punk

Discover New Punk Bands with Rainnbow

Punk is characterised by quick tempos, ear-splitting guitars, raucous vocals, stripped-back instrumentation, and anarchic lyrics. It also favours a rough-and-ready do-it-yourself style when it comes to recording and distribution.

With its roots in garage rock, the genre was shaped in the mid-1970s in the US, UK and Australia. In fact, pioneering Australian punk band The Saints was actually the first to release a punk rock record outside of the US. Other bands ushering in the movement overseas included Television, the Ramones, the Clash, the Sex Pistols, and the Damned.

Like any genre, punk evolved over the years to reach its mainstream peak in the 1990s, with new punk bands like Green Day, The Offspring and Blink-182 bringing it mass appeal. It has also given birth to a huge range of subgenres, including hardcore, post-hardcore, pop punk, garage, glam, skate, street, ska punk, electropunk, post-punk, thrash, crush, folk punk, emo, and no wave.

Australian Punk Bands

Australian musicians were among the first to play and record punk music – and the vibrant scene in venues across the country today testifies to the genre’s enduring popularity Down Under. New punk bands like Smith Street Band, The Bennies and The Hoodlum Shouts have built on a legacy left by legendary outfits such as The Saints, Radio Birdman, The Birthday Party, Lime Spider, and later Australian punk bands like Frenzal Rhomb, 28 Days and The Living End.

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