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UNDERDOG CHAMPS SHOW US THE SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET


There’s pop punk, and then there’s pop punk for the underdogs. 

Underdog Champs isn’t just a clever name. These guys are a pop-punk band from Virginia, and they just released a new EP in February titled Skeletons In The Closet.

I’ve listened to a lot of pop-punk over the years and it can get a little monotonous after a while, but this is not the case while listening to Underdog Champs’ latest tunes. The EP is packed with seven songs that push the boundaries of genres and combine the musical styles of pop-punk and rock.

Safe In The Dark” starts off the EP and sets the tone for the album. It begins with a classic guitar riff and two singers, Bradley and Nick, alternating between flowing harmonies and screams here and there.

The 3rd song on the EP is called “When The World Ends”. This song is where the different music styles clash together in the best ways possible. Not only does the song have the classic pop-punk vibes, the breakneck drum beats and screaming are incredibly reminiscent of early 2000s bands like Senses Fail and Underoath. This song is super catchy, so I can guarantee you’ll definitely learn the lyrics to this one quickly.

My favorite song is “Coming Clean”. This one isn’t as fast-paced as “When The World Ends”, but the heavier sound is distinctly heard  throughout this song. The second vocalist that we heard in the first song comes back in the chorus in this song. He adds a rougher sound to the vocals, almost like he’s screaming but not all the way there.

Overall, Underdog Champs’ newest EP is awesome and in each one of the songs you can feel the emotion behind the singers’ voice and in the lyrics. All of the songs are extremely catchy and will appeal to anyone who likes pop-punk or alternative rock.

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Madeline Cronin
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Madeline is a writer for At The Barricade, along with many other online music outlets.