Musician and podcaster Brendan Hutchins joins Mark to discuss guitar music from the early 21st century.
Brendan loves pop punk for its energy and reasons of nostalgia, and has lots of names to bring to the table. He also helps Mark define what /isn’t/ pop punk.
Mark based his list on bands who had seminal or otherwise important albums during the early 2000s, and while Brendan’s picks are perhaps from slightly younger bands, none of them formed post-2005.
Mark shares stories about plectra, music he discovered through Kerrang! Radio, and stuff he used to play on his old radio show (like this from Of Kings and Captains ).
Brendan also sings the praises of Bowling for Soup’s guitarist, who performs tricks with his pick!
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Hear Brendan and his Nobody Asked for This co-host Arron Wong discuss the first part of this episode, director’s commentary style.
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- My Chemical Romance (too emo)
- Avril Lavigne (some of her new stuff is apparently quite good)
- Box Car Racer
- Charli XCX
- Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
- Motion City Soundtrack
- Panic! at the Disco
- Plain White Ts
- Something Corporate
- The Descendents
- Jawbreaker (who might not have been active around the early 2000s)
- No Use for a Name
- The Offspring
- The Fratellis
- Ash (check out their most lauded album, 1977 )
- The Matches
- Fall Out Boy
- Reel Big Fish (sort of)
- Papa Roach (who don’t really fit the genre because rapping)
- Linkin Park
- Jimmy Eat World
- Taking Back Sunday
- Brand New
- Eve 6
- Billy Talent
If you’re interested in the rivalry between Taking Back Sunday and Brand New, check out this episode of The Sound and the Story.
In order of discussion:
Brendan picks this ska-peppered, high-energy four-piece from LA. Mark wonders if they’re too aggressive, but Brendan quickly counters. Mark once saw them support Reel Big Fish, and both of them love Superman. Also Brendan recommended Counting the Days.
Although Enema of the State came out in the previous century, Brendan would appear to have made a solid choice in this cheeky Californian trio. But will pedantry win the day?
Although they faded a little from Brendan’s heart after their self-titled album, these Maryland boys still rank highly for both.
Viewed by some — at least Brendan’s friend Aaron — these Floridians definitely have that pop punk energy, but is Brendan picking them out of a sense of duty, and will that ding him come the final reckoning?
Mark had never heard of these Californians, but Mark was charmed by Bouncing off the Walls.
In order of discussion:
Mark argues that this Canadian four-or-five-piece — depending on the era — have the right energy and sound, but they don’t even make Brendan’s honourable mentions.
This would appear to be a lock, but on /List Envy/, nothing is certain. This Californian trio jumped the shark in 2005 by going from talking about girls to talking about politics. Also Brendan saw them live, twice, and they were in his face.
Brendan’s friend wanted these Texans bumped from the list, but Mark insists that Girls All the Bad Guys Want is definitive of the genre.
This Oklahoman four-piece don’t make it anywhere near Brendan’s list, which does not bode well for the final. Perhaps it could be considered a /Swing, Swing/ and a miss.
Brendan’s never heard of this New York foursome, nor of their smash hit /Stacey’s Mom/. Mark’s case for adding them is not strong, as they fail on almost every test of the genre.
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