Marking their recent record release NINE with two stripped-back sets, Blink-182 returned to Kingston's party hive PRYZM for two sold-out acoustic album launch shows with Banquet Records. Two-thirds of the band; singer Matt Skiba and bassist Mark Hoppus, brought all the placid pop-punk vibes for a compact, career-spanning set.
Pop-punk powerhouses Blink-182 balance high energy, hook-worthy sounds and deep, dark, mature tones on latest release 'NINE'. The album sees Matt Skiba triumphantly return for a second run, serving up some serious vocal prowess, whilst Hoppus honestly deals with dark subject matters and Barker brings heap loads of heavy, percussive drive to NINE’s fifteen tracks.
Despite the weather-related camping challenges at this year’s Download, a decent sized crowd have woken up early and amassed at the Avalanche Stage to watch Parting Gift open the stage on day two.
Pop-punk powerhouses Alex Gaskarth and Mark Hoppus' launched their supergroup Simple Creatures earlier this year, showing made-in-America trash-pop bops on six-track EP Strange Love. Striving for strangeness, the All Time Low x Blink-182 duo's debut moves away from the original bands' moulds and modifies music that masterminds contorted rhythms, distorted synths, exuberant harmonisation and punchy hooks, under an electro/pop/rock euphoria.
Currently out on tour in the UK with Blink-182, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with The Front Bottoms to hear their top touring tips and stories from the road.
Following the news that Tom Delonge would be leaving Blink-182 - again - to concentrate on other projects, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker could have accepted defeat and called it a day. Instead, they announced that friend and Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba would be stepping in - here's what we thought of their latest album 'California'.
Hassle Records signing Cheap Meat have their own unique take on pop-punk, with big bold lyrics and singalong choruses. We checked out their debut EP 'The Parts That Show' and it's safe to say that we were more than impressed!
It's kind of weird to think that Simple Plan's first release was about fourteen years ago now. No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls was goofy, fun and it ensured their status as pop-punk stalwarts. With their knack for writing solid-gold chunks of pop-punk, there's a definite reason that they're still about almost a decade and a half down the line. Here's what we thought of their latest offering, Taking One For The Team.
Ahead of their tour with the likes of Neck Deep, Creeper and State Champs next year, Light Years have released their second album 'I'll See You When I See You'. But would it be a pop-punk fairytale or a complete car crash?