Pop Punk Revival

Pop punk music has had something of a revival in recent years, with the genre emerging once again. Because of this, there are lots of new underground bands on the scene, just waiting to be discovered. In this round-up review, I take a look at several bands/artists within the underground pop punk scene – don’t forget to check out the playlist at the bottom too!

Review by Jane Howkins

Picture by The Inevitables

The Inevitables – Florida Moon

Kicking this list off in style are The Inevitables, a band from Florida with a ska punk vibe to their music. Florida Moon has an effortless feeling of cool to it, with a slow reggae rhythm mixing well with the piano and basslines. The vocals sound smooth – the music also has some harmonic backing vocals which make the music sound even more awesome. It’s slightly slower than some of the other songs here, but The Inevitables are well worth checking out!

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Tired Of Fighting – Chocolate

Chocolate starts out a little more mid tempo than a lot of the songs here, but the time signature does change quite a bit, with faster moments also present. The guitar melodies and vocals have that classic pop punk feel to them, with a real sense of urgency present in the vocal lines. It’s catchy, but also has a heavier feel to it than some of the more mainstream pop punk songs currently available, appealing to those into their punk rock music as well.

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Allie Lune – All The Things I Would Do

All The Things I Would Do is also a little different from the typical pop-punk mould, having moments of surf rock and ska within it. The bassline running through the music sounds great, and at times I was reminded of the old school rock and roll music that became popular in the 50s/60s, in part due to the rhythm. Allie Lune’s vocals are great, combining well with the overlapping synths.

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Detention – Not To Go

We’ve featured Detention here a few times over the past year or so, so I’m always pleased to hear new music from them. Not To Go is the title of their latest song, being the first track on this list to fit the typical pop-punk template. The tempo is fast, yet the music is also extremely catchy, suiting the pop punk genre right down to the ground. It’s great to hear more women singing this style of music, especially when the vocals are this good!

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Raging Clue – Chapters

Chapters sounds like a classic pop punk song from the off, with an epic and anthemic sound immediately present within the the track. Raging Clue have a great sense of melody and rhythm – the guitar melodies build up a catchy wall of sound, alongside the upbeat percussion and bass melodies. The vocals have an amazing sound to them and I also loved the different dynamics on display here – the tempo is changed several times, keeping listeners constantly guessing!

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Gloomy June – Save Anyone

Gloomy June are a San Francisco based band more in line with the indie rock movement, although they do have some elements of pop punk in their music. Save Anyone is the title of this song, with the track kicking off with an amazing electric guitar melody that continues through the verses. The vocals are amazing and work well with the rest of the track, making it sound even more catchy! These guys are headed for big things, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Echo Coast – Drinkin’ In Berlin

Drinkin’ In Berlin starts out with a programmed sounding percussive beat, before the music kicks in proper. The song sounds like a punk song from the 70s, in terms of the guitar chords used and the production quality. It’s rare to hear this form of pop-punk being played in the modern era, so I was really pleased to hear Echo Coast’s newest song, especially when it’s this catchy – the backing vocals also have a gospel style to them too, which works surprisingly well!

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Yearlong – Playing Out

Yearlong are a band from the North of England, having that classic pop-punk/emo sound to their music, giving me a lot of nostalgia for my youth. Playing Out has an immense amount of energy to it – the guitar melodies sound huge, especially when combined with the rest of the instrumentation. The vocals are a throwback to the pop punk days of yore, although the music does have a modern twist to it too.

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Sneakthief – Yellowstone

Yellowstone has a slightly mellower sound than some of the other songs here, with the track being played mostly on an acoustic guitar. Despite the acoustic nature of the song, the vocals and fast rhythm place Sneakthief’s latest firmly in the pop punk/emo genre, seeing the band singing about the national park in the state of Wyoming. The strings were a lovely surprise too, adding a folky quality to the music.

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Sweet, Coins! – Worth It

The curiously titled Sweet, Coins! are an up and coming alt rock band from Hertfordshire, who also have some elements of pop punk in their music, as can be heard in new track, Worth It. As soon as the song starts, it’s clear that the British band have a wealth of talent – the main melody is really catchy and I loved the chugging guitar style on the verses. It’s a really upbeat song, making you want to get up and dance straight away!

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Lost Like Lions – Back To Life

Back To Life is a little slower than some of the other songs here, but there’s still a distinctive pop punk vibe to the music. Whilst the track starts out slowly, the tempo soon picks up, giving Lost Like Lions’ latest release an epic and anthemic feel. I liked the change in dynamics between the chorus and verses, with the vocals and lyrics suiting the genre well.

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N4November – Constant Reminder

N4November is the moniker of Alex, the solo member of the project, performing all the instruments himself. This makes Constant Reminder sound even more impressive, as the music is simply amazing! Alex has a great vocal range and the synth layers that run through the song make it sound very unique, especially for the pop punk genre. The music has a really anthemic sound to it, especially on the chorus.

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ibbi Too Vicious – Closed Doors

I featured ibbi Too Vicious in a similar review last year, so his track Closed Doors seems to have come around at just the right time! The track is more on the pop side of things, but the fast paced rhythm still gives it a punky vibe. The vocals have an emotive intensity, with a fast paced flow to them that is rather impressive at times. Closed Doors will appeal to those into their more mainstream pop music, as well as pop punk fans.

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Caroline Reilly – Break The World

Caroline Reilly is an up-and-coming artist from Atlanta – she’s only 18, making the music she makes sound incredibly impressive from someone of such a young age! Caroline has a fantastic voice, really shining through on Break The World. The song is on the lighter end of the pop punk spectrum, sounding incredibly catchy, particularly on the chorus. The song still has a feeling of attitude to it though, giving the music a harder edge.

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Nate Mosley – WESTSIDE

WESTSIDE starts out with Nate Mosley’s amazing vocals, suiting the pop punk genre very well. The guitar melody performed on the verses and the pre-verse has a really addictive feel to it – it’s impossible to listen to this song and not want to listen to it on repeat! The track hits a heavier note towards the end, making you want to bang your head along to the music, containing a frantic burst of energy that I loved.

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Hyattsvillain – Dr. Colorado

Rounding this list off is the song Dr. Colorado by Hyattsvillain, another band we’ve featured before in recent times. The track sounds amazing from the off, with a fast paced rhythm and some immense bass/guitar lines being the name of the game here. It’s possibly the heaviest song o this list, heading into punk and garage rock territory at times, bridging the gap between pop punk and punk rock nicely.

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