Well, it seems like out of no where 2015 became the year of Pop Punk. From Four Year Strong to Motion City Soundtrack, it seems the genre is making a comeback, and in force.
“Don’t forget about Fallout Boy!”
No. HARD pass. I said this when Fallout Boy debuted, and I’ll say it again: They’re a Pop band. Wearing eyeliner doesn’t make you punk, and neither having song titles that are a short novel.
But we’re not here to discuss Fallout Boy. No, we’re here to talk about two legitimate pop punk bands that both released albums this year within a very short time frame of each other. Those bands are Neck Deep and State Champs.
First up we have the UK based Neck Deep. The boys came out swingin’ for this album with the single “Gold Steps,” which built up the moment and anticipation for the albums release back in August. Leaning more towards the aggressive punk sound, Neck Deep delivers a truly solid album with catchy tunes and deep lines like “This Place is Such a Shipwreck / But This Shipwreck It Is Mine.” I can dig it.
Now here we have State Champs who debuted their album “Around the World and Back” here in October. Where Neck Deep had more of the punk sound, State Champs are here on the opposite end of the spectrum with more of the upbeat pop feel, while not straying from the driving sound of the Pop Punk genre. Always known to put on a good live show, you can really feel and here in the effort and energy the boys poured into this album. From the single “Secrets” to the end track “Tooth and Nail” I can honestly say that I feel like “around the World and Back” will be known as State Champs’ best record.
I debated on making this article a comparison of the two albums, but after listening through both of them a good number of times, I say they’re both fantastic. I would recommend picking them both up really, or at least give them a good listen through.
There have been SO many albums released this year, and there’s still more to come! What are some of your favorites, and which ones are you looking forward to?
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