Let Born Music introduce you to five of our favourite post-punk bands right now!
Post-punk is such a broad label nowadays. Born out of the frustration of the unified and sanitised sound punk garnered towards the end of its heyday, post-punk became a way for many bands to experiment and further the punk aesthetic. As such, forty years later and there are so many varying sounds in post-punk that it’s pretty difficult to get started with the genre.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve covered a whole bunch of modern post-punk here at Born Music, and here are some of our favourites. From some quite popular bands, to those you may have not discovered yet, here are five post-punk bands that you must listen to.
Female-fronted post-punk is really needed in this current political climate, and the fantastic Broken Baby seem to be the perfect medicine. Comprised of duo Amber Bollinger and producer Alex Dezen, this LA band seem to run on pure hate for the West’s current political problems. Having released their debut EP last year (and with a self-titled LP due this year) the band are slowly building up a cult following that are falling in love with their sound. We here at Born are more than ready for more of their work. Whereas the EP seemed to be less angular, their latest single ‘Year of the Fat Man’ is atonal, linear, and oh so deadly. There seems to be an added bite here that is puncturing and invades the bloodstream. Well, at least current politics has produced something good!
Eyesore & the Jinx
Flying from LA to the River Mersey, Broken Baby are matched with the also politically-charged Eyesore & the Jinx. It’s odd; for a band that has only officially released one song, they have the maturity (and following) of a band already deep into their first album. We loved the video for ‘Gated Community’, a NES inspired boss battle between the band and the floating head of Donald Drumpf. A song that leans more towards the punk side of post-punk, this fast-paced energetic track bemoans the ‘gated community’ politics that are developing in both the UK and USA. Special mention must go out to ‘final boss’ Theresa May at the end of the video.
Now our expedition goes back to the West of the globe, where we’ll meet Canadian post-punk four piece Preoccupations. Formed from the ashes of cult band Women, Preoccupations dabble in post-punk that swims with synth and booming, epic vocals from bassist and vocalist Matt Flegel. Preoccupations are often angular, jagged and raw, but also beautiful, serene, and atmospheric in their music. They’ve garnered a hefty following over their three album releases (and fans here at Born), and their indie take on post-punk is one that appeals outside of the genre conventions.
Well, we might as well stick to Canada for now. Unlike Preoccupations, Ought stick to a much more traditional indie root for their sound, tying their guitars and synth down with energetic, fast-paced drum rhythms and occasional guitar freak-outs. ‘Disgraced In America’ is one of their stand-out singles of the year, where we hear the drawl-like vocals of the charismatic Tim Darcy decry and belittle modern American politics. This is a band that have garnered many fans with their contemporaries (Eyesore & the Jinx seem to be quite big fans), and are definitely an essential post-punk band.
And, finally, the band that don’t describe themselves as post-punk, IDLES. Really, they need no introduction. Having swept up the attention of every taste-maker in the UK and abroad, IDLES have toured with Foo Fighters and The Maccabees, and self released an album that has millions of streams on Spotify, becoming everyone’s favourite guitar band of the past two years. Pretty good work, eh? What makes IDLES so important, and perhaps has saddled them with the label of post-punk, is their aesthetic and approach to song-writing. Quite like the best bands in post-punk, IDLES are political, savage, electric, and all around loud. We’ve covered them several times on Born (we’ve even reviewed their debut album Brutalism), and we will take any chance to talk about the UK’s (and soon to be the world’s) favourite punk band.