Simple Plan have released a Japanese version of “Summer Paradise.” Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”
This sounds like it will be a Say Anything fan’s wildest dreams come true. If you click through, you’ll read details from Bemis about Polarity and about how it mirrors his own bipolar disease. We of course have no idea if Max can actually pull off writing a great comic, but fingers crossed!
They sold a hell of a lot of records. If you were truly surprised, you haven’t been paying attention (but you can’t be blamed for that with this band). PropertyOfZack doesn’t cover this band, but it’s interesting to see what a goth/metal/”emo”-looking band can still do on the Billboard charts. Someone on Twitter pointed out that music like this (see: My Chemical Romance) will always sell well. We’ll see.
UK fans, be excited. US fans, don’t get stoked just yet. Frank Turner’s new album will be coming out this spring, but a US release date and label is missing. Could it be possible that Turner has left Epitaph Records and signed with a major? It would make sense when you step back and realize Epitaph put out a compilation record this past fall with Turner’s songs on their catalog. There’s no confirmation either way yet, but one has to be coming soon.
Buddy Nielsen is one of the smartest guys in this side of the industry, and the package he put together for Senses Fail’s spring tour in addition to the presale model the band is using only further proves that. The new Senses Fail record is the band’s hardest release to date, but why not take out three pop-punk bands with a younger and growing fan base? It’ll be a successful tour and a good business move. And watch for Real Friends to blow every opener out of the water.
If you’re from the US, you probably think that Simple Plan is all but a dead band. They’ve however never seen so much success internationally. It’ll be interesting to see what they do on their next record to attempt to come back in a bigger way in the States, if it’s still a market the band cares about.
I’ve always been curious about why we’ve seen four frontmen/women try out for The Voice, but have never seen one try out for American Idol. Carson is a very small band compared to Meg And Dia, Automatic Loveletter, Artist Vs Poet, and Hey Monday, but she certainly has a good chance of getting somewhere.
For this week’s Discussion, PropertyOfZack is piggybacking off of our friends over at AbsolutePunk to make a list of some of the The Biggest Bands (in our scene) To Crossover To The Mainstream. Ten years ago, bands like New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, and Hawthorne Heights were all at the cusp of success, but the mainstream audience has shifted music tastes into something new once again. Our scene burst nearly as quick as it bloomed, in terms of mainstream success minus a few bands here or there. But with the recent success of fun., Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship, we thought it would be fun (no pun intended) to make a list featuring crossover bands from the last ten or so years. Feel free to reblog this with your thoughts and what wave of bands you think will be on the next list while checking out mine below!
They had to be first on the list, didn’t they? In many ways, besides Green Day, blink-182 were the first band to turn pop—punk, or whatever genre you’d call it, into a mainstream massive success. Enema Of The State truly hit the world in 2000 and then came continued success from both blink and a slew of other pop-punk bands for the next five to seven years. It’s worth noting that blink-182 has also crossed through three generations of fans with Enema, Untitled, and their reunion. 20 years and 27 million albums.
Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance
As time goes on, I continue to see similarities between both of these bands. Both the success and timeline of their singles and two major albums are oddly similar, and their career path is as well. FOB and MCR are the two largest crossover successes in the more “punk” area of this scene since blink-182.
Gym Class Heroes
These guys, or Travie, are essentially top 40 pop stars by this point. Each of their albums before their last spawned a slew of hits, but The Papercut Chronicles II launched Gym Class Heroes into an interesting area of stardom. A majority of the band’s singles have been because of guest stars, but there’s no question that “Stereo Hearts” pushed the band to a whole new level in the mainstream world. The only issue is is that they no longer have true fans in this lil ol’ scene of ours.
Was the whole point to make this a crossover success? Cobra Starship and Gym Class Heroes both started in the Decaydance/pop-punk scene, but unlike the other bands on this list, they’ve left it for good and will no longer be welcomed back. Cobra slowly built off singles, but Night Shades was just impressive in terms of its success. Several singles that enjoyed endless radio play came from the release, but like Gym Class, they seem to have no real true fans anymore. Success is a tradeoff.