Being such huge fans of the Punk Goes compilation for years now, we more than jumped at the opportunity to check out the newest edition, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6, before it hit stores (that’s one of the perks of working in the music industry, kids). Anyways, after checking out the album, we are in no way disappointed. That being said, we’re going to make this review very easy for you guys.
Instead of writing paragraph after paragraph on certain things we like and dislike about the album, to then have you punks just skim through to the cover you were the most curious about, we decided to break this compilation down track by track.
So, if you want to read about Palisades’ cover of “Happy” but couldn’t care less about August Burns Red’s version of “Wrecking Ball,” we got your back. After reading though, be sure to tweet us @thenoise and let us know which cover you are the most excited to hear next week when the album comes out!
TYLER CARTER (FEAT. LUKE HOLLAND) - “AINT IT FUN” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY PARAMORE)
We love Issues. We love the Word Alive. We love Paramore. So, how do we feel about this cover blending the three together? We love it! While it may be a tad more fitting for the summer time, we cannot deny the fun and absolute joy bursting out of this track.
AUGUST BURNS RED - “WRECKING BALL” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY MILEY CYRUS)
As much as we wanted to hate this song, we simply can’t. We in no way have Miley fever like the rest of the brainwashed youth out there, but what can we say; this song is catchy. With August Burns Red playing the track obviously heavier and more to our level of liking, we give the cover two thumbs up.
WE CAME AS ROMANS - “I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY TAYLOR SWIFT)
Similar to the track above, when a band covers a catchy song, it’s usually pretty tough to screw it up. So, by keeping things pretty similar to the original, We Came As Romans definitely knock their rendition of “I Knew You Were Trouble” out of the park.
UPON A BURNING BODY (FEAT. ICE T) - “TURN DOWN FOR WHAT” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY DJ SNAKE & LIL JON)
While this seemed liked an awesome party waiting to happen, this cover of “Turn Down for What” unfortunately turned very quickly into a testosterone-filled sausage fest. One would think the addition of Ice T would have made this track absolutely explode with awesomeness. Instead, it was just way too much for anyone to handle.
SET IT OFF - “PROBLEM” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY ARIANA GRANDE FEAT. IGGY AZALEA)
We mean, it’s a cute attempt, but c’mon guys. Do you really think we’d be into this Kidz Bop meets Mission Impossible rendition of “Problem” by Set It Off? Next song, please.
CROWN THE EMPIRE - “BURN” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY ELLIE GOULDING)
We give Crown the Empire props for not just immediately inserting breakdown after breakdown into their cover like some other artists do. However, isn’t that what they’re known for? We get that they want to meet this song half way and try something new, but we’re just not feeling it. Where’s the anger? Where’s the hostility?
OCEANS ATE ALASKA - “DRUNK IN LOVE” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY BEYONCE FEAT. JAY Z)
Well, this one’s interesting. If you like metalcore with an obnoxious bee buzzing in your ear, then this song is for you. Now we don’t mean to hate, but the mismatched breakdown/sing-a-long combo is not working for us. And that breakdown following Jay Z’s verse? C’mon guys, you’re better than that. Bey’s definitely not going to like this one.
YOUTH IN REVOLT - “ROYALS” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY LORDE)
Mid-way into writing about how this track felt very unchanged and very unoriginal, Youth in Revolt got their revolt on and showed us what they’re really made of. Props are owed to these young gents for sure. However, unless you’re a huge fan of this song or band, we’re afraid some people might not have enough patience to get to the goods two-minutes and fourty-three seconds into the song.
VOLUMES - “HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY DRAKE FEAT. MAJID JORDAN)
After hearing Volumes’ new album No Sleep earlier this year, we didn’t think there was much else these guys could do to impress us. Well, we were wrong. Volumes, you have officially blown our minds yet again. Djent mixed with R&B? Amazing.
KNUCKLE PUCK - “CHOCOLATE” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY 1975)
As much as we might want to hide it, the 1975 is a bit of a guilty pleasure for us. They’re hip and can groove like no one’s business; we’re not ashamed to admit it. So, for Knuckle Puck to keep their cover of “Chocolate” essentially the same as the original track, we can totally dig it.
SLAVES - “SWEATER WEATHER” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY THE NEIGHBORHOOD)
From beginning to end, this is by far the best three-minutes and fifty-one seconds in Punk Goes history. Yes, we know it’s crazy to imagine anything better than Devil Wear Prada’s “Still Fly,” Of Mice & Men’s “Blame It” or the Word Alive’s “Thirsty,” but dammit Jonny Craig and co. have done it; they’ve created the best Punk Goes cover our ears have ever heard.
STATE CHAMPS - “STAY THE NIGHT” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY ZEDD FEAT. HAYLEY WILLIAMS)
We’re not sure if it’s because they’re following Slaves’ unmatchable cover of “Sweater Weather,” but we’re just not that into this. We mean, where’s the energy and pop-punk juiciness we’ve all grown to love over the years from State Champs? We can’t be the only ones who were expecting to get our mosh on to this track.
PALISADES - “HAPPY” (ORIGINALLY PERFORMED BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS)
This rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy” not only shows the growth in Palisades’ game, but it also gets us extremely excited for what these Jersey natives have in store next. Instead of taking the easy way out and releasing a cover filled with a barrage of breakdowns, this group decided to dig deep and take a different route. That said, we’ll definitely be listening to this song for quite some time.