Today we are streaming a brand-new song from California-based pop-punk act Point Of View. The band...
Taking after the sounds of classic punk power trios, Point of View is an up-and-coming punk rock band out of San Jose, CA. With a punk base similar to old Green Day and NOFX, the group leans toward the Bay Area pop-punk sound and brings a hook-laden attitude to the genre.
After meeting in middle school, bassist Michael Bragg, drummer/vocalist John Wallace and guitarist/vocalist Curtis Wallace began to write punk tunes and even recorded a full-length album in the 7th grade. Another release followed shortly after, but it wasn’t until after those outputs that the band began taking themselves seriously.
The group independently released a full-length titled Sideshow Years in September 2011 that was later re-released by the band's current label, Hella Mad Records. The album was in the works for five years, with the band creating a DIY, makeshift home studio in a friend’s garage and tracking the entire record on its own. Scott Goodrich mixed and mastered the album.
Considering the DIY nature of the recording of Sideshow Years, the record is surprisingly clean-sounding. While the rugged nature of the band’s sound is prevalent, opener “The On-Going Two Faced Dilemma” provides a crystal-clear bass line to carry the track, bringing back memories of Rise Against and Green Day’s early releases before Point of View kicks in some ska/reggae portions. Meanwhile, tracks like “The F.D.A. Steals Your Personality” show the band’s earnest youth, bringing comparisons of peers Emily’s Army. While horns and reggae influences are present throughout the whole album, the focus is certainly on the punk rock here, with those influences brought in only at times.
Point Of View is now set to release a five-song EP titled Burner on March 29, 2012. Burner sees Point of View continuing its march in catchy old-school pop-punk, with tracks like "Home" providing sing-along parts for fans. The album will be made available via Hella Mad Records.