In past days, Yellowcard released his 11th studio album, announcing it will be the last one. But this year, other 5 important pop-punk bands are releasing new studio albums too: Blink 182 (California), Green Day (Revolution Radio), Simple Plan (Taking One for the Team), Sum 41 (13 voices) and Jimmy Eat World (Integrity Blues).
Which are the reasons for this bands to release this year albums? They have a lot of similarities not only the musical genre (pop-punk), also the trajectory, the number of albums released, even the age and familiar situation (some of them have kids and the other are back after rehab). So, are they helping to each other? Or is a coincidence?
In the Yellowcard case, the band members decided to say farewell after “consider “many things – our families, our health, our future endeavors. In the end we realized that this was the right time to step away and preserve the legacy and integrity of the band.”
But in the case of the other bands, the reasons to do this new albums and their experiences are not so different among them.
In the Jimmy Eat World case, in an interview with TeamRock, Jim Atkins said about this new album: “Going away for a year before we started working on Integrity Blues and just taking total time off from the band helped us refresh our perspective on how we wanted to challenge ourselves. This is our ninth album, and really, why should it exist at all? We had to find that place where we could answer that for ourselves”. (You can check it out the full interview in this link: http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-09-27/jimmy-eat-world-integrity-blues-interview-tour )
In the case of Green Day, the frontman Billy Joe Armstrong in interview with Rolling Stone said about the new release “But the approach for this record was not to approach. It was just sort of to let things happen. I just was in these different projects and spread my wings a little bit and then suddenly I felt inspired to write a song, “Bang Bang.” It just happened”. (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/billie-joe-armstrong-on-green-days-topical-new-lp-w433483 )
But these bands, with a lot of albums, have to consider the expectative of their fans, which are waiting songs similar to the firsts albums:
Pierre Bouvier, Simple Plan’s frontman, give some insights of this in an interview with Viva Glam Magazine: “I think for us, we’re guys in our mid-30s, married and have kids, but we’re still in a band. A band, probably, gets the harshest criticism compared to any other career. People that love your band really develop an attachment and that becomes a little crazy at times. They feel that they are part owners of your band. I understand that and I get it. People grew up with a certain sound and song and if you don’t live up to that, people will say some really nasty things. I’m a 36-year-old guy and that still really affects me! We’ll put out a song and the reaction will be 90% positive but then the other 10% will put you through the ringer and take a dump on what you’ve done. It’s difficult to hear. I hope that people are aware that we put our hearts into everything we do. We make decisions and we take certain directions and we always believe in what we do”. (You can check it out the full interview in this link: http://vivaglammagazine.com/in-depth-interview-about-taking-one-for-the-team-with-pierre-bouvier-of-simple-plan/ )
In the case of Sum 41, Deryck Whibley in interview with Gigwise, talked about the last album: “In many ways, it’s a concept record – but it’s about myself…It’s about my process of completely falling apart and rebuilding everything up to now. It’s the timeline of the fall and rise… The last few records have been a window into my soul. The last one was really personal and the fans picked up on that. It was about my divorce, the way I felt and the way I hurt. With this record, it’s about my struggle and insecurities and the positivity of getting out of it”. Also he says: “People would call us a pop-punk band, but if you look at the body of work, it’s probably just the first two albums…We’re not one style of music. We don’t look at other bands or the scene we were considered to be part of. We just do our own thing.” (http://www.gigwise.com/features/107578/sum-41s-deryck-whibley-interview—new-album-alcohol-divorce-2016 )
Anyway, all this bands found themselves after some personal situations and they have found their better sound: Mark Hoppus, one of the members of Blink 182, in interview with Fuse, said about this last album, California: “I’m pretty excited about it. I think that this record is really a statement that the three of us made about what Blink-182 is and what it’s all about. I think that there’s been obviously years of speculation about what this new incarnation of Blink-182 is going to sound like. Is it going to be different? Is it going to count as Blink-182? Is it true to our roots, or whatever? I think that we kept our heads down and wrote a great album. I think when people hear it, all speculation will be put to rest, and they’ll be really happy—at least that’s what I hope for. Everyone that we’ve played it for has had a great, positive reaction for it. The best way I can describe it is it feels like home. When you listen to it, it feels like what Blink-182 really is, and it hasn’t felt like that in a while, for me, personally”. (The full interview is in this link: http://www.fuse.tv/2016/04/blink-182-california-interview )
But, are there any possibilities of new releases of this bands? There will be more pop-punk? Maybe Yellowcard is the only group saying farewell, cause when Billy Joe Armstrong (the Green Day’s frontman) asked “if they could see themselves still doing this 30 years from now like the Rolling Stones, Armstrong said he can’t imagine doing anything else. “Yeah, I think so. You might as well do what you love until you can’t do it anymore”. (The complete article about the interview is in this link: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7533417/green-day-revolution-radio-howard-stern-show-siriusxm )