Wipe those tears, emo fans. The second installment of Punk Goes Acoustic is here to nurse those bruised hearts (and punk rock egos) with a tear-jerking host of unreleased and exclusive tracks! Out today via the Fearless imprint, both mainstays and up-and-comers of the respective rock genres have fine-tuned some fan favorites into acoustic standouts, and the All-American Rejects, Silverstein, and Mayday Parade are just a few to calm their angst-driven rock down into six strings and the occasional handclap.
Mark Hoppus of +44 couldn’t sound more sincere in his acoustic version of “Baby Come On,” while Jack’s Mannequin channels contemporary pop/rock tresses on “Bruised.” Say Anything’s Max Bemis lends his talents too, relatively toning down his oft-dramatic self for an almost whimsical, country-tinged version of “Woe.” Perhaps the most interesting transformation from punk to acoustic is Anti-Flag’s “Welcome to 1984,” a snarling tune which finds pissed off lead singer Justin Sane comparing Bush-era America to George Orwell’s epic book 1984. Bottom line: pick up Punk Goes Acoustic 2 before another car make-out session is ruined by the shrieking on your newest screamo album.
Punk Goes Acoustic 2 tracklisting:
“Bruised” – Jack’s Mannequin
“Don’t Be So Hard” – The Audition
“Baby Come On” – +44
“Sun” – Daphne Loves Derby
“Woe” – Say Anything
“Apology” – Alesana
“Jasey Rae” – All Time Low
“Red Light Pledge” – Silverstein
“Night Drive” – The All-American Rejects
“Three Cheers for Five Years” – Mayday Parade
“Staplegunned” – The Spill Canvas
“Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been” – Relient K
“Welcome to 1984” – Anti-Flag
“The Only Song” – Sherwood “Echoes” – Set Your Goals
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