A look-ahead to the Jingle Bell Bash, sponsored by 106.1 KISS FM and loaded up with teen-approved acts such as the All-American Rejects, Cobra Starship, Cash Cash, All Time Low, This Providence and Amber Pacific.
If you like your presents wrapped with pop-punk spunk, look to the Jingle Bell Bash for your holiday concert jollies. The 106.1 FM KISS-sponsored concert goes up at WaMu Theater Saturday with a stocking-stuffed bill of 10 peppy, teen-approved acts. Here’s the run down:
There’s nothing rejected about them: This Oklahoma foursome is on top of the polished pop-punk heap, having sold more than 10 million records of bubbly emo-pop goodness. One of the bands to most successfully marry the earnest love-stricken lyrics of the emo set with peppy, guitar chugging, singalong choruses a la Green Day, these headliners likely influenced most of the other bands on the bill.
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Bring on the keytar. With tongue firmly in cheek, these New York-based goofballs play up their synth dance pop with a healthy dose of arena and glam rock bravado. Case in point: Their video was featured during the credits of “Snakes on a Plane.”
The group’s endearingly enthused track “Sugar Rush” is aptly named. Their hook-packed keyboard-fueled pop is like slurping down an Orange Julius at the mall. Sweet, fun and sure to conjure memories of high school.
All Time Low
The Baltimore quartet sounds like they are busting out of the halls of their recently left behind high school. They’re chock full of chunky, energetic power chords and Weezer-approved “Oh-Oh-Oh” choruses.
Let’s hear it for the lady of the night. The concert’s one female singer, Cassadee Pope, has the perfect blend of gut-wrenching howl and radio-friendly pop soar. It’s nearly impossible to not belt along.
High-school girls everywhere are swooning over the pop assure romancer “Midnight Romeo.” The fresh-faced boy band put a little funky swing to club head-boppers flavored by Franz Ferdinand and The Killers.
Lead singer John O’Callaghan delivers well-crafted lyrics with an honest, albeit jittery cadence, that puts a unique stamp on the band’s by-the-book pop punk.
We The Kings
With a celebratory enthusiasm, this Florida foursome’s songs are packed with soaring vocal hooks and ebullient crashing guitar anthems. Both of their albums overflow with youthful abandon.
The Seattle emo-rock quartet brings some hometown pride and likely plenty of the swagger they exude on their three albums. Their latest release, “Who Are You Now,” is a rock grab bag, straying into Brit rock, indie and acoustic balladry. But the single “Letdown” is all pop-punk power.
As the evening’s openers, Federal Way’s own delivers unfailing, straight-ahead, bouncy emo pop. It’s not surprising they’re four-year Warped Tour veterans: They embody the tour’s nonstop energy.
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