By Haley Biermann
Ever hear a pop song and think it would sound a whole lot better if only it had that punk rock edge we all know and love? Well in just a week, you can rock out to catchy tunes performed by some of your favorite alternative rock musicians with Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7.
Punk Goes Pop was created by Fearless Records and launched in 2002. PGP has sold 2.2 million records worldwide since then, which is more than any other alternative rock compilation album series. The albums have featured big name alternative rock bands such as Bayside, Chiodos, The Maine, Motion City Soundtrack, PVRIS, Yellowcard, and Knucklepuck. The last volume includes an Against Burns Red metal cover of “Wrecking Ball,” and some seriously hardcore yells from We Came As Romans in their cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
The idea behind the franchise is for punk bands to cover and reshape the pop hits we hear everywhere into the kind of tracks you could find yourself head banging to at Warped Tour.
Take, for example, The Amity Affliction cover of “Can’t Feel My Face,” which was originally performed by The Weeknd. PGP 7 released a music video for the new track featuring Amity Affliction dressed as zombies as well as a tribute to the movie Warm Bodies. Hard rock guitar riffs and screaming vocals put a cool punk twist on the pop favorite, and zombies obviously just make everything better. Check out the video below!
The 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards will include a performance deemed Punk Goes Pop Live! to feature covers off of the new album. Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 is due out on July 14th. You can pre-order both the digital and physical album here.
PUNK GOES POP VOL. 7 TRACK LISTING:
1. State Champs "Stitches" originally performed by Shawn Mendes
2. Dance Gavin Dance "That's What I Like" originally performed by Bruno Mars
3. New Years Day "Gangsta" originally performed by Kehlani
4. The Amity Affliction "Can't Feel My Face" originally performed by The Weeknd
5. Andy Black (feat. Juliet Simms) "When We Were Young" originally performed by Adele
6. Grayscale "Love Yourself" originally performed by Justin Bieber
7. Capsize "Fake Love" originally performed by Drake
8. Boston Manor "Heathens" originally performed by Twenty One Pilots
9. Eat Your Heart Out "Shape Of You" originally performed by Ed Sheeran
10. The Plot In You "Let It Go" originally performed by James Bay
11. Ice Nine Kills "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" originally performed by ZAYN & Taylor Swift
12. Seaway "Closer" originally performed by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
13. Too Close To Touch "In The Name Of Love" originally performed by Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha