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With summer just a blink away, I started thinking about the albums that I tend to blast in my car with friends during the warmer months. This list is albums that get regular rotation for me during summer. This is just a smattering of them, let me know if you have any recs.
You’re Gonna Miss It All
You're Gonna Miss It All takes equal amounts of self-deprecating humor and heart-on-sleeve lyricism, injecting just enough catchiness into the affair to keep it upbeat and head-bobbing. The short track duration is perfect for background noise while you and your friends enjoy a few beers by the pool.
Favorite track: "Your Graduation"
Those Days Are Gone
Free Throw is a band that have finally reached their potential on Those Days Are Gone. Boasting the perfect combo of noodling emo and the hoarse shouting vocals of punk, this album is perfect for that sunny drive into work.
Favorite track: "Two Beers In"
The Weight That You Buried
Knuckle Puck hit all of the boxes that need to be checked for modern pop punk. Soaring vocals, personal lyricism, and strong guitar leads are the highlights of this EP. Definitely for fans of Real Friends, Fireworks, and Latterman.
Favorite track: "Everything Must Go"
Dual vocals really make this release stand out quite a bit, and those saccharine choruses are perfect for evening drives.
Favorite track: "Darkness, Everybody"
I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny
Broken record time here; I have loved this release ever since it came out last summer. Bedroom emo at its finest. The shouting vocals and songwriting chops make this a step above anything that sounds like it.
Favorite track: "Midwestern Self-Deprecation"
|6||Tiny Moving Parts|
Pleasant Living is refreshingly unique, more for the positive lyrics than any songwriting choices they have made on the album. Highly recommended for the people that can't get enough of Midwestern emo.
Favorite track: "Van Beers"
I am incredibly biased when it comes to Floral Green. The combination of emo, punk, and hardcore gives it a very definitive and original sound. There is also a sense of nostalgia associated with this one, although it's hard for me to articulate why.
Favorite track: "Secret Society"
The Red Tree
The shimmering guitar leads and impassioned singing are the best things about The Red Tree, but overall Moneen just seemed to be a step above their peers in every way. It's unfortunate that they never really got the recognition that they deserved, but this album gets heavy plays in the summer for me.
Favorite track: "If Tragedy's Appealing, Then Disaster's an Addiction"
The short, succinct songwriting on Joyce Manor's self-titled LP has yet to be matched for me. No song sticks around long enough to falter, and the catchy qualities of these tracks sticks in your mind like sharp pinpricks. Hands down on of my favorite albums.
Favorite track: "Famous Friend"
|10||Jimmy Eat World|
Bleed American has stuck around in my music library for a very long time. The fact that I can find so many redeeming things about this album so long after first hearing it speaks to the timeless qualities that it possesses. Though Futures is a great album in its own right, I don't skip any songs any time Bleed American plays.
Favorite track: "A Praise Chorus"
Though Oh, Common Life has a special place in my heart, Gospel is my pick for one of the best summertime listens. It still has the necessary depth to be introspective, but is far more catchy than its follow up record. Armed with a unique vocalist and huge choruses, this is one of the best pop punk albums.
Favorite track: "The Weekend Before Halloween" (Bonus Track)
Rough-edged gang vocals dominate Dream Homes, and honestly it's just catchy as shit. Dear Landlord consists of members from other great punk bands, and they don't try to pretend to be anything they aren't. There is a refreshing honesty in the music and lyrics present here; for fans of Off With Their Heads, The Dopamines, and Banner Pilot.
Favorite track: "High Fives"
|Some of my favorites here. |
|Fireworks, Free Throw, Morning Effort, Modern Baseball and JEW. Damn good list. Maybe I'll check out the others now. |
|Thanks man! If you like those, definitely give the others a listen. I would suggest Title Fight and Joyce Manor as first listens.|
|6,7,8,10- especially 8 & 10 rule.|
I always find myself jamming Sublime's entire discography in the summer.
|Agreed there man, all quality albums. Yeah, when I do hear Sublime, it always seems to be in the summer. I have some friends that are in love with them, I just need to hear them a bit more. |
|Not big on man overboard, but everything else that I've heard here I dig quite a bit.|
|Yeah, game. If I believed in guilty pleasures, that would be the one that fit the bill haha. What all have you heard from these?|
|3,4,7, 10 and parts of 11 and 1 I think. And by parts I mean just a song or two. |
|I gotcha, check 2 and 12 if nothing else man. I can see you digging those. |
|Will do. Something that you might wanna check out that would fit on this list is As It Is - Never Happy, Ever After. I'm actually writing up a review for it right now. It's pretty generic pop punk, but it's so sunny, and catchy and fun that it's sure to make a lot of people's summertime playlists. |
|Nice, man. I will check it for sure. Pop punk and hip-hop are the two biggest genres that I listen to in the summertime, while most metal subgenres reign supreme in the fall and winter haha. |
|Clipping-CLPPNG is a nice one|
"Cause the women are so fine in the summertime"
|Still need to hear that one, I loved midcity.|
|I noticed that you havent rated Dr. Dre's The Chronic, definitely check that one as well if you haven't already, lyrically it isnt great but Dre's production and the personality brought by him and Snoop Dogg really do make it a blast to listen to, especially in the summertime|
|Needs more hip hop|
|Beach Boys - Pet Sounds|
Masta Ace - Sittin' On Chrome
Big Pun - Capital Punishment
KRS-One - KRS-One
Motorpsycho - Still Life With Eggplant
Motorpsycho - Trust Us
Colour Haze - Tempel
Colour Haze - Colour Haze
Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun
Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley
Fu Manchu - The Action Is Go
Parliament - Mothership Connection
Parliament - Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome
|I have heard it, Shark. It's been a long time though haha. I need to revisit Dre's stuff for sure. Nice recs too, man. |
|Ah, shit- almost forgot an essential addition. |
Make sure you jam Murder By Death - Red of Tooth and Claw this summer.