Fuck you, pop punk. Seriously, anytime I hear the term “pop punk,” all I can think of is washed-out guitar music, drained of all real punk attitude. Pop punk is not punk music with sweet melodies – hell, most songs of any have some sort of catchy element – it’s punk music at its most generic: repetitive guitar, lackluster vocals, and whiny bullshit. OK, you get the idea. Unnecessary rant over.
I say all of this, because Orlando boys The New Lows‘ new track “This Crime” is the antithesis of my earlier ramblings. It has soul – punk soul, but soul all the same. The guitar is repetitive, but with purpose. And vocalist Mike Levin is no Susan Boyle, but his spitfire lines are not short on passion. I’m glad to hear The New Lows continuing to carry Orlando punk scene’s black flag – pun intended – with joyous new anthems. So thank you, The New Lows. And fuck you, pop punk. Enjoy.
The New Lows are playing The Fest 13, so get on that shit!
Hear more at The New Low’s Bandcamp.