hid bits of the True Cross inside this statue. He merely adopted Christianity to preserve the Roman Empire.

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So in part, Constantine played a massive prank on all believers of Christianity. This is what the United States has done to all Americans since 9/11. While claiming our “Freedom” is being protected, it’s actually being whittled away. Our Dear Leader spouts non-stop hateful rhetoric, while we stand by and listen. What is the wizard doing behind the curtain?

OK sorry for my rant, but I guess I needed to get that out. Let’s move on to the next song. “Bacteri-Yum”. This track is so damn catchy. I constantly find myself humming along. For fans of ska core this is your song. This track has some amazing bass and guitar, including the lovely Jen on violin. Personally they really should consider getting this song accompanied by a full orchestra.



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A love song featuring the X Men? “Ex Man” is just that. Not only is this song hilarious, it kicks serious ass! Will the X-Men, help out our Ex Man? “Brad Mosh Pitt” is the next track. You will be running for the pit as you slam each other as PCP lists of movies by Brad Pitt. Wait what? I really dig this tune.

So back in the 80s there were 2 superstars Chevy Chase and Paul Simon. Paul Simon wrote and recorded, “You Can Call Me Al”. This mega popular song ended up on his Graceland album. I am no means a Paul Simon fan, but I love “You Can Call Me Al”. I think my love for the song mainly comes from the video. Chevy and Paul go rounds in the hilarious video. PCP needs to remake this video now!

PCP’s cover is excellent. Everything is harder, heavier even the trombone. The drums really stuck out as well. Due to some local controversy I am skipping the next song. CPRA believes in the Denver Scene, and we will stay that way. On, “Washington”, the ska core comes back with furious animosity.  Nate’s rap is pretty bad ass, while a slow island like jam plays along.

“Cum All Ye Faithful”, follows with a raunchy blast towards religion. As, Nick Cormier sings you can feel him preaching to the choir. This is by far my absolute favorite track on the album. A big shout out to Mike Lebofsky as his theremin skills add a super creepy edge. The last and nerdiest track is up next with Goku Vs. Superman. Dyl’s drumming and Nate’s shredding give this song the perfect combination.

It’s time to call this one a wrap. People Corrupting People’s, “Busy Beaver” is another excellent addition to the Animal Farm Chronicles. PCP may not be concerned about getting rich in the music industry. They do pour their heart and souls into making some damn good music.

And did I mention it’s FREE?

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Tracks:

  • Two Minutes Hate
  • Building 7
  • Bacteri-Yum!
  • Ex Man
  • Brad Mosh Pitt
  • Call Me Al (Performed by PCP, written by Paul Simon)
  • Crickets
  • Washington
  • Cum All Ye Faithful
  • Goku Vs. Superman

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MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUT UP, drop new video for “Lollipops” and announce more tour dates

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The brand new video from the band premiered over at The Digital Fix earlier this week. Their new EP, “SHUTUP” has yet to stop constantly playing over here at CPRA. In case you didn’t read out review on it click here. The raw almost guttural, yet style of the band, has me wanting more and soon!

This EP is one the best skapunk record in years. Per the band, “Lollipops’ was written as the bombs started to rain down on Syria and children’s bodies started washing up on our shores. The song is a reflection of the band’s anger towards those who are bombing innocents daily.” states vocalist Millie Manders.

If you’re on the UK, be sure to catch a show!

Live Dates:

November 30th

  • The 1865, Southampton w/ Dub Pistols

December

  • 1st – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
    7th – The Harp Restrung, Folkestone
    8th – Blueberry, Norwich
    13th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
    14th – Smokehouse, Ipswich
    15th – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford
    21st – Alma Inn, Bolton
    22nd – The Bobbin, Lancaster
    23rd – The Fulford Arms, York

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Links:

Website: www.milliemanders.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/milliemandersmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/milliemanders
Instagram: www.instagram.com/milliemanders

Upper Downer – S/T EP

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Release Date: 11/05/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Los Angeles

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Chris – Guitar/Vox
  • Bert – Bass/Vox
  • Paul – Drums/Vox

Favorite Tracks: Disarm The Police, Dog Food, Somebody Died, and Glue

Sounds Like: NOFX, Choking Victim, DRI, Fun Abuse, Bitter Grounds, Strung Out, and Beat The Smart Kids


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LA Punks Upper Downer has returned with a brand new EP. If you haven’t checked out our review of their last EP, “Dysregulated” do it now! If there’s one thing I love about this band it’s that each and every song sounds different from the last. So let’s check out the new one!

The EP starts out with, ‘Disarm The Police’. This is one angry track. That everyone can identify with. Sadly I can provide too many examples of why we should disarm the police. The latest example comes out of Laramie, Wyoming where a cop killed a local skater, Robbie Ramirez.

Per the news reports it appears the investigation was pending due to the upcoming “election”. The cop who shot Robbie has been involved with shootings before. Due to Robbie’s condition he suffered extreme distrust of the police. Here at CPRA we hope the justice is served for Robbie Ramirez and his family. Sadly the police will call this yet another, “Justified shooting”.

The next track up is ‘Somebody Died’. This one comes in with a familiar Rancid like ska riff, before the progression builds into a explosion of drums, guitar and vocals. The pit on this one is gonna be nasty as hell. ‘Alone’, is a neck breaking turbo smash like song. This one reminds me of DRI and Black Flag. You will soon be breaking shit to this song.

Next up is my favorite on the record, ‘Dog Food’. I can see this one easily hitting the major airwaves like Punk Tacos, or KROQ in LA. It combines everything I love about ska and pop punk. The lyrics are catchy and you’ll be singing along in no time. ‘Piss Jug’ is the next song. This one is about struggling with addiction and speaks to all of us on some level. The bass, guitar and drums are amazing on this one.

‘Glue’ is sadly the last track. This one sounds like classic, NOFX. The anthem like sound makes for a perfect ending for the record. Ok let’s wrap this review up. Upper Downer have composed an EP that can relate to any punk on the street. It will have you blasting your speakers right out of the fucking car. It also feels a bit heavier when compared to the likes of NOFX or Rancid. I’m throwing this EP into my personal mix for CPRA’s EP of the Year Award for 2018. You can pick it up here now, https://upperdowner.bandcamp.com/releases.

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

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People Corrupting People – Animal Farm Chronicles – “Red Herring” EP

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Release Date: 9/12/2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup:

  • Nick Cormier(vox),
  • Nate Nepsky(vox/guitar),
  • “Regular” Rich (trombone),
  • Heath “Candyman” Milton(bass),
  • Kyle Nash(drums), and Jen Torres(violin).

Favorite Tracks: American Dream, He Dwells Within, L’Chaim O’Brien, and Guantanamo Bae

Sounds Like: Mustard Plug, Let’s go bowling, Reel Big Fish, and Streetlight Manifesto, all on drugs.


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Denver’s People Corrupting People released their new EP, on 9/12/2018. We’ve been so busy rebuilding our website, and getting shows together we haven’t given it that full blown review we always do. In fact I’ve been listening to People Corrupting People AKA PCP for the last for years. Ever since I heard them on a comp of What Do You know About Ska Punk, I’ve been faithfully following them throughout the last few releases. We also reviewed both of them here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/people-corrupting-people-loan-shark/.

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While my all time favorite PCP song is still “Kyle’s In The Attic Again”. This new EP is stocked with more amazing skapunk. Best of all you download all of them for FREE right now here! The best part about PCP. Every release sounds just a little different from the last. The new album contains contributions from other local artists such as, Brian Bonsall of Sunset Silhouette on “American Dream”,  Ric of Roka Hueka, Erik Livesay (from A Little Off) on “ “Policía del Pensamiento” (“Thought Police”) , Bourbon Brawlers on “L’Chaim O’Brien” , and Irah Jon on “Guantanamo Bae”.

So since you’ve already used, Big Brother’s magic Google machine to get here. Let’s dive deep into. “Red Herring”. This EP was guitarist Nate (Soon to be a major producer) Nepsky’s first time producing and recording the album. The whole album was actually recorded in the infamous PCP House. When I refer to “Infamous” you need to follow their vlogs to see the insanity that which ensues. The hilarity is far beyond measure.

Let’s kick off the review with the first track, “American Dream”. This track features Brian Bonsall of Denver’s Sunset Silhouette. Be sure to check out their new EP. It’s one my favorites. “American Dream” starts off with our “Dear Leader” telling us how he’s pretty smart and everybody else is stupid.

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When we were young we were told if we work hard, we can amount to anything we desire. Your economic status and racial identity will not matter and you will succeed.  That’s simply not true. What society fails to tell you, is that the “American Dream” is a big fat lie. These lyrics are a sad, but true.

“So you want the house with the white picket fence?

Tax dollars go to national defense

Sign on the dotted line for a fixed rate mortgage

If you’re eager we can work out a loan

But if you’re down and out you know you’re on your own

Surplus of stupid, wish we had a shortage”.

How many non ska band use an acoustic viola? Well this non ska band uses one. It sounds brilliant in combination with the bass, guitar, and trombone. Nick’s vocals send this one into a yes I’m gonna say it, a skapunk frenzy. Bonsalls contribution on chorus seems to bring it all together.

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Next up is, “He Dwells Within”, there’s so many awesome attributes to this song. There’s a great harmonica piece. This is the song you NEED when you’re pissed off. Torres pieces on the violin are insane. They lyrics are wicked as well. This is my favorite track!

“Some of our brothers and sisters prefer to drop their bombs,

Others want to see you run before they shoot you down with a gun.

But it shouldn’t really have to take a motherfucking genius to see,

Your propensity to kill, is a thing that is as real, as rage can be.”

Do you Remember that time Aaron from Reel Big Fish collapsed on stage? Well PCP does this track is hilarious and very catchy! I personally have seen RBF many times and quit seeing them after the cover era. It was like did you run out of ska or did run out of you? The bass, guitar, and trombone rip through this song. I wouldn’t be surprised of Cormier lost his singing voice after this one.

 

“Guantanamo Bae” is up next and this song is KILLER. Irah Jon’s vocals are fucking awesome! This song should serve as a model to prove unity between alternative and hip hop. It brought back memories of the WuTang days. I personally would love to see more shows with hip hop, punk, rockabilly and ska bands in the Colorado scene.  

If there’s one thing I love about PCP. They are by far the most original band I’ve ever listened to. All of bands inside jokes seem to reappear in their music. That’s what happens through this Irish/Jewish folk song, “L’Chaim O’Brien”. I can totally see L’Chaim O’Brien becoming a South Park character. This track is fun as hell and you’ll be singing along in no time. 

Now let’s get a bit darker. Now PCP does have quite a few politically charged songs, but this one actually made me tear up a little. This song is sung by Ric of Roka Hueka. By the way go check Roka Hueka as well! Per a PCP Facebook post, “We had the honor of working with Ric of Roka Hueka for our final song on the Red Herring album, “Policía del Pensamiento” (“Thought Police”). Inspired by the 43 students who were kidnapped by their own government in Mexico, we had always envisioned the song in Spanish (*lyrics coming soon!*) and invited Ric over to help with the translation and delivery.

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We quickly learned how close this subject was to his heart (his band has a song that was also inspired by these events), and realized just how perfect he was for this project. Ric ended up re-writing the entire thing, and delivered it in such a powerful way that it still gives us goosebumps, as though listening to the cries of a revolutionist. To top it off, Erik Livesay (from A Little Off) shreds on a 3-part epic guitar solo (can you believe he asked if we would be “ok” with that??). The song concludes with the quote from 1984 – George Orwell: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” (in French, cuz it’s “class”y.)” That shit is deep!

That post is dead on. Rik and Jenn kill on vocals, while Livesay shreds on guitar. Overall “Red Herring” is mastered collection of extremely talented musicians. Their humor, and ideals make this an EP to remember. I’m throwing this one in as nominee for the best EP of the year award from CPRA! Go download this one for free on their website, http://pcpsux.com/ .

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You catch PCP at CPRA’s show “Happy Skanksgiving” on 11/24/2018 at Tennyson Tap here in Denver!

Tracks:

  • American Dream
  • He Dwells Within
  • Aaron’s On Heroin
  • Guantanamo Bae
  • L’Chaim O’Brien
  • Policía del Pensamiento (Thought Police)

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CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/28N5rYg6LJNYDWdeoPWKeJ

 

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

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Bitter Grounds- “Two Sides Of Hope”

Bitter Grounds- “Two Sides Of Hope”  

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Release date: October 2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label: The album will be released soon on Ring Of Fire Records, Bad Granola Records, aggrobeat.com and Mass Prod

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ronald
  • Dinter
  • Daan
  • Peter

Favorite Tracks: Two Sides Of Hope, Let Me See Now, Bad Dreams, Let Them Talk,

Sounds Like: Rancid, The Transplants, The Interrupters, NOFX, The Mad Caddies, Last Reel Hero, and  Lagwagon.


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Almost 2 years ago CPRA, debuted our very first album review with Bitter Grounds and their epic release, “Hollow Lands”.  “Hollow Lands” is an amazing album! It’s still in my daily rotation of awesome music. Since my last review I’ve come to few realizations. The Netherlands has a kick ass punk scene. I’d love to go on an epic Punk Rock Holiday throughout Europe someday.

 

Let’s get into the new album, “Two Sides Of Hope”. The album kicks off with, “Lost”. This is a great introduction for anyone that’s never listened to Bitter Grounds before. This track is angry, fast and speaks the truth. The lyrics are deep and one cannot, but empathize with the author. I love the drums on this track

“Hold on, when all is lost,

Hold On, when all is lost on the inside.”

Just like, “Hollowlands”. I can feel the beginning of a tale. Now I don’t know if this was intended, but it seems that way. Next up is, “Two Sides Of Hope”. This is my favorite track on the record. The melodic chorus the band gathers is noteworthy, yet the punk rock sound is so evident. Check this kick ass animated video. This guitar riff on this track is wicked.

Next up is, “Let Me See Now”. This is probably my second favorite track on the record. This one is filled with animosity, yet you get to skank it out. It’s immediately catchy and sure to get stuck in your head. This one could easily hit the US airwaves. Hello Punk Tacos? Stop playing Fall Out Boy and play this!!! Haha I kid of course. This song is really somewhat nostalgic with it’s Rancid like sound.

“Bad Dreams”, continues the ska punk sound. The song will keep that head boppin. I really hope Bitter Grounds has adopted a Demon guy like, Ben Carr from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This song will make you lose at least 3lbs during the track! “My Time”, brings back the punk with a bit OI in it. This is anthem song for the working class! The drums and guitar rip on this track.

“Faded”, brings back the ska punk. I have to wonder if the song refers to some sort of drug use. I am not really sure of the meaning, but it somewhat points in that direction. I love the intro guitar on this, before the jinky ska sounds comes in. “Let Them Talk”, another one of my absolute favorites on the record. This one speeds the record up with blunt force. We can hear that anger burning and about to ignite. The pit will be nuts on this one.

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“Seven Nights”, slows it down a tad. It begins with that Bitter Grounds sound I’ve come to love. The progression build on this one is fun. The vocals are amazing and blend seamlessly with the drums. I won’t call this one a “Drinking Song”, but it reminds me of bunch of punks ejoying their limited amounts of time together.

“FML”, is up next. “I’m sure you know what the acronym means. This one is another head to the pit song. Having a bad day? Throw this on and destroy something in a junkyard. This song will kick ass on your, “My Pissed Off Playlist”.

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I must admit I’m always a bit leary of listening to something new from a band I love. I’m always willing to try though. I can thank Green Day for that. This new album was just as good if not better than Hollowlands. I feel like as this album may be finer tuned, or as a band matured together. In conclusion, ‘Two Sides Of Hope”, is album we need in times when desperate measure must be taken to preserve our sanity.

Tracks:  (Subject to change)

  1. Lost
  2. Two Sides Of Hope
  3. Let Me See Now
  4. Bad Dreams
  5. My Time
  6. Faded
  7. Let Them Talk
  8. Seven Nights
  9. FML

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Younger Than Neil – Never Quite Asleep

Release date: January 10, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Current Lineup: (via the band’s Facebook Page)

  • -Benjamin Feliciano – Vocals
  • -Nicole Swan – Trumpet
  • -James McPherson – Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
  • -Ethan Harris – Tenor/Bass Trombone & Bass Trumpet, “Band Liar”
  • -Matt Sanchez: Trombone
  • -Levi Boenish – Guitar
  • -Andreas Landeck (The Shadows) – Guitar
  • -JD Minnick – Bass
  • -Caleb Williams – Drums & Vocals

Sounds Like :

  • Beat The Smart Kids
  • Bitter Grounds
  • NOFX
  • Rancid
  • Streetlight Manifesto

It’s time to show some local love to Denver based Ska/Punk band, Younger Than Neil. Back in January they released, “Never Quite Asleep”. A 3 track EP that I can’t seem to stop listening to. The new EP shows how much the band has matured since 2016’s release, “Know Their Parts”. There are deeper bass lines, more melodic guitar riffs, and amazing trumpet work. I still love “Know Their Parts”, but I’ve found my new EP obsession.

“They say that violence is in our genes. Point the finger as if they ruined everything. Our father’s cursed us with spirits, unclean. But it’s only up to us to change our destiny”

I love all of these tracks. My favorites are by far, “Happiest Nihilist” and “In Our Genes”. “In Our Genes”, really hit home for me. It made me think how we struggle to become what our parents wanted, not the person we want to become sometimes. Fighting a demon our parents left behind. Along with great lyrics, and a killer trumpet solo this is an amazing song!

Let’s wrap this up. Personally this EP needs to be voted for EP of the year. I enjoyed all 3 tracks and now have every single song stuck in my head. My only issue is I hope it won’t be another few years before we get some new material. So make sure you check out, Younger Than Neil’s, “ Never Quite Asleep”, here, https://youngerthanneilmusic.bandcamp.com/album/never-quite-asleep. You can follow here on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/youngerthanneil/.