I'm not saying nu is much better, but at least there's some variety in lyrics now. It's starting to all gravitate towards the same themes (suburbs and friends) but I prefer that to the girl-centric lyrics that used to be so prevalent. Mostly focusing on NFG there, I enjoy the band, but I don't understand the fervor people have for a band that seems like they've been releasing the same record for 15 years.
I'm definitely going with new. Much more variety in the music and lyrics. Less whiny vocals and much better written songs.
Eh, you're right about Coming Home and kind of Catalyst but he's still right, they had little variety for a long time.
I love new and old Pop Punk, but TWY's The Upsides is probably whinier than any "old pop punk" album that defines the genre (maaaybe not Saves The Day's stuff).
There may be more variety in the lyrics of some of the newer bands (TWY specifically) but just wait and see if all these new wave bands end up putting out 5-10 records. If I Call Fives, Fireworks, TSSF ect ect are able to put out more than 5 records and still have the same kind of quality sound that Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory have and don't start sounding at least a little repetitive in their sound, well, that just doesn't sound like Pop Punk to me! Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals and Man Overboard (off the top of my head) have all already hit a wall with new releases and will fade if they don't figure something out.
Green Day and Blink 182 changed their sound with their massive commercial success and stayed relevant with younger listeners for a long time. Midtown changed their sound drastically over just 3 albums, but didn't find the success and now Gabe makes good girls go bad for millions /sadface.
Old Pop Punk is pretty varied and damn good. I like a lot of the new bands and I am so happy to see them back in the fold over that bleak 2007-2010 period of Attack Attack, Brokencyde and all the other shit headlining Warped, but the older stuff is better and I really feel silly calling this "old pop punk" considering most of this was released in the 2000s.