TikTok teenagers roast pop-punk group for publishing cringe

The strategy of “selling out” may be in excess of, but Gen Z teenagers will even now roast you for posting cringe — as the pop-punk band Tramp Stamp is discovering out. According to people on TikTok, Twitter, and Reddit, Tramp Stamp are “industry plants.” The giveaway? Their social media is too superior.

An “industry plant,” Rolling Stone helpfully clarifies, “is an artist who has label backing but provides themself as self-produced.” In 2019, the band’s guitarist, Caroline Baker, appeared in MusicRow: she signed to Prescription tracks, owned by Dr. Luke, aka Lukasz Gottwald. Reddit resurfaced that report this week. The Redditors also located that the lead singer, Marisa Marino, also has a Prescription offer. Oh yeah, and for each the credits on their YouTube video clip, the Tramp Stamps have a deal with Kobalt Tunes Group, which is partly owned… by Dr. Luke.

About Dr. Luke: In 2014, Kesha sued him to void their contract for the reason that he “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [Kesha] to the place exactly where [she] approximately shed her daily life,” according to the accommodate. Immediately after a number of decades, the authorized struggle finished when New York Supreme Court Judge Jennifer G. Schecter ruled Kesha experienced defamed Dr. Luke in a textual content information to Lady Gaga, the place Kesha accused Dr. Luke of drugging and raping herself and Katy Perry — allegations Perry denied. (Dr. Luke continue to will work with Doja Cat, Kim Petras, and Saweetie beneath his Tyson Trax pseudonym, Rolling Stone claims.)

A recurring concept in the “plant” posts: that the Tramp Stamps look to have a social media team. Their site looks like it was skillfully developed. They have a strong merch keep, such as a black thong that suggests “sex” in pink, Intercourse Pistols lettering. Their Instagram has about 27,300 followers, but numerous of their posts have significantly less than 3,000 likes. TikTok person hardcope pointed out that their first Instagram write-up is an animation — a piece of media that’s really hard for a Do-it-yourself band to set collectively.

“Everything about this team is so calculated, virtually insidiously, insidiously,” claims TikTok consumer seapunkhistorian. “Even down to their hair colors.”

An additional consumer pointed to a team in which the Tramp Stamps were score no matter if or not tracks ended up emo they appeared puzzled when a snippet of a music came on. “Oh my God,” reported TikTok consumer dandydemon. “You’re going to co-choose the aesthetic and you do not even know My Chemical Romance?”

“It’s so clear that the persons who wrote this tune really do not realize punk culture,” reported TikTok user awtheyreuglee.

In actuality, the total TikTok hashtag #trampstamp is loaded with individuals complaining about the band and their cringey new song, out right now, named “I’d Somewhat Die.” (Refrain: “I’d alternatively die than hook up with another straight white man.”)

There’s a lesson listed here. If you’re promoting to a more youthful, social-media-savvy group, you’re likely to have an uphill battle unless the group being promoted is perceived as “authentic.” And teenagers, additional than everyone else, have a sharp eye for that.