Knoxville’s Kvillains channel pop-punk’s ’90s glory days with short and energetic anthems to past girlfriends and late-night parties. The group—Eric Shea Patterson, Ryan Patterson, and T. Gregory Knox—fill us in on what they’ve been listening to lately.
American Idiot (Reprise, 2004)
There’s nothing like listening to this album straight through. Individually, the songs can stand on their own, but as an album, it’s tough to beat.
Jimmy Eat World
Futures (Interscope, 2004)
This is one of the most underrated bands in modern music, and to narrow their releases down to just one album is a crime. Futures has some amazing songs: “There’s Kill,” “Just Tonight,” “Work,” “Nothing Wrong,” “Drugs or Me.” Jimmy Eat World can pretty much do anything and get away with it. Want to rock your balls off? They can do it. Ready to chill? They can do it. In need of some good party music? They’ve got it. There’s more to Jimmy Eat World than just their hit song “The Middle.” The band is also the favorite group of Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge, whose wife hired them for their wedding—he cried.
Fantasies (Metric Music International, 2009)
This album was on repeat for most of summer 2010 and is all-around great music. The album is rockin’ if you wanna get into the music, but it’s also chill enough to serve as background tunes. The drum beats and musical composition aren’t anything special or ground-breaking, but the songs are made so well and you don’t hear this style in mainstream music.
Enema of the State (MCA, 1999)
This album brought back melodic and catchy pop-punk songs that were lost in the shuffle of the nu-metal dominance at the turn of the century, and it’s good carefree music to brighten the spirits. This album has some heavy hitters, like “What’s My Age Again,” “All the Small Things,” “Adam’s Song,” “Don’t Leave Me,” “Aliens Exist.” This was also Blink-182’s first albums to feature Travis Barker after they replaced Scott Raynor.
I Hate Kate
Embrace the Curse (PID, 2007)
This band has since changed their name to Darling Thieves, but this album really changed the way I looked at rock music. The songs are upbeat, catchy, rockin’, and put together very well. The band also features singer Justin Mauriello, who was also one of the singers for Zebrahead.
Kings of Leon
Aha Shake Heartbreak (RCA, 2005)
The bass playing in this album is what I’ve always tried to emulate, because it really drives the songs while adding a melodic factor. This whole album got me back into a folksier style of music I’ve always loved, but it’s still rockin’ when it wants to be.