After studying abroad in France for about a year, Europe has become like a second home to me. The pop-punk scene here is awesome, and I’ve had so much fun going to shows and meeting people with the same taste in music. It just goes to show no matter where you are in the world, music has a magical way of bringing people together. Here are 10 sick pop-punk bands from Europe that show that great music is everywhere.
Hightower was founded in 2012 by two cousins who grew up on ‘90s punk rock. They hail from Paris, France, and are on the independent label KROD Records. They just put out their second album, Club Dragon, in September and are hitting the road with Daggermouth for a European tour this April.
SHADED are a group of lads from Surrey, England, who just put out their debut EP, The Better Man In Me, on Sept. 1. Although this is their first EP, they already have an awesome sound and have been hard at work playing shows up and down the mainland, which makes them one U.K. pop-punk band to keep an eye on.
This infectiously catchy band hails from Modena, Italy, and recently signed to Penultimate Records. They’ve played with a handful of bigger bands, including Four Year Strong, Seaway, Knuckle Puck and ROAM, and are currently working on their next EP with Seb Barlow. Also, check out their awesome cover of Counting Crows’ “Accidentally In Love.”
Right off the bat, if you’re a fan of easycore, you will love these guys. Back Garden Light are from Bordeaux, France, and if they sound familiar to you, it’s because their debut EP, Life’s A Game, was mixed and mastered by Eric and Bertrand Poncet from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! They also have a sweet EZ cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.
MAYPINE are another new U.K. pop-punk band who have quickly made a name for themselves and opened for the likes of ROAM and Silverstein. From the south coast of the U.K., they have toured extensively since starting the band. They hit the studio in January to track a new EP, set for this spring.