Been kind of treading water mentally as of late, so I kind of just wanted a carefree rocker that kicks in some energy, which is one of the reasons I’m jamming on this new track from BILK. First, I’ll be honest, I was drawn to the single because of its nod to one of my favorite soccer players ever, Sir Bobby Charlton. Second, the track’s just a fury of British affectation and gritty guitar; lyrically it also touches on fanaticism in football, as the narrator still aligns his own misfortune with that of the English team in the World Cup. Fun little jam, this.
With a couple of LPs under their belt and tours with Mannequin Pussy, California’s Destroy Boys continue their rise with another great single in 2020 (they dropped “Fences” earlier). This track brings the band’s tenacity and spins it through this swelling pop lens of huge riffs and crashing cymbals. It’s one of the great things about good pop punk; you can hear the anthemic nature even with the discord swirling through your ear canal. Plus, you’re never going to go wrong throwing some soaring “oohs” in the background juxtaposed against a brash explosion like the one that occurs at the 2 minute mark. Fingers crossed we get a new LP this year!
I loved the shit out of Second Home (2016), and I felt like Dogbreth generated some decent buzz, so I was surprised to not hear from them. But, like all things, Tristan had to move, so the band changed up until he found friends in Seattle, his new home. And, all of a sudden there’s a brand new LP of great pop rock tracks that you should turn up real loud right this instant. The opening tracks have some punch, but don’t worry about getting burnt out, as you’ll find a few slow jams like “Walk You Again” to sort of cleanse the palate. It’s like this glorious hodgepodge of power pop, pop punk, emo and indie rock, all rolled into this delicious package built for repeat rock listens. Ever Loving is a great LP, and I just now found out about it! Go grab it from the band now!
I’m really hopeful that the new Martha record will make waves over here, hopefully encouraging the band to do a lengthy tour that includes Austin on this go-round. The band craft some of the catchiest pop-punk around, and Love Keeps Kicking is sure to fulfill on the continued progress of the hit-making machine. I love a band that can match the vocals, the drums and the guitars all at once, crashing down with this euphoric feeling that makes you happy to be alive. The video even has a nice little breakdown near the end, or an interlude, just to tease us with another round of hooks. The new record drops on April 1st via Big Scary Monsters/Dirtnap Records.
There’s a long list of Dirtnap Records acts that I adore, and Steve Adamyk Band is just one of those in that list. So, when they announce a new album, I’m here to tell you about it. It’s an energetic pop punk blaster, furiously pumping along and best consumed at loud volumes. I dig the way the vocals have a gang vocal backing up the main vocal, giving this anthemic punch to the lyrical content. It’s good to see Steve circling back to what he and his band do best; I expect I’ll enjoy Paradise quite a bit when it drops on March 15th.
I spent my early days slanging shirts for a pop-punk band, so listening to Little Junior almost 20 years later is sort of a trip down memory lane. The group employs similar songwriting, loud/quiet/loud, with plenty of arena ready hooks in the chorus; they also don’t shy away from being aggressive, albeit for just a brief moment. Singer Rane is said to have written to to have penned the song per the incessant request of his boyfriend; the power of love always leads to the hits! The group are hitting up a bunch of dates with Born Ruffians at the moment, but be sure to grab their debut Hi when it drops next Friday via Grand Jury Music/Royal Mountain.
If you didn’t check out the site this week, I’ve been big on posting upbeat, high energy tracks to break out of my normal sad bastard vibe. Continuing my new vibe is Toronto based outfit Little Junior with their new song “Buzz Off”. Seriously, this track is just about as perfect you can get in the pop/punk genre while keeping a slight bit of edge to the sound. It’s like if Weezer still wrote good songs!
Little Junior will release new LP Hi on May 11th via Grand Jury Music.
Austin’s Breaklights headed up to Fort Collins’ Blasting Room to record their latest EP; it’s the famed studio for so many of your favorite pop punk rockers. Of course, that’s an easy way to describe the band’s sound, though I sort of hear a hint of Matt Skiba in the vocals…not a bad thing by any means. For me, the best thing about a good pop punk rocker is the hook, and these guys have that for days; I put them right alongside our favorites Basketball Shorts as best pop-bunkers in town. Look for their Don’t Try So Hard EP on January 19th next year!
That’s right, summer’s right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with our friends Basketball Shorts! The pop punkers have just announced a brand new 7″ for Spain’s Jarama Records, with this brand new anthem, aptly titled “This Summer.” For those that devoured the ATH released, Hot and Ready, you already know you’re going to get an energetic bit of pop music that will engrain itself in your brain. With only a few days left in the school year (for me anyways), seems like the perfect time to give you a listen to this hit.
Looks like today’s going to be a day for rock n’ roll, and this poppy bit of punk rock from Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs is perfect. They kick out an anthemic style akin to our local favorites Basketball Shorts, filled with huge hook-laden riffs and lyrics to scream at the top of your lungs. What separates the group from their peers, at least in this number, is the chorus, touching up the tune with just a hint of clarity. They’re releasing their self-titled debut on Burger/Dine Alone on July 28th…and it’ll probably be filled with infectious numbers that’ll stick in your head for some time.
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