So far we have now seen the return of two major bands from the good old days of Pop Punk- Fall Out Boy and Paramore.
The two bands have released new singles over the past month, each demonstrating that they are looking to branch out and try their hand at different genres.
In a world of post-Brexit chaos, Donald Trump, Theresa May and Toblerones becoming smaller, I always believed that something good was going to happen that would make life that little more bearable. Well it seems my friends that shit is truly going downhill in all areas of existence.
When Paramore released Hard Times on April 19 I was shocked. A nostalgia-inducing video that wouldn’t be out of place being on the roster of an 80’s band videography with the cheesy electronic beats and hook. Where was the rock? WHERE WAS THE HUMANITY?! This isn’t the Paramore I know and love, this is something completely different and, if you haven’t been able to tell already, I DON’T LOVE IT.
Before I continue I must make a general disclaimer to say that these are only my opinions, don’t be offended. I know that bands must evolve, they must change and they must roll with the times, but I still cannot get over how much change there was between this and the last album which still had its basic Paramore elements.
Then we get to April 27….about 5pm in the UK….Twitter was alight with Fall Out Boy chatter. This also happened last week when the band left cryptic messages all over their social media sites. But, as the old (and fairly inaccurate saying goes in this case) “good things come to those who wait.”
Well, a week after, the music video was dropped for Young and Menace. It is lucky I was sitting in my office otherwise I would’ve pulled all my hair out, grabbed the nearest sharp implement and then cut my ears off that second.
It is just terrible. I know the list of things I rattled off earlier are bad…but Young and Menace may just take the fucking biscuit.
Fall Out Boy used to be so good as a band. All of their albums (maybe except American Beauty/American Psycho from 2015) are amazing, rock-filled glory. But this? To quote a tweet I posted “Its like Skrillex ate Patrick Stump then a fucking hot curry then just shit all over my dreams of Fall Out Boy ever being good again.”
The world of Pop Punk is changing, and surely enough, its for the worse.