I didn’t really discover my favorite style of music until after high school; that being modern / pop punk.
How I originally discovered pop punk, I cannot remember.
What I do remember is it starting with the Drive-Thru Records collection of artists, such as Something Corporate, Fenix*TX, New Found Glory, and Allister. This lead to learning of even more bands, including The Get Up Kids, Saves the Day, and Taking Back Sunday. Of course, there were the mainstream acts as well, like Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Sum 41, and Yellowcard.
Thanks to services like Spotify and Google Play Music, I’m still discovering music from bands that I first learned of nearly 15 years ago. Before these services existed, I stumbled across a little web-based Shoutcast radio station called Idobi Radio. Idobi is known for playing a lot of the above listed bands before they were well-known or mainstream names. It was also about this time MuchMusic USA (The American off-shoot of the Canadian version of MTV) has switched over to Fuse, a network where I would continue to discover more bands within this genre.
In addition to the style, I’m a total sap to song that could be considered “emo”. So what if people like to write songs about the ones they love or a fight between good friends? You write about what’s in your heart.
One of my favorite songs is “International You Day” by No Use for a Name.
What I like about this song is that it still has that fast pace tempo I enjoy about this style of punk but some really sweet lyrics. I recently learned there is a wonderfully done acoustic cover performed by NUFAN’s frontman Tony Sly.
There’s plenty of other bands and songs I could list. So here’s a couple of public playlists to give you an idea. (They’re incomplete as Spotify is a broken piece of crap and I haven’t transferred everything to Google Music yet.)
Mind you, I do like other bands and genres of music. This is just my favorite style of music.