The best punk rock and pop-punk should be fun to listen to, a bit silly and put a smile on your face, and Alabama band Pink For President offer up all of the above.
The band has built a reputation for adding comedy into its catchy, upbeat pop-punk sound and sent us latest single Vader to get a taste for it. It opens up with cool little echoey guitars then faster, punk guitars jump in before a big drum roll gives way to a cool blast of high-pitched guitars.
Vocals come in over palm-muted guitars “You fucked it up back then and you pretend that nothing has happened since the day that you left, I still don’t understand even when I want to believe you say you’re glad to be here finally but you never try to find me.” That feeds into a lively chorus of fast-paced vocals over punky guitars and driving drums, then drops into the cool opening riff.
A second chorus gives way to repeating guitar riffs then low palm-muted guitars give way to a little solo over crashing cymbals. The chorus vocals come in over light guitars then repeats of “We’ll never be the same” bring the track to an end. Check it out in the video below:
That follows previous single Fuck Up, which opens with a little bassline that’s joined by punky chords through a catchy verse. And that feeds into a fun singalong chorus “And I keep falling behind, Finding new places to lose my mind, Always falling behind, Finding new ways to fuck up my own life.”
A second chorus gives way to a cool little solo then chuggy chords that drop into livelier vocals that fade away, then drop into a couple of blasts of the chorus. Check it out below:
We chatted to frontman Zach Amory to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Pink For President?
ZA: “We’re an alternative rock band from the Birmingham, Alabama area, heavily inspired by pop-punk bands of the 90s and early 2000s. I met our lead guitarist, Dallas Welk, during our freshmen year of high school in 2007. We began writing music together later that year, influenced by bands like Blink-182 and New Found Glory.
“We met our current bassist, Damon Delmont, several years ago while playing local shows together in different bands, and he introduced Dallas and me to our current drummer, Eric Hoen, just last year.”
GR: You just released Vader. What should people be expecting from the song?
ZA: “Although Vader is getting an official release just now, the song was written several years ago, during a gloomier time in my life, so the lyrics represent some of our darker songwriting, and the music follows suit. The instrumental is fast and aggressive, which I think fits the lyrical tone very well.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
ZA: “For those who have never listened to PFP, I would describe our music as generally-energetic and upbeat, focusing on catchy hooks and guitar riffs. While we draw from different eras of pop-punk, I think we maintain a unique sound by adding components of pop and indie rock to our songwriting style.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
ZA: “New Found Glory was the first band to inspire me to write songs. I listened to their self-titled album a lot when I was a teenager, and it was the first time that I remember relating to and being deeply affected by song lyrics. Listening to their songs felt like having a conversation with someone who could empathize with my experiences at the time.
“I also gravitated toward their catchy melodies and heavy guitar riffs, alongside bands like Blink-182, Sum 41, Green Day, and Alkaline Trio. I can’t speak too much on the other members’ personal influences, other than to say that we all have plenty of overlapping musical interests.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
ZA: “We actually have a new album planned for this year, called Pink for President 2020! It will feature some previously-unreleased tracks that we’ve written over the years, including Vader, as well as some brand-new ones. By the end of the year, we plan on recording our third full-length concept album, Faith in Fiction: Part II, which will continue the band’s ongoing scifi-comedy storyline!”