Since pop punk broke through in the Nineties, the genre's most prominent faces have been largely white (not unlike dozens of other scenes). But as the music industry begins waking up to its history of race and gender inequality, one band is ready to rewrite that unspoken rule: Meet Me @ the Altar , one of 2021's most exciting new rock acts. Guitarist-bassist Téa Campbell, 20, and drummer Ada Juarez, 22, met online in 2015 after Campbell stumbled upon Juarez's drum cover of a Twenty One Pilots song. Despite living in different states (Florida and New Jersey, respectively), the two became fast friends and decided to start a band. They held online auditions, where Edith Johnson, 20, tried out by singing Paramore's "All I Wanted"; the Georgia native wasn't chosen at first, but she was persistent. "Edith supported us throughout the two years that she wasn't in the band," Campbell says. "She was literally texting me every day [asking]: 'Are you guys looking for another singer?'" In 2017, Johnson got the gig. Last year, the trio signed with Fueled by Ramen, the Warner Music-backed label responsible for launching some of the band members' biggest influences — including both Paramore and… Read full this story
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