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9 Pop-Punk Bands You Need To Get Into Right Now

On the brink of becoming future Van’s Warped Tour warriors and following in the footsteps of bands like Fall Out Boy and All Time Low, there’s a whole new crop of up-and-coming pop-punk bands that you need to keep an eye on.

With influences including Blink-182 and New Found Glory, this new generation of alt rockers are keeping the scene alive, paying homage to their faves while still bringing something new to the table.


So take our advice and add these nine bands to your music queue ASAP. You won’t regret it.

  1. SWMRS

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    Oakland — I dare you to not get stoked about Bay Area rock band SWMRS. Just watch their music video for “Figuring It Out” (directed by Kreayshawn) and lose yourself in their infectious sound.

  2. Waterparks

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    Houston — Zany synths, solid riffs, and angsty-but-energetic choruses are exactly what you need in your life, and Waterparks deliver just that. Good Charlotte co-signs this view!

  3. 7 Minutes in Heaven

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    Chicago — The band got its name from Fall Out Boy’s song “7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen),” and that’s pretty tight. Their track “I’m Okay” will play on loop in your brain after one listen — and, trust me, you won’t hate it.

  4. Best Kept Secret

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    North Hollywood, California — The band spearheading the “Emo Is Back” movement completely embodies the statement and revival. If you want a mainstream look, the band covered The Weeknd’s “The Hills” with some subtle screamo added. You may even like it more than the original.

  5. Walkney

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    Altoona, PennsylvaniaDerek Mrdjenovich and Aaron Porta are revolutionizing the scene, collaborating with creative minds to make an impact through music.

  6. The Stolen

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    Old Bridge, New JerseyThe Maine with a Jersey-boy, Springsteen vibe = The Stolen. Their EP I’m So Dead is the perfect pop-alt soundtrack to take you into the summer season.

  7. Beach Weather

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    Phoenix — Alternative rock band Beach Weather features former A Rocket to the Moon frontman Nick Santino. The band will be playing tracks off its What a Drag EP on tour this spring with PVRIS.

  8. A Will Away

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    Naugatuck, Connecticut — Pretty much everyone who listens to A Will Away asks themselves, “Why didn’t I get into them sooner?” Just sayin’…

  9. Marina City

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    Chicago — The completely independent band that people cannot believe isn’t big yet, Marina City will be working with Craig Owens (lead vocalist of Chiodos) on an acoustic EP titled Lost Doesn’t Mean Alone, out later this year.

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