Top 10 Pop Punk Artists You Need To Be Listening To Right Now!

Pop punk is seeing somewhat of a revival in the past year that seems to keep inclining in popularity on the charts. As fans of the genre, we can only hope to see the genre back to the popularity that it once had in the early 2000’s, and the popularity of its’ first real revival back around 2012-2015. The sounds have changed quite a lot since then which is not a bad thing, music needs to develop and evolve to stay relevant and have a chance at getting popular again. This list is made in no particular order and contains artists on the come up that are making music within and around the genre of pop punk.

10. Bearings

Bearings has been on the come up for awhile now with all their albums coming with very positive reviews. This Canadian group puts on a great live performance and really enjoys speaking to and hanging out with their fans. They just released a new album called, Hello, It’s You and really used that album to develop their sound, these guys have potential to be one of the bigger pop punk bands in a few years.

9. Hot Milk

Hot Milk is a band that has not really released a ton of music yet, but of the music they have released, there are some really good songs in there. They have appeared on stages at Reading & Leeds, have shared stages with bands like The Band Camino, Enter Shikari, and even opened for Foo Fighters. Their music has a nice pop vibe with strong elements of pop punk infused through the vocals of Han Mee and Jim Shaw. They are preparing to release their second EP so, keep your ears open for it.

8. Magnolia Park

One of the hottest new bands in pop punk is Magnolia Park from Florida, these guys have taken to the new era of pop punk very nicely. They have quite a few really good songs out there, we can imagine that the only way for them is up. They are going to be a must see band when they start playing shows and can be expected to be on a lot of tours. A highlight for them so far is having released a song with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens.

7. JXDN

One of a few influencers that have made their way into music (especially pop punk) in the past year or so, JXDN spends a lot of studio time with a drummer called Travis Barker. His songs are fun, have some dark lyrical content, and feature 808’s along with all the normal instruments you will hear in a pop punk anthem. His cover of driver’s license is an excellent cover and I’d say better than the original. I can imagine once he starts playing shows they will be packed out and with artists like iann dior and MOD SUN among others.

6. Belmont

In popular fashion, Chicago puts out another fantastic pop punk band. These guys sit on the heavier side of pop punk, including huge breakdowns in their compositions. They are a super tight live band, the crowd goes nuts during their sets. Their high energy, riff-filled, and catchy songs are a joy for all. They released their EP called, Reflections in 2020 which is pointing them in a very positive direction musically. Another must see band for fans of the heavier style of new pop punk.

5. KennyHoopla

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Gaining large amounts of popularity and recognition for genre-bending is Cleveland Ohio’s own, KennyHoopla. Taking the road less traveled to success in alternative music, Kenny got initial attention and was on heavy watch because of the first songs he was releasing which came to us from Soundcloud. Now, he has released two EP’s and is set to be releasing a mixtape with 2020 and 2021’s most popular feature, Travis Barker of Blink-182. His mixtape is set to release in June and then he will be going on tour in the UK to support YUNGBLUD then he is set to be supporting JXDN and Machine Gun Kelly in fall of 2021.

4. Meet Me @ The Altar

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Meet Me @ The Altar is a band getting a ton of attention as of recent, last year they became the very first all WOC band to sign to legendary label, Fueled By Ramen who are home to huge acts like, Paramore, Panic! At The Disco, and All Time Low. The three met online through their shared love of Paramore and Twenty One Pilots, deciding to start their band they had no idea the journey they would be taken on in just a couple years. MMATA is going to do huge things for the genre and disprove those that do not believe they will.

3. Yours Truly

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Hailing from Australia, Yours Truly formed in 2016 and is currently is signed to the growingly popular label UNFD. They have released two EP’s and released their debut full length in late 2020. The band is just now making their name onto bills for more tours and festivals, they were initially on the bill for Sad Summer Festival, but due to conflicting schedules they will be appearing at Slam Dunk Festival instead. Their debut album came with very positive reviews and we can expect to hear their name appearing more and more.

2. Action/Adventure

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Signed to Pure Noise Records, Action/Adventure hails from Chicago and breaking down barriers and stereotypes of the genre. Their goal is to make sure this genre includes all peoples both on and off stage. The artists in the band share a lot of the same listening habits, bands like Senses Fail, Four Year Strong, and The Story So Far are a few favorites. They have released four EP’s so far with the latest coming to platforms in April of this year. The band has a really solid sound and should be kept on watch by listeners for big things to come.

1.Last Night Saved My Life

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Last Night Saved My Life is a band from Michigan and has been formed since 2010, but was not getting much traction until the past couple years. They claim to make songs that make it feel like 2004 while it being 2021. They took a classic look at pop punk and made it their own. With multiple EP’s under their belts these guys have really good material and sound good live. Another band that should be on everyone’s watch list.

Discography Disputes: The Story So Far

This edition of Discography Disputes is featuring the pop-punk heavyweight, The Story So Far. With four full length albums in their discography TSSF has established themselves as a consistently virtuous group of musicians and songwriters. They have a fifth album which will hopefully be hitting streaming services at some point this year and who knows where that album will land in the tier list of this bands discography. The four albums that will be discussed in this article are, Under Soil and Dirt (2011), What You Don’t See (2013), The Story So Far (self-titled) (2015), and Proper Dose (2018). This is ranking is based solely on personal preference and will be ranked in order of least favorite (4) to favorite (1).

4. The Story So Far (2015)

The Story so Far - Self Titled LP (Color Vinyl) – Merch Connection
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Pretty much unanimously considered to be the least popular work of TSSF, as well as the least exciting. Now, that does not make this album bad, I do not believe they have released anything I would consider to be bad. There are quite a few really good songs on this record that have become a staple at their shows, songs like, Heavy Gloom which is started off with drums and bass locked in set the tone for the vocally driven anthem and the song, Nerve is one song they have that is most often played to end their set (no encores of course because that’s corny and lame). Other notable tracks on this album are, Distaste and Solo which appear one after the other.

3. What You Don’t See (2013)

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Album artwork by Jordan Pundik

The sophomore release of a band is almost always a ride or die situation, if people hate it then it’ll be hard to come back from. This album is a perfect follow up record to their debut album. The artwork chaotic, poetic, and overall really cool, not too uncommon to see this artwork as a tattoo on someone’s leg. There are so many amazing songs on this album that the band revisits in convert every night like, Things I Can’t Change, Empty Space, The Glass, All Wrong, and Face Value. Really, any song of the track list could make its’ way onto the setlist and the crowd will likely know all the words. The concept behind the album is supposed to a list of tips and tricks to navigate through murky parts of life.

2. Proper Dose (2018)

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This release has thus far been the most unique and honest album we have seen from the band. Being recorded and released after what is said to be the darkest time in the life of singer, Parker Cannon. The band was close to disbanding before this album was written and recorded until Parker had an intervention and came out stronger and with a better mindset and look at music. The album really chronicles overcoming the addictions, depression, and anxiety that Parker Cannon had been experiencing up until that point. The album has some slower and lighter songs featured on the album but still packs an upbeat punch that we are used to seeing from them. Songs like, Keep This Up, Out Of It, Need To Know, If I Fall, and Take Me As You Please are the true highlights of this album. They really went for it when touring this album in North America, the tour included the bands, Movements, Citizen, and Turnover.

  1. Under Soil and Dirt (2011)
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Album artwork and illustrations by: Cody Sullivan

As a surprise to no one, the album that is widely considered to be their best album to date. Not shying away from common pop-punk themes, Under Soil And Dirt highlights the difficulties of growing up, dealing with hard truth’s of life, and of course….girls. Parker Cannon is somewhat known for writing songs about women and how he has been hurt by them in the past. The album is not very in your face but it is groovy and high energy, the songs that garnered more attention still hit just as hard today as they did in 2011. It would be a challenge to highlight just a few songs on this album; from front to back this record has no misses. Personal favorites from the album include, Roam, Quicksand, and High Regard. Right after the album was released the band toured to support it, playing shows alongside, We Are the Union, I Call Fives, Handguns, and Heartsounds.

This catalog is impressive enough and we can expect to hear a new record from TSSF hopefully if not this year then the next. As we saw with Proper Dose, the band is changing and developing their sound with every new piece of material they release and we can onlty hope to see a continue in growth and development with whatever they decide to put out next.

Louder Than Life Festival Lineup Analysis

Louisville’s own, Louder Than Life 2021 festival lineup is here and features a four day long weekend of rocking out. Danny Wimmer Presents takes great pride in this festival every year as it is the biggest rock and metal festival that takes place in the United States every year. This year the festival will be taking place from September 23rd-26th at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center. Those that venture to this festival yearly have finally been treated to their long awaited lineup. Each day features some familiar names as well as new ones that have potential to gain a lot of new fans by the end of the weekend.

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Thursday: Starting off the weekend was the newly added Thursday date of the festival. They decided to start the weekend off in a very strong way, maybe a little too strong? Early in the day we will be seeing sets from Jeris Johnson, Currents, and Teenage Wrist. Three unique artists with unique sounds like, alt-pop, metalcore, and alt-rock. Wage War is quickly becoming a big name for modern metalcore and put on a great show. The last half of the day is going to be coming at people fast and hard, Knocked Loose is arguably the number one hardcore band in the world so they will definitely put on a seriously impressive set, Beartooth is one of the most consist rock/metal bands in the world and will be there to get everyone’s blood pumping. Anthrax is one of the big four thrash bands, that speaks for itself, Staind is fresh off their return and are going to be eager to play more sets to big crowds and LTL will be the place for them to shine, and Korn is the pinnacle of Nu-metal and are known to put on some wild shows and super lively crowds.

Friday: Tallah is going to be the heavy hitter starting off the day Friday, these guys are an upcoming metal band that are high energy and super-talented. Turnstile and Fever 333 will be upping the energy even further with hardcore sounds along with general hard rock. Avatar will be one of the sources of European metal for festival goers, along side Gojira who are fresh off their new album release. Killswitch Engage is one of the best live bands out there when it comes to overall sound and crowd interaction which is key. Rise Against and Jane’s Addiction are two bands that will be good, solid rock and alt-rock warm-ups for the first set of Metallica, we can only hope for Metallica to put on a performance that will send the festival goers back to their hotels, RV’s, and homes happy with what they had spent their money on up until then.

Saturday: This morning after Metallica, goers will warm-up with UNITYTX who are going to punish us with hardcore breakdowns fused with grunge and hip-hop. The middle of the day is packed with talent, Spiritbox, Ice Nine Kills, and Code Orange will be bringing some unique metalcore based sounds that will all be familiar to those watching their sets or walking by the stage. Asking Alexandria, grandson, and Ghostemane are going to bring some cool and interesting vibes to Saturday. Asking Alexandria and grandson are going to bring in some nice radio rock sounds that the crowds may recognize and Ghostemane will again be advocating for trap-metal artists to be a staple at big rock and metal festivals. Machine Gun Kelly will be a good ambassador for the new pop-punk revival taking place, Snoop Dogg will be bringing the rap jams which will hopefully be a good transition to Nine Inch Nails to end the night. NIN has and always will be a crowd favorite because of their live performances, so we can expect big things from their set.

Sunday: For it being the last day of the festival, this day is on the lighter side for the most part, mostly rock-driven by bands like, Avoid, Fozzy, and Badflower who are some highlights for early in the day, things pick up with Sabaton, Skillet, and The Hu, that will bring some harder rock and metal vibes. Pennywise is tossed into the mix to add some surf-punk tracks to keep the energy going. The last three sets are going to be very memorable sets, Mudvayne is back and apparently ready to get the ball rolling on playing shows, this set very well could be, the most energetic set they see all weekend. Judas Priest is the heavy metal titan that will put on a killer set that is full of their hits, the crowd is going to love seeing Rob Halford come out clad in leather and riding a motorcycle. To cap everything off, for their second set of the weekend, Metallica is going to be playing a completely different set from Friday night, their goal will be to make sure that everyone in attendance can leave with a grin on their faces and memories that will last a lifetime from this weekend.

Overall, this festival has some serious potential to be one of the best we will see for awhile so long as the headliners are ready to put on great performances. The undercard for each day is pretty solid, but we can tell that the big money for the festival was spent on headliners which can be a gamble at times. Hopefully all goes well for this years, Louder Than Life festival and will be a good way to kick off bringing back festivals and concerts.

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Album Review: The Battle At Garden’s Gate by Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet is back from their brief hiatus of releasing music and are seeming to be stronger than ever with their second full-length album, The Battle At Garden’s Gate. All of their previous releases came with very positive reviews aside from the occasional critique that they are copying Led Zepplin. I think with this album, the boys from Frankenmuth, Michigan are truly showing their versatility and uniqueness. It’s a rare sight to see in music today, artists writing all the music themselves and playing the instruments on their records. It’s even crazier to think that these guys are doing all that while no one in the band is over the age of 25. This record is twelve tracks long and clocking in at just over an hour which again, is virtually unheard of in music today.

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The record was released on Lava/Republic Records and was produced by big ticket producer, Greg Kurstin who recently was working with Foo Fighters on their last two albums. The concept of the album itself is noted as referencing biblical themes, human nature, ancient civilizations, parallel universes. It also expands on the affects of religion and war on human life experiences. There is a lot of depth to this record, though some of it does sound a little repetitive at points. Although some songs might not be the most unique sounding for the album, there are a few tracks that really stand out and make this album worth listening to.

The first of those stand out songs appears second on the track listing, “My Way, Soon“. Endless riffs and a killer chorus to move and shake with is the best way to describe this composition. Closing your eyes to listen in on this track will transport people of any age right back to the 70’s where this sound was so popular and prevalent. The fuzzy tone on Jake Kiszka’s six strings during the solo makes the listener crack a grin or sit with a puzzled look on their face. The next standout song is the vibrant and almost cosmic, Stardust Chords. An exciting and unique song with tempo changes where the song is driven by lead guitar melodies. Sam Kiszka and Danny Wagner hold down to the rhythm to keep everyone in the pocket. The ballad of the album, Tears of Rain is a sleeper to be the best song on the album. This song was made for the beautiful voice that comes from Josh Kiszka’s vocal chords. His vibrato, tonality, and those soprano-esque high notes he executes to perfection spread chills that echo through the listeners body.

The closer of the album is a song that they have played live at many of their shows but, no one knew what it was. Clocking in at almost nine minutes is basically a recorded jam session named, The Weight of Dreams. Paradoxical, is a word that feels good to describe this song, it almost feels like Greta Van Fleet threw everything they had at us with this song, The drums are consistent yet always changing, the bass is staying locked in with the guitar and drums always, the guitar is never a second late or early, the keyboard adds a perfect amount of ambience, and the vocals bring perfect because this song is about the instruments. You just got lost in it man, it could go for on for hours and you would not be able to tell the difference between hours and minutes.

Overall, this album does have some repetitive points that might make it a task to listen through back to front consistently, but the stand out songs are what really makes this album what it is and gives it character. Rock is not dead, it will not be dying anytime soon. Not when we have young people like this guys making it alive and well.

Album rating: 8/10

Album Review: Sleeps Society by While She Sleeps

The fifth studio album, Sleeps Society by British metalcore outfit, While She Sleeps was released April 16th, 2021 under the band’s self-made label, Sleeps Brothers. It was written by the band and was co-produced by Sean Long and Carl Brown. While She Sleeps has a loyal fanbase that supports them in all their endeavors, naturally this album came with a lot of great expectations and support. WSS shares a relationship with their fanbase like no other band has today, they need each other and they use this album to make it known their need for each other and their mutual love. This record is a love letter, a note of gratitude, and a message of thankfulness. As sweet as that sounds, the record itself is still a metalcore record, it lacks nothing heavy and is very WSS.

Album Cover by: Eurobroid, Ruby Sanderson, Mat Welsh, and Adam “Sav” Savage.

We see throughout the album a variety of different song styles, compositions, and lyrical content. WSS called in for reinforcements to feature on some tracks such as, No Defeat For The Brave which features, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, the song Nervous features, Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, and the most meaningful feature appears on the song, Call Of The Void which calls for vocal appearances by members of the Sleeps Society (While She Sleeps fanbase). Some other notable tracks are, Enlightment (?), Sleeps Society, and DN3 3HT. DN3 3HT is the very last track on the album and is just a hair over seven minutes, the send off to the album is recordings of vocal messages by each member of the band thanking the fans for supporting them over the years, expressing their gratitude for the lives they have been given, and encouraging those to not give up on their dreams.

Overall, the record came with generally positive responses from fans and casual listeners. It is built around nasty riffs, and has been flavored with ever-present, catchy hooks. More attention has been made for electronic and synth sounds to play major roles in the songs throughout the album. This album is a good addition to the already impressive catalog that they have built up over the years, it does not quite reach the level that their previous album, So What? is at, but nevertheless this is a good record and deserves a listen for fans of the newer era of metalcore.

Rating: 7.5/10

Inkcarceration 2021 Festival Lineup Analysis

After many months of pushing things back and waiting, festival goers have been blessed with the lineup for this years Inkcarceration Festival taking place at Ohio State Reformatory. Having been taken over this year by DWP, Ink is being taken to the next level by the festival deities, Danny Wimmer and Danny Hayes. The weekend at the clink is taking place right before the other big rock and metal festival in September, Blue Ridge Rock. The lineup we received this year is unlike any lineup Inkcarceration has seen before. Naturally, this is not a surprise, after way too long with no shows or festivals, every band is trying to get on every festival bill they can.

Every single day has a a few sets for everyone that is going to be in attendance. Each day is varied with metal artists, rock artists, and everything in between. The venue will feature two stages each day which means most people will not have to sacrifice missing any bands. The headliners are each night are going to be perfect ways to end the days. Slipknot is one of the most consistently great performing bands in metal today, Mudvayne is back and are ready to bring the nu-metal back to the public, and Rob Zombie fits the venue perfectly and will be a nice way to close the weekend.

Friday is riddled with some seriously heavy acts like, Spite, Currents, Ice Nine Kills, and Killswitch Engage. Of course, the purpose of these bands is to warm up the anxious crowd for Slipknot who is the perfect act to end night one of Ink. Saturday has consistently great acts playing all day. Some of the Saturday acts that have potential to steal the day are, Bad Omens, Crown The Empire, and A Day To Remember. Other notable acts for Saturday are, Saul, August Burns Red, and Asking Alexandria. Sunday is the last day of the weekend is a great send off to the festival goers and the weekend overall will be a good welcome back for festival goers who missed live music. Sunday will feature four of the most consistently tight performing bands today in, Fever 333, Motionless In White, Beartooth, and Halestorm. Bands like, Attila, The Devil Wears Prada, and Wage War are bringing some seriously heavy, metal-core power. The night is going to be capped off with everyone’s favorite theatrically spooky man, Rob Zombie.

Weekend general and VIP passes are on sale now and are going to be bought up fast. All of the tattoo artists have been announced and are available to make appointments for the festival now. It is gonna be a killer weekend and is a new era for Inkcarceration.

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Sunday Spotlight: Motionless In White

Our spotlight is on the Scranton, Pennsylvania metal-core outfit, Motionless In White. Formed in 2005, this band is one of the most well known metal-core bands today, with all their album releases coming with great reviews. The band currently consists of vocalist Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, lead guitarist Ryan Sitkowski, rhythm guitarist Ricky “Horror” Olson, bassist Justin Morrow, and drummer Vinny Mauro. They have released five full-length albums since 2010 with their most recent album Disguise, coming from Roadrunner Records in 2019. Their debut album, Creatures just hit the ten year anniversary mark and they released a single performed in the style of the album to celebrate the ten year mark. Motionless In White has a loyal fanbase that is ever growing with each release and tour they participate on.

From left to right: Justin Morrow, Ryan Sitkowski, Chris Motionless, Ricky Horror, and Vinny Mauro.

Having been a band since 2005, they have spent many months on the road supporting other artists and themselves. They have played some insane shows where the venues are filled to the brim and the pits are massive. Some amazing bands they have shared a stage with include, Beartooth, Ice Nine Kills, Avatar, Asking Alexandria, Alice Cooper, Halestorm, Breaking Benjamin, Korn, Falling In Reverse, Lamb of God, and Slipknot. These bands mentioned are all huge in the rock and metal scene, so these tours were always packed and wild. They have hit some huge festival bills like, Warped Tour, Epicenter, Skate and Surf Festival, Rebel Rock, iMatter Fest, Mayhem Festival, Download, Aftershock, Inkcarceration, and many other big name festivals both in the US and all over the world. They are one of the tightest bands out there today and can easily get a crowd off their feet. They have such a diverse discography that they have an infinite amount of setlists they can put together that will make the crowd lose their minds.

Interviews with Chris Motionless have revealed that the band is working on a new album and he said it has some of their heaviest songs to date on it. This of course is exciting to all Motionless fans, there is nothing quite like the aggressively distinct screams and clean vocals. This band has been around the block a few times and will keep going around until they no longer can, expanding their fanbase every single album cycle. They figured out the code to being unique and impressive in the metal-core scene today.

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Sunday Spotlight: Beartooth

This Sunday our spotlight is on Columbus rock/metal group Beartooth. Vocalist Caleb Shomo began writing songs for Beartooth while he was fronting his previous band, Attack Attack! and after his departure from the band in 2012, he decided to record the music he had written and in June of 2013, they signed with Red Bull Records and released their debut EP, Sick less than a month later. They have now released three full length records and have a fourth on the way set to release sometime in the upcoming months. The bands lineup currently consists of vocalist, Caleb Shomo, drummer Connor Denis, bassist and backup vocalist Oshie Bichar, rhythm guitarist Will Deely, and lead guitarist Zach Huston. There has been a few lineup changes over the years as most bands do but, this current lineup seems very fluid and it meshes well together, these guys are tight and rock harder than the rest every single time they take the stage.

From left to right: Will Deely, Connor Denis, Caleb Shomo, Oshie Bichar, and Zach Huston

Having risen at an accelerated pace to be one of the biggest names in modern rock and metal today, Beartooth has shared stages on tour with some very big names as support and headlining. Some of these bands include, Of Mice & Men, Knocked Loose, Motionless In White, Architects, Slipknot, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, I Prevail, Pierce The Veil, and Underøath. Along with all these killer artists, they have been on festival stages such as, Warped Tour, Sonic Temple/Rock on the Range, Aftershock, Louder Than Life, iMatter, Download, Las Rageous, Reading/Leeds, Epicenter, and Slam Dunk. The setlists these guys put together for both club shows and festivals slots is no doubt going to get people sweating. The heavy breakdown style of metalcore mixed with hardcore punk that you can hear on debut LP, Disgusting will give anyone the desire to jump in the pit, while on the opposite end of the spectrum they have less fast and heavy songs that hit just as hard on their albums, Aggressive and Disease.

Beartooth is one of the bands keeping rock alive today. Caleb Shomo’s impactful and real lyrical writing style give this band an edge over many other bands today. Their new album while may be concerning to some is exciting for others like myself. Their is always something new these guy are working on, they hit the road a lot and they hit it hard, wanting to play a ton of shows all the time. They care deeply about their fans and are some of the nicest guys I have met in the scene. It seems like they have no signs of stopping anytime soon and us fans can only hope that is the case.

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Sunday Spotlight: Knuckle Puck

Our spotlight band this week is, the Chicago based pop-punk outfit, Knuckle Puck. The group formed in 2010 after their beginnings of covering different pop-punk tracks. The group currently consists of, lead vocalist Joe Taylor, lead guitarist Kevin Maida, drummer John Siorek, rhythm guitarist Nick Casasanto, and bassist Ryan Rumchaks. Since their conception, Knuckle Puck has released six EP’s (including a split with Neck Deep) as well as three full-length albums starting with Copacetic (2015), Shapeshifter (2017), and their latest LP release is 20/20 which was released last year. Knuckle Puck has become a mainstay of the unique early 2010’s.

From left to right: Kevin Maida, John Siorek, Joe Taylor, Ryan Rumchaks, and Nick Casasanto.

The Chicago boys have not wasted much of their careers with relaxing at home, they are on the road often, and for long periods of time. They have toured with many different artists that made for some amazing shows such as tours with, Movements, With Confidence, Citizen, Real Friends, State Champs, The Menzingers, Mayday Parade, Modern Baseball, Neck Deep, Sleeping With Sirens, and Good Charlotte. They have also played on stages at festivals like Warped Tour, Slam Dunk, So What?, Snowed In, Unify The Gathering, Four Chord, Never Say Never, Self-Help, and Riot Fest. These guys have done it all on the touring spectrum already in just over a decade of being a band. One of the tightest bands at a festival and will draw hundreds and hundreds to their club shows.

Knuckle Puck is already one of my favorite pop-punk bands not only for their perfect name but their music hits, and it hits deep, songs like No Good, Disdain, and Double Helix are three songs that I would show to anyone interested in Knuckle Puck, these tracks perfectly encapsulate the band as a whole and who they are. I know when touring starts happening again consistently, KP is going to be hitting the road hard to promote the album they released last year as well as just get around to bring smiles to all their fans.

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Sunday Spotlight: Architects

Our spotlight this week is on the metalcore outfit from Brighton, East Sussex, England, Architects. Formed in 2004, the group was started by brothers, Dan and Tom Searle. The band now consists of Dan Searle on drums, Sam Carter on vocals, Alex Dean on bass, and Adam Christianson and Josh Middleton on guitars. The band is currently signed to Epitaph and has been signed there since 2013. The British metal heavyweights have released nine albums since their formation with their most recent album coming out less than a month ago titled, For Those That Wish To Exist. Some of the artists they can attribute their influence to are, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed, Gojira, Slipknot, Thrice, and Deftones.

From left to right: Josh Middleton, Dan Searle, Alex Dean, Sam Carter, and Adam Christianson

Coming up on twenty years as a band, Architects has been everywhere and played with everyone. So many headline tours, tours acting as support, and festival performances all over the world. Some of the bands that Architects have shared the stage with are, Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Thy Art Is Murder, The Amity Affliction, Beartooth, Northlane, Counterparts, and Polaris. They have been on some huge festival bills like, Jera On Air, Epicenter, Sonic Temple, Warped Tour, Welcome To Rockville, Sonisphere, Aftershock, Download, Reading Leeds, All Points East, and Slam Dunk. These are all fairly big festivals that the group has played later in the day on either main or second stages.

Architects are veterans of modern metalcore and one of the names that comes to everyone’s mind when asked about metalcore bands. They have some amazing songs that are instantly recognizable due to Sam Carter’s distinct vocals that are unrivaled by any vocalist today. They have changed and developed over time but not matter what people think about the changes they make, they will draw and attract. They will forever be one of the most influential and important bands in metal music over the past two decades. Any metalcore music that comes out today has been influenced by Architects whether people want to admit that or not.

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