In May of 2021, Olivia Rodrigo burst onto the scene with music that leaned heavily on the pop and emo music scenes of the 2000s. “Drivers license” was a little bit Taylor Swift, but her album drew a lot of comparisons to “Misery Business” and other 15-ish year old pop punk classics.
This year, though, it appears some of the superstars of that 2005 music scene are reclaiming it for themselves. Paramore is back with a new album, “This Is Why,” which is something of a return to the pop rock sound that originally launched the band into superstardom.
Additionally, the band Fall Out Boy has returned with a few singles leading up to their next album, “So Much for Stardust,” which similarly sees the band returning to the punk rock sounds that put them on the map after the band’s 2018 album “Mania” sounded more like a product of the 2010s with its heavy use of electronic music elements.
Even more notably, 2023 is also going to see the most famous lineup of Blink 182 make nice to record a new album and launch a tour together for the first time since 2015.
They say everything old is new again, and the resurgence of pop punk emo music is just another example. Music festivals like When We Were Young are popping up to capitalize on the renewed popularity of the sound that gave us bands like The Killers and My Chemical Romance.
Millennials rejoice, it’s our turn for nostalgia tours.
I’m Evan Rook.