January 15, 2016

Gone Too Soon (Young English)

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Welcome to our new series: Gone Too Soon. In this series we will focus on bands that ended their music careers too soon. These pieces will focus on what made these acts so great and why it’s shame they stopped working.

The first band in these series is the pop-punk act; Young English.

New York natives Young English first made a mark on the scene in 2011 with their debut EP, I Hate My Friends. The 4-track EP featured outstanding production values and packed a hearty punch for anyone craving emotionally fueled pop-punk. What made Young English really stand out was the sheer rawness of Chris Penning’s vocals. (more…)

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December 14, 2015

5 Pop-Punk EP’s You May Have Missed This Year

2015 has given pop-punk fans a lot to be thankful for. The genre has been revitalized with the newest releases from The Wonder Years, Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck and State Champs to name a few. As always, there are some releases that don’t get the recognition they deserve and have to promote themselves without the help of a label. Take a look at some of the best EP’s that went under the radar this year.

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Well Kept Things – Homegrown
Buffalo, NY
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November 13, 2015

Bands ‘Bad’ Albums: A Reflection

Bands Bad Albums: A Reflection (Pop-Punk Edition)

For criteria about what constitutes a ‘bad’ album, please reference this page.

Mayday Parade – Anywhere But Here

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Anywhere But Here was released in 2009 and marked Mayday Parade’s second full-length album and first record under Atlantic Records. It also marked the first release from Mayday Parade without co-vocalist, Jason Lancaster. Mayday Parade first made a mark on the pop-punk scene in 2007 with their debut album, A Lesson In Romantics, which was praised for its high-energy guitar riffs and emotionally charged lyrics.

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October 9, 2015

Bands ‘Bad’ Albums: A Reflection

Welcome to the first edition of Bands Bad Albums: A Reflection
(Post-Hardcore Edition)

For criteria about what constitutes a ‘bad’ album, please reference this page.

Silverstein – Arrivals & Departures

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Arrivals & Departures  debuted in 2007 as the follow up album to Silverstein’s smash hit, Discovering the Waterfront. The former album put Silverstein on the map as one of the best bands in this relatively new, rising genre.

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September 16, 2015

A Love Letter to Funeral For A Friend

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As of 9/14/2015, Funeral For a Friend (FFAF) has announced they are breaking up. Funeral For a Friend was active from 2001-2015 and released seven full-length albums and over half-a-dozen EPs.

In honor of FFAF, lets take a look at their contributions to the post-hardcore genre, album by album.

In 2003, Wales natives Funeral For a Friend released their debut album Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation. This album debuted at the forefront of the post-hardcore/screamo genre emerging in the early 2000’s. The blending of melodic guitars, harsh screams, and well-utilized breakdowns helped put them on the map with premiere bands like Senses Fail, Silverstein and Alexisonfire. Singles ‘Juneua‘ and ‘Escape Artists Never Die‘ featured incredibly catchy harmonies over Edgar Allan Poe-esk lyrics that were popular in the early 2000’s.

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August 7, 2015

Welcome to Casual Punk Fan

Hello world,

Welcome to Casual Punk Fan. A music blogging site that shares many similarities with its competition. So how will we stand out and be different? We will gladly tell you. While we will still have traditional posts with ‘Album Reviews’ and feature an ‘Artist of the Month,’ we want to do more than that. This website will focus mainly on lesser known bands and local acts.

Who cares about Ronnie Radke’s latest misstep or the hearsay sources with information about Brand New’s latest album that will never actually be released. Let’s focus on the bands out there right now, killing it in their scene. We want to be a voice for the bands touring across the country, up and down the coasts, sleeping on fans couches and having to settle for PBR because money is tight.

Casual Punk Fan is gonna shake things up. Perhaps I’ll do an interview where I challenge band members to see who can drink the most and we let the conversation flow like the booze. Maybe I’ll work a show as the merch attendant to interact with the fans and see what it’s like to spend the night in the shoes of an artist. This will not be your traditional music site and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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