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The Best Pop-Punk Releases Of 2017

AS IT IS – OKAY. (FEARLESS)

Our favourite poppiest of pop-punks, As It Is continued to tread a path to superstardom with the release of okay. back in January. Lead-single Pretty Little Distance once again proves the band’s knack for penning a killer chorus, but where Patty Walters and his cohorts really impress with okay. is in their desire to broaden their sound: Patty’s message to his younger sister on Hey Rachel is an example of a poignancy often lacking in pop-punk; while Soap – incredibly for an As It Is track – actually gets pretty damn heavy. They’re not the finished article yet, but As It Is are getting closer and closer to cracking it.
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We’ve been absolutely inundated with pop-punk releases in 2017. Whether it’s the return of relative veterans like Goldfinger and All Time Low, or the continued rise of upstarts like Knuckle Puck and WSTR, what this year has proved is that, despite the fact that the genre’s golden years may lie in the past, pop punk is a corner of the rock world that remains cherished by many.

Scrolling through this list, you’ll find bands and albums that together explore every aspect of pop punk, with elements of ska, hardcore, alt-pop and emo being present in this year’s stand-out records. There’s even a bloody concept LP in there. Seriously, we’re not fucking with you… 

Posted on December 14th 2017, 12:36p.m.
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