I’m not sure what it was about the years 2007-2009, but it seemed as if everyone my age was going through a “scene” phase (keep in mind we were in seventh and eighth grade). Every girl had the same hairstyle—side-swept bangs that basically covered both of your eyes. Then there were the guys—long shaggy hair down to their chins and bangs (that also covered their eyes). As far as clothing: skinny jeans and a zip-up hoodie. Pretty much every pre-teen and teen looked like this.


So what exactly inspired this style? Pop punk bands such as Metro Station, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Cobra Starship, Boys Like Girls, All-American Rejects, etc. Then the more indie-rock bands such as Bright Eyes, Death Cab For Cutie, The Black Keys, Oasis, The Kooks, etc.

Yes, I was one of those 13-year-old “scene” kids, as well (at least I liked to think so). Anyway, these bands basically made up my iTunes music library at the time (most of the indie-rock artists are still in my library). However, to this day, every time I listen to All Time Low, Metro Station, Boys Like Girls, or any of those pop punk bands, I automatically start feeling nostalgic, remembering summers in my best friend’s basement, jamming out to these with our side-swept bangs. I can’t even say that it was the lyrics that made us fall in love with them, it was just the fact they were so upbeat, their music videos were representations of what we wanted our lives to be, and of course, their style.

Basically, we liked to pretend we lived similar lifestyles. For those of you who aren’t familiar with any of these bands, here’s just a few videos to check it out for yourself:


Written by Alt360º Blogger: Laura Ledesma