Mexican Pop Punk Groups That Disappeared Without Notice


PXNDX. Photo from Facebook.

PXNDX. Photo from Facebook.

Mexican Pop Punk Groups That Disappeared Without Notice

by Josie Olmos


Everyone has a pop punk group that reminds them of their childhood/pre­adolescent years. That phase we all went through in 2006/2007 where long black bangs were our requests for our hairdressers and that gray area where we witnessed Avril Lavigne drown herself in pink clothing articles holds a special place in every MySpace blogger. I was fortunate enough to have been in Mexico during these years, so while I would cry my eyes out to MCR, have dance parties to FOB, and ponder about how much life “sucks” with Simple Plan, I got a taste of the emerging, Mexican pop punk groups.

The three main groups who took my heart and headphones were such a hit to the Mexican emo community: PXNDX, Allison, and Nikki Clan. PXNDX (pronounced as ‘panda’) was the biggest emo pop punk band back in the day with hits such as “Cita en el Quirofano” (Date at the Operating Room), “Muñeca” (Doll), and “Los Malaventurados No Lloran” (The Unfortunate Do Not Cry” are accompanied by a lead singer with raspy chords that sound like he is struggling the entire time. Even kids who did not know PXNDX were aware of the hits they produced. Their songs were deep into the ideas of blood, crying, and at points borderline suicidal. They truly are the Mexican equivalent of MCR.

Named after a perfect unknown girl, Allison takes concepts similar to the background of the song “Josie” by Blink­182. The purpose of the band was to write songs about an unknown (maybe even imaginative) perfect girl, and how that girl would make them feel. Their music has a nostalgic edge to it while their music videos have a comedic feel. They have hits such as “Memorama” (Memory Game), “Fragil” (Fragil), and “Aqui” (Here). They are the Mexican equivalent of Blink­182.

Girl power is attached to the pop punk industry in Mexico with the group Nikki Clan. The lead singer, Yadira Gianola, is accompanied by all boys as she dominates the main mic. Her rebellious performances and lyrics proved that the genre also has a large girl fandom because we feel nostalgic and emo at times too! She would write about heartbreak, her music videos always show her performing her songs to assure she conveys the exact emotions she wants. If you guessed Paramore as their American equivalent, you guessed correct. While Yadira does not have Orange hair, she did have highlights at some points.

So it’s 2016 now, about ten years, yes TEN years after this lock­myself­in­my­room­and­blast­my­Walkman­phase (although let’s be honest, we all still do this the only thing that has changed is the different products in which we blast our emo tracks on). While I look back at these bands, I begin to think about how important they were in my life back in the day and how I would give an arm and a leg to see them live, but my mom wouldn’t let me because I was “too young”, and I also think about how they slowly disappeared. They left no trace. Obviously by disappear I do not mean they went missing, but they completely jumped off the grid. Was it that they were no longer naive teens who settled? Was it that they made enough money and decided that was good enough? Was is the plummeting of MySpace? Then I realized, it was us: the fans.

Did they disappear, or did we abandon them? Is this why refer to the music we listened to in 2006 as our emo phase? It was us, the fans. We grew up into actual adolescents and ended up edging out the groups who led us there. We spent so many years wanting to grow up only to realize growing up involved edging out what we once saw as edgy. Honestly, this sucks. I hate to think I was a cause for the disappearance of my favorite bands, so I’m going to do what I do best: blame Avril Lavigne for her transition from black to pink. She caused this.

All jokes aside, it’s okay to fall out of love with an artist because it creates a past phase, which eventually leads to nostalgia, a feeling we all are somehow happy to be saddened by. When you go home today, go ahead and blast those old bands you once listened to on a daily basis and drown in the nostalgia.