Pop-punk will always be there for us. From our teens into our 20s, so many of us have grown up with this genre of music, getting us through the tough times, and it’s nice to know that we have pop-punk to help us navigate adulthood too. Maybe you’re a younger reader here to venture into the world of pop-punk/hardcore/alt music, or maybe you’ve been here for a while. Whatever the case may be, there are so many amazing new pop-punk releases for you to check out, and we’re here to share them with you!
MOTHICA – ‘SENSITIVE’
We’ve spoken briefly about MOTHICA before and featured her on Sunday’s Sweet Releases. (Catch it on Sundays at 11 AM PST in The Hive) So, of course, we’re sharing her newest single with you! ‘SENSITIVE’ is a hard-hitting, emotional track that dives into the struggle of being an introvert and expressing your emotions. We like the contrast of the guitar and dance-worthy beat and the topic of introversion. It’s like the musical representation of what’s going on in MOTHICA’s head while she’s thinking about her feelings, even if she doesn’t express them outwardly in the same way. We’re definitely adding this one to our playlists, and all you introverts out there who can relate should too.
You can stream ‘SENSITIVE’ here.
Meet Me @ The Altar – Model Citizen (Acoustic) EP
We’re fr screaming and crying at this news. If you don’t already listen to Meet Me @ The Altar, we are begging you to go listen ASAP. Not only do they sound incredible, but they’re also a trio of black women making waves in the predominantly white pop-punk scene making some kick*ss music. They’re everything we love about pop-punk while bringing in the representation the genre so desperately needs. We’ve been obsessed with MM@TA for a while now, and we’re so excited to share their new release with you! Model Citizen is an amazing EP, and now we have Model Citizen (Acoustic) to enjoy. The stripped-back versions of the OG tracks we love are an amazing listen. We wonder if we’ll ever hear these versions live! Speaking of, you can catch Meet Me @ The Altar on tour with Knuckle Puck right now! Get your tickets here.
Stream Model Citizen (Acoustic) here.
Go For Gold – Cope
This is a new band on our radar, and we’re already blown away, so, of course, we had to share! We have to bring you the best after all. If you’re a fan of Neck Deep, The Story So Far, or Movements (spoiler alert: they’re in this article too), you’re going to enjoy Go For Gold. We’re adding them to our playlists as we speak. Cope as an album is about…well…coping. Life throws lots of sh*t at you. Go For Gold is here to help you deal with it. Therapy? Expensive. Screaming along to pop-punk? Free and encouraged. This band has a classic pop-punk style that we know and love, and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us.
You can stream Cope here.
Telltale – ‘Lie Your Way Out’
If you’re hearing the name Telltale more and more, you’re not the only one. We’ve seen quite a bit from this band (recent release ‘Cobain’ is one of our faves), and they’re back with a new music video. ‘Lie Your Way Out’ tells a story based on drummer Travis Slack’s own experiences:
“When I was younger, I was admitted to an inpatient facility. The staff at the facility had an antiquated view on how to “help” us and often used physical and verbal violence. The only way you would be cleared for release was to lie your way out. I had to play pretend to be able to leave. Lie your way out was the motto for everyone at this facility. I was constantly hearing that phrase, seeing it written on walls or scratched into a bed frame. It’s stuck with me ever since.”
Telltale will be releasing their new EP, Lie Your Way Out, on March 25th, so be on the lookout!
Mint Green – ‘Trying’
There are so. many. amazing new acts on our radar, ugh. We’re just in love with this part of our jobs, that’s all. Anyway, back to the music. If you asked us to define a “laid-back pop-punk track,” we’d just play ‘Trying’ by Mint Green for you. We’ve just been informed that the technical term is indie rock, but we think our description is more fun. The contrast between the song’s upbeat sound versus the narrative of holding on to a relationship at the end of its days makes for a fantastic track. We love a good contrast, tbh. We’re going to be keeping an eye on this group, and we hope you do too!
We’re already waiting to hear more from this group and on June 3rd, we can! Their debut album All Girls Go To Heaven drops then and you can pre-order it here.
Movements – ‘Barbed Wire Body’
Movements, our beloved. Fun fact, we heard this song back in December when Movements played it live during their West Coast run of shows, and we have been anxiously awaiting its official release ever since. Now that we have it, it is everything we hoped for and more. If you’re an avid Movements fan, you’ll probably notice that the sound is a little different than what you’re used to from this band. We still have Patrick Miranda’s emotive vocals, but ‘Barbed Wire Body’ is more energetic and fast-paced compared to their other work. Make no mistake, though, we still absolutely love it. We can confirm that it does, in fact, go hard live, and we hope to see it on future setlists.
You can catch Movements on tour supporting Knocked Loose next month, grab your tickets here.
Okay, okay, okay. So do you love it or do you love it? There are so many amazing releases out right now and many more to come. What’s your favorite track from this list? What release are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below or buzz over to Twitter to chat!
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