‘Sick’ by Townies Is Anxious, Dynamic New England Pop Punk

‘Sick’ by Townies is folky, grimy punk rock with an anxiously urgent, poppy approach. This “punk rock trio formed in the woods of Croydon, NH,” but is now “based in Boston, MA,” they say. They describe themselves as, “purveyors of bangers and broc.” These guys definitely traffic in raucous, rollicking tunes to say the least. They are unafraid to let their work develop and come … Continue reading ‘Sick’ by Townies Is Anxious, Dynamic New England Pop Punk

Gleaneagle’s ‘2009’ Is Clean, Concise Indie-Oriented Pop Punk

Gleneagle’s ‘2009’ is slick, pounding indie rock with a poppy, punky flair. This personally-oriented, deeply nostalgic tune holds close a lot of the lyrical hallmarks of a genre like emo. In spite of that, the music itself feels like it lies more in the realm of pop punk. Continue reading Gleaneagle’s ‘2009’ Is Clean, Concise Indie-Oriented Pop Punk

Caesar Nixon’s ‘Pleading Insanity on a Parking Ticket’ Is Lo-Fi Bedroom Emo

Caesar Nixon’s ‘Pleading Insanity on a Parking Ticket’ is a glum, lo-fi bedroom project taking cues from the sadder realms of punk rock. This artist describes himself as a, “bedroom dream pop/emo project.” There’s something uniquely homey and almost amateurish – in an endearing way – about the track. The combination of the rolling,  repetitive yet complexly narrative acoustic guitar work that makes the impending … Continue reading Caesar Nixon’s ‘Pleading Insanity on a Parking Ticket’ Is Lo-Fi Bedroom Emo

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ is expansive, freeform alternative rock with an untethered shoegaze vibe. Citing influences “comprising iconic bands… from Sense Field, The Appleseed Cast and Sunny Day Real Estate to Hum and The Smashing Pumpkins,” these guys, “have concocted a sound with nods to the past but very much aimed at a contemporary audience.” Continue reading Elemantra’s ‘Such Tiny Fish’ Is Groovy, Jazzy Alt-Rock with a Dreamy Vibe

Darksoft’s ‘Mydoom’ Is Slow, Straightforward and Sad Alt Rock

Darksoft’s ‘Mydoom’ is patient, glum alternative rock with a slow, vibe-oriented outlook. “Evoking a nostalgia for two-thousands sadcore,” the group describes itself as utilizing, “an Elliot Smith and Bright Eyes vocal style, crunch guitar like Staryflyer 59 and an overall garagey sound reminiscent of nineties shoegaze.” They say they find “inspiration in the encrypted, hidden motives that infect modern society, love and communication.” This group … Continue reading Darksoft’s ‘Mydoom’ Is Slow, Straightforward and Sad Alt Rock

Ithomiid’s ‘Earthbound’ Is Crunchy Hardcore with a Melodic, Personal Take

Ithomiid’s ‘Earthbound’ is punishingly melodic hardcore with some clear cues from the metal and alt-rock worlds. They describe their approach as featuring, “introspective lyrics backed with a progressive hybrid of fast paced punk and heavy hard metal.” Continue reading Ithomiid’s ‘Earthbound’ Is Crunchy Hardcore with a Melodic, Personal Take

‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats Is High-Strung Indie with an Emo-Pop Take

‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats is fast, sad indie rock fused with high-energy take on pop punk. “Dad Hats flirts with the nineties, makes out with indie rock and is married to catchy hooks,” they say, and set “themselves apart in the Nashville music scene with nonstop, high energy live shows.” Continue reading ‘Fast Friends’ by Dad Hats Is High-Strung Indie with an Emo-Pop Take

Kara Connolly Celebrates the Sweet 16 of The All-American Rejects Emo Hit “Swing, Swing” with a Pop Ballad Version

The legendary song came out 16 years ago and to celebrate the existence of one of the most incredible songs ever, Kara Connolly has released a new version. Continue reading Kara Connolly Celebrates the Sweet 16 of The All-American Rejects Emo Hit “Swing, Swing” with a Pop Ballad Version

Bony Macaroni’s New Track Brings a Zany, Sarcastic Tone to the Self-Loathing of Emo Pop

Bony Macaroni’s ‘Piece of Shit’ is a sweet, anthemic pop punk with a pounding, raucous approach. These guys say they “are making self-loathing cool again. At least, they hope so. Because, after previous failed attempts at life in general, these dudes want to give a fuck again.” Continue reading Bony Macaroni’s New Track Brings a Zany, Sarcastic Tone to the Self-Loathing of Emo Pop

‘Make It Out Alone’ by Loser Points Is Clean, On-Point Pop Punk with an Edge

‘Make It Out Alone’ by Loser Points is sad, melodic pop punk with a skate-oriented, decidedly hardcore edge. On their upcoming full-length, Denial and Error, “short hardcore blasts are replaced with massive rock hooks, enormous pop harmonies, and unforgettable sing-along choruses.” Continue reading ‘Make It Out Alone’ by Loser Points Is Clean, On-Point Pop Punk with an Edge