A To Z Of Punk/Pop Punk (M-O)

Continuing on from previous posts, here is part five of the A-Z of Punk and Pop Punk

M= Mayday Parade 

Mayday Parade

Members:  Jason Lancaster, Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Jake Bundrick, Jeremy Lenzo and Alex Garcia

Formed: Tallahassee, USA in 2005

Mayday Parade is a band that emerged of two popular local bands, this helped them to create a buzz around the band when they started to create music together. In 2005 the band started to play gigs including an appearance at Warped tour, after this being a successful opportunity for them they were signed by Fearless Records in 2006 and released their debut EP “Tales Told By Dead Friends”. After the release of this album 3 months later in the March of 2007. In 2009 the band signed with Atlantic Records and issued the first album without Lancaster entitled “Anywhere But Here”. In 2011 the band’s third LP peaked at number 12. In 2013 the band released the album “Monster In The Closet” and then a deluxe version a year later. The band’s latest album was released in 2015 and was called “Black Lines”.

N=New Found Glory

New Found Glory

Members: Jordan Pundik, Ian Grushka, Cyrus Bolooki, Chad Gilbert and Steve Klien

Formed: Coral Springs, USA in 1997

Not long after forming the band quickly gained a cult following enabling them to rise to the upper tier of Pop-Punk music with many similar bands that were around at the time. After releasing their first EP “It’s All About The Girls” they managed to sell out of all copies that were made at the time. The following year the band released a full album on Drive-Thru Records entitled “Nothing Gold Can Stay” which was then reissued later that year when they signed with MCA. The band also released an EP entitled “From The Screen To Your Stereo” which involved the band covering many songs from different movies. Later that year the band toured with blink-182 and also performed at Warped Tour, to increase their exposure they also appeared in the film American Pie 2. In 2001 the band recorded a follow-up record which was later released in 2002, the album was entitled “Sticks And Stones” and the lead single “My Friends Over You” propelled the album, after the success of this album the band managed to grab a headlining spot at Warped Tour in 2002, the album asl managed to climb to gold certification. After touring for the sticks and stones album, the band re-entered the studio to create the album “Catalyst” which after its release in 2004 peaked at number 3 on the album charts. a year later a concert video of the tour for this album was released on DVD. In 2008 the band released a more mature album entitled “Coming Home” with the help from Thom Panunzio which was followed by a large worldwide tour. In 2007 the band released the second edition of “From Screen To Your Stereo”, after this the band worked with Mark Hoppus and Epitaph Records to produce “Not Without A Fight” In 2013 a live album was released of some of the bands songs, they also parted ways with Klien as he was accused of multiple crinal offences. In 2014 the band released “Ressurection” with what seems like a sense of purpose and then this was followed in 2015 by “Ressurection: Ascension” which had two new tracks and also “Vicious” a song which featured Paramore’s, Hayley Williams. In 2017 the band released their 9th album “Makes Me Sick” which was followed by a worldwide tour.

O= The Offspring

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Members: Dexter Holland, Greg Kriesel, Noodles, Peter Parada, Ron Welty, Doug Thompson, James Lilja, Atom Willard, Chris Higgins and Marcus Parrish.

Formed: Orange County, USA in 1984

The band was formed in 1984 after being inspired by social distortion. In 1985 Noodles joins the band and they begin to practice in their parent’s house where they managed to land their first two gigs which were in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The band was originally called “Manic Subsidal” and in 1986 they produced and created their first vinyl single which they released on their own “Black Label” and glued the covers together by themselves inside Kriesel’s house. After thisRon Welty became the fourth member of the band. In 1989 the band sign to Nemesis with punk producer Thom Wilson and released their debut album where they sold over 3000 copies. In 1991 the band released a 7″ EP entitled “Baghdad” and recorded “Take It Like A Man” for a magazine compilation. In 1992the band signed with Epitaph Records for their second album “Ignition”, the band had a record release party and the album managed to sell 1 million copies worldwide. In 1993-94 the band toured the US and also Europe whilst supporting NOFX. In 1994 the band released “Smash” which featured “Come Out And Play” and “Self-Esteem” the album was a phenomenon and sold more than 11  million copies worldwide whilst also reaching number 4 on the charts. In 1995 Dexter and Greg create Nitro Records and reissue their debut album on CD, a cover of the band’s song “Smash It Up” is also featured on Batman Forever. The Offspring sign with Columbia Records and released “Ixnay On The Hombre” which sells more than 3 million copies worldwide and many singles hit the high parts of the rock charts. An MP3 file of “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” was released by the band before the album was released in 1998, however, the album was still downloaded 20 million times once it was released. The band toured around the world in 1999 this included stops at Woodstock and also Reading And Leed, the band also made a cameo in Idle Hands playing a cover of a song by the Ramones. In 2000 the band received a cease order from Napster after they were found selling t-shirts with the company logo on it. The band’s next album “Conspiracy Of One” was downloaded with the chance to win 1 million pounds presented to you by the band themselves. In 2002 they played the LA premiere of Tony Hawks Boom Boom Huck Jam and also another benefit concert, in September, they opened the Kerrang Awards in London where they were given the award for “Classic Songwriter”. In 2003 the band released demos for their new album and Ron Welty left, however, he was later to be replaced by Josh Freese, before the release of the album the band joked that their album would be called “Chinese Democracy” as this is what Axel Rose had been saying that their new album would be called for many years, it was later reviled that the album would be called “Splinter”. The band filmed with Da Hui which was featured as extra content on there next CD. In 2004 the band p[erformed at many different places and recorded a music video for “(Can’t Get My) Head Around You”, after the release of the album the band toured the world traveling 161,682 miles and to 22 countries. In 2005 they started to work on new songs including a greatest hit album and a music video collection, they also headlined the closing night of BuzzCon gaming festival. In 2006 the band took a year off from touring and casually started to record demos, however, did not start to record the album until 2007. In 2008 they release the first single from the album for download and it reaches the top 10 they then tour with the album including a large amount of festival stops. in 2009 the band release “Kirsty, Are You Okay” as the third single from the album “Rise And Fall”. In 2010 the band return to Huntington Beach to record new music they also tour with 311 and attend Summer Sonic Festival in Japan.

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A To Z Of Punk/Pop Punk (J-L)

Continuing on from previous posts,  here is part four of the A-Z of Punk and Pop Punk.

J= Jimmy Eat World 

Members: Mitch Porter, Tom Linton, Zach Lind, Rick Burch and Jim Adkins

Formed: Mesa, United States in 1994

Jimmy Eat World attracted a large audience by blending Alternative Rock and Power Pop. In 1999 the bands influence widened and they released the album “Clarity” (Which is now a landmark album in the emo genre) this album made them major figures in commercial rock. There next album was entitled “Chase The Light” did not have the same effect on the audience but it still managed to remain above other similar albums at the time.Jim and Zach met in high school and in years to come managed to be introduced to Tom and Mitch. The name of the band formed when the two brothers used to argue a lot and Jimmy used to win, later on one of the brothers drew a picture of the other brother after one of there fights with a caption printed beneath it saying “Jimmy Eat World”.The band had many influences from early Def Leppard to Velvet Underground, they outfitted themselves as a punk rock band and performed in a few small shows in Phoenix Valley. In 1994 and 1995 they released several EP’s on Wooden Blue Records a record label from a nearby town. As the audience was steadily growing the record label Capitol Records responded by signing Jimmy Eat World in 1995 when most of the members where only 19. There major debut was “Static Prevails” in 1996. 3 years later the band transformed into the emo outfit that they are known for with “Clarity”, this was Adkins first role as lead singer and songwriter, after this the manager that had originally signed the band with Capitol parted company with the record label. Suddenly Key radio stations started to air songs “Lucky Denver Mint” after it was featured in the film “Never Been Kissed” which starred Drew Barrymore. The fan base for the band started to grow but there relationship with the record label started to worsen and eventually the label shelved there third LP which caused them to leave the label. As they started to attract a wider audience they responded with a tour through Europe. Later that year they released some unreleased B-Sides under the label Big Wheel Recreation, from the profits of this they scraped together to record “Bleed America” which they later renamed “Jimmy Eat World” after 9/11, the singles from this album did well however the one that did the best was their second single “The Middle”, this song landed them the spot on the pop/pop-punk map, the song also had heavy exposure on MTV meaning that they started to attract a younger crowd. A year after the album was released it was still in the charts and eventually the album went platinum. In 2004 the band where signed to Interscope and released there 5th album “Futures” in the October and it debuted at number 6, an EP was then made featuring all the songs that had been rejected from the “Futures” album. There next album was produced by Butch Vig and entitled “Chase This Light” after the album was released the band embarked on a ten year anniversary tour. “Invented” was the first album that had been produced by the bands original producer for a long time. In 2013 they released the album “Damage” which was closely followed by the ten year anniversary of “Futures” tour. The most recent album that the band released was in late 2016 and was entitled “Integrity Blues”, they will be at Reading and Leeds Festival this summer.

K=King Blues

Members: Jonny “Itch” Fox, Jamie Jazz, Dean Ashton, Kat Marsh, Josie Dobson and Jack “Percuster” Usher.

Formed: London, United Kingdom in 2004

The band is a political band that perform a mix of Ska and Punk Rock music. In 2004 King Blues formed as a duo before bringing in the rest of the line up in 2005. There debut EP “All Fall Down” was released in 2005 followed by a full album in 2006 entitled “Under The Fog”. The band signed with Field Recordings who reissued there album a year later. The band managed to get a couple of minor hits with the support of Zane Lowe and Mike Davies from there album “Save The World, Get The Girl” in 2008. A cover by The King Blues of “Bonkers” by Dizzee Rascal and has become a favourite at live shows and also one of there most popular singles. A third LP was released in 2011 entitled “Punk And Poetry” through the label Transmission. In 2012 they headed to California with producer John Feldman for there third album. In April 2012 a statement was released by the band stating that they had decided to go there separate ways, “Long Live Struggle” was there parting gift to the music world or at least that was how it seemed. 3 years later the band reunited with what they called the “Desire to take down the tory government”. In 2017 they released there newest album “The Gospel Truth”

L= The Lemonheads 

Members: Ben Deily, Bill Stevenson, Dave Ryan, Evan Dando, Jesse Peretz, John P Strohm, Juliard Hatfield and Karl Alverez

Formed: Boston, United States in 1984

This band is an American Alternative/Punk Rock band that where formed in Boston but are now based in New York. The band where formed in 1986 as an underground band, but there popularity mainly grew in the 90’s. In 1992 they released there first album “It’s A Shame About Ray” and album produced by the Robb Brothers who at had worked on many other albums. The band are probably best known for there cover of “Mrs Robinson” which is now one of there most popular and well known singles. Since forming there have been many different members and versions of this band as people left and joined the only person staying with the band throughout its time being Evan Dando. In their prime the band where classed as one of the most important alternative rock groups. In 1997 the band went on a hiatus before reforming in 2005 and releasing the album “The Lemonheads” with a new lineup. There latest album is entitled “Varshons”.

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A To Z Of Punk/Pop Punk (D-F)

Continuing on from my post the other day here is part two of the A-Z of Punk and Pop Punk.

D=The Descendents

Members: Karl Alvarez, Milo Aukerman, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton

Formed: LA, United States in 1978

The band started off briefly as a trio and recorded one song entitled “Ride The Wild” not long after this they recruited Milo to join the band. In 1981 the band released there first EP “FAT” to this day this is still the only album that the band has released that does not feature a love song. In 1982 “Milo Goes To College” hit record shops and critics described it as an album that was “Perfect for a little guy who was called a nerd and never got the girl” not long after this was released Milo left to join a college and study biological sciences, and Bill decided to dedicate his time to being a full time drummer, with the rest of the band they decided to make it there mission to play every town with electricity after this they where unheard of for around two years. Suddenly out of nowhere the band came back with the “I Don’t Want To Grow Up”LP which was full of what people described as mushy and soppy songs, after releasing this album the band went on large amounts of tours around the US in support of their album.In 1986 they released the album “Enjoy!” which was featured something new that had not been done before and that was using high fidelity stereophonic flatulence. In 1987 they released the “ALL” album and along with that did an album tour where they recorded and released two live albums.The band where at this point being classed as legendary however they where not making mainstream music. All that had been done up until this time had been created on the bands own budget as they did not have a manager. In 1987 Milo decided that he wanted to go into further education, this time the band did not want to split up however decided that they where not the same band without Milo so reformed under the name ALL who created 8 self produced albums between the year of 1988 and 1995, they gained a new following that was very much built up on the legacy of the descendants. In 1996 Milo finally decided to hang up his lab coat and joined the band again where they released a new LP “Everything Sucks” and the band managed to to pick up where they left off however now they where stronger than ever. Milo then again decides to leave again and ALL resumes and release several more albums. In 2004 the band reform once more and release new songs and a new album and at the time people where wondering whether they would be able to regain there popularity.

 

E=Evanescence 

Members: Amy Lee, Tim McCord,Will Hunt, Troy McLawhorn and Jen Majura

Formed: Little Rock, United States in 1995

Evanescence are a band that at the time of creation where a niche that people did not know needed filling. The band are an operatic, goth-pop group. When the band was originally created originally formed it seemed that the band was more just a backing for the songs that Amy wrote. Evanescence where one of the most popular alternative bands in the early 2000’s. Amy met Ben Moody at a summer youth camp in 1994 and in the late 90’s they released 3 EP’s followed by a full album titled “Origin” by the time that this album was released they where already called Evanescence.The signed to Wind-Up records in 2002 and by the time that they released there first album “Fallen” they where a full band line up. Their first album gave the band tow of the most popular singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” which both reached the top 10 in the US charts. The band where nominated for two Grammy’s the best new artist award and best hard rock performance.After this they took a European tour during which Ben Moody Left the band and was quickly replaced by Terry Balsamo, who quickly became Amy’s writing partner. After this they released there live album “Anywhere But Home” in 20004.In 2005 the band had many setbacks including another member leaving and Balamso suffering a stroke, however in 2006 they made a comeback with “The Open Door” with the lead single “Call Me When Your Sober” making it known, all though this album was nowhere near as big as “Fallen”it still debuted at number one in the charts. During the tour for this album LeCompt was fired and Gray quit. After this album there was a long wait for the next one with many changes to the band, including he band getting a new manger Mick Raskuincez who produced the bands 2011 album 5 years after the open door, to follow the album the band did a massive tour and the album debuted at number 1. During the tour Amy announced to fans that the band would be taking an extended break.

 

F= Fall Out Boy

Members: Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman

Formed: Chicago United States in 2001

Fall Out Boy emerged in the early 2000’s and quickly became the biggest band in Emo-Pop. The band attracted tonnes of teenagers to there songs which where a mixture of humour and deep feelings. The band marketed themselves in many ways whether that was through MySpace adverts or Video Game. There first album “Fall Out Boy’s Evening With Your Girlfriend” did not feature Hurley and was a nine song album which displayed the bands love for lengthy titles right from the beginning. After this the band signed a deal with record label Fuled By Ramen two albums in 2005 “Take This To Your Grave” and and acoustic album entitled “My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue” both of these albums stayed within the Pop-Punk formula that the band where known for using, from these albums they gained attention from Island Records who signed the band and released the album “From Under The Cork Tree” which reached number 9 in the charts in 2005. This album also created some of Fall Out Boy’s biggest singles “Dance,Dance”, “A Little Less Sixteen Candles A Little More Touch Me” and “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down”In this year they where also nominated for the best new artist award. Pete Wentz quickly became the face of the band and confided to there audience about a time that he had over dosed on sleeping pills, he also went on to date Ashlee Simpson and create his own record label who signed start out of the bands Panic! At The Disco and Gym Class Hero’s. In 2007 the band released the album “Infinity On A High” which debut at number 1 in the chart and was a mix of 1980’s Pop and 1990’s Punk, the top selling single from this album was “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”, the tour for this album was captured on DVD and CD along with a studio recording of a cover of “Beat It” by Micheal Jackson. At this stage the band had a full brand going on from dolls to comic books and even a fashion line, to gain popularity the band tried to be the first bad to play all 7 continents however the weather made them have to cancel there gig in Antarctica, however they did manage to achieve the Guinness World Record for most interviews conducted by a duo in 24 hours. In 2009 they released released “Folie A Deux” which was there most adventurous album that featured a lot of different genres and resulted in a club tour, in the summer of 2009 the band supported Blink-182 on there reunion tour. After this the band broke up and Stump released his own album. In 2013 there where rumours that the band where getting back together and this was confirmed when “Save Rock and Roll” was released, it debuted at number one with the leading single of “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”. In 2014 the band released there most recent album “American Beauty/American Psycho which was a mixture of Pop Punk and Electronica.

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A To Z Of Punk/Pop Punk (A-C)

As there is a lot of punk and pop punk bands, and a lot of information about those bands, this list will be in several parts, starting with this one which will be A-C.

A= All Time Low

Members: Alex Gaskarth, Rian Dawson, Jack Barakat and Zack Merrick

Formed: Baltimore, United States in 2003

All Time Low started out as a high school cover band covering songs from bands like blink-182 and progressed from there. Whilst they were at school they made time for touring in school breaks and managed to travel round large parts of america in those breaks.In 2004 the band released a 4 song EP entitled “The Three Words To Remember In Dealing With The End” with help from a local record label, they then went on to release “The Party Scene” their first full album a year later. After graduating the band released a 7 song EP entitled “Put Up And Shut Up” this was mainly a re-recorded version of songs which they had already released, in this summer as well they also attended many warped tour dates and then joined the band Amber Pacific on tour, this gained them popularity, that would probably be important in years to come. In 2007 the band released their first full album for their new record label hopeless entitled “So Wrong It’s Right” and in 2008 won the Alternative Press Award for band of the year. In 2009 the band released the album “Nothing Personal” which debuted at number 4 and helped to make the band  one of the top emo-pop bands of the time.During the next few years the band switched record labels a few times and ended up signing back with hopeless. In 2012 the band released another album called “Don’t Panic” and a year later they recorded 4 extra acoustic songs to add to the album and then called it “Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now”. In 2015 the band joined with their ex-producer to produce the album future hearts. The band are currently expected to release a new album at some point this year, however after the recent single release no one quite knows what to expect from it.

 

B= Blink-182

Members: Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Matt Skiba

Formed: San Diego, United States in 1992

The band were formed in 1992 and seemed to be part of the skate-punk and cheerful culture that was popular at the time, however if you started to take a closer look at their songs they were more like hooking rock songs with meaningful lyrics often about breakups and loneliness.Tom De Long met Mark Hoppus and drummer Scott Raynor and formed blink, this is what the band was originally called before adding the 182 when an irish band with the same name threatened a lawsuit. As the band started to grow they started to develop a young following by creating indie records and touring popular festivals. The band really started to grow however in the late 90’s when they toured with NOFX and also appeared at warped tour, this gained them major record label attention especially after the release of their song “Dammit”. Not long after this the band fired Scott Raynor and hired there now drummer Travis Barker, after this they signed to record label MCA and released the album “Enema Of The State” which then went triple platinum and sparked a couple of their most famous hits “All The Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again” after this Blink were everywhere from radio to MTV and they even made a cameo appearance in American Pie. The next album that they created was not as popular but was a live album that was released in 2000 entitled “The Mark, Tom And Travis Show”,  a year later they released the punk rock album “Take Off Your Pants And Jacket” which topped the album charts. In 2003 they released a self-titled album full of stormy atmospheric music that sparked more of their most famous hits such as “I Miss You”, “Always”, “Feeling This” and “Down”. Only two years after this the band released a greatest hits album and shortly after this split and went off to form their own bands. In 2009 the band reformed to release the album “Neighbourhoods” as well as parting ways with their label and independently release the album.Not long after this Tom parted ways with the band because of other commitments (His band Angels and Airwaves) however to this day it is not confirmed if it was by choice or force. Recently Matt Skiba has joined the band and they have released their most recent album “California”.

 

C= The Clash

Members: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon

Formed: London,United Kingdom in 1976

The music that the clash created was as a rebellion, they created music about things such as anti-Thatcherism and racial unity as these where subjects that they felt strongly about.The band liked to experiment with different types of music whether that was funk, reggae or rap however no matter what they experimented with or what they created their music was never far from a three minute pop song. They were one of the bands that proved that punk was not just a flash in the pan. The band’s first gig was as an unannounced quintet opening for the sex pistols. the band were managed by Malcolm McLaren who helped them to showcase their political opinion. The clash were basically a band of protesters singing about police brutality and disenfranchisement. In 1977 The clash signed to CBS for £200,000 and released their debut in the spring of that year, which reached number 12. During one of there tours in london the show had to end as the fans were pulling the seats out of the floor, after this the band were arrested for possession of firearms. In 1978 the band fired their manager only to rehire him a year later. In 1980 the clash created a film/documentary that was a fictional fan story based around the clash, the film used real clash footage but based the story around a made up character.London calling was one of the band’s most famous songs and was called an artistic and commercial triumph.In 1981 Headon left the band due to drug use, not long after that Jones was kicked out and replaced by Vince White and Nick Sheppard, the band started to fall apart after they broke out into America, not long after the members had left it was decided they were not there old self and music was not the same so they decided to call it quits.

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