Marvin’s Monthly Music – Female-fronted Bands that Dominated the Pop-Punk Scene

Take a moment to picture a typical rock band in your head. What do you see? Perhaps a male-fronted vocalist with gnarly-looking dudes in the background. However, that’s not always the case Nowadays, there are loads of bands featuring a female vocalist, ranging from genres of metal to electronic. Let me introduce you to a couple of popular female-fronted pop punk bands, since the genre is easy on all ears. Pop-punk music usually deals with themes of teenage rebellion, struggles, unrequited love, and friends and who says that girls can’t express that too?

If you’re looking for pop-punk, Paramore is definitely a must. You’ve probably seen the iconic red-haired frontwoman Hayley Williams, killing it live. Paramore debuted their career in 2005 with All We Know is Falling when they were still finishing up high school and in 2007, Paramore fired up their success with their sophomore album, Riot! Along with their hit singles “Misery Business” and “That’s What You Get,” Riot! certified platinum by the RIAA in 2008, making the record essential to the pop-punk scene. Paramore spawned two more successful studio albums, Brand New Eyes in 2009 and their self-titled album in 2013.

Tonight Alive, hailing from Sydney, Australia, is also a notable pop-punk band with rising popularity. Their debut EP, All Shapes & Disguises, is definitely worth a listen if you’re in for some catchy music. Personally, this EP is my favourite release of theirs since I can listen to its entirety without skipping a song; all killer, no filler. After promoting themselves at Warped Tour 2012, their full-length album, What Are You So Scared Of? successfully climbed the music charts in the United States, Australia, and the UK. In 2013, Tonight Alive released their sophomore album, The Other Side, and they are set to release a new studio album in March 2016. Be sure to keep an eye out for that!

Honorable mentions: We Are The In Crowd, Hey Monday, Against the Current, and Courage My Love.

Marvin Dotiyal


One thought on “Marvin’s Monthly Music – Female-fronted Bands that Dominated the Pop-Punk Scene

  1. Mrs. Shaffer and I saw Paramore back in ’08. It was… so so. Older-school examples of this would be “the Donnas” or even further back the Riot Grrl movement out of Seattle- “Bikini Kill” and “Sleater-Kinney” are great examples of this.


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