Harbor Patrol—like these brides—get the two-for-one deal of a lifetime. “Something New” is their brand-new song, but it also has the familiarity of something old—circa mid 00s old to be precise.
Warning: The rest of this review is going to be an intervention of sorts.
I know pop punk has a negative connotation for a lot of people. Even the band dances around this description in their Spotify bio, saying the band, “takes on a few classic genres, and gives them a spin all their own,” without naming which genres those are. Even funnier, it says, “their music boasts the aesthetic of alternative rock anthems,” if those alternative rock anthems happened to be from bands like Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory,* All Time Low, and Sugarcult.** It’s not wrong, but it’s missing the key ingredient: pop punkitude.***
I’m here to say this: It’s fine. It’s 2022, guys. Accept who you are. It was never a phase. For someone who unintentionally found himself at a Sum 41 concert last week, I can’t escape it either. Pop punk runs deep in our veins. We need to accept that there is no getting away from it. More importantly, fellas, rejoice because Utah has finally produced a pop punk band that doesn’t sound like it was run through a very average—if not below average—A.I. generator.
*without the nasally vocals
**Sugarcult is often forgotten. They don't get enough credit.
***punk + attitude