Video Premiere: The Frst – ‘Pop Punk Song (feat. Dead Bundy)’

Alt-rock supergroup The Frst are committed to pure sonic exploration, constantly evolving on a song-to-song basis no matter the toll.

Watch the lyric video for “Pop Punk Song (feat. Dead Bundy)” below:

With guest features like Kid Brunswick, Dead Bundy, and musicians Nathan Cogan from Taking Back Sunday, Jeffrey Cashmere Hutchins from Insane Clown Posse, Andrew Leahey and other times band leader Mikei Gray recording entire songs solo, like their previous single “Small Talk,” a sharp pivot in one direction is never surprising. It’s this penchant for experimentation that has rooted The Frst as one of the most unpredictable artists in mod-rock.

In 2017, after a stretch of touring, playing alongside acts like Florida Georgia Line, Portugal. The Man and Sublime With Rome, from venues all over like The Grand Ole Opry to the Vans Warped Tour stages, Gray founded The Frst, intentionally leaving out the I, due to the band’s changing nature and revolving line-up.

Since the formation, Gray has elicited the support of featured artists like Nathan Cogan of Taking Back Sunday along with Andrew Leahey, Jeff Hutchins, Justin Smith, Eric Barfield, and others to realize his ideas for his debut album, Prelude.

On the track’s release and its accompanying video, Gray states:

“‘Pop Punk Song’ is not only a humorous caricature of ourselves but of the world at large. The lyrics speak to frustrations with dead-end jobs, abusive cycles, and breaking free. It’s a cathartic call to arms for everyone!

“This was our goofball way of making fun of ourselves and our friends in ‘our scene.’ But the song itself was actually written in the fall of 2019, which is hard to remember a time before the pandemic: MGK was still rapping, and the ‘pop punk revival’ was only one coronavirus away from becoming the next big thing.

“Our friends that had heard the song live and kept asking when that ‘Pop-Punk Song’ would be recorded because the ‘shut the f*ck up play some pop-punk!’ line was stuck in their head … we thought what better time than right now to have a little fun and be dorks for a minute and a half! After all, our last few songs were quite serious, and fun was the whole reason for our name.

“The angst of the lyrics was honest and came from touring through Southern college towns (which, btw, I grew up in one), and sometimes ‘the bro’ mentality, closed-mindedness could really get you to at times. It was written in a self-preservation way, as a rallying battle cry for all the outsiders, weirdos, rockers, and punks, metal heads and dorks to unite with a screaming message when they’d had enough bullshit—‘SHUT THE F#%$ UP & PLAY SOME POP PUNK.’”

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