After the extremely controversial BMTH is significantly better than every band on metal archives combined post I was inspired. I was curious you see and I couldn’t think of any band better to use for the question; what is mainstream? ‘Mainstream’ is a subjective as fuck term, and in hardcore and metal it usually means a wiki page w/ more than 6 sources and 50,000+ likes on facebook. But I am not as fickle. Instead we’re gonna analise the work from a currently 3.4 million times liked band on facebook. So… It’s Bring Me time ladies and gentlemen! But lettuce nawt hesitate, for a comparison of popularity I’ll use pop punk bands:
Scene popular: New Found Glory
Pop crossover: Fall Out Boy/ Blink 182
Full Mnstrm: Paramore/All Time Low
New Found Glory are a good example of a scene popular band, they’ve touched the mainstream like MTV and the such, they chart and their singles do a bit too but there fame is just underground. But it’s taken NFG years to be recognised fully. The 2010′s appears to be full of bands that are influenced by aspects of NFG, whether its Me vs Hero or The Story So far. They built their fanbase, thus means they are cool to rep “in the scene.”
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfcLcDBII78]This is everything I want out of a standard pop punk music video. Big crazy ass crowds, singer all up in the camera and bottom line some stupid ass antics.
The crossover bands; you may not have seen it like me but I feel these bands aren’t really full mnstrm. They pushed out of the scene and got fame with others, but they’ve never been fully accepted throughout their careers. From Under The Cock Tree and Enema of the State sky-rocketed to popularity of bands that were already a commercial force within their scenes. But still they’ve had patches where their pop crossover just gained them more fans, rather than being this super huge band (via Folie à Deux and Neighbourhoods).
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlxH05PEcM] See this is some mother fucking punk rock my friends. And it’s catchy. I sure hope this shit sells…
And as for the full mnstrm bands out there. To any dude/dudette who checked out the Farro’s “Paramore just isn’t Christian enough any more” blog post it’s apparent that the band is the epitome of mnstrm. Being signed to a major record label from the start, writing catchy shit, starting off vry popular and only going higher from there. And the same goes for All Time Low, manipulating their musical style significantly to the point of actually being dance-pop because their label also got their testicles in the record contract.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDg5xhyS3js]A very good snippet of ATL before they descended into teen pop. (atleast not in a good way)
I feel the FOB comparison is the most justified, and to some extent you could say they’re the FOB of metalcore. A strong commercial force from day one because of band attractiveness, forward thinking style and polarising as hell reactions from people within their respected music scenes. Not to mention every ‘related artists’ the two bands have are usually only similar in terms of music scene. And much like FOB their fandom seems to crossover with people who don’t typically like hardcore/metal. Which is extremely weird for a heavy band.
Is BMTH a full mainstream band? Are they just really popular? Is this even a discussion or do you think BMTH are just mainstream-sellout-pussy-cunts? Shall we just bitch our little tits off in the comments?