I’ve always been a big fan of bands like CARTEL, THE STARTING LINE, and MAYDAY PARADE, but I struggle when it comes time to place them in a genre (and as you all know, accurately categorizing bands is the most important part of being a music fan). It never feels right when people call them pop-punk because, well, there’s nothing punk about them. I’m not like upset about that or anything, I just can’t imagine any of them going through a phase where they wore a homemade GG ALLIN shirt to school.
I’ve been pretty into this band I CALL FIVES lately, and especially this video. As much as I like fucked up, misanthropic shit like NO ZODIAC or whatever, I love retreating into the safety of WHOLESOMECORE. This video is a cute little story about how the singer has a crush on some 6.5/10 and they go camping and get in a fight and then make up or something. IDK, the details don’t really matter as much as how it could definitely be playing on the TVs in the back of an American Eagle store, and for a minute it makes me feel like I am a middle-class teenager who shops at the mall instead of a fucked up, burned out old hardcore dude.
Yeah, but I like them anyway