Hey! Listen to The Driers!

Pop punk is a genre that has in many ways stagnated, if you’re a pessimist, or coalesced and solidified into its more permanent sound, if you’re an optimist. That hasn’t stopped new bands from forming and taking their own stab at that sound as it can vary just enough to appeal to a variety of musicians and fans of very, very different things. One end of pop punk might favor the hyperspeed riffing and snotty vocals of NOFX and their lineage, while another side might gravitate towards the mid-tempo guitars and syrupy sweet vocal styling that was more in line with Green Day and the back catalog of bands who found a home on the now defunct Lookout! Records during their ‘90s heyday.

Always Riled Up: Protest Music For A New Era, Part 1

This is part one in what will be an ongoing series of takes from artists across several genres as we explore what effect the changing political landscape in the US and abroad will have on music; the way we listen to it, how we listen to it, and who we look to for guidance, solace, or simple release in what is already proving to be a deeply challenging time, as well as how it relates in the larger context of society and history.

As I Lay Dying – Awakened

There’s a reason that San Diego’s As I Lay Dying remained ever-popular after the New Wave Of American Metal phase of metalcore waned in popularity. Throughout the genre’s rise and saturation, the band managed to stand out with enough overall quality and personality to remain relevant into their sixth studio album a decade after their formation. What’s even more telling of the band’s longevity is that not only are they remaining relevant past their genre’s expiration date, they continue to release albums without decay, something one could definitely not say about their contemporaries in Killswitch Engage and All That Remains. No, As I Lay Dying have surely earned their popularity, and they continue their exemplary career in their latest offering Awakened.