Post-hardcore is a subgenre deriving from hardcore punk. Post-hardcore bands both use and break the rules of punk, combining the genre’s classic fast tempos, loud guitars, and that rough-and-ready DIY ethic with a newer, more nuanced way of expressing themselves – both lyrically and musically.
The style really took shape in the mid-to-late 1980s, with releases from bands like Fugazi, Big Black, Jawbox, Lunchmeat, Dag Nasty, Gray Matter, and The Rites of Spring – a key player in the genre’s evolution. As the genre continued to evolve in the 1990s, the already broad ‘post-hardcore’ term became even broader, with post-hardcore bands adding new and varied sounds to the mix that included elements of funk, dub and glam rock.
The Scene Today
Post-hardcore is still alive and well, and is enjoying more mainstream attention than ever before. There are several bands around today staying true to the spirit of the genre by combining the punk spirit with new sounds, beautifully expressive lyrics, and innovative song arrangements and instrumentations. Popular bands on the scene include Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, Escape the Fate, Silverstein, Bring Me the Horizon, Falling in Reverse, and Emarosa.
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