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15 pop-punk/emo bands to keep an eye on

May 19 2016, 11:00 AM EDT By Tyler O’Neil


Grayscale

Signed to Anchor Eighty Four Records, Grayscale have some serious Jimmy Eat World and Brand New vibes. Check out “Palette” and be prepare for it to get stuck in your head immediately.

Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Check out: “Palette”

 

Tiny Moving Parts

TMP’s Facebook “about me” says it all: “Short Description: Family band from Minnesota. Long Description: We would love to play your house!” They are definitely one of the most entertaining live acts today.

Headquarters: Benson, Minnesota

Check out: “Headache”

 

Like Pacific

Like Pacific’s defining ethos is “Stay Pissed” and songs like “Distant” show them living up to that message.

Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario

Check out: “Distant”

 

Have Mercy

Currently on Hopeless Records, Have Mercy are sure to make you feel something—whether that’s nostalgia or a personal connection to the lyrics is up to you.

Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland

Check out: “Howl”

 

The Hotelier

Founded in 2009, the Hotelier are incredibly honest in everything they do, and they back that sincerity with music that brings raw emotion and pulls on the heartstrings.

Headquarters: Worcester, Massachusetts

Check out: “Piano Player”

 

Julien Baker

“Sprained Ankle” finds Julien Baker singing “Wish I could write songs about anything other than death.” So long as the songs all sound this great, we don’t mind if she keeps exploring mortality with heart wrenching ballads.

Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee

Check out: “Sprained Ankle”

 

Moose Blood

It takes guts and skill to make your first-ever U.S. appearance an entire Warped Tour, and that’s just what Moose Blood did last year. Another of Hopeless Records’ U.K. emo exports, check out “Honey”  and get ready for some feels.

Headquarters: Canterbury, England

Check out: “Honey”

 

Bay Faction

Bay Faction’s self-titled album is nothing but back to back jams, with “Jasper Wildlife Assoc.” standing out as the strongest offering from these Boston boys. Any band that lists their genre as “post-coital” is worth a listen.

Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

Check out: “Jasper Wildlife Assoc.”

 

Microwave

If you like your pop punk on the grittier side, you’ve just found your new favorite band. Microwave vocalist Nathan Hardy sings and yells perfectly over melodic guitar riffs, and we’re stoked to see what is next for this four-piece after their debut LP Stovall.

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

Check out: “Trash Stains”

 

Pentimento

Pentimento is a four piece melting pot of genres, ranging from quiet indie to raucous punk, along with everything in between.

Headquarters: Buffalo, New York

Check out: “Stuck Forever”

 

Balance And Composure

No Sleeps Records rock outfit Balance And Composure are veterans compared to some of the other bands on this list, but you will undoubtedly find yourself lost in their music.

Headquarters: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Check out: “Reflection”

 

Sorority Noise

Cameron Boucher uses Sorority Noise to take on the usual trappings of the genre (rejection, heartbreak, angst) but never shies away from exploring the source of these issues: his own mental health struggles. Music this vulnerable and confessional has a welcome place in the scene.

Headquarters: Hartford, Connecticut

Check out: “Nolsey”

 

Can’t Swim

Can’t Swim aren’t afraid to let their emotions out, and the vocals loose. When those two come together, it’s truly powerful.

Headquarters: Keansburg, NJ

Check out: “Can’t Swim”

 

Beach Slang

Listening to the heart-on-a-sleeve, all-or-nothing style of frontman James Alex, it’s no surprise that they inspired a fan to approach them after a disastrous show. In doing so, the fan saved the band, creating a story straight out of a Beach Slang song.

Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Check out: “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

 

Foxing

Foxing takes a different approach to their music and live show, and the results come across entirely poetic.

Headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri

Check out: “The Medic”

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