5 nostalgic AF songs to start the week

Get yourself pumped for the week ahead with these classic bops that you probably haven’t listened to since you were in year 10 and still pestering your mum to let you get snakebites.

1) Bohemian like you – The Dandy Warhols

A love story for the ages.

2) She hates me – Puddle of Mudd

We’re all been there, right? ….Right?

3) Heaven is a half pipe – OPM

Possibly the inspiration for those COEXIST stickers?

4) United States of Whatever – Liam Lynch

They just don’t make music videos like this anymore…

5) Break stuff – Limp bizkit

Okay, there’s maybe a reason you’ve not heard this in so long.

What’s your fav nostalgic track? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum!

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Band of the Month: The Wild Things

This month’s band of the month are the incredible, The Wild Things. This West London indie rock group has already had an untameable start, having been a BBC London ‘Featured Artist of the week’. They’ve recently released a new track, Tell Me Why.


What inspired Tell Me Why?

Lyrically, Tell Me Why came from the emotion created through the music. Musically, it as a very emotive atmosphere, and the words fell out like a watching a movie!


What’s it like being part of the London scene?

It can be difficult and frustrating for bands starting out, which is why we curated our own festival, The Wild Things Bawl, as a way to allow bands and fans an opportunity to experience great live music in proper venues.

Syd and Cam used to be in the CBBC’s Young Dracula, what inspired the move from acting to music?

A desire to not be confined to when other people allow you to be creative. There are a lot of moving parts in TV/film, but in songwriting inspiration can hit you anytime.

What do you guys like to do when you’re not playing/practising?

There’s a lot of pizza and netflix involved!


Where did your name come from?

Well, The Beatles was taken, but when The Wild Things was mentioned, it clicked!

How did it feel to be featured by radio1?

In truth, we were sat for 4 days listening every night for that record to be played and when it did, we got very drunk.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?

Lucazade and warming up. Wild, we know…

What are your plans for the future?

We’re releasing our new single (as part of ‘The Singles Club’), on 26/5/17 which we’re very excited about. More news to come!

Keep up with The wild Things on facebook and twitter.

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NEW Music: Everyone and Anyone – A Page from a Journal

Everyone And Anyone are a pop-punk fivesome from North Wales. The band have only been together since 2014 but have already supported the like of Creeper and WSTR. Their second EP, A Page from a Journal, is available from May 16th. The boys gave IPWT a sneak peak.


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A Page from a Journal feels heavily inspired by early The Wonder Years, Blink 182, and Creeper.

All four of the songs are fast based and drum heavy, with some tempo changes and relatable lyrics.

The ‘in your face’ness of the tracks promises a hell of a live performance, from an incredibly high-energy, fun band.

The vocals sometimes feel lost under the thrashing pop-punk rhythms, but this may be an issue with production rather than Everyone and Anyone’s talents.

This is a band with a lot of potential, who could really make a splash in the pop punk scene once they have carved out their own sound. Overall, a brilliant EP from a talented and vivacious group.

Are you excited for Everyone and Anyone’s new release? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum!

New releases: Fallout Boy, Paramore, PVRIS

It’s been a busy few weeks for pop punk. Three of the biggest names in the scene, Fallout Boy, Paramore, and PVRIS have all dropped new tracks and announced upcoming albums or tours.


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Fallout Boy – Young and Menace

Early last week, Fallout Boy drop a new track Young and Menace and announced a new album, MANIA, will be released in the summer. They also announced dates for an accompanying tour, but so far only in America.

Young and Menace continues the trajectory of FOB’s new sound from their last two albums, particularly American Beauty/American Physco. I really wasn’t a fan of this track when I first heard it, having been a big lover of Fallout Boy’s pre-hiatus stuff, but I’m warming to it every time I hear it. The track feels a lot more synth-rock, even synth-pop than pop-punk, but it’s definitely a track that brings something fresh to the band’s discography and proves just how versatile FOB can be.

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Paramore – Hard Times

Paramore’s new release also came with the announcement for a new album, four years after their previous, self-titled album. After Laughter is set for the 12th of May.

This new track is an instant tune! It feels very Ain’t It Fun and the aesthetic is Still Into You meets 80’s pop. The song is fun and catchy and seems like it’s going to be a big hit, even in mainstream charts.

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PVRIS – Heaven

PVRIS’s second album ‘We all know of Heaven, we all need of Hell’ is set to be released this August. The first single from the album, Heaven, was dropped earlier this week.

Heaven strikes the perfect balance between the sound still feeling recognizably PVRIS and feeling fresh. Lynn’s flawless vocals are the main feature of the track, but the beat and bass is extremely catchy. I think this song promises great things for their live performances.

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Which is your fav new track? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum!

Unsigned band of the month: Feral Youth

April’s unsigned band of the month are the fantastic Feral Youth who gave IPWT a glimpse of their gorgeous, grungy EP Sugar earlier this month. I caught up with them again to chat about the recording process. Feral Youth has been playing together for just over a year and met through connections in Brighton, their hometown.


Current line up:

Harry, 21 – Vocals and rhythm guitar
Jonny, 20 – Lead guitar and backing vocals
Jess, 19 – Bass guitar
Georgia, 20 – Drums

Tell us about the EP’s conception?

The EP grew just by exploring our sound and how we work together. We also wanted to explore the dynamics in having more stripped back, minimal verses compared to huge, powerful instrumentals. We all have parts of each song that we could properly express ourselves musically and contribute our own ideas. At no point was it a case of one person taking full control – for every step it has been a group effort.

How long did Sugar take to put together?

The songs on Sugar slowly became part of our live set, taking place as the finale in the set. After many months gigging and rehearsing we refined them, before one intense day of recording.

What are you most excited about for your EP?

People finally hearing our music and being able to understand how we want to be heard.

What’s your dynamic like as band?

We’re all into different music and mixing it together becomes something cool. With writing, Harry comes up with the structure or Jonny or Jess writes a riff and then we all add the rest letting our personalities and influences leak in.

What do you guys like to do when you’re not playing/practicing?

We all work a lot. Georgia likes to go to the gym and video edit. Jonny likes going to gigs, making other types of music and charity shopping. Harry makes art and writes a lot, and Jess likes to read and go to gigs.

What would you say is your biggest challenge as an unsigned band?

Getting gig slots is always competitive and we constantly work to get more shows. It can be difficult because we’re trying to do all of it ourselves and relying on our own networking skills – this is particularly difficult when trying to branch out and get shows outside of Brighton, in new and unfamiliar places.

What motivates you as a band?

Receiving a positive response when we play a great show is the most exciting feeling. To feel that people understand what we are trying to convey is really special.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to gig as much as possible, and also try to play festivals, continue to write and record music. Our music is best in a live environment so we need to get out there as much as possible. We also have plans for a music video and a double single that we want to record over summer.

Anything else you’d to tell people?

Buy our EP please.

Check out Sugar on Spotify and follow Feral Youth on Facebook!

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INTRODUCING: Coldfront

Coldfront are a Canadian pop punk four piece currently signed to Equal Vision records. They have just completed five shows across Ontario with Bearings. I caught up with them just before they left, to catch up about all things tour-related.


Current line up:

Tom Stewart, 24: Vocals

Chris Casarin, 25: Guitar/Vocals-25

Micheal Kelly, 25: Drums

Jared Cipak, 24: Guitar

Have you toured together before?

Me and Mike were in a band before this called Fire Away and we got to go across Canada with a band called Greater than Giants that was mine and Miles’ first real tour out of town/province.

What the craziest thing to ever happen at a gig?

One of the shittiest things to happen to us at a gig was when our van broke down outside the venue in Lincoln Nebraska with the trailer on it and we had to get one of the other bands we were touring with to come get the trailer while we got the van towed to our hotel to deal with in the morning. In Butte Montana we met some locals there on our way through we stopped to get some food and ended up staying the night and getting wasted with some locals and met the soldier who shot Bin Laden. It was wild.

What’s the hardest part of being on the road?

It’s such a cliché answer but honestly it’s not being home and having your routine and your bed to sleep in. Some nights we don’t know where we are sleeping. And just keeping sane in the van with out killing each other.

How do you prepare for going to stage?

Me personally, I generally have a wobbly pop or two before getting on stage, but I also do a vocal warm up in the van by just singing a couple old jams and humming. The other guys have their own little rituals. Jared plays his guitar in the corner with headphones on and Mike just hits his practice pad for a while to warm up and Tom and I do vocal warm ups together.

What are the things you can’t go on tour without?

My laptop. I need to be able to watch something on those long drives and it’s just handy to have. And our Cornhole set up, the boys in seaway showed us the way of ornhole and now we take it on every tour.

How do you find looking after/moving your equipment around the country?

As long as you have a routine and you stick to it, like how you pack the trailer what you do with your gear once your in the venue and have the proper protective cases for your gear it becomes real easy, moving said cases up and down stairs is not fun though.

Where’s the best place you’ve played so far?

Florida was very rad and had a cool pop punk scene and also Vancouver was just gorgeous so that was just nice.

How do you get the crowd hyped?

I like to usually ask them a favour, make it awkward and then just call them out when they aren’t doing it. Or just run out into the crowd sometimes!

What do you guys like to do when your not playing/practicing?

On tour if we have a off day we usually like to play Cornhole or go to the beach and cliff dive where we can. But when we’re home we’re all working full time.

What are you plans for the future?

We plan to release our first full length record very soon and tour very heavily in the next year, we want to make this band our full time job.

Anything else you’d like to talk about?

Just like to thank anyone who has stuck around with us, and to stick tight because we will be dropping our full length very soon.

Check out Coldfront’s music and Facebook here.

FOUR ways to support your local music scene

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Every band started out in their parents basement trying to book gigs at the local pub and transporting their instruments to practice in the back of their mate’s Corsa. Without support, even the most talents bands are going to struggle to get the recognition they deserve. So how can you help to support your local music scene and discover some hidden gems in the process?


1) Turn up!
One of the best ways to support local music is to support the venues that host their gigs. Support with your patronage and show the venue how much you appreciate live music events by turning out, buying tickets and drinks.

2) Share, share, share
Help local bands get a bigger following by sharing their music, gigs, videos all over your social media. Hey, you could even start a blog about it….
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3) Show them the money
The best way to support anything you enjoy and want to continue enjoying is to monetize it. Making music can be expensive, practice spaces need to be hired, instruments maintained, venues booked… the list goes on. If you want to help your unsigned favs, find out how you can contribute. Pay entry to their gigs or find out if they have a patreon page or any other way to donate. And of course, buy their music legally!

4) Volunteer your skills
A lot of work goes into getting fantastic music out their, and not all of it can be done by the musicians. Got Photoshop and a free hour? Offer to make a poster for their next gig. Volunteer to usher at an event or even do sound tech. Help them get in contact with press if you have the contacts.

How do you support your local scene? Comment below or tweet @poppunkmum