Sure, pop punk has its detractors who claim it’s neither pop nor punk, and music best used as background for shopping at Hot Topic. But those folks are curmudgeons who can’t relate to teenage angst, comprised of a combination of love, anger, depression and hormones. Colorado Springs band Why They Fight totally relates.
Formed in March 2012 by a couple of high school buddies, the band went through a handful of line-up changes, attracting more experienced musicians, before releasing its first LP, “Just Listen,” this past June. The album is unadulterated pop punk with frenetic riffs, teen angst lyrics, and catchy melodies. The beauty of pop punk is that, through it all, it remains fun, and this album is a lot of fun. Surely it transfers well live.
Download “F.I.A.D.O.” below, a song about discovering who you are. This song brought the band some attention after posting an acoustic version on YouTube. The album is available on the band’s Bandcamp page. Then, check them out live at 1pm on August 17 at the first annual Capitol Hill Music Festival at Stoney’s Bar & Grill.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.