There are people that think pop-punk is a phase. That it’s music for youngins and you eventually grow out of it. Well, tell that to the older people who still play it and the older fans who still eat it up. Count me in as one of the latter, and if you read TPS enough I’m sure you’re also in either category. So, grab a slice of pizza, put your Vans-clad feet up and let’s create the soundtrack ya (pop) punk!
We Are The Movies – “The Story So Far”
Let’s start with this solid band from Columbus, Ohio. “The Story So Far” (The Story So Far?…“The Story So Far”??? HAHA MOAR POP-PUNK!) comes off their latest EP Get Busy Living…, which came out last month. (We reviewed it!) It’s a song about breaking free and carving your own path, with some awesome, driving bass pedal in the chorus. We Are The Movies play Road To Warped in June, but they should totally be on the actual tour sooner than later.
Heroes Like Villains – “Red Ribbons” (Ft. Christian Fisher)
Why not stay with Columbus right? Heroes Like Villains released their debut EP Amends in February, with this being the first single. It starts off with clean guitar and chorus vocals before a full-out intro-type interlude. Singer David Butler has softer vocals, but ones that do have the genre’s typical sound. They also duel with Settle Your Scores‘ Christian Fisher in the bridge and outro. (SYS is another Ohio pop-punk act, of course…MOAR POP-PUNK ZOMG!) Heroes Like Villains are in the running to play the Ernie Ball Stage at the Warped Tour’s Cleveland date, so go give them a vote.
Right On, Kid – “Excuse Me If This Gets Loud”
More Colu-…kidding! Albuquerque, New Mexico time! On The Brighter Side of Things is the debut EP from Right On, Kid. It came out last Friday, and this track is the opener. It slows things down from the first two songs in this “Track Listing”, although it does have fast moments too. Deliberate strumming drives this number about something unattainable. Also, Jaseboards, so…skateboarding is POP-PUNK LIKE WHOA. (It’s all working huh? Also, ignore the fact that the player says “Blackridge Drive”. It’ll play the song we talked about, although listen to the other one too obviously!)
Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”
Who the hell are these guys??? Blink-182 debuted their first single post-Tom Delonge yesterday, and it broke the rock section of the internet. “Bored To Death” sounds like latter-day Blink, but with the noted influence of new guitarist Matt Skiba. Travis Barker works the snare as he does, and gives the bass pedal a nice workout in the epic chorus. Mark Hoppus takes the vocal lead but Skiba’s there too, and if you worried about a Delonge-less Blink you clearly don’t realize how kickass Matt Skiba is. (He only fronts, you know, the best band in the world.) Their new album California is out July 1st, the 182nd day of the year (as astutely predicted by Chorus.fm’s Jason Tate).