Ft Collins Based Bad Desicions Bring That Classic Punk Feel With Their latest Self Titled Release

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Release Date: July 12, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Gus Gonzalez (Gustavo la Douche)–throat
  • David Brack-bass
  • Jason Brack-guitar
  • Beckett Martin- drums
  • John Hunter-guitar.  

EP Lineup: Gus, jason, and beckett, + Rasputin Sane–bass and Damian Schoeneke guitar

Favorite Tracks: Snake, Goin To Jail, She May Not Think, and Please Die Soon

Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Dag Nasty, and Hüsker Dü


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When a band purposefully, spells their name wrong. It makes your brain go what? As a writer I’m watching my spell checker red line almost everything haha! Per vocalist Gus Gonzalez, “Crawling out from under forgotten rocks, Bad Desicions’ humble beginnings began in 2016 when drummer Beckett “Tommy B” Martin (drums) and Gustavo “I’ve been doin this for 30 years” le Douche (vox) met in a dark alley after a back and forth Craigslist conversation.

Neither wanted the other to know where they lived at this point. It took about 6 months to get the ball rolling but roll it did.  With the help of bassist Zeke “el churro” Olguin and Damian “American Blackout” Shoeneke, the band began scaring the crap out of bar patrons from Fort Collins to Denver regularly.

Unfortunately, dealing with both Tommy B and le Douche became too much for the aforementioned “members” (except for Jason “he makes guns” Brack–who had also scared many an IPA drinker with the boys).  After a stint with “el Turbo Jugend” Rasputin Sane (bass), the guys finally got some relief as David “__” Brack (bass) and John “I got fired from Wax Trax” Hunter (guitar) joined the band in its present incarnate.

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With a foot in 80s hardcore and the other in progressive metal, Bad Desicions plays music that may sound familiar but then moves in another, less expected direction.”

That’s a pretty interesting little bio. So kids the story here is pick up an instrument when you’re young so you have a badass story to tell your interviewer! So let’s dig into their latest self titled EP and incorrectly spelled name, Bad Desicions. Personally this record was a very welcomed relief for me. I’m old school and personally tired of the emo based punk stuff. I like my punk, angry, energetic, and raw.

With tracks like “Snake”, “Goin To Jail” and my personal favorite, “She May Not Think”. Bad Desicions latest release spurs the classic punk feeling, with a tiny bit of occasional metal. They are currently working on a record! See them Saturday night at Tennyson’s Tap for CPRA’s Skate Or Die Night. Other bands on the lineup include, Admiral, Unusable Signal, and Modern Goon. You can check out the event page here, https://www.facebook.com/events/938762672984213/.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Snake 02:14
2.Goin To Jail 02:01
3.She May Not Think 02:06
4.Makin a Pipe Bomb 01:50
5.Pompous Hippies 01:48
6.Please Die Soon 01:16

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School Damage – Hello Cruel World

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Release Date: October 26, 2018                                           

Format: Digital and Physical release

Label: Collaborative  Rad Girlfriend Records , (USA), I Buy Records (Italy) and Brain Candy.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Current Lineup:

  • Brad Manners – Guitar/Vox
  • Jon Cabatan – Bass/Vox
  • Curtis Tone – Drums
  • Guest vocals on WE’RE DYING, DUDES and FOREIGN POLICY by Becca Chambers

Favorite Tracks: I Don’t Like What I’ve Become, We’re Dying Dudes. and Stranger Fruits

Sounds Like: Jagger Holly, Stray The Course, Dial Drive, and Came and Took It


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Toronto punks, School Damage have released their second full length album via collab efforts with Rad Girlfriend Records, I Buy Records and the band’s own Brain Candy. Canada is putting out some kick ass punks bands and that continues with School Damage! It’s awesome when bands are still releasing full length albums. It seems the full length is somewhat of a dying breed with the digital age. There’s no need to fear! This new album is stocked with some kick ass pop, skate, and even a tad bit of metal.

My favorite tracks would be, ‘I Don’t Like What I’ve become’, ‘We’re Dying Dudes’, ‘Stranger Fruits’, and absolute favorite, ‘Foreign Policy’. I think ‘Foreign Policy’ has a great chance of hitting the major airwaves. It’s raw, heartfelt, and you can relate easily. The lyrics are catchy, the drums are nuts, and the duet vocals with Becca nail this song down.

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Colorsfade – “In Real Time”

 

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Release Date: August 30, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Location: Gatineau, Canada

Current Lineup:

  • Frank: Guitar
  • Jeff: Vocals + Drums
  • Yan: Guitar + Vocals
  • Gui: Bass

Favorite Tracks: United for Our World & Frozen in Time

Sounds Like: Melodic Punk – Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes


 

I grew up on 90s skate punk. Epitaph, Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat, Tooth & Nail, Fearless. An era where melodic punk was big. I could go through and name band after band with similar sounds, but I’ve never liked to play the “sounds like” game. I feel that it takes away from the artists’ own creativity. But if you were into the bands of that era, give this band a listen.

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The vocals are strong here. Jeff can sing. A range of pitch that’s not always needed in punk rock, but you’ll definitely appreciate it when you hear it. Backup vocals are great too. I do wish I heard a bit more of the scream that came in at the one minute mark of “Imposter.” But backup vocals were great as well throughout the record.

Drums were fast, as punk rock needs to be, but able to keep it interesting. Bass was exactly what it needed to be. But the real strength here was the guitar. It’s unmistakably the punk sub genre they are going for, but you can tell that they guy is a metal head & also loves his classic rock. Just listen to “Frozen in Time” & you’ll hear the metal licks in there.

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This record also have some fantastic cover art. I’d love for there to be a copy available on vinyl so the art could be fully appreciated. Art that is saying so much with a picture & is beautiful to look at. It matches the quality of music here.

Many great songs on here. “Invisible Man” is a great track about having faith in yourself & being comfortable with who you are. “Imposter” is catchy and will get stuck in your head. As I already mentioned, “Frozen in Time” is a lot of fun musically as well as lyrically.

But the standout track for me was “United for Our World.” Here I am writing this review, & we have yet another  story causing social media arguments. People are so quick to get distracted at whether or not a football player will stand for the National Anthem, & are either pissed that Nike is supporting them, or going out and spending inflated prices on shoes that were made in conditions & wages that are inhuman. Instead we need to focus on the real issues.

 

People are dying, and at an alarming rate. There’s a message everyone needs to hear from this track. The opening lyrics of the song, “Can’t you hear and see the people dying on the news? Or are you too busy concentrating on your views?” Are lyrics that sadly resonate more & more every day. “It takes more than one man, to give up on hatred.” Let’s unite around care for each other.

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Great song, great message, all from a band you need to check out.

Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Disaster
  3. United for Our World
  4. Take Your Time
  5. Loaded for Peace
  6. Get Your Acts Together
  7. Impostor
  8. Invisible Man
  9. Frozen in Time
  10. Back on Track
  11. Obedience

Links:

CPRA Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/1nRnn7d38PUcSfTP5lhrtR

About the writer:

Griffin has been listening to punk records for the last 25 years. Now residing is Colorado Springs with his wife & 4 kids, he still tries to catch as many shows as he can.

I Am The Owl – A Mission to Civilize: Part II

I Am The Owl – A Mission to Civilize: Part II

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Release date: June 1, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Ft Collins, Colorado

Current Lineup:

  • Josh Rivera – Guitar/Vocals
  • Kyle Krueckeberg – Bass/Vocals
  • Corey Hatch – Drums
  • Josh Harrelson – Guitar

Album Arthttp://www.etsy.com/shop/DustyRayPaints

Recorded and Mixed: The Blasting Room, Ft Collins CO, by Andrew Berlin

Mastered by: Jason Livermore.

Favorite Tracks: Faith (No More), Houston, You Haven’t Fooled Me, and A Mission To Civilize

Sounds Like: Bottom Bracket, Bad Brains, H2O, Dead Kennedys, Fair Do’s, System Restore, Sepultura, Corrosion of Conformity, and Slayer


 

The Blasting Room continues to produce some amazing and epic music. I love this little snippet from their website, “The Blasting Room was built in 1994 by members of Descendents, ALL, and Black Flag, and is located two miles from Historic Old Town Fort Collins. Our skilled and experienced staff have over 80 years of combined experience in the recording industry, and a vast collection of state of the art and vintage recording gear at their fingertips”.

That’s a pretty sweet fucking story. I have no doubt The Blasting Room is helping put the Colorado Music Scene on the map. Last week reviewed, Colorado punks, Came And Took It – “Resume”.

This week I’m proud to introduce yet another epic recording from the Blasting Room, I Am The Owl – “A Mission to Civilize: Part II”.  This album comes hot off the heels of their 2016 release, “A Mission to Civilize: Part I”. This album has a great origin story behind it. The band was granted the Misha Wish grant and the Colorado Creative Industries, Career Advancement Award. Per the band without these awards/Grants the new album wouldn’t have made it.

It’s amazing that Colorado has such badass organizations to help bands put out new material. So let’s get into, “A Mission To Civilize Part II”. The album kicks off with ‘Faith (No More)’.  This song really sets the tone for such a kick ass album.

 

It’s heavy and fast paced. The drums and vocals are the highlight for me. The lyrics are really deep, while guitars absolutely shred!

“By now it’s clear I don’t get the joke
And I’m regretting that I ever spoke
When everything is motivated by lust
We’ve run out of other people to trust”

‘Houston’, is up next on the list. This one continues the dark tone combined with 2 awesome vocalists! This one will get any metal and punk fan heading for the pit. Prepare your neck, this one is brutal! This one is my personal favorite on the album. ‘Rattlesnakes’, follows with more of an H2O sound. Clearly I Am The Owl knows how to please rockers of any genre. The drums are fucking nuts on this track! ‘You Haven’t Fooled Me’, starts with a kick ass guitar solo. It’s pure shred for those skaters and stoner rock folks. I love the main riff on this one.

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‘New Horizon’ is up next on the record. This one will be another pit favorite. I find it truly unique the blending of punk and metal these guys bring. The vocals seem to be almost unreachable by the human voice. ‘A Mission To Civilize’, follows this to end out out the ep. This is probably my second favorite on the ep. This song kicks serious ass!

Overall, I Am The Owl’s new record is amazing. The guitars, bass, drums, and vocals are perfectly in sync throughout. This one could easily fit into any punks or metalheads collection. The coolest about them is their ability to switch from hardcore to metal in a heartbeat. Skater’s you’re definitely gonna want to pick this one up!

Track List: Per Bandcamp

  1. Faith (No More)
  2. Houston
  3. Rattlesnakes
  4. You Haven’t Fooled Me
  5. New Horizon
  6. A Mission To Civilize

Links:

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

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

Bandcamp: https://iamtheowl.bandcamp.com/

Website: https://www.iamtheowl.com/

Sunset Silhouette – Detour EP

We WANT More!!!

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Sunset Silhouette is a Denver band with its sound rooted in the late 90’s, similar to bands like Civ and The Descendents’ later work. This EP does a good job displaying the band’s talent, but as with my frequent complaints about EPs, is just TOO DAMN SHORT!!!

I mean, you listen to an EP and you think, “Man, I like this… where can I get more?”

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… and then you go, and you look, and you get pissed off because this ONE EP is all that’s available. Hopefully a new one will be out soon. In the meantime check out their new video below!

Filthy Hearts- I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Inside)

Denver’s Filthy Hearts released their EP, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Inside) in late 2016. So we are a bit behind on getting this review up. I saw Filthy Hearts for the first time at Denver’s Don’t Panic Fest at the High Dive. It’s been stuck on repeat on my phone for almost a year now. It strikes out as aggressive and energetic in a scene reclaiming lost roots and planting new ones.

At first I thought I had selected Pennywise or Strung Out. Nope I was right Filthy Hearts. Every single track is deeply heartfelt. There is something much deeper going here musically which cannot be explained easily. From the intro with Precipice to last track Not For Very Long this album will keep you wanting more. My only complaint is well it’s an EP. We want more Filthy Hearts! Their new single, Career Day is out on Bandcamp and most online music retailers. ​ Be sure to follow them here, https://www.facebook.com/FilthyHeartsdenver/   . Their new album is located here, https://filthyhearts.bandcamp.com/​

Check our our recent interview at 7C!

Off the Avenue​​ – Bandcamp Singles

I recently checked out the melodic punk band, Off The Avenue, from Buffalo, NY. The band formed by Mike Gerachi, from Seven Thirty Seven, released some new tracks on the band’s ​​Bandcamp account.

As soon as the first track (“On The Edge”) started, I cranked up the volume. I thought to myself, “Damn, this is AWESOME!”

The second track soon followed.  “If I Could I Would Be You”.  It did not disappoint. I found myself frantically searching for anything previously released by Off The Avenue.  Sadly, we will have to wait until a full album will be released from the blend of American and Canadian punks.

Download the Bandcamp release here.

Be sure to follow Off The Avenue on Facebook!