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MOD SUN: “Internet Killed The Rockstar” – Album Review

Seeing as we’re on all time pop-punk high at the moment, what better segway than to discuss Lavigne’s boyfriend MOD SUN and his movie of longing conversation, Internet Killed The Rockstar.”

With another artist debunking their favourable genre of hip-hop for the ever-eclectic tastes of pop-punk, it’s showing that the revitalisation is really picking up traction. But is it any good?

With moments of bitter-tastes from Karma to lost lust with Bones, finally driving into the lead single of Flames featuring the unaltered companionship with Lavigne herself, it is an emotive album full of compassion as MOD SUN plays homage to the cathartic self-reflection of addiction, love and sorrow that features so heavily in pop-punk works.

Although the tongue-and-cheek drivel of Rollercoaster and Pornstar lands somewhat flat, these are sidelined when the self-titled work comes into full force rounding off the album on an all-time high.

Although not familiarising himself with his well-known accompaniments of hip-hop, MOD SUN has upped his game spiritually and musically with a monumental return etching himself into the world of pop-punk.

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Back to the 2000s: Avril Lavigne’s “Bite Me”

For this week’s singles review, it seems we are discussing the fashionable return of Avril Lavigne. In a bid to stay majorly relevant among the revitalised punk scene that is happening right now, Sk8er Boi punk-queen has since signed with Travis Barker’s DTA Records, and released snap-and-heel single of “Bite Me” in quick succession.

Since becoming more than acquainted with rap-punk protege Mod Sun, Lavigne has since eclipsed her days of bittersweet melodies – which comes with growing up – and entered the territory of angsty pop-punk yet again because it’s come full circle and returned in emphatic fashion.

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Nothing says the revitalisation of a genre than rekindling one of the old flames that was at the forefront of it all at the start of the 2000s. Certainly, the combination of Lavigne and Barker is a worthy team to bring it all back. Nostalgia for the ages.

Anyone up for sticking on MTV again?

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Travis Barker’s House of Horrors: Halloween Special

In all to celebrate the works of pop-punk, punk and alternative rock/rap collaborations, Barker brings along a list of punk confidantes including Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne, Mark Hoppus and Iann Dior.

Happy Halloween folks! You can grab it on stream afterwards until midnight tonight only if you wanted to share the live experience.

This show didn’t certainly do things by halves either – with mass projections brought into costume and make-up, lighting rigging, set props and camera work. With Barker adhering to many costume changes during the night – including a Squid Game-inspired performance set with Blackbear – it is certainly worth all the spooky twists and turns it takes throughout the hour and half or so length.

ENTER IF YOU DARE: https://nocapshows.com/artist/houseofhorrors

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WILLOW – ‘lately I feel EVERYTHING’ Album Review

As another day passes, another album project involves the punk icon of Travis Barker. It almost goes without saying that Barker will be involved in some punk cross-collaboration with any artist who seems to afford him. There is certainly clique of quality that resonates with him and I’m fairly confident that certain people may only listen to new punk decorum if Barker is on the throne.

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WILLOW’s ‘lately I feel everything‘ is no exception. Shedding away her bubble-gum pout, and flashbacking to her involvements with her mother’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom when she younger, she brings along a colossal tarnishing of pop-punk and emo of fistfuls as transparent soul, GROW and Lipstick awaken this punk beauty out from her childhood and into mature musicality and and an ever-growing stage presence.

It’s worth mentioning that the album is not all fast and blurry. don’t SAVE ME and 4ever bring tasteful breaks in the incessant album that add depth and further introspective thoughts to the world of Willow. The transcendent of pop-punk are ever-present too with the dark, drull tones from the likes of The Cranberries and Nirvana crawl through, which is even better for me.
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She also brings childhood heroes of Avril Lavigne and of course, Barker along for the ride.

Although somewhat cringey at times, that somewhat fall flat in places, its pop-punk. Through and through. There’s no disputing that and if you like a bit of pop-punk easy on the ears musically, then look no further.

And it’s another Travis Barker project to add to the roster. Score.

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Artist Spotlight: Kenny Hoopla

– Pop-punk lives// –

In a state of punk decorum and expertise, Kenny Hoopla is the adventurist into the grandeurs of alternative rock, new-wave and …

pop-punk.

With the figurehead of pop-punk, Travis Barker behind the sticks, Hoopla became first known to us with his first debut EP, how will i rest in peace if I’m buried by a highway?// in 2020. With plastic door and sore loser, it was a more misanthropic, personal exploration of Hoopla’s ideas of lyricism and sorrowful tones, in terms of musicality.

how I rest in peace if I’m buried on the highway?//

For 2021 – with Barker no doubt barking orders for it to feature more angst and energy – SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//, features a stronger competency to writing catchy and anthemic punk powerhouses that certainly has speckles of fellow punk counterparts of nothing.nowhere. and Blink-182 in the 8-track EP listing.

SURVIVORS GUILD: THE MIXTAPE//

Featuring the song that pushed Kenny into this genre in the first place, estella//, aswell as hollywood sucks// and my personal favourite, smoke break//, it is an exciting turn of events for this new-wave 23-year-old Ohio-born singer and rapper.

Worth a listen for any avid punk fans and for anyone who wants to let loose For this week, worthy under Artist Spotlight.