This generation is getting the pop punk resurgence it was owed, demonstrated by the standout bands rising to the scene’s surface like the fresh upstarts of TELLTALE.
Like a John Hughes movie or a thrift store cardigan sweater, the driving rhythm and earnest melody of TELLTALE is both familiar and reinvigorating in equal measure.
The quartet crafts anthems that immediately connect with the kids who pack clubs and theaters to see newer bands like Neck Deep as well as the older set that cherish early records from Fall Out Boy and Lifetime, but with their own distinctive spin. All over the Richmond, Virginia based band’s latest EP, Timeless Youth, TELLTALE spin stories that are as relatable as growing pains, exactly as the record’s title implies.
From The Buzzcocks to Blink-182, from Saves The Day to State Champs, what each colorful stripe on the pop-punk banner has in common is a determination to never grow up. It’s music for people holding fast against the onset of bitterness and regret, reaching to adolescent hopes for the strength to wrestle present day anxieties.