4 Pop-Punk Bands You Need To Check Out Right Now

Love it or hate it, pop-punk is arguably the most popular genre in the music scene right now.  You know what is popular on the internet right now? LISTS. So MMC is comin’ at ya with a trendy AF double whammy.

Here are four Midwestern pop-punk bands that we think you should check out immediately.


  1. Honey Creek-Milwaukee, WI

    These Milwaukee boys know how to RIP. With only a 4-track demo released, Honey Creek will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming months and years.  They recently wrapped up a short run with St. Paul ska/pop-punk group Atlas on Strike, however it looks like they’re hoping to get back on the road soon.  Honey creek is slated to play Ground Zero in Milwaukee on August 2nd with Ridgewood (MN), Pets With People Names (WI) and Let The Wolves Speak (WI).


  2. Belmont-Chicago, IL

    EZ influenced, hella posi. Belmont has been pegged as the “next great pop-punk band.”  The band recently signed to Mutant League Records, and their sophomore EP Between You And Me drops Friday, July 28th. For now (so I guess like a day and a half) you can jam the first two singles off Between You and Me (“Miniscule” and “Between You and Me”) and their debut EP Viccissitude.


    3. Old State-St. Louis, MO

    The St. Louis music scene is graced with the presence of Old State, a tone-heavy emo pop-punk band.  The group took a brief hiatus of about 6 months, citing the departure of their drummer as the catalyst.  Their sophomore EP, Perspectives, earlier this month, and the band won Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands for the Maryland Heights, MO date, where they played the main stage.


    4. Rally Cap-Minneapolis, MN

    The Minnesota pop-punk scene is thriving, but one of the standouts is Rally Cap.  In recent history, they’ve released an incredibly catchy single, “Complacent,” which was self-produced by their own Gavin Linnihan, with a music video by Trevor Sweeney, as well as opened for Canadian pop-punkers Seaway and Rarity.  Their high-energy performances command a room, and you can expect more great things from them in the future.


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