You’d never have guessed Forever the Optimist was once a pop punk band.
Forever the Optimist — ‘Revolutions’ now streaming.
But that’s how guitarist Dan Page and drummer Andrew Knox started kickin’ out the garage jams when they first met in high school.
Forever the Optimist has welcomed two new members to the fold since then – vocalist and bassist Jamie Page and guitarist Kellie Buckman. They’ve also honed in on a style which recalls the delay-heavy distortion and calculated hooks of Dead Letter Circus and the like. Read more
There was a time when the myriad styles of punk rock were strictly defined by codes and costumes.
Columbus (photo credits: Candace Krieger // Photography)
Take the English punk scene of the ’70s for example: images of mohawks, bondage-inspired street wear and the turbulent history of the Sex Pistols are most often recalled when reflecting on rock ‘n’ roll’s most abrasive offspring. This, of course, laid the foundations for a plethora of sub-genres to emerge, each armed with varying styles of music, beliefs and fashion accessories. Read more
Western Sand ‘Self-Titled’ (2013)
If there’s one thing that’s apparent when flicking through the pages of popular music history it’s that rock ‘n’ roll won’t die. Perhaps The Rolling Stones are the greatest testament to this because not only are Mick Jagger and co. still headlining dates into their 70s, but their records have also never been cast-off into that growing pile ceased fads and major label crass. In the ’70s they fended off disco; names like AC/DC and Aerosmith joining them along the way. They persevered through new wave in the ’80s; hello Guns ‘n’ Roses and Bon Jovi. And in the ’90s and ’00s they rock ‘n’ rolled through a time dominated by boy bands and mainstream hip hoppers. Read more