|In other volumes I've mostly talked about bands from the past. This volume will be about the present and more centrally, about one record label.|
The label in question is Decaydance, a label owned by Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete Wentz and is a subside label of Fueled By Ramen, however that link is currently rumoured to be no longer.
Nevertheless Decaydance has produced a number of popular bands, who range over many genres including the Hip-Hop band, Gym Class Heroes and Jazz/Lounge singer Neumann. However it's roots are in Pop-Punk. Wentz, with his label and band, have evolved Pop-Punk to become a genre that is more mainstream and widespread, to the point where Pop-Punk music has mistakenly been branded as "emo". Who's to blame for this mistake? the bands? the labels? the press? That's an arguement that's left for a better day.
The Academy Is...
One of the first Decaydance bands to find major success was Chicago's The Academy Is.... The band's 2005 debut, "Almost Here", an album which gained quick success with songs such as "Checkmarks" and "Slow Down" proving popular.
The band's 2007 follow up, "Santi" was less popular and saw the band take more rock-orientated approach.
This year the band returned with "Fast Times At Barrington High", an album which was more Pop-Punk sounding and with song themes relating to being in High School and falling in and out of love (a common theme in Pop-Punk songs).
Next we have a band who have more success than The Academy Is... and could be considered to be on the same level as Wentz's band. The band in question is Panic At The Disco.
I'll admit Panic (for short) are not a Pop-Punk band but they're origins are; they started out as a Blink-182 cover band. They are a band that play pop music but on a grander level. In 2005 the band's debut "A Fever You Can't Sweet Out" saw the band gain mainstream success quickly, within a year the biggest song from the album, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" had won a MTV Video Music Award.
The band's latest album "Pretty Odd" is less dance-pop than their previous effort nor is it more punk. "Pretty. Odd" is a record that has had a split opinion. It's a change in direction from the band, who have removed the dance/electronic elements and replaced them with more traditional musical instruments and the songs are sound more mature.
Another Decaydance band from Las Vegas is The Cab, one of the more poppier bands from the Decaydance roster, that has been likened to funk-pop band Maroon 5 but still have Pop-Punk sensibilities within their music. So far the band have released one album, "Whisper War", which was released earlier this year.
Decaydance has been a label with many bands who are at a young age (late teens/early 20's) and this next band is no difference, Hey Monday, one of the most poppiest bands on the roster but with guitar-driven songs about heartbreak, I'm going to consider (just) a Pop-Punk band.
In conclusion Decaydance is a label that has proved to be successful very quickly. Is it due to good marketing? good music? or just being in the right place at the right time? The answer is all three. Decaydance has a winning formula, which may or may not last but for now, it will do.