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Is there a new trend brewing and, more importantly, can we stop it? I honestly don't know what to call it ... beside the pussification of pop-punk.
Boys Like Girls
We the Kings
All Time Low
Cute is What We Aim For
Pop-punk was always the genre that got shit on 5 years ago - people made fun of bands like New Found Glory and Blink 182 -- now by comparison they look hardcore. As record sales have dwindled, boys with lame haircuts have decided to sell records (and get into girls pants) they need to slow their music way down. They write the same mid-tempo songs as everyone else, use the same song structures, and put out albums virtually indistinguishable from each other. I never thought I'd look at a list of bands and say "The Cab" have the most versatility amongst the band's they're in line with. Hell, at this point Fall Out Boy's music packs a harder punch than most of the new pop-punk bands on the market. Shouldn't everyone wanting success be emulating the most successful?
Blah. Yep, I'm complaining. Mostly because if this is the way the trends continue to play out ... we're going to see more of this. And if it continues to get popular, it'll mean we end up having to cover more of it. And there's just too many other pop-punk bands that I actually think make better music. Faster, tighter, better structure, better lyrics, better sound. Have the ears of the youth changed - or is it a matter of exposure? Not sure - but pop-punk is starting to suck.
The new New Found Glory will be great and won't sell half what the bands above are selling while they hold 1/10th the influence, talent, and ability as NFG. Fucccccccckkkk that.
People can listen to what they want - I'm fine with that - I was the leper when I was first getting into the music scene because I probably liked then what's the equivalent to the above bands now. But I would feel such a wave of embarrassment driving down the road with the windows down with any of the above albums playing - let alone in front of my friends. People would honestly wonder if I was listening to Nsync - it's music for dudes in tight jeans to fuck girls in bright colors. That's all I see.
Stuff I'll listen to instead:
Four Year Strong
Fall Out Boy
Set Your Goals
New Found Glory
Jet Lag Gemini
New Found Glory
Hit the Lights