Release Date: May 6, 2022                

Format: Digital and Physical (Get the vinyl)

Label: Pirate Press Records

Location: 

  • Seattle

Producer: Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, The Bouncing Souls

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Rev (vocals/guitar), 
  • Andy Wyle (bass/vocals), 
  • Jonny Wade (guitar), 
  • Jake Margolis (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Live Like Yer Dyin, Lunatics, The Working Dead, She’s The Knife, Look What We’ve Become, and Tokyo Red Alert

Post Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/thethm/

Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and Dropkick Murphys


CPRA Faves, The Drowns have announced a massive US and European tour kicking off June 8, 2022 at the Ivy Room in Albany, California. In addition they released their new EP, “Lunatics“. The Drowns are no strangers to CPRA. We loved their last album, “Under Tension” and prior record, “View From Bottom“. A few years back they signed on with Pirates Press Records. Seriously go look at the killer bands on the label here, https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/. So, let’s dive into the new EP!

The first track on the EP is “Live Like Yer Dyin”. This song for me was a total and complete surprise. I was expecting OI and got some amazing rockabilly influenced rock ‘n’ roll. The first thought that came to my mind for some strange reason was the below scene from Rocky Horror Picture Show. I know this really isn’t a good comparison, but it made me remember some fun times from my youth. Great music should always invoke a deep personal connection. I dare you not to sing along with “Live Like Yer Dyin”. The video also reminded me of Denis Leary in House Of Pain’s, Shamrocks & Shenanigans.

The second track is “Lunatics”. Fans of bands like The Buzzcocks, STLF, and The Jam will absolutely love this track. Per the band, “Lunatics is a commentary on how the epidemic of homelessness in the United States is viewed by the general public and how a large number of Americans have a severe lack of empathy towards those in tougher situations than their own,” says front man and guitarist Aaron Rev.”

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Downtown Denver like many other cities is currently has an extremely high homeless population. There are tents on the side of highways, and camps saddling drainage ditches. Many suffer from untreated mental illness and substance abuse addiction. The rich seem to burn rubber to get away afraid they may have to give a stranger one of their precious dollars. Unfortunately, until the government wants to focus on helping them nothing will change.

The third track up is “The Working Dead”. How many times have you raced to beat that red light to get to work on time? American society is changed to their desks, and phones hoping the paychecks keep rolling in. What happens if you get sick? The government and your employer know you are easily replaceable. The so called, “Great Resignation” hasn’t done enough to keep the money we work hard to achieve. I love this song! Let’s raise a beer and a fist in unity.

The fourth track up is “She’s A Knife”. It’s a personal story from lead singer, Aaron Rev. Per the label, ” “She’s The Knife” is a song Rev wrote for his wife after she got off a 12-hour nursing shift and got cat-called on her way home. There are so many rad women doing amazing things and they are constantly getting harassed by A-holes. For example, my wife gave CPR to a person who was going into cardiac from a fentanyl overdose. After she saved this person’s life. The medic (a man) arrived a said, “Thanks can I get your number?” My wife cut this medic down the size of an ant. We as men need to stop this horrid behavior. If you see it call it out!

The fifth track is another track that was a complete surprise for me, and it’s called, “Look What We’ve Become”. It talks of kids dying at the hands of the people that swore to protect us, homelessness and widespread American poverty. It will make you cry! The harmonies alone on this track should get this record a fricken Grammy! We cannot back down and will go to the protests hand in hand.

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The last track is “Tokyo Red Alert”. This rad song is about when the band got stuck in Japan during Typhoon Hagibis. Can you imagine being a world away from home during such a chaotic event? I love everything about this track. It’s rad the band can take these interesting events like this and make a killer song. Upon record release day the band also announced a huge US and European tour. They are playing Denver on 6/20/2022 with No Bueno and Red Stinger! Get your tickets here, tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/394020. See tour poster for dates and times below.

In conclusion, the Drowns new EP, “Lunatics” is in one word, “Killer”. They continue to produce music that produces raw emotion, and makes you wanna bust the pit wide open. The Drowns are on the rise. Oh did you notice they’re also playing Rebellion fest? So congrats to the Drowns on their new unbelievable good record!

“Cling to your bible and your wallet too
Avert your eyes and try to muscle through
Cry about how hard it was for you
To sip your overpriced caffeine
Near the casualties of the American dream
You’re so obscene”

The Drowns – “Lunatics”

Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Live Like Yer Dyin
  2. Lunatics
  3. The Working Dead
  4. She’s the Knife
  5. Look What We’ve Become
  6. Tokyo Red Alert

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Release Date: September 3, 2020 (Music Video Released)              

Format: Digital and Physical (Get the vinyl)

Label: Pirate Press Records

Location: 

  • Seattle

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Rev (vocals/guitar), 
  • Andy Wyle (bass/vocals), 
  • Jonny Wade (guitar), 
  • Jake Margolis (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Black Lung

Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and the Street Dogs 


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2020 sucks, but there’s one thing I have loved so far and it’s Seattle based, The Drown’s album, ‘Under Tension’. The band dropped a new video this morning for “Black Lung”. You can watch it below. Be sure to read everything you need to know about The Drowns here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/?s=the+drowns.

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Release Date: January 17, 2020                 

Format: Digital and Physical (Get the vinyl)

Label: Pirate Press Records

Location: 

  • Seattle, WA

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Aaron Rev (vocals/guitar), 
  • Andy Wyle (bass/vocals), 
  • Jonny Wade (guitar), 
  • Jake Margolis (drums)

Favorite Tracks: Cue The Violins, Black Lung, Them Rats, Battery Station, 

Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and the Street Dogs 


Let’s take the way back machine to October 12, 2018. Colorado Punk Rock Army was starting to pick up steam and this was directly related to two important events. We brought in our first female team member, Lala. This sarcastic gem of a lady is still kicking ass with us today. The second important event was that Lala reviewed, The Drown’s, “View From The Bottom”

Let’s face the hard reality when it comes to today’s music industry. Local bands, podcasts, and zines face a daily struggle to just stick around. They try to beat social media algorithms, and budget every move they make. Only to get a couple of shares or make 17 cents on Spotify. So after Lala published her review above. Something drastically changed CPRA for the better.  

Within a week Lala’s review had raked up almost a thousand views! To this day that post has the most views ever on our website. So I, Skabones naturally wanted to know why this particular post was so popular. Sadly I don’t have time to check out everything as much as I’d like. It turns out the Drowns kick ass! “View From The Bottom” has been on my constant rotation ever since October 2018.  

So today marks a special day it’s release day for their new record, “Under Tension”. This is their second full album release. It is my lawful duty as a punk and a writer to give this record the old full CPRA album review treatment. The album starts with, “Black Lung”. The intro riff is nuts! The chorus is catchy and a tale of sounds to come. We all have that black lung that festers and keeps us thinking. 

Next up is a personal favorite, “Them Rats”. I love an angry fist pumping sound. This track is politically charged and is reminiscent of Cocksparrer or the Transplants. It sits on a nifty ledge of punk and ska. Aaron’s vocals are killer while the heavy bass and drums inflict the power in his voice. “Wolves On The Throne follows with Andy Wyle on vocals. Andy’s voice is remarkable and sounds so much like Pete Shelley I had to check twice.

The track focuses on social justice and calls for a strong resistance to fascism. Check out these kick ass lyrics! The guitar solo towards the end is an awesome throwback to classic punk rock.

“Their numbers are thinning
It’s just the beginning
Compassion’s in fashion, my friend
I’ll bet my empathy
Against their bigotry
Ignorance won’t win again”

“Hold Fast” is next and continues that in your face assault. Aaron is back with some deep bass vocals. This is a unification song that could easily end up being a popular soccer anthem. I can see crowds of people pumping fists, cheering drinks, and slamming each other in the pit. “One More Pint” is next and thus the reason I mentioned the Tossers above. The track is obvious in title. It’s about hitting the town, after a long week, joining your friends for a nice pint. I LOVE this song! Be prepared to hear this one on your local juke. Will it replace “We Are The Brews”? I sure hope so!

“Demons” is next with Andy back on vocals. We must defeat our demons to carry on! I’m not sure if there is a female on backing vocals, but it adds that extra something to make this song fantastic. 

The next track is for every person who ever felt, “Not good enough” to be dating someone or “Out of your league”. A simple love song about admitting insecurities. We have all been there. Yet eventually you will find that one person that doesn’t give a shit. They will accept you for you. Now that’s punk rock! “Cue The Violins” follows again with Andy on vocals. Check out the opening lyrics! 

“She’s a pistol with a loaded gun
Cocked and raised in the morning sun
Taking aim at all the men
Who would try to reign her in
She’s a feminist flamethrower
Unrepentant whistle blower
A bulldozer to the system
And she’s on the move again”

Not only does this track rock, but the message is strong! We MUST support equality in every shape and fashion. We  MUST lift up those that have been historically oppressed. “The Harder They Come, They Harder They Fall”. Another unification track about fighting religious extremism and choosing a life for you! I love the chorus! Jake’s drums are fast and loud! 

The next song is “The Unknown”. This track is pogo friendly and fast.  It seems almost made for union brothers and sisters. The heavy bass lines, guitar riffs sound a bit on the rockabilly side. Man this band continues to surprise me! Next up is another personal favorite song, “Battery Street”.

“Look mister please the only difference between you and me is I know who I am
I know where I’m from
I’ve got skin in the game”

Have you ever thought about the people that bust their ass to keep America running? I’m talking about dock workers, electricians, plumbers, truckers, etc. They bust their ass so we can be clothed, fed, and bed. I think we forget the sacrifices these people make every day. I could be wrong here, but I think this track is a tribute to Woody Guthrie’s, “Roll On Columbia ” or to the pacfice northwest in general. 

Well I have rambled on long enough and it’s time to wrap this one up. The Drown’s, “Under Tension” is master crafted and encompassing everything we love about good old fashion punk rock and roll. The anthems, musicianship and lyrical content is making me throw this album in for Best Punk Rock Album of 2020! You MUST check it out here, https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/pages/the-drowns

Someone buy some for me!!!!

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Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Black Lung 
  2. Them Rats
  3. Wolves On The Throne 
  4. Hold Fast 
  5. One More Pint 
  6. Demons
  7. Wastin’ Time 
  8. Cue The Violins 
  9. The Harder They Come 
  10. The Unknown
  11. Battery Street 

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