Category Archives: Punk

If you like Blink-182, then you’ll like MxPx

Blink-182 - altpress.com

Blink-182 – altpress.com

Blink-182 is a rock band made up of three members: Travis Barker, Tom DeLonge, and Mark Hoppus. The band formed in 1992 in California. While all of the members have side projects – some extremely successful ones, such as +44 and Angels & Airwaves – Blink-182 has been and will continue to be their most successful endeavor. The group broke up in 2005 after arguments about their future direction, but after Barker was severely injured in a plane crash the band came together again in 2008. The next year, they played a hugely successful reunion tour.

Their style ranges from a rough alternative rock sound to a more polished pop-punk sound – there is a clear progression from their first album to their most recent album. Blink-182’s first album since their reunion, “Neighborhoods”, peaked at number two on the Billboard charts. They just released an EP called “Dogs Eating Dogs” in December 2012.

MxPx - visitwesthollywood.com

MxPx – visitwesthollywood.com

MxPx sounds quite similar to Blink-182. They formed in Washington in 1992 and have released nine albums plus several EPs and singles. Their lineup, like Blink-182’s, consists of three members. The band’s sound is reminiscent of earlier Blink-182; they have maintained a grungier, punk rock style. Their songs are comparable to those heard on Blink-182’s albums “Cheshire Cat” and “Dude Ranch”. They sing about anti-conformity, challenging authority, and not wanting to grow up.

One thing that definitely separates MxPx from Blink-182 is that MxPx has called themselves a Christian band. While they say they are not trying to preach to anyone, subtle religious themes can be found in their music. The band’s latest album, “Plans Within Plans”, was released in April 2012.

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If you like The Cure, then you’ll like The Chameleons

The Cure, an English rock band formed in 1976, was just announced as a headliner for this year’s Lollapalooza (see the full lineup here). Throughout the many years the band has existed, frontman Robert Smith has remained the only constant member. The Cure played a major role in the United Kingdom’s post-punk era and new wave movement. In the 1980s, they made contributions to the then-new gothic rock genre, and they grew to become one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the world.

The Cure - theherofeed.com

The Cure – theherofeed.com

“Friday I’m in Love”, “Lovesong”, and “Just Like Heaven” are perhaps the most recognizable songs by The Cure today. They incorporate dance rhythms and have a generally happy feel to them. A band that has successfully emulated this style that has prolonged The Cure’s fame is called The Chameleons. The Chameleons, also from England, began recording in 1981. They broke up after the sudden death of their manager in 1985, re-formed in 2000, and then disbanded once more in 2003.

The Chameleons - blueapplemusic.co.uk

The Chameleons – blueapplemusic.co.uk

The Chameleons have a dance-y, new wave sound much like that of The Cure. Since the bands were recording around the same time, it is clear that they were both influenced by the same post-punk and gothic rock fads. The Chameleons sometimes have a darker tone to their songs than The Cure does; the vocals are more somber and the guitar is subdued instead of upbeat and loud.

Percussion also plays a heavy role in both bands. Strong beats and echoing crashes are characteristic of the post-punk era, with the drums almost acting as sound effects instead of a supplemental music element.

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