Australian Pop Punk Bands
Given Australia’s pioneering role in the punk movement of the 1970s, it’s no surprise that there are a number of fantastic Australian pop punk bands on the scene. Aussie trailblazers of the genre have included Bodyjar (formed in 1990), The Living End (formed in 1991) and Gyroscope (1997), followed by bands like The Veronicas (formed in 1999), Lash (2001) and Kisschasy (2002).
The popularity of the genre in Australia has waned over time, with 5 Seconds of Summer one of the last mainstream Australian pop punk bands existing today.
The Pop Punk Genre
As its name suggests, pop punk fuses elements of punk and pop music to form a genre characterised by fast tempos, loud guitars and pop-style melodies. While it has its roots in the 1970s, pop punk really exploded into the mainstream in the US with the release of Green Day’s ‘Dookie’. This led the way for the genre’s heyday in the late 1990s/early 2000s, with iconic bands like Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte and Simple Plan dominating the scene. Pop punk’s real peak came in 1999, with the release of Blink-182’s ‘Enema of the State’. The album sold over 5 million copies and became the most commercially successful pop punk album of the time.
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