It’s been another busy month in the pop punk world. Now that July has come and gone, here are some highlights so you’re well-educated when defending pop punk.
My Chem Meltdown
My Chemical Romance sent the Internet into an absolute panic when they teased what many interpreted as a potential reunion. But just as quickly as we’d applied our black eyeliner, they took away all of our hopes and announced that there would be no reunion. Rather, they are re-releasing their iconic album, The Black Parade. The band has released a few more details since. We know that the release date is set for September 23rd and the double-LP (score!) will include the The Black Parade album PLUS the following 11 bonus tracks:
1. The Five of Us Are Dying (rough mix)
2. Kill All Your Friends (live demo)
3. Party At The End Of The World (live demo)
4. Mama (live demo)
5. My Way Home Is Through You (live demo)
6. Not That Kind Of Girl (live demo)
7. House of Wolves, Version 1 (live demo)
8. House of Wolves, Version 2 (live demo)
9. Emily (rough mix)
10. Disenchanted (live demo)
11. All The Angels (live demo)
One of the coolest things about this is that "The Five Of Us Are Dying" is actually an early version of what would eventually become My Chem's famous "Welcome To The Black Parade." If you pre-order, you’ll get this track as an instant download.
Good Charlotte Honored at APMAs
At the Alternative Press music awards, Good Charlotte was presented with the first Classic Album Award, an honor given to them for their 2002 album, The Young And The Hopeless, which, to date, has sold over 5 million copies. This is a super emotional moment for those pop punk kids of the early 2000s.
Good Charlotte, who formed 20 years ago but has been on hiatus since 2011, recently released an album called Youth Authority, the band’s sixth studio album.
NOFX Announces New Album
Punk rockers NOFX have announced a new album, First Ditch Effort, which will be released on October 7 via Fat Wreck Chords. The band has also premiered the first single of the album, “Six Years On Dope” which can be found here.
This announcement follows the band finding themselves on the New York Times bestseller list for their memoir, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub And Other Stories. The band is set to tour Europe, play sets at Riot Fest in September and then tour North America in the fall.
Those should give you enough to talk about the next time your friends invite you over for pizza. Until the end of August…