The Five Stages of a Breakup Defined by Pop Punk Songs

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Sometimes the “perfect relationship” wasn’t meant to be. It’s good to know the pop punk bands below have been through the same ordeal and are here to remind you it gets better.

The genre of pop punk has built a reputation on the lyrical themes of love and relationships. Ever since the inception of the genre, bands have been singing about sweet and sour relationships alike. With that said, here are the five songs that outline the five stages of a breakup.

  1. Denial:

Sometimes it’s hard to accept the end of a relationship. Real Friends knows that feeling very well. In “Hebron” the verse “You still run through my head every night when I lay in bed, “ rings the strongest.

  1. Anger

Anger naturally occurs to someone post breakup. The Story So Far is familiar with this anger. “You embody everything I hate,” sings Parker Cannon in “High Regard.”

  1. Bargaining

Derek Sanders (Mayday Parade) was willing to give his heart “as an offering.” Love can make people do crazy thing that they wouldn’t normally do.

  1. Depression

Man Overboard has made a reputation off of catchy love songs, but the band also has written depressing sad songs. The song “She’s Got Her Own Man Now” is self-explanatory.

  1. Acceptance

We can’t control the outcome of a breakup, but we can control how we react. No matter what happens, always try to be like Neck Deep and find a “Silver Lining.”


Seasons Change: The Band You Need to Listen To

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Seasons Change (used with permission from the band)


With the recent wave of pop punk music hitting the mainstream, teenagers and young adults alike are trying to form pop punk bands of their own. There are a plethora of young and hopeful newcomers all across the country; however, one band from California has been able to stand out from the rest and go against the grain. That band is Seasons Change.

Seasons Change is a pop punk band from Pico Rivera, California, that has recently signed to No Sleep Records. Yes, this local band has done what many bands hope to one day accomplish, which is to sign to a record label. This poses the question of how Seasons Change amount to their success.

Seasons Change went through a few lineup changes in their first year of existence. It wasn’t until a show with the band Major League did the band settle on the lineup that they have today. After Major League saw Seasons Change live and noted their work ethic, word quickly spread about the band.

“We owe a lot to Pomona and the Inland Empire. Every time we came to play in Fontana, Rialto, and Rancho Cucamonga, kids at these shows would show us mad love and support. Andrew Glover (bassist of Winds of Plague) noticed us from these shows and wanted to record an EP with us. Andrew eventually became our manager,” says guitarist Johnny Ozeta.


Johnny Ozeta, guitarist of Seasons Change (used with permission from Krystina Alfonso photography)

Seasons Change’s “Nothing and Everything” record release show

“We worked with him to produce ‘Nothing and Everything.’ We had a record release show for the EP at Aladdin Jr’s in Pomona. We had such a positive crowd response and turnout that Nate of Xibalba wanted to be our booking agent. We owe a lot to both Nate and Andrew,” adds Ozeta.

After the record release show, Seasons Change started booking tours D.I.Y style. Shortly after touring and some more self-promotion, the band’s manager received a call from No Sleep Records. The rest is history.

The band has received critical acclaim since their signing. Seasons Change has received the opportunity to perform with some of their favorite acts including: Handguns, Stickup Kid and Forever Came Calling.

“These kids are in it for the real reason. They are in it for the music, not for some trendy tumblr act,” said Major League guitarist Brian Anthony Joyce at Major League’s headline show at Chain Reaction this past March.

The reason Season Change got offered a record deal is because every member in the band is a passionate and hard working individual. The band has always gone out of their way to promote and network at local showcase. Even after signing to No Sleep Records, the band can still be found forging new friendship at local shows.

The band recently wrapped up touring on the “Death to False Music Tour.” Seasons Change is set to do a string of dates with Turnstile, Superheaven and Take Offense.