My name is Hayden Scott Thomas Warren, and I play guitar for Indianapolis local band, Freshman Year. I’ll be your weekly blogger for everything pop punk and easycore!
For my first article I want to discuss the essence of what pop punk and easycore is.
Before I begin though, please note that these are only my opinions and you don't have to agree with it. I am also going to try to keep my articles as short as possible.
The pop punk genre started when bands started to mix elements of pop music with elements of punk as well. This involves crushing guitar work, heavy reliant bass, pounding drums and melodic vocals. This movement started around 1974 when The Ramones started making punk rock. While they aren't defined as pop punk, they created the foundation for it.
Bands took notice to this movement and started doing their own versions of this sound. This became really big in the early 2000’s when bands such as Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41, Jimmy Eat World and Good Charlotte were all gaining publicity for their own versions of pop punk.
This genre was getting its spotlight and bringing pop punk to the modern media. Pop punk had finally reached mainstream in 2005-2009 with such as Paramore, Panic At the Disco, Fall Out Boy and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
Songs like "Dance Dance" by Fall Out Boy was quickly making the way to the top of the charts around this time. With highschoolers of the 00's falling in love, FOB sent pop punk soaring to the top and forever being immortalized in the nostalgia memories that keeps songs of 2009 still current.
In 2009 Easycore was starting to be on the rise as well. Easycore is a term given to bands who mix pop punk with some form of metal or hardcore resulting in massive guitar work, breakdowns and the use of screaming instead of singing.
New Found Glory is cited as the founder of Easycore because of their tours was called “Easycore Tour”.
Fast forward to 2016 where both pop punk and easycore are still alive and well. Examples of modern day pop punk are The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, City Lights and Mayday Parade. Some examples of modern day easycore are Chunk, no Captain Chunk, Four Year Strong and Knockout Kid.
In addition to having a article each week, I’m going to be sharing a link to a different band's Facebook page so you can check them out.
Up first is one of my favorite bands, The Day After.
They are Indianapolis easycore at it’s finest. While I will usually link bands that sounds similar to the band I post, I have yet to find anything like The Day After. They put so much passion and energy into the band and it makes for a great show. They currently have 2 Ep’s out and are working on new music.
written by hayden warren