In this edition of The Weekly Music Haul, we pay tribute to a week of pop-punk. New songs from Japandroids and Cloud Nothings, Green Day release their twelfth album and Wikileaks reveals some questionable views by blink-182. This is pop-punk and we need more of it!

Japandroids debut new songs

If a single word could describe Japandroids, it would be ‘spirited’. The band have gained a well-deserved reputation for heart-on-the-sleeve belters. From these recordings, an initial listen of Near to the Wild Heart of Life reveals a track armoured with blazing drums and a spiky chorus. Hopefully it won’t be long now until these can be listened to as official recordings.

Cloud Nothings – Modern Act

The anguished voice of Cloud Nothings makes a return this week. Modern Act is a bitter-sweet tune backed up by some pretty bouncy drumming. The bitter is the croaky vocals, the sweet being the joyous guitar work. The extra-sweet is the short guitar solo not even two minutes in; it has this really warm quality to it. It does feel oddly placed, but I don’t doubt this band’s judgement for a second.

Green Day release Revolution Radio

Their twelfth album, Revolution Radio (or tenth depending on what you consider their Uno, Dos, Tres trilogy to be) is a record with a great duality. It combines the fun ‘three-chords and poop’ aspects of pre-American Idiot Green Day with the driving voice that made them so important in the Bush years. The album cover is quite meh, but a new Green Day album is a treat that sadly doesn’t come around too often anymore. 

Wikileaks blow the whistle on blink-182

It’s all in the public’s interest. Julian Assange has been revealing information for months now on Hillary Clinton’s misconducts over the years. In this instalment of leaked information, Wikileaks tell us she’s had a conversation with blink 182’s Tom DeLonge about UFOs. DeLonge has previously been an advocate for investigating UFOs, calling them a “national security issue.”

Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Wanna Know

In completely non-pop punk news, the collaboration between Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar has been released. My workmate commented that it’s like a Major Lazer song if James Blunt was featuring. Kendrick Lamar does surprisingly little to elevate this track into anything interesting.

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