Once a punk, always a punk. Punk rock never died, despite what naysayers may claim. Music genres fluctuate in popularity over time like a wave, and when a genre begins to decline, old genres resurface or new genres arise. Where do you think dubstep or trap music came from? Punk rock may have seen some downtime last decade, but certain developments helped bring it back. Some video games, like the Tony Hawk series or Guitar Hero series, enlightened the musically lacking public, paving the way to new music tastes. With the steady resurgence of punk rock, many bands have jumped into the industry, while others have returned to recording or touring, such as At The Drive-In and Refused last year. Post-hardcore also saw a revival a few years ago – as screamo faded away, post-hardcore evolved from it and steadily grew. Punk rock remains a niche genre, so the vast majority may not immediately recognize the good bands from the bad, and believe me – anyone who does not listen to punk rock cannot truly discern punk rock from a different genre. With that said, listen to some music from the following five punk rock or post-hardcore bands expecting to make an impact in the music industry this year.
We start off this list with an OC Music Awards nominee for the Best Rock category, Sederra, despite the existence of a Punk category. Veterans in the music industry met up and formed Sederra for the lack of a good rock/punk rock band back in 2006, and since then, Sederra has made history. Keeping it DIY punk style, Sederra relies on social media and word of mouth to get their name out and around, opting to remain an independent band. No strangers to the stage, Sederra has toured with some of the greatest punk rock bands like Lagwagon, Face To Face, Strung Out, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and more. They show no signs of throwing in the towel, and based on their cryptic posts, they may come out with something big this year. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to their music while we wait for word from the band.
California has a way with bands of many genres. No one can surely pinpoint what causes this phenomenon to occur, but historically, California yields some of the world’s greatest bands. Without exception, the bay area has graced the music world with Comadre. For almost a decade, the same five guys have released a handful of albums and toured in so many different places, leading to the question of why do they not have more fans than they currently do. Largely resembling Kid Dynamite, Comadre utilizes fast-paced riffs to intensify the energy of the venue they play at, while occasionally toning things down for a more melodic sound. Comadre has also seemingly mastered the synergism of instruments, as everything they play just feels right and right in tune. Listen to a single from their album that just released earlier this week to understand what I mean. Listen to how well every instrument fits in with each other. Not many bands can grasp this concept, but luckily, Comadre understands music and has delivered with their new album. Go buy the album and feel the amazement.
3. Touché Amoré
They say that the lyrics to music a person listens to represents everything that person fears vocalizing. If that statement holds validity, I feel confused for the troubled souls that listen to more depressing emo music. Luckily, no one should ever have to feel like that when listening to the post-hardcore sounds of Touché Amoré. As one of the bands responsible for rising with the post-hardcore scene, Touché Amoré wants nothing to do with any screamo labels. Unlike screamo music that talks about love, relationships, and heartbreak, songs by Touché Amoré deal with life situations, such as growing up or dealing with adversities. Refreshingly, punk rock and post-hardcore fans do not want to rock out to songs about love – they care about real life, as real life relates to everyone in the world. Although Touché Amoré has not released a full album in over a year, they recently released a music video, so give it a listen, as fans expect great things to come this year.
2. Fiction Reform
Who said chicks cannot rock? As 7 Seconds puts it in their song, “If we can walk together, why can’t we rock together?” When given the chance and the heart, anyone can accomplish anything. Give a guitar to Brenna Red, and you have the start of an incredible journey leading to the creation of Fiction Reform. Based out of Southern California, Fiction Reform plays catchy tunes with a punk rock influence. One could say their sound closely resembles The Descendents. Although Fiction Reform does not ring too many bells, do not discount them, as they have toured with some of the major names in punk rock, such as Mike Ness from Social Distortion and Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs. Their tour continues on, as they just released an a new album back in November 2012. This year, OC Music Awards has nominated Fiction Reform for the Best Punk category for their effort in getting their latest album out. Still not a believer? Listen to one of their older songs and tell me you do not love this.
1. United Nations
When you combine members of some of the most influential bands of all time into one group, you get more than a supergroup – you end up with a powerviolence group. Constructed with individuals with enough power in the music industry to lead a revolution, United Nations revives the post-hardcore noise bands like Refused and Orchid and channels it into raging outbursts of sound and rock. Performing members wear Ronald Reagan masks because of the band name’s liability, so the masks hide the identities of the performers. However, true music fans cannot stay in the dark forever, so founder Geoff Rickly, former frontman of Thursday, revealed the rotating band roster, which included Glassjaw‘s Daryl Palumbo and Converge‘s Ben Koller. Although United Nations has only released one album since their founding, they recently announced some show dates, possibly hinting at a new album or something else greater. If you live on the east coast, you simply must make it to one of their limited shows to experience this heartpounding show. Listen to a United Nations song, and recognize the sheer musical talent.