Three Bands Still Flying the Pop-Punk Flag

If you’re a little disheartened this week, we’ve picked out three pop-punks bands still flying the flag.

This week saw the release of Blink 182’s new album California. It’s proven to be quite a divisive release. We quite liked it, but other commentators online seem to hate it: there’s many comments saying it’s not their best work, and I’ve even seen some more hyperbolic commentators saying it proves pop-punk is dying as a genre. Now I’ll concede that California is a far cry from the quality of Dude Ranch but the death knell of the entire pop-punk scene? I don’t buy it. Blink 182 might be on decline but the scene has never been stronger! So if you’re one of the people perhaps a little disheartened this week, I’ve picked out three bands who have picked up the pop-punk slack where the genre stalwarts have perhaps slipped.
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Meet La Dispute

Critically adored for a sound that combines screamo, jazz, blues and spoken word, as well as the three albums worth of poetic lyrics which draw upon influences such as Asian folklore, Kurt Vonnegut and Vladimir Nabokov. La Dispute are perhaps the best band you’ve never heard of.

I admit that there’s a certain redundancy to writing an introductory feature about a band with three full length releases under their belts. But La Dispute have never really reached audiences larger than their small, but dedicated, core fan base. Their work exists within the vague genre of post-hardcore; it combines the intricate guitar work and vocal style of Hardcore Punk, with the lyricism and imagery of the post-punk movement. Think Black Flag by way of Joy Division.

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