Today is such a hump day that I didn’t even know it was hump day. Luckily once I made the realization that it is only Wednesday (seriously it’s only Wednesday???) I was able to drown my sorrows in the angsty tunes provided by Illinois pop punkers Knuckle Puck.
Knuckle Puck are a pop punk five-some from the Chicago suburbs and they are absolutely killing the pop punk/alternative scene right now. Since their formation in spring of 2011 they have released three EPs (not including a a split EP with Neck Deep) and toured with big names like Man Overboard, Real Friends, and Neck Deep. Knuckle Puck draw a lot of influence from bands like Saves the Day and Lifetime and cite their hometown homies Real Friends as “not only role models… but as our best friends”.
Their song “No Good” really highlights the things that make them unique from any other band on the scene right now. Knuckle Puck combine their heavy instrumentals and smart lyrics in a way that keeps you coming back for more. I personally have had their 3 1/2 EPs on repeat for a week now and every day I hope for the announcement of a full length record. Until then you can catch these boys wrecking havoc with Senses Fail this fall on the “Let it Enfold You” 10th Anniversary tour. Catch them while you can because I guarantee Knuckle Puck will be a band you’ll regret not seeing by the end of the year!
State Champs are a pop-punk band from Albany, New York founded by members Derek Discanio (vocals) and Tyler Szalkowski (guitar). State Champs are one of a number of bands bringing in a sort of “new wave” of real genuine pop-punk. They draw a lot of influence from bands like New Found Glory and it shows a lot in their style as well as their stage presence. These boys have only just released their first LP in October of 2013 and it’s already clear that they’re going to be a group we’ll be heard from for a while. State Champs recently did their first full U.S. tour opening for We Are The In Crowd and will be featured on the Hard Rock Kevin Says Stage for the entirety of this summers Vans Warped Tour.
I chose their track Elevated for this weeks hump day hitzzz because it’s the perfect amount of loud rock with a catchy tune you can sing along with. Perfect for distracting yourself from anything that might be getting you down this Wednesday.
Hi! Long time no see. I got a little distracted with the transition moving home for the summer but I’m back now! Every Wednesday I’ll be doing a hump day post featuring a song I’ve been jammin’ lately to kind of, ya know, alleviate the hump day blues. This week I’m doing I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers.
Bleachers is formed by Jack Antonoff, former lead singer of Steel Trains and lead guitarist of the band Fun. I Wanna Get Better is the first single Bleachers has released and, I will admit, I did not like the song much when I had first heard it. The first few times I heard the track was when our local alternative radio station was spinning it and eight out of ten times I would change the station when it came on. However after a few times hearing the song all the way through I realized I Wanna Get Better is a TUNE and you can now catch me shamelessly blasting it on repeat in my car with the windows down. The music video is hilarious, the song is catchy and loud and is the perfect remedy for your hump day blues!