Posts tagged ‘Pop Punk’

August 16, 2022

Week Starter – Martha

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Look, sometimes you have to start your week on Tuesday because Monday is a wash, and that was the case for the PE offices this week. Regardless, it’s never too late to start it up with a perfect slice of power pop indie rock like the kind from the kids in Martha. Why do we call these clearly young adults kids? Because they got the youthful energy to make you want to dance in your bedroom like you’re 15 again. “Baby, Does Your Heart Sink?” is perfect. End of sentence. It has hooks and heart and hell yeah and all of it. Who would’ve thought a contender for song of the summer would squeak in just under the wire, but it is and it has. Turn it up and feel the warm rays a little longer.

August 4, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Near Beer

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

When you see the submission for the week is titled “Dead Drummers” you may not expect the first thing you hear to be drums.  Just like the beverage the group is named after, this tight yet poppy jam by Los Angeles’ NEAR BEER may not be what you expected.  Almost distorted drums come in hard and fast droning and driving the tune immediately.  We’re then hit with a memorable guitar line that sounds theme song worthy.  The bass crawls around the four and the six to lay a foundation that’s pleasing to the ear.  Really good use of effects here, doesn’t sound too washed out yet there is a lot going on.  The vocals are upbeat and sang with conviction.  They have a hope to them that leaves you saying “WE DID IT!” whether you did, or not.  The chorus washes in with great backup vocals, sounds like doubles from the lead singer, one of my favorite things when done correctly.  The open chords late in the song, remind me of older Americana artists in the best way.  The chorus comes back at the end to bring us home.  This song leaves you feeling hopeful and full of life.  Interesting how it is titled Dead Drummers because it woke this drummer right up and gave me life.

January 24, 2022

Week Starter – Lazy Queen

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to kick the working week in the ass & help you power on through.

Looks like it’s gearing up to be another cold bleak week in the ol’ US of Ayyy-we-still-doing-this? Thank goodness we have this indie rock banger from Norway’s Lazy Queen to drive away the shadows both internal and external. Opening riffs seldom convey both the energy and uplifting nature of a song as well as the first few seconds of “Alcohol” does, and few songs of any genre have hooks as hooky as the vocals on the chorus. Throw in a mid-song break down breather before the late push rally and this is a by-the-numbers classic. Whether you prefer to warm up your body and spirits with spirits of a liquid kind or you’re like Postcard Editor and use black coffee for that extra motivation to keep moving on, moving on this is a song for you. For some a new party / morning after the party anthem and for the rest a good old fist pumping jolt of pop punk positivity.

January 20, 2021

The Midweekly – Jeff Rosenstock

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Since he left the musical collective known as Bomb The Music Industry! nearly a decade ago, Jeff Rosenstock has been putting out some of the smartest pop punk records in said decade. The 2020 mid-summer release from the DIY Long Islander is No Dream (or N O D R E A M if you must). Like a bottle rocket, this album shoots off with explosive energy, and that first track is over just as quick. But it doesn’t quite set the tone for the whole record. Many times throughout it catches its breath to appreciate the clever and catchy songwriting. Jeff writes about the hypocrisy of a system, the apathy of a people, his own personal failures candidly. But make no mistake, this is as joyous, fun, and high-spirited of a punk rock album as you’ll find. No denying these choruses will hook you, and you’ll be whoa-whoaing with the other dozen vocal tracks. 

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