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3irty – Dark Thoughts: Caustically Energetic Pop Punk

If you’re looking for some caustically energetic Pop Punk Post Rock to add to your playlists, look no further than the latest release “Dark Thoughts” from up and coming artist 3irty.

There’s always been a beautiful irony in the Pop Punk which allows the artist to scream their melancholy at the top of their lungs over a contrastingly euphoric beat, and with Dark Thoughts, you can truly appreciate the way the angst amplifies the expression.

3irty has made it all too easy to make a visceral connection with Dark Thoughts which alludes to how hard it can be to cope with the dark mind holes which we throw ourselves into and struggle to claw our way out.

You can check out 3irty’s latest single Dark Thoughts for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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For the Legion Return with their latest EP and standout single “Thin Air”

“Thin Air” is just one of the expressively poignant singles from For the Legion’s latest EP “Down the Path” which was released on May 24th, 2019. The Swedish Pop-Punk artists first put their deft hands, vision and vocal cords together in 2012, yet tracks such as Thin Air stand as a testament to the maturity of their stylistic and irrefutably sobering approach to sound.

The melody behind Thin Air may be kept simple, but this simply serves to amplify the power behind the lyricism and the vocals. The stripped back instrumental arrangement gives the harmony in the vocals plenty of room to breathe, yet there’s plenty of distinction found within the instrumentals through the infusion of classical strings.

You can check out For the Legion’s single Thin Air for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sarah Sunday – Come and Find Me: Up and Coming Pop Punk Royalty

Hit play on the official video to Sarah Sunday’s latest single “Come and Find Me” and it’s instantly perceptible that the up and coming Pop Punk star has an infinite amount of commercial appeal.

Any fans of Paramore are sure to find plenty of endearment in the punchy energy possessed by Sara Sunday. It’s not all too often that I can describe a track as ‘perfect’. But considering the sharpness of the hooks and the striking power contained within Sarah Sunday’s vocal range I’m left with very few other options on how to describe what she has cooked up with Come and Find Me.

If you can tear yourself away from her vocals, you’ll be able to enjoy the vibrant and tight instrumental arrangement which packs in plenty of anthemics. Along with chunky riffs and bendy basslines, you’ll also be able to appreciate sonic synth lines which give Come and Find Me a nice contemporary feel.

You can check out Sarah Sunday’s latest single Come and Find Me for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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DUSTY TUCKER – Twenty Whatever: The Angst-Driven Evolution of Pop Punk

“Twenty Whatever” is the recently released single off the up and coming Rock powerhouse DUSTY TUCKER. While you’ll probably make a lot of assumptions about the band going by that name, I’d be willing to put money on the fact that you’ve never heard anything like what the band created in their most inventive single yet.

Twenty Whatever may kick off leaving you under the impression that you’ve hit play on an amped up Pop Punk track with teeth, but one the momentum starts to peak the track take a genius turn to incorporate elements of Trap. Usually when you listen to Trap vocals, they’re grating at best and are resting on a platform constructed of tinny 808’s yet. In DUSTY TUCKER’s prodigal hands, the angst-driven lyrics are accompanied with impressively crunchy guitars and acoustic drums which bring the bounce to the beat.

You can check out DUSTY TUCKER’s latest single Twenty Whatever for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Repeat Script – What Were You Thinking?: Long Reign the Antagonistic Bite of Pop Punk

Alt Rock new comer Repeat Script’s latest single “What Were You Thinking?” isn’t quite as antagonistic as you’d expect from the title. Instead, the track captures angst and places it into a Pop Punk soundscape which any fans of Neck Deep are sure to appreciate.

Instrumentally, Repeat Script certainly don’t sound as though they’ve just dropped their first single. Instead the tonal synergy of the instrumentals scream maturity as they sit in such a tightly concordant arrangement. Yet, that probably has a lot to do with the fact that Repeat Script is the work of solo artist Stu Watts who as well as being a one man instrumental powerhouse, also has the ability to bring gritty, raw, and angsty emotion to the table with his vocals.

You can check out Repeat Script’s single What Were You Thinking? For yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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4 Minutes Later – This is London: A Pop Punk Attack of the Capital

This is London is the debut single from up and coming rock outfit 4 Minutes Later. I’ll admit it, I was stumped by it. Listening to a catchy intellectual narrative about the disparity of living in England’s capital being versed by archetypally American Pop Punk style vocals kind of threw me. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the anthemic twist on classic odes to how odious the streets of London can be, it may be a million miles away from London’s Burning by the Clash but 4 Minutes Later certainly have their own unique edge which makes a raucously inviting hit. Instrumentally the guitar-driven progression to This is London was absolutely flawless and I can’t help but applaud the powerhouse’s approach to their debut single.

You can check out 4 Minutes Later’s paradoxically pleasing latest single This is London for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hitlist – I Am in Love with An Idiot: The Band Pop Punk Has Been Waiting For

If the lyrics to Hitlist’s latest single ‘I Am in Love with An Idiot’ don’t resonate then quite honestly, I envy you. But even if you’re not moved by the sentiment, you’ll definitely be caught up in the Ska rhythms the up and coming powerhouse have packed into their punchy, high-octane sticky-sweet melodies.

Whilst the instrumentals were safely kept within the Pop Punk/Ska arena, the vocals didn’t fail to resound with a delectably inviting yet simultaneously anarchistic Post Punk twang. Brighton has always been the home of sensationally styled pioneering acts, Hitlist definitely aren’t an exception to the rule with their vibrant, instantly accessible sound. I can’t even imagine how amazing the energy of Hitlist would be at their live shows!

You can check out the Pop Punk masterpiece I Am in Love with An Idiot out for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now, while you’re over there, check out their other recently released singles.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blood People – Shapeshifter: Female-Fronted Pop Punk isn’t Dead

By the sounds of Blood People’s latest single Shapeshifter Pop Punk Riot Grrrl has made a come back with a fiercer bite than ever. The female vocals carry an undeniable reminiscence to Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, yet the punchy, angular instrumental melodies carry all of the bouncing hype of bands such as the Offspring and Rancid.

In short, every second of the angsty progression won’t fail to leave you in a state of empowered euphoria as you listen to the aggression spill from the vocalist’s gutturally raw style. There’s a fabulous drawl to the vocals as lyrics weave into the amplified sound. I can only imagine what Blood People could bring to their live performances. Even though Blood People carry a lot of essence from time’s past, they’re undeniably one of the most conceptually pioneering acts to be gracing Chicago with their aural wrath.

You can check out Blood People’s latest single Shapeshifter for yourselves by heading over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The American Classic – Blossom: The Punchiest Pop Punk released this side of 00’s

Pop Punk and Alt Rock fans alike; you’re in for an absolute treat with the American Classic’s latest single Blossom.     In fact, it’s actually pretty hard believing that the track was recorded this side of the 00’s. It carries waves of the nostalgia as you soak up the same euphoric aura as exuded by bands such as Blink 182, New Found Glory, Yellow Card and Taking Back Sunday. Although, I hope the iconic acts will forgive me for saying that the instrumentals to the American Classic’s single Blossom were infinitely better. The chord progressions packed plenty of momentum as they worked to amplify the classic Americana Alt Rock vocals, proving that as a band they’re an absolute powerhouse of musicians. I’m pretty sure drum rolls don’t get tighter than they do in Blossom. With a sound as polished as The American Classic created with Blossom it’s hard to see this band staying around on the underground for long. They’re more than just an assimilation of their predecessors with their approach to lyricism and vocal harmony they’ve proved that they’re so much more than an angsty collective of instrumentalists making music for the sake of it.

You can check out the title track to the American Classic’s debut EP Blossom along with the rest of the album over on SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Voodoo Kid – Do You Want Me for Lunch? Aural Alchemy of Raucous Revelry

Voodoo Kid have proven that there is no better introduction to a New Metal Pop Punk track than a Muse style bass riff before the rolling, punching rhythm of the instrumentals kicks into effect. Voodoo Kid possess all that you could possibly ask from a Pop Punk outfit, zealously strong vocals and an anthemic layering of instrumentals created by the prowess of the ragingly tight riffs and melodies. Whilst the New Mexico based collective don’t have an especially fresh take on sound, their delicious guitar licks and cacophonous drum rolls create the perfect aural alchemy of raucous revelry that no self-respecting Rock n’ Roll fan could turn their nose up at.

If you’re a fan of Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low or My Chemical Romance you can check out the official music video to Do You Want Me for Lunch on YouTube now.

Stay up to date with all of Voodoo Kid’s latest releases by following the band on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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