There’s no need to feel nostalgic or pine for the past. The scene is alive, diverse and oozing with new tracks. So have a seat and stash the old Green Day albums aside. Let these 12 songs fill your earbuds. Then check out this list, or this one, or maybe this for plenty more.
girlfriends – “Congratulations” (feat. Jasiah)
The encore to Travis Mills and Nick Gross’ 2020 self-titled album zips by, clocking in at a tight one minute and 54 seconds. But an aggressive chorus joins relatable lines to make “Congratulations” a go-to breakup song. Jasiah’s vocal addition is seamless, and the hilarious music video (directed by Marco Marchiori) reminisces of the scene’s goofier, more lighthearted days. Watch for potential new releases from girlfriends this summer.
Magnolia Park – “tonight”
This emo-pop-punk hybrid liberally use the keyboard, adding a layer of complexity to their sound. Magnolia Park are tough to turn off. “tonight” is a smart direction for the young band. You can also check out their stunning 2021 EP Dream Eater featuring powerhouse singles such as “Sick Of It All” and “Love Me” featuring Kellin Quinn.
Mayday Parade – “Kids Of Summer”
Mayday Parade deserve gratitude for seeing pop punk through its lean years. Their 2011 self-titled album is a 2010s genre standout in an era when Foster The People ruled alternative music. “Kids Of Summer” is a heartfelt, nostalgic track. Fans who danced in the dorms to “Jamie All Over” and the like will feel right at home with another Mayday Parade hit.
KennyHoopla – “hollywood sucks//”
KennyHoopla is never off his game and Travis Barker‘s drumming on “hollywood sucks//” makes the track even more impactful. The song’s blitzing pace is only interrupted by Barker’s propensity for creative kicks and untraditional thumping patterns. The song is SoCal punk perfection. “hollywood sucks//,” along with “smoke break//” (and the six other tracks), are must-downloads from KennyHoopla’s latest release, SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//.
Meet Me @ The Altar – “Feel A Thing”
Meet Me @ The Altar are set to tour with with icons Coheed And Cambria and the Used, as well as All Time Low, the Maine and nothing,nowhere., this year. The track we all can’t wait to hear live is “Feel A Thing,” their most aggressive single yet. The playful electronic beats blend with thick guitar riffs. The dashes of ’80s synth sounds are a fun touch. “Feel A Thing” will be featured on the band’s anticipated debut EP, Model Citizen, slated to release Aug. 13 via Fueled By Ramen.
Bearings – “Sway”
Buried in the small print of some of the summer’s biggest festivals is Bearings. The Ottawa natives will tear up Riot Fest and Four Chord Music Festival while traveling on the Pure Noise Records tour. “Sway” is a highlight from their 2020 album, Hello, It’s You. The bouncy chorus is dangerously catchy. The track could bring down a summer barbeque, if not a festival.
WILLOW – “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” (feat. Travis Barker)
WILLOW’s “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” is a jam where she blends rock, soul and pop-punk in one epic track. Its slashing chorus clearly draws inspiration from Paramore. For fans salivating for old-school Hayley Williams, WILLOW definitely suffices. Now we’ll just listen to this track and “Lipstick” on repeat as we wait for her forthcoming album, Lately I Feel Everything, to drop.
Stand Atlantic – “deathwish” (feat. nothing,nowhere.)
Stand Atlantic’s 2020 album, Pink Elephant, is unworldly good. Minimize this article and listen to the full thing. All done? Now, play “deathwish” featuring fellow star nothing,nowhere. This dark track juxtaposes conflicting tones highlighted by an aggressive chorus. It’s a change of pace for Australia’s “it” band.
Chad Tepper – “Never Moving On”
Skateboarder and YouTuber Chad Tepper has expanded into the musical realm. His new track “Never Moving On” is the next in a line of banger songs that could seamlessly support a skateboard video game. The track is electric with a bouncy, brash chorus. Tepper might be the most talented of internet stars turned pop-punkers.
Settle Your Scores – “1999”
For fans of nostalgia, Settle Your Score’s “1999” is for you. The track, which features the band longing for their youth, is more than fun and poppy. It’s cleanly produced and smartly constructed. Plus, singer Christian Fisher’s vocals are as crisp as ever. “1999” is a must-add on any summer playlist.
Cherie Amour – “Burn”
“Burn” begins as an R&B song but gradually morphs into something heavier. This eclectic pop-punk track features elements of multiple genres, including a brief Daft Punk-like synth part two-thirds through. Cherie Amour’s multiple talents are on display. The deceiving intro, however, presents a chance to trick your normie friend into listening to the music you like.
Point North – “Nice Now”
The usually heavy Point North went a little softer on their new single, “Nice Now.” The band chastise the posers, drilling bandwagon fans for not realizing their potential. It’s another smash single on a growing list for the Los Angeles-based act. We’re sure Point North would welcome any new fans, but they’d probably say “Crazy that you waited until 2021.”