Has punk had it’s best year in forever? With new offshoots emerging ever day, we pick out the 5 best pop punk bands in the country

Through bedroom walls, slightly ajar car windows and the headphones of the girl sitting next to you on the train, the sweet sound of vitriolic pop-punk is experiencing a highly anticipated renaissance all around Australia.

With that in mind, we thought we’d throw you straight into the deep end of this powerful whirlpool of Aussie punk with a list of the country’s very best.

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Take a listen to Australia’s 5 greatest pop punk acts with caution. You’re liable to throw your neck out with this rocking list.


Brissy-based three-piece Columbus have had themselves a mighty big year, between signing with UNFD, the release of their debut record and touring across Australia and the UK. Their first ever LP Spring Forever was released earlier this year, with tracks like Raindrop and Replace Me packing an absolute punch.

From what began as pretty humble roots, just three guys in a high school jazz band, this act has skyrocketed straight to a record deal, hordes of fans and international acclaim.

Trophy Eyes

Newcastle outfit Trophy Eyes hit us hard with their sophomore album this year. Chemical Miracle is exactly what the name suggests – a monster hit to follow up from their equally impressive Mend, Move On.

Their latest album demonstrates some much darker, more mature music and songwriting, standout tracks include Counting Sheep, Breathe You In and Home Is.

If you’re keen for more headbanging action, you can catch the guys live at Unify Gathering 2017 in Victoria’s South Gippsland early next year.


If they weren’t already on your radar, Sydney outfit Undercast’s stellar rendition of The KillersMr Brightside should be enough to earn them some serious brownie points.

This year they brought us their latest offering Temperamental. This six track E.P is packed with hefty vocals, sleek guitar work and some heavy themes throughout.

A captivating emotional journey with the title-track carrying the most heat of the EP, Radiate is a track on the subtler-side and the other standout not to be overlooked.


The release of their second album Drag It Down On You earlier this year is explanation itself of why Melbourne-based four piece, Ceres, deserve a spot on this illustrious list.

Along with the new record comes a flash record deal with States-based No Sleep Records. The quartet will be rocking their way around the country over the next few months – including dates across Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Launceston and Brisvegas.

Check them out live in a town near you to hear top-notch vocalist Tom Lanyon reverberate his raw, relatable lyrics around any room.


Brisbane’s pop-punk scene is alive and well thanks to Satellites. The quintet from the Sunshine State continue to make noise, most recently with the release of their latest single i. In this track the cup runneth over with raw vocals, bleak imagery and broken hearts.

The singles been getting a fair flog across Triple J’s Home and Hosed and Short Fast Loud shows which is awesome to see. We’ll be waiting with bated breath to see what’s next for these guys.