In 1997—as I was reminded the hard way at the Blink-182/Jimmy Eat World show at the Mercury—much of the punk scene was still fragmented, confused, and resistant to new things. Not for long, though. And a newfound willingness to evolve was about to hit the punk scene in an earth-shaking way.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read that or not. The AV Club, and especially the comments section, don't seem like they'd take to kindly to AFI, or at least post-"remember when they were punk lolololol" AFI. I didn't feel like reading the replies, and also didn't feel like arguing.
There were a ton of great bands mentioned in this article. When the author spoke of populism in the punk scene I believe he touched up on it but that really occurred in 1994 when Dookie was released. I remember when Rancid released Life Won't Wait in 1998 (a record that I love) everyone in the punk scene HATED it because it was so different musicially.