Nostalgia has gripped the wrist of time and slung every once-angsty teen back into the mid-noughties. There is an ongoing resurgence of beloved emo, alt-rock, post-Hardcore, and Pop-Punk acts flooding stages and fests again. Hopefully, the remaining slots are many because Story of the Year is another to add to the emo revival.
New Jersey is a rock, emo, and pop-punk music mecca, so it comes as no surprise that rock/pop-punk champs Can’t Swim would hail from the same. They’ve dabbled in a couple of genres on past albums like hardcore and indie before settling into more of the pop-punk vein which fits like a glove for the group. The quartet is gearing up for the release of their fourth album, Thanks But No Thanks (Pure Noise) as it drops the same day as their US-wide tour kick-off supporting Free Throw.
Ghost Cult’s Jessie Frary caught up with Can’t Swim singer Christopher LoPorto to discuss their new album “Thanks But No Thanks” – out soon from Pure Noise Records! Christopher gave a track-by-track breakdown of the new album, gave some anecdotes about the band, and the plusses of unconventional creative partners!
After almost six years since releasing music and an indefinite hiatus, beloved trio Paramore have returned with their sixth studio album, This Is Why (Atlantic Records). Much like their last two albums, this is another one that is best experienced with no expectations…meaning it is no Riot! Part 2 or even After Laughter – the sequel, and hoping so will set you up for disappointment.
Oregon Punks Broadway Calls have shared an infectious new single – “Dead Before I Hit The Ground” from their forthcoming split release with Countdown To Life – Songs About Pipe Bombs. The track is out everywhere and streaming on all DSPS via Red Scare Industries. The supremely catchy sing-a-long track also has a hilarious music video we are premiering here at Ghost Cult. Watch the clip, stream the track, and catch the band on tour next week with The Flatliners.Continue reading →
Ghost Cult recently held an EXCLUSIVE interview with Fat Mike of NOFX! Capping off 2022 and a new album, and playing their farewell tour in 2023 with 40 cities, festivals, and their own Punk in Drublic beer and punk Festivals. Mike was candid as usual discussing sexuality, the music industry, comparing “Single Album” and “Double Album,” The Codefendants, Fat Wreck Chords, spilling the tea on his friendship with Blink 182, and more! Continue reading →
Punk In The Park Festival is expanding in 2023, adding a Ventura, California event for this spring. Punk In The Park Ventura will feature music on two stages along with 3 hours long – all-inclusive craft beer tasting on March 25th, at Ventura County Fairgrounds in Southern California. In addition, Punk In The Park Orange County will return in Silverado, CA in November 2023. Punk In The Park Ventura will feature headlining performances from iconic bands Pennywise and Suicidal Tendencies, along with Strung Out, Fear, Manic Hispanic, Dwarves, The Bronx, Drain, Deviates, Slaughterhouse, Raptors and more to be announced soon. Tickets on sale for Ventura now at the link below.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Having stuck around since the late 1980s, Anti-Flag has become old enough to address the same young, impressionable people they once were when they formed so long ago. Ever ambitious and straight to the point, the Pittsburgh-based punk rock foursome is as approachable as at any other time in their storied career with Lies They Tell Our Children (Spinefarm Records). Rife with on-brand “fuck the system” anthems and guest appearances by like-minded rabble-rousers, the songs pack such an easily consumable punch.
Long-running Pop Punk band MXPX performed their annual “ Actually Live On The Internet” Christmas-themed livestream concert last night. They also did a custom merch drop for the event as well. You can re-watch the concert at the link below. Continue reading →
Flash Forward’s fifth full-length album, Endings = Beginnings (Uncle M Music), is filled with rock-lover diversity. From heartfelt emotion, angsty guitar riffs, eighties-synths, to catchy singalong anthems, danceable beats, instrumental tracks, and heavy rock drums, Flash Forward does not shy away from genre blending.