Lil Gutz releases 'Fux' & is one such artist reviving pop punk
Lil Gutz is one unique artist, stemming from the US, who seems to be single handedly reviving pop punk, combined with current elements of rap. The latest release of his comes to us as ‘Fux’.
The young singer/rapper (it’s all a mesh these days) appears to take strong influence from 00’s bands like Blink 182. As one such prepubescent kid that constantly had a steady loop of Blink song’s, hearing artist (first maybe 3 months ago) came as a nostalgic surprise. Going through his SoundCloud, you can clearly hear the emotional yelling, personal lyrics, and electrifying guitars - again, heard frequently during this 00s age of pop punk bands in the US. However, Gutz has evolved this sound by implementing current pop culture characteristics.
This latest record, ‘Fux’ is a stand out and comes in swinging. Produced by discent and blade901, the record unleashes with voltage-charged guitars, as Gutz crashes in with “Wana break down”. This dynamic sound is layered upon as further guitars issue a higher melody. What takes this track left, is the interesting use of rap style drums. Granted, the drum pattern may be suited to a band style performance, but the samples used are definitely taken from the rap genre. Snappy snares and tight, rapid hi hats drag the song amongst the avalanche of moshiness (may have made up that word ㅋ).
The theme is of relation to everyone at some point in their life - sometimes you just wana fuck. It is what it is. Throughout the record, Gutz touches on an apparent painful relationship (again, something often heard in pop punk). This is raw honesty and seemingly what the artist is dealing with. As rap doesn’t tend to mention sadness, heartbreak or any other type of vulnerable feeling, it’s more incredible to see this artist do exactly that. You have to commend the young man. It’s artists like this that create communities for teens to feel apart of and discover a similar source for their own personal issues.
This artist is particularly interesting because of where music is going. Rock and rap are intertwining; this can already be seen in Lil Uzi Vert; the late, Lil Peep; Juice WRLD; even greater seen in Clever. What is also a common theme amongst these artists, is their painful songs, emotion, and honesty. Rock artists have always seemed to be more open about about their emotions, compared with rappers. Though, the youth who would have been ‘emo kids’ when I was younger, now have few popular* (in music culture terms) emo figures to look up to. As rap has become pop culture, we now see this wandering community grow up on rap beats, but then develop on it, to create their own sound. The artists mentioned before, though take rock elements, are still rap. Yet, Lil Gutz seems to be more rock than rap. Yes the percussion may be taken from the urban genre, but everything else is raw and punky. Is this the creation of another genre merge? Is rock/punk returning? Is this America’s answer to a community of young teens musical rebellion? Whilst England’s answer could be seen in slowthai - who also has strong punk characteristics (i.e. ‘Doorman’)? It’s all speculative, but extremely exciting.