Off With Their Heads
So I figure I'll start this off with a band that I saw for the first time in April. They were supporting Against Me! on a little tour around the US. I kind of had a bit of an idea what to expect; straight-up no frills pop-punk, and maybe a few sing alongs. They definitely brought all of that with them, but there were elements of street punk thrown in, with the driving bass and drums, and the open ringing guitar chords. Some of you might have already heard of this band, but I hadn't and it was definitely a good first time experience. Their latest record called "From the Bottom" is out on No Idea, and yo should check it out if you get the chance.
At first listen, it's sounds like any other snotty pop-punk band from the midwest, and one might expect to hear songs about girls and hanging out, which there is a certain amount of. With a closer look however, the songs reveal themselves to be a scathing critique of the existence we all live, and never bother to question every day. They do things like have a chorus that's as follows
I'll Just let it grow
Until the day I die I fucking swear
I'm gonna make your life as miserable as mine.
Then go into an extremely pleasing hook right after. It's madness the way depression gets juxtaposed against major chords and progressions all over this record. I definitely recommend checking it out if you get a chance. Once again, that's "From the Bottom" by Off With Their Heads.