With new Blink-182 as well as a slew of pop punk bands cropping up everywhere, Pop Punk is most definitely dead. Not really, it’s the opposite. While I’m by no means a pop punk expert, I’ve been known to posi jump and write songs about my friends and home town from time to time. As such, here are some cool pop punk bands I’ve found on bandcamp that tickled my fancy!
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Distances – Carry Me
tags: alternative, pop punk
A very “sad boy” pop punk. They still retain the positive sounding pop punk/posi jump enducing instrumentals but the lyrical content is definitely emo. Plus they’re from Australia. So you know they’re gonna be good.
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Alicewell – YOUNG HEARTS
tags: pop punk, alternative, alternative rock, pop
This band wouldn’t be out of place at all on a tour with Hands Like Houses. Not just because their music is slightly reminiscent of HLH’s sound, but because their music stands on its own.
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Heavenfaced – To Keep You Safe
tags: alternative, emo, grunge, pop punk, post hardcore, rock
From Chicago, Illinois, Heavenfaced is very reminiscent of the wonder years at times. They say that you’ll dig their music if you like bands like: Thrice, Balance & Composure, and Have Mercy. So if you like those bands, check them out (but check em out anyway)!
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Small Falls – This Distance EP
tags: alternative, pop punk, alternative rock, punk, rock
If you had any qualms about the first three bands being pop punk, this band should make you have faith in this list. In the first phrase of their track “Distance” they mention being far away from their home town. Which as far as stereotypical pop punk jokes goes, is pretty fucking pop punk.
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Define Irony – I Just Hope Everyone Is Okay
tags: alternative, alternative rock, hardcore, pop punk, post hardcore, pop
It’s kind of emo, it’s also got some post rock vibes. But it’s mainly alternative/pop punk. Just listen for yourself, they’re good!
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Hold Close – I Was Never Meant To Stay
tags: pop punk, alternative, punk, alternative rock
This band encapsulates the sound that I love in pop punk bands. The vocals have that “typical” pop punk sound (which isn’t bad at all). If you like pop punk, you’ll probably like these guys.
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Pinky Swear – I Told You I Was Sick EP
tags: acoustic, indie, pop, pop punk, punk, singer-songwriter
Some acoustic pop punk! Which is always good, because acoustic music is great. Check it out!
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Andy & Joe – I’m Sorry I Suck
San Diego, California
tags: acoustic, emo, indie, indie pop, pop punk
A mix of acoustic and non acoustic music (but mainly acoustic). It’s super emo too, and the track “1997” has a very twinkly emo sound.
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Derek Zuk – Memory
alternative, pop punk, rva, rock, indie rock, melodic, pop punk, pop rock
Very punk rock sounding. But more pop punk than punk rock. It’s a very familiar, nostalgic sound.
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Starters – A Picture Fading
tags: emo, pop punk, hardcore, punk
It has some melodic hardcore-esque instrumental builds (the first track being the perfect example). Which fits because it’s really emo. But also pop punk. I love it.
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FREEPORT – Moving Forward
tags: easycore, pop punk, punk, pop rock, pop, post hardcore
It’s easycore, it sounds super pop punk, just listen to it.
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Parkwood – Selfish
Hammonton, New Jersey
tags: alternative, alternative rock, emo, emotional hardcore, post rock, pop punk
Super post rock inspired hardcore/alternative rock. It’s really emo too. So if you know me, you know I’m 100% about that life. They don’t disappoint.
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Time for Plan B – Когда гаснут огни
Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
tags: emo punk, pop punk, punk
It’s Russian pop punk. Which for some reason I didn’t think was a thing, but it is and this pleases me. A lot. Let me just sit here for a minute…
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Forest Life – Sleep This Off
tags: alternative, pop punk, acoustic, emo, indie, synth
Acoustic pop punk! I love acoustic music (especially acoustic pop punk music). It’s really solid too, so give it a listen!
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From the Archives – Getting Better
Trenton, New Jersey
tags: emo, indie, pop punk, punk, alternative
Pop punk with emo and indie vibes (which has honestly been most of this list) that won’t disappoint!