It’s always a bit of a surprise when a new pop-punk band “makes it” or becomes the talk of the town. Considering there are hundreds of bands doing the exact same thing nowadays, it seems a bit ridiculous for anyone to actually “make it”.
Let’s face it, if there’s one thing we can say about pop-punk, other than it being a hell of a lot of fun, is that it’s not the most varied genre in the world. There are hundreds of youthful, energetic bands playing the exact same music. So how is one “generic” band different from the other? And what constitutes a good pop-punk band worth being signed? And if they all sound the same, how can any of them be good?
Don’t get us wrong, we love pop-punk, and we love many of the bands that we are referring to here, but at a certain point we have to ask ourselves, has the genre reached its peak? (Many will argue that it reached its peak in the 90s). Is it time to make a public service announcement to all the aspiring musicians out there and let them know that we’ve reached our pop-punk quota? I mean, we already have legends like blink-182 and Green Day, and modern crews State Champs, and The Story So Far. And bands like Neck Deep, and newcomers With Confidence. Do we really need any more?
In all honesty, no, we don’t need any more bands. But wanting more and enjoying all the newbies that are popping up all over the place, well, that’s a different story. We all have our “they are so generic… they sound like [insert band here]” moments when it comes to one band or another, but really and truly, who the hell cares? So what if they are generic? Not everyone has to reinvent the wheel. If they want to play the bog-standard pop-punk, then okay, cool. We like pop-punk anyway! Even the bog-standard, “generic” pop-punk is better than most mainstream genres.
And hey, you never know which “generic” new kids on the block will be the ones to release the ‘All The Small Things’ or ‘Basket Case’ of our time!
So, with that being said, we have to stand by our pop-punk hearts and agree that although pop-punk is extremely oversaturated nowadays, we still love it. And we’re still holding out (a little) hope that one day a pop-punk band will come along and leave us in complete shock and disbelief.
So, to sum up, we should probably all stop complaining about how predictable pop-punk has become. At least it’s still fun, immature and makes us feel 16 again! What more could we want?