A novelist/feminist/aspiring music writer from the UK.
The Problems With Streaming
We've come a hell of a long way from the days where only vinyl records and cassette tapes could be found in music shops. Remember when you had to listen to songs from track 1 to track 12 on albums? Or how about when money got between you and listening to every band that ever existed? Streaming has taken all of those little annoyances away, having opened us up to a whole new dimension of music, often for free, all-you-can-eat style. We have all of the albums, playlists and songs we could possibly want within a few clicks. Brilliant! Right?
An Idiot's Guide to Pop Punk
Three chord sequences, pogoing, sunshine (mostly) and sometimes pizza - pop punk is THE summer genre, and holds a special place in the heart of many an alternative music fan. Whether you're a 'pop punk till I die' kind of fan or one who keeps it as a guilty pleasure, it can't be denied that without it, our corner of the world would be a far more po-faced, sullen place. And if you're just getting into it, or you want to but aren't sure where to start, what better time to discover it than during the height of summer, and with this article? This is the lowdown on everything - the bands, the albums, and the stories - pop punk.
In Defense of the 'Thirsty Fangirls'
During a conversation on Facebook a couple of years ago, my friend mentioned that his adult brother had come down to visit. Apparently he was a fan of the same music that I was, particularly Bring Me The Horizon. This should've been brilliant. I had someone else to bond over one of my favourite bands with. Well, once I had passed 'the test'.
'My Sub-Genre's Better Than Yours'
This statement is a classic example of an attitude that is formally called genre elitism. Plenty of us are guilty of it in one way or another. Ever heard a rock or metal fan say that pop's no good? That's genre elitism. I've been known to say that too (though less now than I used to), but without it, I may have never found rock music after all. But what I want to talk about is a more harmful form of genre elitism, one that infects the heart of the rock and metal community, and that's when, ironically, we turn against our own genre. It's when the metalheads wrinkle their noses at the pop punk kids, or the emo kids, when the music that aims to unite us divides us. And, frankly, it sucks.
A Love Letter to My Favourite Genre
In a way, you could say that I found you out of boredom. I was thirteen, going on fourteen, changing, as teenagers do, or maybe it was the music around me that was changing. Or both. The pop music I had grown up with had grown boring, generic, phoned in. Nobody used real instruments or even, so it seemed, their real voices — bands of humans were replaced by bands of computers. At worst, it was lifeless. So I gave up.