Article by Kerri-Ann Seredinsky | esPResso Committee Member
Good news punk fans, 2016 could be the most successful year yet for punk artists as they make their long awaited comeback to the music industry. With the release of albums this year from some of the most influential punk artists from the 1990s and early 2000s, there is an opportunity for those nostalgic few to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy new music from some of their favorite bands.
The public is evidently approving of this comeback due to the record high sales and albums that have been ranked No. 1 in Billboard charts just in the past couple of months alone. Blink-182 released their long awaited album, featuring the band’s new guitarist Matt Skiba, ‘“California” on July 1, 2016. Within its’ first two weeks of being released, the album surpassed Drake’s album, “Views,” on the Billboard charts and made it to No. 1. Following their success Blink also went on a headlining tour this summer with up and coming punk bands like A Day to Remember.
This comeback has also become evident with success of albums such as Green Day’s, “Revolution Radio” which was recently released on October 7, 2016. Within one week of it’s release this punk band made it to No. 1 on the Billboard charts as well.
Other artists in the punk music industry have created albums this year as well including Sum 41, Simple Plan, Yellowcard and Bowling for Soup. All of these artists had created a name and following for themselves in the 1990s and early 2000s and are now gaining momentum yet again to bring their fans some new music.
A huge reason these albums have become so successful is not only because of the band’s reputations themselves, but the content within the albums. Artists like Blink-182 appear to be releasing albums with nostalgic tones that are reminiscent of their first “breakthrough.” This may be appealing to some avid punk fans as they also begin to feel nostalgic for their angsty adolescent years that revolved around the beginnings of this era of music.
Could this comeback be here to stay? Many fans who feel nostalgic about this genre of music may be hoping so. It seems promising based on the release and success of these albums as well as the support from media outlets. Spotify now has a playlist titled “Pop Punk’s Not Dead” which stays up to date on new releases of well known punk bands as well as up and coming punk artists that are on the rise.
If the public continues to purchase these albums and support their favorite punk bands there is hope that this scene is just beginning on the road to a successful comeback.