Familiar Things took some time to let us know about their favorite bands from Philly. We’ve compiled the songs into a playlist for you to enjoy. Familiar Things recently released a new EP, Fade Into The Scenery, which you can check out on Bandcamp.
The Wonder Years – “The Orange Grove”
The Wonder Years’ album The Upsides was a big part of the reason that a few of us got into pop punk music in the first place, and it has been amazing to watch them grow and transcend the genre since then. This song off their latest album Sister Cities is a personal favorite of mine.
Grayscale – “If I Ever See You Again”
Our band’s sound has a lot in common with the way Grayscale writes their songs, with their honest, catchy pop punk sound with interesting instrumentation and arrangements, which is the reason we are definitely fans of theirs. If I Ever See You Again includes piano in a pretty upbeat, banging song, which we can definitely connect to.
Dryjacket – “Misused Adrenaline”
Some of the members of Dryjacket are some of our friends from high school in South Jersey, and we have always admired their music, even from their past bands. All of Dryjacket’s music that they have put out so far is phenomenally intricate and well-written, and we can’t wait to hear what they have coming next.
The Menzingers – “After the Party”
The Menzingers just keep pumping out fun punk rock jams album after album, and their latest one After the Party might just be their best. The title track off the album is so good and just makes you want to dance and scream your lungs out to the chorus. They are definitely a hometown favorite of ours.
Kississippi – “Easier to Love”
Kississippi is a Philly band that has peaked on our radar more recently. Not only have they just completed a tour with one of our favorite bands, Dashboard Confessional, we can’t help but admire the honest and vulnerable vibes that are translated through their music. Listening to their songs such as Easier to Love is truly a captivating experience, and we’re excited to see what they have in store for the future!
The Starting Line – “Decisions, Decisions”
This band right here might be the best pop punk/emo band that has come out of the area and one of the most respected in the genre. There is nothing like the feeling of being young and in love or having your heart ripped from your chest for the first time and that is a moment this band, in my opinion, captures perfectly on their first album Say It Like You Mean It. They have a way of writing incredibly catchy hooks that will have your head swimming in pure ecstasy even if you are relating to the bitter sweetness of young love. This song is a personal favorite of mine that embodies everything they are about: bouncy, fun, but while singing about heartache.
Modern Baseball – “Apartment”
I always admired these guys because of their quirky, clever, and creative spins on classic pop punk and emo music. All of their music is so honest and relatable, and it’s hard not to just love watching or listening to them. “Apartment” has such a great chord progression and and dynamics, in addition to their witty and fun lyrics. They definitely represent the Philly music scene well.
The Early November – “Baby Blue”
This bridge goes so hard. The way Ace Enders and the guys take The Get Up Kid’s line “I don’t want you to love me anymore” and spins it in this song made me want to hate mosh to the thought of me breaking up with my imaginary girlfriend.
Valencia – “The Space Between”
“Don’t forget about the blue skies, sunrise, and all the space between.” Everyone can relate to reminiscing on the good times, memories, and the people they have spent them with. Over time we lose touch with old friends and flames but that’s alright because we will always have those memorable moments forever.
Man Overboard – “Montrose”
This song hits pretty hard despite not being a heavy song at all. When I hear it I feel like I’m floating in love and that nothing can pull you back down to earth. This is a very special song in that sense because who doesn’t like to feel weightless looking at the person they are wrapped up in?