Wyoming punks Teenage Bottlerocket could give a shit about pushing musical boundaries. The band didn't even bother to change the album art on any of its five records, altering only the colors and title beneath its skull and crossed rockets logo.
Instead, the band concentrates on what really counts: blazing guitars, shout-along choruses and keeping four nailed solidly to the floor in the vein of the Ramones, Screeching Weasel and even The Descendents--which Teenage Bottlerocket supported in the United Kingdom in 2011.
But that's not the only gold star it has collected. The band's resume is a who's who of punk dynasty. It has also supported bands like Dropkick Murphys, NOFX and Propagandhi, and one of its guitar players, Kody Templeman, also plays in The Lillingtons. That band's straightforward style can be heard in Teenage Bottlerocket's sound, as well.
You can say pop punk is dead. Just don't say it to Teenage Bottlerocket.