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Thursday, 3 December 2015

MUSIC | IS PUNK ROCK MAKING A COME BACK?

There's been lots of great news lately when it comes to the punk rock scene, so much so that it's got me questioning - is pop punk making a come back?

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blog | Music | Is pop punk making a comeback?; Inspire Magazine; Inspire Magazine Online; Kids In Glass Houses; Simple Plan; Busted; Good Charlotte; The Maine; Bowling For Soup; Panic! At The Disco; New Found Glory; Blink 182; the All American Rejects; Mayday Parade

Now in no means am I saying that punk rock ever went away really, but admittedly, with all the big names reforming or releasing albums again after being on unconfirmed hiatuses, it's definitely got me thinking.

When I think of pop punk, I think about the scene that was about when I grew up. Others may think fondly of the pioneers such as Green Day (who are still very much about to this day) and the like, whereas pop punk for me was just that general scene - the bands with the three quarter length denim trousers, the spiky hair, the skateboards - the corny songs that they weren't afraid to label as corny.

May I note here also that genres of music can be a very varied thing - Green Day, for example, would probably be considered more rock or punk than pop punk for example, whereas most people would cry to hear Busted (a notable band in this blog post) referred to as anything heavier than pop.

But, when I was growing up, I spent my youth downloading tracks illegally and begging my sister to take me to shows. Over the years, I was treated to seeing the likes of Bowling For Soup, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, All American Rejects, Fall Out Boy and many more in concert but when I went away to university, one of two things happened.

I either fell out of the scene completely, or the bands just slipped away quietly, locking themselves in the studio or - so they claimed with little update for years at a time.

Or perhaps it was both.

For ages, we never really saw such bands as together as much anymore. Sure, Good Charlotte dabbled into the whole Madden Brothers thing, Simple Plan collaborated/experimented with rappers Sean Paul and Nelly. and Fall Out Boy split up indefinitely, pursuing other careers, without ever making anything official.

But lately it seems every band is getting back together to give it another go, or at least releasing new material or albums for what seems like the first time in ages.

Busted are back together. Good Charlotte have just released a single (even though I knew this was on the way, I checked Wikipedia with a hawk eye every six months or so, constantly noting to my Facebook friends that they were referred to AS a band, not WAS a band. It's all about the sense people), and Fall Out Boy are going from success to success still after they've reformed.

Blink 182 reformed briefly but after a faffabout with Tom, well, the less said about that the better. They're now playing shows as Blink 182 still, but with Matt Skiba rather then Tom Delonge.

Simple Plan have just announced a new album and that they'll be touring early next year, featuring a whistle stop show in each country (just one in England), and SUM41 will be appearing on the Kerrang Tour with their original line up for the first time in what seems like forever. The All American Rejects have always continued to release music quietly but successfully, but I love them so damn much that I'm just going to throw their name in there anyway.

Panic! At The Disco, like The All American Rejects, never really stopped making music but they too are just about to drop a new album and will be coming across the pond to perform at Slam Dunk next summer.

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blog | Music | Is pop punk making a comeback?; Inspire Magazine; Inspire Magazine Online; Kids In Glass Houses; Simple Plan; Busted; Good Charlotte; The Maine; Bowling For Soup; Panic! At The Disco; New Found Glory; Blink 182; the All American Rejects; Mayday Parade
Unforunately Kids in Glass Houses split up very recently so I don't think a reunion is on the cards JUST yet...but a girl can hope
And then of course there's the new bands that are reforming pop punk entirely, perhaps they're even the new generation of pop punk to assist us as we grow up and still love that scene, but for all the new teenage kids looking for somewhere to belong. Neck Deep, Real Friends, Knucklepuck and The Story So Far are all notable (sort of new bands, at least compared to the bands I've talked about in this post anyway) that are rocking the scene right now. 

So as another part of this post entirely, I've decided to help you guys out. If you're as excited as I am for the next year or so to reminisce about the bands that once took over your teenage years returning once more, then you'll be wanting to snap up tickets this time around. Many times I've missed out on seeing a band because they broke up or stopped making music before I managed to get tickets, well, here's your second chance coming guys.

So, where can you see them all next year?!

Panic! At The Disco will release their new album, Death of a Bachelor on 15th January. They'll then perform at Slam Dunk festival on the weekend of 28th - 30th May, alongside New Found Glory and Of Mice & Men.

SUM41 will perform at The Kerrang Tour, with their original line up, from 10th February until the 19th. 

Simple Plan release their fifth studio album, Taking One For The Team on 19th February, and will tour the UK from 20th until 30th March. 

Bowling For Soup will tour the UK once more from 1st - 15th February.  

Mayday Parade and The Maine return to the UK from 27th January until 7th February.
And of course, Busted will tour from 11th until 31st May.

Oh and don't forget - the Reading line up is released tomorrow...

Now we just have to wait for The Academy Is...to reform in some way or another...

Will you be checking out any of these bands on tour next year? Are there any bands you're desperate to see reform? Let me know with a comment! 

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