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Punk Rock Revolution

Punk music has always had a warning label on it and it was always handed to you from someone in a haz-mat suit. It has been the only genre of mass music that really hasn’t been fully accepted by the world population. The word “Sex” and “Pistols” have synonymous with the birth of punk music to the mainstream. When they screamed for anarchy all music fans ran to the hills. It was a revolt against conformity and the ideal. Any youth of spirit took the revolt and punk music slowly started to steamroll in the United Kingdom. The Punk movement took a long time to travel to the United States and like any movement before it took the underground. It started with Jazz in the 1920’s and white kids would sneak and go to black clubs to hear the best upbeat jazz. The underground swing movement started in the 40s and 50s and later with rock n’ roll in the early 60s.

But punk music didn’t take its full identity for a long time especially to today’s music fans. In early 1992, a band formed, left the underground punk scene in California and smeared America with its’ Dookie. Green Day’s first LP set the stage with hit songs like “Basket Case” and “Longview” that later became anthems. With ill witted themes of masturbation, boredom and never-ending adolescence anyone felt a part of a new generation. Even though they still put on some the best shows of all time against some of the best bands today, they are today’s godfathers to the punk scene. There is only one clause to their madness. The word “punk” still scared the American public. So the record industry was up with their mischievous ways and called the genre punk rock. This allowed kids to listen to punk music because it was apart of rock genre and it dealt the punk scene a royal flush to hit the big time. This is the Pop Punk Revolution.

Well how did music become pop? We really cannot track down the Pop Punk Revolution to one single moment of cosmic boom. But we can highlight the extraordinary factors that led to this revolution and its sudden end. Like many events in this world of social media, one juggernaut held the distinct power to many bands. The MySpace Generation. Not could music fans could connect to their fiends, they could connect to the music and bands that they love. Fans from around the country discovered bands from other states and through the America. An instant phenomenon was created and small record labels were sprung up all over the new pop punk nation. By the end of 1998, another band from Southern California met and broke through the radio airwaves with a bad word, “Dammit”.

Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and later Travis Barker of Blink -182 commenced the start of the new revolution to mainstream media. Radio, television and everyone’s once favorite show Total Request Live all held red carpets to the princes of pop punk and band that were held to small regard and touring the small punk rock clubs were hitting stadiums and the summer’s Warped Tour. Punk rock music moved into a new phase of pop punk with its love woes and teenage restitution. Jeans with holes turned into long baggy shorts and regular shirts to turned into your favorite pop punk band’s tour shirt from that year. By the release of Enema of the State, Blink-182 captivated the world with “All the Small Things” and the rest was history.

Now all pop punk fans could find their own bands from Southern California to Coral Springs, Florida. If there was a small enough record label or a former band, a new pop punk was being signed. The Pop Punk Revolution allowed for any fan to find the music they wanted and ultimately become their favorite band. This led to fans trying to find themselves in the music. In 2000, the flux of pop punk was hitting the norm. That same year the greatest pop punk record was created. That band from Coral Springs, Florida, was New Found Glory and their rebellion of an album was their self-titled LP. It included the big hit “Hit or Miss”, the anthem “Ballad for the Last Romantics” and other hits like “Sucker” and “Dressed to Kill”. The album was a glass case of emotion ready to be broken by the ears of the new pop punk revolution.

After the initial uprising of pop punk to the mainstream of music, sub genres were being created like Emo and its counterpart Screamo. Emo was a soft punk style which laid heavily and just rhythmic guitar and witty lyrics than upon the music itself. This style of music was headed by band like Good Charlotte. It became a story of cries and hardships and never depending on the good in anything. Screamo was the “trying” of bands to sound hardcore with yells for choruses and short verses over pop punk melodies. This caused hundreds of bands to become one hit wonders on the charts and never lasted long on record labels. Bands without ever proving themselves were being signed to catch the buzz of Emo music. This caused the initial fall of a lot of record labels because all the funding was up front and the bands couldn’t last. By 2007, the phases would seize to exist.

In 2004, Blink-182 would release their last studio album, “….”. It showed a grown up sense of the band that we all grew up listening to. With songs like “I Miss You” and “Always” we knew it was a sad ending until their resurgence in 2009. But it was not an end of a genre. Green Day came back on to the mainstream with “American Idiot”. A political satire of the world that we all lived in today was unleashed on the charts and radio.. Punk rock was back. Bill Joe, Tre and Mike still are rocking today and have no sight of ending soon since they are still racking up album sales and awards every year.

Fans, especially writers like to classify bands like, New Found Glory as Pop or Emo but if you ask them you will get one answer only. Hell No. They like Blink did create their sound and stuck to it. They are now torch bearing Punk Rock for many bands to follow. On their 2009 release, Not Without a Fight proves the record industry that punk rock is not dead. They are probably one of the only bands to release eight albums and never stop touring the world in the past decade. So what started as Punk revolt has now triumphed as revolution a Punk Rock revolution.


New Found Glory is Back!

From Coral Springs, Florida, a band came to be known as New Found Glory. The now famous group of Jordan, Steve, Chad, Ian and Cyrus have been battling it out with the acts of Green Day and former Blink-182. When they hit the scene 12 years ago in 1997 their future was bright.  On their fourth album they struck a hit with MCA with backing of Drive Thru Records with their self titled release. Still today this can be heard to be one of the best all time punk albums. The album broke a hit with the studio and mastered recording of “Hit or Miss”. This self titled album is easily in my top 10. Not only was it a  brilliant in its rocking way but had strong influences on their cult following. It was the album that made me play the guitar and become a punk rocker.

It was until 2002 when New Found Glory made strides to becoming the knock out heroes that they are today. In that year they teamed up with their label, Drive Thru Records, to hit the mainstream. Their lead single “My Fiends Over You” on the album “Sticks and Stones” hit the charts hot and made a following on the now dormant TRL on MTV. The album has sold over 850,000 copies in the U.S. This skyrocketed NFG in punk rock history. But it also got their names recognized with Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Green Day who were all big at the time. This also came with a cost though.

“Well, when Sticks and Stones came out and we were doing that Honda Civic Tour, we were getting compared to bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan we were angry with that […] At that point, we were getting compared to more pop bands and we aren’t a pop band […]

After that tour in which they out played the other acts, they moved onto more albums like “Catalyst” which came with the hit “All Downhill From Here” .Now the band has become the ultimatum of the punk rock world. They had become the punk rock band’s band. Similar bands wanted to know their secrets to stay at such a rapid pace in their creative geniuses to produce such punk rock but never could match NFG’s prowess.  In 2006, NFG settled down with the release of “Coming Home” which the single “It’s Not Your Fault” debuted. It held a little softer sound on this album which presented ed the diversity that the band can play at different tempos and with more meaning.

Now for 2009 the band has made more plans to become the heavyweight champions of the punk rock world. This will be their sixth studio album for NFG as it was helped and produced with Mark Hoppus of +44 and former Blink-182. The new release is dated for March 10th and it seriously cannot come fast enough. It will be titled ” Not Without a Fight” and its sound is not only for all their fans but especially the ones who love the self tilted album of 2000. Their lead single has been released and it is called “Listen to Your Friends.” It is already on their website/MySpace in one with a cool fighting game with a pseudo-like UFC theme. Plus it’s hilarious just like the guys are in real life. So get pumped for a fuel filled punk rock album that will revitalize the punk rock world.

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