American pop-punk singer Maggie Lindemann kicks “Pretty Girl” to the curb and gives us who she truly wants to be with her new debut album, Suckerpunch
Maggie Lindemann was once a new pop singer who was fresh in the scene, followed others for music, and had the young and excited feel that any new artist would.
You may know Lindemann for her hit single, “Pretty Girl,” which was written when she was 18 years old. Since then, she released her debut EP “Paranoia” and has partnered with artists like Travis Barker from Blink-182 and Kellin Quinn from Sleeping with Sirens. Lindemann, no longer 18 years old, has amplified herself and shown who she truly is with her new 15-track album, Suckerpunch, out now.
Suckerpunch is Lindemann’s debut pop-punk album which shows a journey of self discovery. She still relates to herself from 6 years ago, but mentioned the growth she has had throughout.
“A lot of people don’t realize that I am the same person that I was,” Lindemann said. “I was still listening to all of the same stuff that I listen to now… I was just presenting myself in a different way.”
Suckerpunch starts with the first song, “Intro / Welcome In,” which gives a Tim Burton inspired welcome to the album with a beautiful piano tune and Lindemann doing choral background vocals. The second half of the song changes from the piano tune to a haunting bass with drums that stay in a repetitive rhythm. This edginess with a hint of pop stays throughout the album, giving it a modern-day Avril Lavigne vibe. Lindemann has noted being a woman in the pop-punk scene and how so many women have influenced her now.
“Being a woman in rock is so cool. We have Gwen Stefani, Evanescence, Paramore, Garbage, Hole… there are just so many women leading in bands and I have a lot of really cool people to look up to,” Lindemann said. “It is really cool to follow in their footsteps or at least try to.”
Lindemann mentioned how her music video for her song “Cages” was heavily inspired by the music video for Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi.” With clips of skateboarders, low-quality camera footage, and outfits inspired by the early 2000s, this music video successfully reflects the Avril Lavigne vibe that Lindemann wanted.
“It feels super young, fresh, and you watch it, and it gives you Avril Lavigne vibes,” Lindemann said. “I want people to watch the videos and maybe see it in a new light.”
Since the album’s release, Suckerpunch has earned a place on the Billboard Top Album Sales listing at No. 25, and No. 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Lindemann herself earned a spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart at No. 19.