Dirty South Punk Rock?

Looking through a fellow blog’s review of a recent mc chris show, I was intrigued by the choice of supporting act- Florida’s genre-hopping Whole Wheat Bread.

The ‘pretentious English student’ part of me thinks that mc chris chose the band as an ironic inversion of accusations of cultural appropriation. Whatever they are, they’re definitely interesting- although i’ll be the first to admit i’m probably several years too old to be listening to them.

I’m pretty sure there’s a rule of music journalism that goes something like: “Bands that explicitly aim at genre crossover often come across as forced, whereas bands that try and merge influences and come out with something new are doing something more interesting”.

I’m not sure where these guys lie on that scale. I’m not even sure the whole thing isn’t some kind of clever postmodern joke.

The first single is of the Linkin Park variety, but the album as a whole takes itself less seriously. So- just another teen-friendly pop-punk band, or a sign of crossover potential? Any thoughts?

Oh, and no prizes for guessing the main musical influence on this one…

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