P.J.F. – “See It Through” (ep)

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May 172023

P.J.F, the side project of Christian punk band Peter118 has released a five song ep of punk and rock tracks leaning a bit away from the punk of Peter118 but still strong in their Christian message.

P.J.F., Put Jesus First, is an interesting side project from Peter (Szczepanski ) Field (Senseless, Ambassadors of Shalom, Peter 118).  I’m not sure the whole story here, but the title track actually dates back to at least 2020, so there must be some story there.  Peter118 has a bit of success and notoriety when the band’s 2016 Need You More ep caught the interest of legendary DJ Rodney Bengenheimer and the band’s video started getting some mainstream airplay.  Peter118 released an Anthology and live album in 2018 and that was the last I heard from them.

“See it Through” opens up the ep and is the track that has been around at least in video form since at least 2020 and from the opening, one can pick up that there is more of rock tone and structure to the song than the catchy melodic punk from Peter118, so there are some differences here.  My ears some early grunge influence going on reminiscent of something from Nirvana Bleach and then there is a pretty solid guitar solo to mix things up.

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Apr 252023

Thumper Punk Records is thrilled to release “See It Through” from PJF, the rock and metal side project from Stoke-on-Trent, England, based pop-punk legend Peter118. This album has all the melodic goodness of a Peter118 release, but features louder more gritty vocals, pummeling drums and masterful metal guitar shredding. Five songs to rattle your senses, and uplift your spirits.

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Apr 072023

Southern California punk band CPR317 have released Great Memories a retrospective of their catalog with three new songs and some live tracks added in for good measure covering 2014 – 2020.

CPR317 has been releasing their brand of Southern California punk rock since 2014 or so and strangely enough had a live album as their first release in 2014, which I reviewed earlier Live at Fuzion. At the time it was an impressive debut and it’s good to see those tracks making it back here in this collection along with the ep In the Business, which I also reviewed and liked back in 2016. Since then the father/son duo who are most of the band have released an ep in 2019, Turn it Up, which has the first three tracks on this release and they recorded “WhoSoEver”, “Psalm 31”, and “We’re Coming Back (live)” which is a Cock Sparrer cover to complete this compilation. From a lyrics view, the band is unapologetically Christian in focus, which should be obvious given “Psalm 31” is one of their tracks. CPR definitely fits within the Thumper Punk Records roster and reminds me at times of True Liberty who is also on that label.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at songs I haven’t reviewed before. “Turn it Up” opens very much like “Suspect Device” by Still Little Fingers, which is a very good thing and fits with how they’ve been described in the past as having Damned, Dead Kennedys, Still Little Fingers, and Cock Sparrer as influences. The song is fast, has some great gravelly vocals and perhaps some guitar parts not usually heard in punk songs. Great gang vocals, solid drums and bass work and catchiness, make this a great opening track.

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Mar 172023

Thumper Punk Records is honored to release “Great Memories: The Best of the CPR Years 2014-2022” from Orange County based punk band CPR317. The release features three new tracks, the band’s catalog newly remastered, and several live recordings.

Re-energized and refueled, CPR317 pulls all their essential music into one consistent release to celebrate their memories and to double down on their musical ministry. With classic punk influences ranging from Black Flag to Cock Sparrer to the Dead Boys, the band’s core focus remains sharing their faith and joyful hearts through fast powerful punk music.

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Dec 282022

Today marks the release of “Standing United with Tina”, a two volume music compilation to raise funds to help pay medical expenses of Tina Chaves, publisher of the Punk N Praise webzine. Tina has been a long-standing supporter of the punk and hardcore community, publishing a quarterly webzine containing band interviews, album reviews, poetry, artwork, coffee commentary, and the latest scene news, with many of the bands covered sharing her Christian faith. Tina has been diagnosed with cancer, a disease that has already impacted her family, and will be starting chemotherapy treatments soon. 34 bands have lovingly contributed songs to help support Tina through music, and hopefully raise some funds for our dear friend’s treatment. Both volumes are free or “pay what you want” with all funds going to Tina’s medical expenses.

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