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The Story Of UK Pop-Punk In 15 Songs

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 23 May 2018 at 17.10

From the underground to the world stage, the rise and rise of UK pop-punk has been an exhilarating journey.



Though it would be impossible to name every band who has helped the UK scene develop into what it is today, we have pinpointed 15 songs which stand out from the bunch. Starting with one of the scene's new hopes...

HOMEBOUND - 'SONDER'
The leading lights of the current scene, Homebound have it all. Poignant, punishing and pulsating with energy, this is what the future sounds like. 


WSTR - 'LONELY SMILES'
More than anything, pop-punk is about having fun and there are few bands that encapsulate that quite like WSTR. 


TRASH BOAT - 'STRANGERS'
Taking the bare bones of what pop-punk has become and adding a thick coat of hardcore intensity and poignancy to proceedings, Trash Boat show what happens when a genre spreads its wings and flies. 


ROAM - 'HOPELESS CASE'
One of the best bands to come out of the UK pop-punk resurgence of recent years, ROAM continue to go from strength to strength with their upbeat take on the genre. 


DECADE - 'BRITISH WEATHER'
Though they dip their toes into the 90's more than not these days, Decade whave penned some of the finest examples of bright and breezy pop-punk including this singalong anthem. 


AS IT IS - 'DIALTONES'
These Transatlantic upstarts have tried their hand at every sort of pop-punk in their career so far and continue to surpised and delight with every song. No matter what comes next, 'Dialtones' will always be an anthem. 

NECK DEEP - 'A PART OF ME'
This is where everything changed. Now a rite of passage for anyone with even a passing interest in the scene, 'A Part Of Me' was only a taste of what was to come from these Welsh worldbeaters and showed off exactly what the UK really was made of. 


ME VS HERO - 'WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE OFFICER, PROBLEM?'
Showing off the heavier side of the genre, Me Vs Hero waved the easycore flag for Blighty in the most brutal of fashions. Now open up that pit. 


OUT OF SIGHT - 'HEY! (WALK AWAY)'
Released by Slam Dunk Records, Out Of Sight's debut album 'Where Do We Go From Here?' truly is a forgotten gem in the UK pop-punk crown. 


SAVE YOUR BREATH - 'STAY YOUNG'
Pop-punk has always been about expressing your youth, and Save Your Breath absolutely nailed that. Including an appearance from The Blackout's Sean Smith, it doesn't get much better than this.


FUTURES - 'THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF'
Fun fact: We gave Futures' debut album 'The Holiday' away free with Rock Sound back in 2010. With good reason as well, because it is an absolute corker. 


NOT ADVISED - 'THE WORLD'S NOT READY'
In the pubs and clubs of England at the tailend of the 00's, a unique sound was developing right underneath everyone's noses. Not Advised managed to create a distinctly British and undeniably catchy noise that the world definitely wasn't ready for. 


GO:AUDIO - 'MADE-UP STORIES'
This is what it sounds like when a band has been watching what's going on over the Atlantic. Taking the pep of the American scene and adding a lick of British awkwardness, Go:Audio's moment in the sun was as fun as it gets. 


KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES - 'SATURDAY'
It's rare that two scenes can blend together so brillianty, but pop-punk and brit rock had a little love-in in the late 00's. With their refreshing sound and upbeat demeanor, KIGH's debut 'Smart Casual' introduced even more of the music world to the genre.


YOU ME AT SIX - 'SAVE IT FOR THE BEDROOM'
The original and the best. When You Me At Six first introduced the scene to their infectiously lovesick sound, everything changed. Though their style has adapted over the years, 'Save It For The Bedroom' still stands as the beginning of something special. 

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