Posts Tagged ‘pop punk’

May 30, 2018

I might not listen to pop punk as much as I used to a decade ago, but The Ones You Forgot quickly reawaken my love of the genre with their magnificent new anthem Here Forever. The quartet, who hails from Brick, NJ, recently shared their music video for the sweeping, soaring song from their upcoming second EP, Too Afraid To Say, set for release on June 29th. Here Forever encompasses the notion that you can never be ready for the death of a loved one. Paramore’s raw fire meets a hint of Evanescence’s darkness and rich sonorous vocals. And there’s a very epic guitar solo, too. You can preorder The Ones You Forgot’s new EP, here.

May 22, 2018

Brooke Candy, whom I oft associate with fellow pop phenom Charli XCX due to their fabulous collaborations together in the past, takes no prisoners with her latest unbridled song, WAR. The edgy and imaginative LA-based singer songwriter heralds in a new pop-punk direction on the politically charged song which fuses elements of thrash and hardcore with

gritty sharp hooks and a bloodthirsty rejection of the status quo. The vehemence of WAR’s raucous grunge pop rivals that of Sleigh Bells’ strident offerings, paired with the jarring edginess of M.I.A.’s hip hop. “‘WAR’ speaks to what is happening on planet earth – how the political and cultural landscapes are so unfair,” says Brooke on the track. “It’s an anthem to wake people up and seek aggressive change in the world; to protest and shake things up.” We love how much Brooke Candy shakes us up with WAR, which can be found on iTunes, here.

February 16, 2018

Those who are patient are well rewarded, especially when it comes to Bloodboy and her sultry romping music. It took the Los Angeles based surfer-turned-musician nearly a year to release her latest single, Sex Crime. In the meanwhile, we’ve nearly gone unhinged, wondering when and if she’d re-emerge with new material. Lexie Papilion more than enraptured us in the past with her fiery magnetism and gutsy spirit. The songwriter, producer, and (scintillating) performer pelted our hearts with a dashing brand of rambunctiously smoldering pop punk. Today, she marks her return with that very same blazing confidence and igneous charisma on Sex Crime, a crunchy jangling, burly whirling swarm of pop rock, overflowing with Papilion’s ever impassioned wails and white-hot yelps, which tend to remind us of Karen O. The cocky strutting, melodic


single is taken from Bloodboy’s forthcoming debut album Punk Adjacent, set for release this summer. 

Papilion, who wrote and co-produced the song, explains: ‘”Sex Crime" is about a woman in her early 20s who is pursued by a young man in his late teens, and while she can’t deny she feels a certain attraction to him, she ultimately decides he’s too young. Sex Crime is meant to reflect the nuanced nature of love and lust, as well as a comment on the rigidity of our legal system in regards to romantic relationships it deems inappropriate. 

While I believe there is no “magic age” dictating our physical or emotional capacity to consent, I do believe we have a moral responsibility to recognize and accept the inherent power imbalance at play between two people when there is a large disparity in age.’ We can breath much easier now that we know a Bloodboy full length is on its way. For now, you can purchase Sex Crime from iTunes, here, and bop out to the frisky, feisty tune to your heart’s content. 

February 8, 2018

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. As much as it’s a day when many celebrate the beauty of love, it’s also a day that many choose to hate, whether due to the fact that there’s a lack of love in their lives, or because they just hate how commercialized Valentine’s Day has become. San Diego surf punk band The Frights seem to fall in the latter. The four piece band just signed to Epitaph Records, and their new song on the label is a bitter lilting, acerbic chugging punk anthem named Valentine’s Sux. The Frights may not have a quarrel with Valentine’s Day itself, but they wax crestfallen over a breakup on the Weezer meets FIDLAR like charmer. The Frights are preparing to hit the road this March, and they’ll be making an appearance at SXSW, too. Keep up with the band on their website, here.

January 24, 2018

Canadian rock duo Partner won over an abundance of hearts last year with their melodious thrashing, angsty stirring music, landing themselves on many a bands to watch list. They also released their debut album In Search Of Lost Time, and now they’ve revealed a video for album cut Everybody Knows. If there’s anybody I suddenly want to hit a grocery store with or run amok on suburban streets with right now, it’s Partner, thanks to their charming new video. Chunky chugging Everybody Knows is a wonderfully hooking burst of the pair’s hybrid pop punk/alt rock sound. You can grab Partner’s album from Bandcamp, here.

January 20, 2018

It’s apparent from our inaugural encounter with Candy Ambulance that their grunge rock is oodles of fiery spirited, resolutely unabashed fun. New single Spray is a surge of raw chaotic power, a wild and untamed two minute voyage that leaves us craving for more. The New York trio breathes new life into DIY punk and 90′s grunge with the punchy driving pop rock eruption, which vocalist and front-woman Caitlin Barker describes as a reflection of mania. Manic we are for the vociferous anthem, which arrives ahead of Candy Ambulance’s east coast spring tour. Spray, a riotous combination of SLØTFACE’s punk and Savages’ noise rock, is the second single and title track from the band’s upcoming EP, scheduled for release on February 16th. Stream their music on Spotify, here.

January 16, 2018

A sweet and savory garage pop wonderland engulfs us as we dive into Melted Ice Cream, the latest from Glaswegian punk rockers Lucia. The Scottish band perked many an ear when they first surfaced in the scene last year, and they’re off to a great start this year, too. Part Pixies, part Dum Dum Girls, and part Best Coast, Melted Ice Cream is as delicious a scuzzy, gravelly tune as its name might suggest. Who doesn’t want to slurp up some sumptuous ice cream, even though it’s not a hot sweltering summer’s day? You can take the single for a spin (but you’ll want seconds and thirds) on Spotify, here, too.

January 9, 2018

I have a feeling many of you are already familiar fans of Tonight Alive, a pop punk/pop rock band from Australia who’ve been around since 2008. The quartet are currently ramping up for the release of their fourth studio album, Underworld, and they’ve released a music video for its third single, Disappear, a resounding and magnificent alt anthem featuring none other than Lynn Gunn of ever popular Massachusetts synthy alt rock band PVRIS. Tonight Alive singer Jenna McDougall explains: “Disappear is a song about the escapist inside all of us. As you can expect from Tonight Alive, the lyrics discuss freedom, but this time with a flavour of anonymity and detachment. Disappear was written with the intention of sounding neither like Pvris or Tonight Alive, and aimed to capture the sonic imagery of a long straight highway out of your comfort zone.” Underworld hits the stores on January 12th via Hopeless Records, pre-order, here.

December 16, 2017

Our Friday evening rock adventures continues with a new music video from Indigo Husk, a lo-fi indie rock band who just finished touring the UK in support of IHM favorite, Will Joseph Cook. They wrap up the year by unleashing the visual accompaniment for their jaunty bopping, crunchy riotous garage punk single Waste Of A Year. Our year is obviously no waste now that we’ve come across this English quartet and their wildly infectious song, which sort of sounds like a cross between The Libertines and California’s very own rising punk stars, SWMRS. Snag the jam, here, and listen to more of this budding four piece’s music on Soundcloud, here.

December 16, 2017

Pop punk/emo rock band Waterparks are poised to release their sophomore album Entertainment on January 26th via Equal Vision Records, and with it, they’re ready to take 2018 by storm. The Houston based trio give us an endearing taste from the record with new video and sweetly melting song Lucky People. It’s a charming acoustic love song whose visuals were filmed while the band was in Boston in the Made In America tour. 

Awsten of the band says (in all ecstatic caps, no less), “THIS IS THE MOST HAPPY JASON MRAZ ASS SONG YOU EVER SAW. ALSO THE SADDEST. YOU DECIDE, I GUESS. COOL. YEAH. ART. ENJOY THIS METAPHOR.” Pre-order Entertainment, here.