Sparkle Punks & Twinkle Daddies? WTF Do They Even Mean?!

Source: Algernon Cadwallader Official Bandcamp

There are two wonderfully exciting and remarkably similar genres exploding from the ‘Emo revival‘ scene. Now, I know what you are thinking, “Emo isn’t even that old, how can it have a revival so early on when some of the best years of it were only ten to fifteen years or so ago?” What I say to you kind reader of a bizarre article I have decided to write is this: Emo actually originated during the late nineteen eighties and early to mid nineties with bands such as Rites Of Spring, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring and Mineral. What these bands did was blend the ideas of thrash and hardcore punk with more melodic and soft vocal patterns, their writing being about lost love, religion, and heartbreak. These bands then paved the way for iconic bands of the early two thousands such as Taking Back Sunday, Coheed And Cambria and Dashboard Confessional. Who, to my knowledge, are all still making music and touring today.

But this isn’t an article about Emo. This is an article about some genres that has come out of it, those things being ‘Twinkledaddies‘ and ‘Sparkle Punk‘. Yes, when I Googled the first one, I regret not having my safe search on.

I have made that mistake, so now you don’t have to. Unless you want to I guess?

Really, it is down to you…

The tricky thing about these two genres is that they are really open to interpretation on what they are and what bands fall into them. The general idea that I have gathered is that Sparkle Punk comes from Post-Hardcore and is more derived from Emo and Pop-Punk over Hardcore, utilising clean and aggressive vocals and intricate and ‘sparkly’ guitar playing. Whereas Twinkle Daddies seems to be more related to Screamo with some riffs that are reminiscent of Metal-Core beatdowns and screaming vocals, whilst still maintaining “twinkly” guitar parts, plus spoken word poetry mid sections. Just to make these classifications a little trickier, there are bands that fall into both categories on different songs, sometimes on the same album.

Yeah, this has been swell doing research for.

Just to add another layer of intrigue, the word Twinkledaddies was actually coined by a band that then falls into that classification of music. TWIABPAIANLATD (more known as TWIABP but actually standing for The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die)’s singer was actually the first to invent the term. Basically, the long and short of it is that the singer made the term up, went on to and started tagging loads of different bands under the term Twinkledaddies, up until actually banned his account from tagging bands. That’s got to have taken one hell of a lot of tagging!

Anyway, a new genre is born, now sporting bands like Midwest Pen Pals, Merchant Ships (pretty sure they are near enough the same band anyway), Dads and Algernon Cadwallader.

Got that?

(If I’m being totally honest, I think my brain is starting to melt a little bit – Slightly Mentally Frazzled Editor).

Basically, the incestuous nature of these bands is that they break up and reform with members of other bands and as the bands get back together, the structure and the development of their sound changes and they become either bigger or inverted versions of their former bands. That in itself is quite interesting, isn’t it?

(The correct answer to that would be “yes it is”).

The thing with Sparkle Punk is that it still has all the anger as Twinkle Daddies, it still has the depth, the style, and the intrigue, but realistically, it just doesn’t have quite such a ridiculous name.

If you want to check out a couple of Sparkle Punk bands, have a listen to the works of Mom Jeans, Dogs On Acid, Prince Daddy And The Hyena, Oliver Huston and It Looks Sad. Bonus points for checking out You Blew it!, Crying, Oso Oso and Darkle.

So yes, check out Sparkle Punk and Twinkle Daddies because damn it, I need some friends that listen to the same music as me.


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Alex Vellis is an award winning poet, published author, and playwright from Canterbury, Kent. He is the poet in residence for Wise Words Festival (Kent), the Eleto Chocolate Café, and Canterbury Connected (BID). Alex's writing draws on the ideas of love, loss, and feeling lost; of family matters, sex, gender identity and hope. He was the 2015 Wise Words Grand Slam champion, and has since gone on to set up his own slams across the city, in addition to running the ‘poet in residence’ scheme with the “Rough Cut Collective” in Canterbury. He has been support for Shane Koyczan, Kate Tempest, Anthony Anaxagorou, Joelle Taylor, Vanessa Kisuule, and Dan Simpson, among others, and has performed at various festivals across the country, spoken at conferences in Paris, performed in Europe, and runs regular workshops on creative writing and performance. Alex launched his debut show, ‘Everything Is Terrible’, at a sold-out show at Wise Words Festival in 2017, and looks to tour in in 2018. Alex is a prominent member of the ‘Rough Cut Collective’ a Kent based group of artists led by Workers-Of-Art, and a main player in the artistic scene in the Canterbury community. He also mentors a group of young poets (aged 17 to 25) helping them achieve what they want from a literary career. As well as running a page for artists of different mediums that want to collaborate on new and existing work called “Vertex” Alex has been commissioned by the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury to write a play for their “Return Of The Unknown” project, celebrating the centenary of the end of the First Word War. The play debuted on November 10th 2017. In 2017, Alex was an assistant producer for the Wise Words festival in Canterbury. His first poetry collection ‘Everything Is Terrible’ was published by Whisky and Beards in 2016 and can be purchased on Amazon. Other collections of his work include ‘Journal Entries’ (self-published, 2015), ‘Talking With Impossible Gods’ (Whisky and Beards E-Book, 2016), and ‘Unmarked Graves’ (a pamphlet, Whisky and Beards E-Book, 2016). His next collection ‘Ships In The Night’ is set to be published late 2018. "Alexander Vellis makes the epic sound intimate, and searches for beauty in the ugly corners. His work is free verse, hip hop inspired, nuanced spoken word that works as easily on the page as it does in the mouth. A gifted poet." Joelle Taylor "I enjoy Alex's honest, accessible, and well-written poetry, which is delivered with an authentically friendly stage presence." Dan Simpson

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