Random bands have started to follow me on twitter and tumblr, and it does amazing things for my ego. In this segment, we talk about the bands that have followed me this week.
First, a shoutout to the industry accounts that followed me, SwitchBitch Records, JD Dunlap of South By So What, and Vents Magazine because that's wicked cool of you. Or you think I have some kind of pull in the industry and I'm not going to correct you.
On My Honor
On My Honor takes the high road in pop punk; with honest relatable lyrics that don't feign at honesty, and music that hits a perfect pace, there's no ostentatious show of being "pop punk," there's just good, honest music. Without the stereotypical trappings of the genre holding them back, On My Honor has the chance to bring a renewed sense of authenticity to the scene.
Verdict: Don't let the plaid fool you, they've got a style all their own
The Venetia Fair
Combining vaudeville and cabaret with post punk in a way that hasn't been done since Panic! At The Disco released A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, The Venetia Fair brings maudlin chaos to a new level of sophistication with their songs. Benjamin Santoro's vocals bring theatricality and the Warped Tour aesthetic to a carnival of sound created by his bandmates. The eerily jovial use of keys in all of The Venetia Fair's songs takes this music out of the realm of the ordinary and onto a higher plane of insanity.
Verdict: There is nothing I don't like about this band
Despite falling into some of the lyrical traps of pop punk, The Strive manages to take their influences and rework them into an honest and fresh aesthetic. Their music feels like autumn, which is what the best pop punk always feels like. It's clean and fuzzy at the same time,chiming and smooth, heavy and clear, like a paradoxical homage to all that makes the scene great. There are traces of Paramore, The Academy Is..., All Time Low, Mayday Parade, even Fall Out Boy, and all come together beautifully.
Verdict: Seasonally appropriate and worth a year round appreciation
The Wild Young Hearts
The sonic atmosphere of The Wild Young Hearts' music is surprising on first listen. The bright, chime-y pop punk music is overlaid with vocals more easily associated with alternative rock. It's an enjoyable combination, one that won't satisfy conventional labels. There is a need for lyrical refinement, but this band shows an amazing amount of promise to help redefine the scene.
Verdict: Keep an eye and an ear on TWYH
Confession: I used to be super into Asian pop music. So when I saw the name "Shinobi Ninja" I got super excited and thought I was going to relive my K-Pop days. I was so, so wrong. Shinobi Ninja presented me with the most visually fucked up experience of my life. What happens when rap meets metal meets Brooklyn meets something reminiscent of ska but not really? This. Apparently this happens.
Verdict: I'm so confused
The Sweet Escape
Ah, classic pop punk. I know what's going on again. I feel safe again.
Verdict: It really is sweet