Op-Ed: Pop-punk allows listeners to experience different emotions

Sydney McClanahan, Reporter

Pop-punk tends to give people that feeling of nostalgia. Whether it takes you back to headbanging with your parents in your car seat or going to Warped Tour every year with your friends, it just hits a little different.
It could make you get up and dance or lay in bed and cry.
The following for pop-punk is not nearly as large as it was in the early ’90s or 2000s, so many do not know what great bands it’s still filled with.
Many of these musicians bring light to subjects involving mental health, addiction, and abuse.
Trophy Eyes, a group from Newcastle, Australia, discusses these issues poetically in many of their songs.
Vocalist John Floreani writes with such purity and turns devastating events into beautiful lyrics.
For example, in their song “Chlorine”, Floreani gives a tribute to a kid who saved him from drowning as a child and later went on to take his own life.
Suicide is often discussed in the pop-punk community. Although it is a very sensitive topic, musicians believe that the importance of suicide is partly based on experience in their music.
Action/Adventure, a new heavy pop-punk band from Chicago, IL, has made different contributions.
This group is what pop-punk needed. From the heavy tones to the great vocals, they bring new and exciting energy with their original punk sounds.
In their new single “Barricades”, released this month, they help shed light on the lack of diversity that is unfortunately found within the scene.
Their passion for music, inclusiveness, and positivity shines through their music and highlights a topic that is very relevant to our world right now.
Musicians of all genres have a gift for telling stories and sharing real emotions, but pop-punk really creates this great connection to their audiences.
Bands have created this great community of people that give them a safe space to go to when they are at their lowest point and need to feel something.