Punk music prides itself on being out of the mainstream, alternative, and takes an elitist view that their brand of music doesn’t need to sell lots of records to be incredible. Sometimes their creativity pushes them to experiment in the studio, try something a little softer, and it becomes a big hit. Oops, you’re now a sell-out! If punk bands become more popular, bigger arena sized crowds are now coming to their concerts, they also get the dreaded label, “sell outs”. Think of Green Day’s “Basketcase”, “Good Riddance”, or The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly For A White Guy”. If a band’s motive is simply becoming a Top 40 band, that’s one thing but opening up your audience to a wider following can be a great career move!
Like rappers hoping to keep their street cred, punk bands like to be seen as rebels and obscure. Being called a “pop punk band” is equivalent to being a “boy band” by some. Yet, I understand musical diversity and being able to mesh the true hardcore punk with some occasional pop melodies. Here’s three current bands that are playing that balancing game with three excellent videos:
“ALL SIGNS POINT TO LAUDERDALE” A DAY TO REMEMBER
“STAY” MAYDAY PARADE
“STILL DREAMING” SILVERSTEIN