Interview: WITH CONFIDENCE – Seeing the World, 10 Year Old Albums and What They Did Right

Australia’s With Confidence are a band to watch, putting out an excellent debut in Better Weather and touring all over the world. Saturday the 23rd saw the band visiting Birmingham in support of Mayday Parade, where they put on a truly fantastic show and, to make the night even better, vocalist/bassist Jayden Seeley and guitarist Luke Rockets took some time beforehand to indulge me in a quick chat.…
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As It Is’ Latest Album Is More Than Just okay.

As someone who spent his teenage years being completely into pop punk as his primary music genre, As It Is’ okay. is a solid, comfortable throwback to that style of music but is also pretty fantastic on its own. At first glance, it may come across as a by-the-numbers pop punk album, but there is something more compelling going on beneath the surface.…
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An Introduction to 2010s Pop-Punk – Playlist

A weird thing happened to pop-punk in the 2000s. It evolved, mutated and split down into two very similar but idealistically different off-shoots. Mostly this is all blink-182’s fault. By becoming (shock-horror) commercially successful with Enema of the State and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, they spawned a generation of bands that were making music in an attempt to become the new blink.…
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Live: PUP at The Cellar, Birmingham

As Thom Weeks, guitarist from opener SHIT PRESENT, notes: “It’s nice and cool down here, but it smells like mould. Do not lick the walls.” A summation of Rainbow Venue’s Cellar I cannot begin to top. The band themselves make a fearsome tuneful racket, a kind of grungy power pop, that owes a debt to Superchunk’s lo-fi alt songcraft but with the energy of the new wave of Chicago-bred indie pop-punk.…
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