best out of the current-ish crop of post-punk bands people and algorithms keep telling you to listen to

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most of them off the top of my head, but a couple extras I yanked from spotify playlists and a couple (girl friday, goat girl, metz) that are stretching the definition a teensy bit but it's fine cause they're cool and good. amyl and the sniffers are pretty much just punk rock but they're pretty tied into a couple bands here so they get to join the party. iceage and protomartyr have been around a minute but have really had an uptick in the last couple years so they get to hang too.

for bonus points figure out which one I made up. sorry if I missed anyone obvious

Poll Results

OptionVotes
tropical fuck storm 8
slum of legs 7
protomartyr 7
algiers 7
girl band 5
black midi 4
fontaines dc 3
idles 3
iceage 2
fat white family 1
squid 1
back country, new road 1
goat girl 1
metz 1
girl friday 0
beige banquet 0
viagra boys 0
dry cleaning 0
hmltd 0
shame 0
porridge radio 0
preoccupations 0


stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:30 (eleven months ago) link

also it's kinda fuckin....eyebrow raising that algiers aren't on spotify's big post-punk playlist cause their "fans also like" artists are....preoccupations, iceage, girl band, hmltd, shame, and protomartyr lol

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:33 (eleven months ago) link

Protomartyr - honorable mention to Slum of Legs, Metz, & TFS.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:34 (eleven months ago) link

halfway through the HMLTD and can't tell if this is terrible or kind of compellingly wacky, but I think it's probably the former

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:39 (eleven months ago) link

Have enjoyed: Girl Friday, Goat Girl, Protomartyr, Iceage, Slum of Legs. I'd say Girl Friday take it on "Decoration/Currency" alone but wasn't too sure about last year's album, I should try it again.

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:47 (eleven months ago) link

porridge radio are also pretty much just indie rock with a dollop of extra noise but that album of theirs sounds like a big spiky hug to me rn

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:53 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE7vLPSfw6Q

Bee OK, Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:03 (eleven months ago) link

Shopping

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:35 (eleven months ago) link

yeah!

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:49 (eleven months ago) link

of these Viagra Boys, Dry Cleaning at the top

Priests (RIP), Lithics, Nots would be in the running if listed

I saw Protomartyr before they caught any buzz, they sounded like a photocopy of Interpol then. Have struggled to give them a fair shot since.

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Thursday, 25 February 2021 07:11 (eleven months ago) link

good poll, but no one is out there saying "listen to preoccupations" i don't think

which is too bad, they may be the best of this bunch

Lithics is a good call

Sweeping Promises, too

wish Flasher would re-emerge

alpine static, Thursday, 25 February 2021 08:26 (eleven months ago) link

I like a good bunch of the bands in this list.

The one Squid song I’ve heard (“Narrator”) bodes really well for their album coming out on Warp. It starts out like a facsimile of Pop Group or maybe more the Rapture, but it starts melting into something quite different a few minutes in.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 08:38 (eleven months ago) link

So much genuinely terrible music in this poll

Slum Of Legs genuinely in the top 3 here but had to vote TFS

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 11:23 (eleven months ago) link

Algiers rounding out said top 3. I could do without the rest frankly

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 11:24 (eleven months ago) link

No FACS???

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:07 (eleven months ago) link

they are better than at least half these bands easy

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:09 (eleven months ago) link

of these Tropical Fuck Storm easy

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:10 (eleven months ago) link

facs ate cool but too arty and hip for this list

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:12 (eleven months ago) link

@milo protomartyr have improved mightily, check out their most recent one if you get a chance

priests broke up??

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:14 (eleven months ago) link

I should have included shopping

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:15 (eleven months ago) link

good poll, but no one is out there saying "listen to preoccupations" i don't think

no but algorithms are! they show up in recommendations/"if you like [this] try preoccupations!" pretty much constantly. I like them (they have a few *great* songs) but I still think of them as the meat-and-potatoes version of Women

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:19 (eleven months ago) link

TFS, Slum of Legs, Iceage and Protomartyr would be my top 4. It’s a toss-up between the first two.

pomenitul, Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:27 (eleven months ago) link

And I wanna use this space to say that lj’s RYM review of BCNR is furiously otm.

pomenitul, Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:29 (eleven months ago) link

iceage have also improved a lot

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:35 (eleven months ago) link

I haven't made up my mind about BCNR so maybe lj's review will help lol

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:36 (eleven months ago) link

also only just now realized I fucked up their name in this poll but honestly it's their fault for picking it

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:37 (eleven months ago) link

voting for black country, new road to annoy imago

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:38 (eleven months ago) link

nah, in seriousness I’ll probably vote for protomartyr for doing it and doing it well for years, and for making strides with each release

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:40 (eleven months ago) link

agree that porridge radio likely doesn’t fit here, and idles/fontaines are the ones for who i do not get the hype at all

little johnny juul (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 February 2021 13:45 (eleven months ago) link

viagra boys
protomartyr
algiers
slum of legs
idles

^^^ the bands on this list I currently listen to

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

preoccupations might be a measurably bigger deal now if they hadn't shot themselves in the foot with their silly former name, under which they released most of their best songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOLIHJKCu8M

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:53 (eleven months ago) link

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that band

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:55 (eleven months ago) link

I saw the show where they didn't have a name, we'd gotten tickets then the thing blew up and the hmong student association at the university of mn was going to picket it, they had already announced that they were doing away with the name but hadn't gotten a new one yet so the whole vibe was really weird

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

Voted Tropical Fuck Storm with Fontaines DC as runner up, but lots of these are very good - most recently was checking out Dry Cleaning and am on the fence about the sprake/sing vibe but the music is top notch.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:06 (eleven months ago) link

I confess I don't get shame, idles or fontaines dc at all. fat white family have an incredibly off-putting name but I enjoy their absurd beefs (I honestly wish bands would start more beefs) and a few of their songs

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:08 (eleven months ago) link

Tropical fuck storm and viagra boys

flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:09 (eleven months ago) link

fat white family <<<<<<<< the moonlandingz

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:09 (eleven months ago) link

I should have put sleaford mods in here just to be a prick

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

Imperial Wax (the band the final Fall lineup became) knock spots off most of these, their album is really really good imo

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

https://imperial-wax.bandcamp.com/album/gastwerk-saboteurs

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

I've listened the most to Black Midi and they're the only one I've seen, so voted for them. They're soooo young though, I feel like they're either going to become something amazing or break up and do other things.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:12 (eleven months ago) link

of these bands I've seen black midi, protomartyr, algiers, tropical fuck storm, iceage and metz live - none improved on their studio work, tbh, except for metz. watching franklin play and sing in algiers was thrilling but unfortunately his voice was pretty shot by the time they got here.

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:17 (eleven months ago) link

black midi are undeniably extremely talented lads but I agree w/ yr sense, Jordan, that their best work is still to come in one form or another

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:18 (eleven months ago) link

Shopping

― change display name (Jordan), Thursday, February 25, 2021 5:35 AM (ten hours ago)

^^^^^^^^^^ 100% ^^^^^^^^^^

emil.y, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:21 (eleven months ago) link

i like some of these bands quite a bit but there’s something about just about all of them (and they do have a pretty consistent sound right?) that i can’t describe but that is missing some crucial ingredient that makes a lot of the early post punk records pop to me. feels a bit rigid and texturally less raw or something

flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:21 (eleven months ago) link

great list of all-time terrible band names

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:24 (eleven months ago) link

I feel like this list kinda covers the "dudely post-punk with press attention" more than the viciously feminist/queercore underground stuff? Surprised Crack Cloud aren't on here, tbh (a band I do not dislike but find it a bit bewildering how loved they are as everything is so smooooooth and perfectly rendered).

emil.y, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:25 (eleven months ago) link

i feel like band name and quality of music are actually inversely related here lol

flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:25 (eleven months ago) link

I would like to know if pfizer are secretly funding viagra boys

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:25 (eleven months ago) link

xp- i’d rate crack cloud above this whole list

flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:26 (eleven months ago) link

I feel like this list kinda covers the "dudely post-punk with press attention" more than the viciously feminist/queercore underground stuff?

I did my best to diversify so it wasn't TOO dudely but I was wary of going too cool or punk. I confess I haven't heard crack cloud who I assumed were chris crack's posse

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:28 (eleven months ago) link

I should also clarify by "did my best" I mean "did my best within the 10-minute timespan between thinking of and then starting this poll"

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:29 (eleven months ago) link

i like some of these bands quite a bit but there’s something about just about all of them (and they do have a pretty consistent sound right?) that i can’t describe but that is missing some crucial ingredient that makes a lot of the early post punk records pop to me. feels a bit rigid and texturally less raw or something

I suspect this is 50% due to changes in production over the decades and 50% due to close familiarity/association with the original texts

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:31 (eleven months ago) link

What happened to Savages, are they still a thing?

This scene isn't my area of expertise, I like finding examples I click with though, and one of my friends is always sending me his new finds.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:31 (eleven months ago) link

I think it's more just like, back when we were playing shows, everyone who we'd play with was firmly aboard the "fuck Idles/FWF" train, ha.

emil.y, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:32 (eleven months ago) link

What happened to Savages, are they still a thing?

I almost included them but it's been, what, four years since Adore Life? I gather they're just off doing their own things for a bit. their first album is one of the most shameless post-punk excavation albums for sure (I like it a lot)

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:37 (eleven months ago) link

it’s a great poll imho

flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:38 (eleven months ago) link

I need someone who's not me to listen to the HMLTD album to confirm I did not hallucinate that a new band is seemingly trying to sound like the dresden dolls

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:43 (eleven months ago) link

Feel like I would vote Protomartyr out of those listed, because they've had quite a few killer records.

I like Black Midi and Black Country, New Road, but I wouldn't really classify either of those as post-punk.

I dug the one Idles record I heard, but I feel like they are a band that you really only ever need one album by.

Digging the new Goat Girl, way more of a Stereolab vibe than I expected.

Forgot about the new Shame record, remember liking the debut.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:56 (eleven months ago) link

feel like Goat Girl and Tropical Fuck Storm feel more rooted in the 90s than the early 80s UK

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:06 (eleven months ago) link

the best of these end up as a slurry of 1978-1992 IMO

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:27 (eleven months ago) link

(which is why I'd throw Sleaford Mods in here with the touchstones of MES and RZA)

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:28 (eleven months ago) link

i could see Sleaford Mods in there, if anything just because this grouping of bands is related as much on a shared audience than anything else

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:36 (eleven months ago) link

Are Yard Act another one of these bands? They seem to be on 6Music a lot (based on the 30-45mins of 6Music I hear in any given day).

I think I've only heard about half of these. Voted for Tropical Fuck Storm but I do like that latest Goat Girl album a lot.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:41 (eleven months ago) link

priests broke up??

last January IIRC

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:52 (eleven months ago) link

Total Control another omission imo. They briefly had some hype, albeit not as much as they deserved

imago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:57 (eleven months ago) link

that's too bad re priests...I saw them a couple years back w snail mail as the openers, and when priests went on snail mail were headbanging at the side of the lil stage. it was adorable

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:01 (eleven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:01 (ten months ago) link

1. algiers
2. tfs

is pretty easy for me

ufo, Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:10 (ten months ago) link

heard a fontaines dc song on the radio, they have heard the fall!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:32 (ten months ago) link

Yep, Total Control is quite the omission. Henge Beat such a great record.

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:33 (ten months ago) link

Their last LP came out back in 2017, is why they didn't occur to me

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:39 (ten months ago) link

Carpet Rash and Love Performance two of the best post-punk songs of the last ten years for sure

imago, Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:41 (ten months ago) link

who do you blame for Fat White Family?

calzino, Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:49 (ten months ago) link

Ought should be on here. I really like Ought

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:58 (ten months ago) link

dead to me since they left constellation for merge

(not really, the last album just didn't click for me.)

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 11 March 2021 02:48 (ten months ago) link

I voted Black Midi because I momentarily thought I was voting for Dawn of Midi

eisimpleir (crüt), Thursday, 11 March 2021 03:03 (ten months ago) link

There are some bands on that list that I really, absolutely fucking adore:

girl band
preoccupations
iceage
idles

I was fortunate enough to see Girl Band play with Preoccupations (when they were Viet Cong) and Preoccupations support Idles. I also saw Iceage play in a church basement and a West Philly house show.

So this is tough... The Viet Cong debut is my favorite album by the bunch but Idles has been more consistent throughout their albums so I guess I'll go with them.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 11 March 2021 04:16 (ten months ago) link

Write-in for Omni

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 11 March 2021 04:55 (ten months ago) link

ended up voting Algiers by a hair - TFS and Protomartyr worthy runners-up. honestly there aren't many bands here I actively dislike

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 11 March 2021 05:02 (ten months ago) link

oh shit, Omni rules

alpine static, Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:03 (ten months ago) link

did anyone ever guess the made-up one, Simon? is it beige banquet?

alpine static, Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:04 (ten months ago) link

no they're all real I was just being a dick

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 11 March 2021 13:40 (ten months ago) link

i think i wound up voting for girl band cause i respect how dedicated they are to punishing you with noise and drone, making you work for the scant moments of loveliness

caek or daeth (voodoo chili), Thursday, 11 March 2021 14:31 (ten months ago) link

yeah I do admire that as well, basically no concessions to a potentially wider audience

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 11 March 2021 14:37 (ten months ago) link

Surprised Crack Cloud aren't on here, tbh (a band I do not dislike but find it a bit bewildering how loved they are as everything is so smooooooth and perfectly rendered).

Lol CC really is about as cool as a band can get suffering from a potentially debilitating Gorillaz influence

more haim than good (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 11 March 2021 15:38 (ten months ago) link

Most of these are bands I was really excited about when I first read about them but none of them really did it for me, with the exception of Protomartyr, so I'm voting for them (I might have voted for Shopping had they been included).

Dinsdale, Thursday, 11 March 2021 21:42 (ten months ago) link

i think this is protomartyr vs. girl band for me and picking one between those two is v v difficult

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 March 2021 21:43 (ten months ago) link

the made up one is obviously back country, new road

ufo, Thursday, 11 March 2021 21:48 (ten months ago) link

if only

imago, Thursday, 11 March 2021 21:49 (ten months ago) link

i voted for protomartyr. i appreciate that they found their sound right away and have stuck with it with only minor modifications (eg the subtle extra instrumentation on the newest album). iceage and tropical fuck storm would be my backups.
i also want to say i appreciate that this poll mostly stayed away from the "post-punk = sounds exactly like joy division" trend.

na (NA), Thursday, 11 March 2021 21:52 (ten months ago) link

brad i didn't even know you rated protomartyr!

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 11 March 2021 22:21 (ten months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 12 March 2021 00:01 (ten months ago) link

get rekt

imago, Friday, 12 March 2021 00:06 (ten months ago) link

excellent top 5 imho

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 12 March 2021 00:08 (ten months ago) link

my gradient of approval matches these results pretty accurately lol

imago, Friday, 12 March 2021 00:10 (ten months ago) link

brad i didn't even know you rated protomartyr!

― intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, March 11, 2021 3:21 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

i saw them at cmj many years ago and was an instant convert

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 12 March 2021 00:11 (ten months ago) link

guess I forgot to vote for Girl Friday :(

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Friday, 12 March 2021 01:14 (ten months ago) link

no horse in the race but - palberta?

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 12 March 2021 01:22 (ten months ago) link

just thought of warpaint maybe they should have been an option

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 12 March 2021 01:31 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

the new dry cleaning album is very good

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 15:30 (nine months ago) link

i remember liking the EP but the LP is hitting harder

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 15:30 (nine months ago) link

ymmv depending on your tolerance for wordy spoken vocals

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 15:34 (nine months ago) link

i'm late to the party but speaking of wordy spoken vocals i feel like i should mention Parquet Courts... and idk if Deli Girls is to heavy for the thread but they're rad too.

what's the dry cleaning album sound like? that is an A+ very good boring band name.

davey, Monday, 5 April 2021 15:35 (nine months ago) link

oh wait it sounds like wordy spoken vocals, i might check that out

davey, Monday, 5 April 2021 15:35 (nine months ago) link

It sounds like Life Without Buildings

enochroot, Monday, 5 April 2021 19:51 (nine months ago) link

aren't the vocals in LWB a lot more animated? i never listened to them much

na (NA), Monday, 5 April 2021 19:55 (nine months ago) link

yeah the vox here are not just spoken, they're sort of...maybe not outright indifferent, but drained of any sort of animation. I get that that's what they're going for and it kinda works on a couple songs but I find it wearisome over a whole LP.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 02:34 (nine months ago) link

I double-checked to make sure, and yep: the quotidian consumer junk dancing in montage to "Magic of Meghan" still enchants. (This is, mind you, a two-days-old discovery for me.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRbpWEXkBic

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:22 (nine months ago) link

i wish Wilderness was around they were fit well

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 03:23 (nine months ago) link

enjoying Dry Cleaning maybe? finding the guitars much more of a draw than the vocalist mind

imago, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 10:27 (nine months ago) link

wilderness was awesome

na (NA), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 12:58 (nine months ago) link

i'm late to the party but speaking of wordy spoken vocals i feel like i should mention Parquet Courts...

― davey, Monday, April 5, 2021 11:35 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

something i would not have anticipated ten years ago is parquet courts becoming one of the most influential bands; every local scene has like 3-5 bands who sound just like them

flopson, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:10 (nine months ago) link

I'm surprised Cabbage haven't been mentioned. Feel like they were on the verge of breaking through a couple of years ago. They weren't great.

I haven't heard every band on the list, but a lot of them don't do anything for me. Idles and the accompanying hype in particular I find very tiresome. A lot of these bands I just find myself wishing I was listening to Art Brut instead. They had the tunes and a cleverness that I just don't get from most of these acts. If Art Brut were just starting out now I probably wouldn't have much interest in them, but at the time they sounded fresh and it was easy to connect with them.

I loved that last Porridge Radio album and the new Goat Girl is one of the best albums of the year so far. I would have voted for one of them if I'd seen the poll in time. I'm still working out the Dry Cleaning album. Florence's vocals and lyrics sell it well, although I do sometimes wish the music was a little more compelling. Half way through I find myself losing interest a bit even though I do like the guitar sounds they use. There's definitely something there though. I've always wanted another band who come close to what Life Without Buildings did and at times I can hear some of that in Dry Cleaning.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 14:27 (nine months ago) link

I've always wanted another band who come close to what Life Without Buildings did

Have you tried Drahla? They remind me of LWB, but noisier and saxophonier (and better imo!)

salsa shark, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 18:02 (nine months ago) link

I haven't no. I'll check them out. Thanks for the tip!

kitchen person, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 18:56 (nine months ago) link

This video was my first exposure to Post punk band Dry Cleaning. Yep, they’ve got the formula down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PuqlOTyJt0

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 22:01 (nine months ago) link

the notion that for her merits she is even in the same ballpark as sue tompkins is grandly calumnous tbh

imago, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 23:04 (nine months ago) link

A lot of these bands I just find myself wishing I was listening to Art Brut instead.

Have you tried Yard Act? You won't know you're not listening to Art Brut instead.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 23:59 (nine months ago) link

Ha, I just listened to a Yard Act song. I get what you mean. There's another band called Sports Team who do a similar thing. They almost had a number one album last year! I didn't realise just how many of these bands there were now.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 02:38 (nine months ago) link

I was told there are no more bands! and yet here there are so many, right in one thread

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 02:41 (nine months ago) link

Who will do the Landfill Post-Punk thinkpiece in six months?

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 05:03 (nine months ago) link

Ha, didn't see this poll previously, but Tropical Fuck Storm are totally a band that was recommended to me by a spotify algorithm and that I thought "Hey, these guys are pretty good!"

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 05:09 (nine months ago) link

That's because unlike most of the bands here, they do their own thing and don't sound like Ought

imago, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 08:56 (nine months ago) link

, who are themselves derivative and dull

imago, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 08:57 (nine months ago) link

Metz is a weird inclusion here? post-grungey band on subpop and their debut was 9 years ago...
I guess Ice Age fit the sound somewhat too, but again their debut was a decade ago.

Viagra Boys are a lot of fun live, but both live and on record i'm still just wishing it was some new Pissed Jeans

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 09:35 (nine months ago) link

I was told there are no more bands! and yet here there are so many, right in one thread


That’s all of them. All the bands.

In on the killfile (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 13:25 (nine months ago) link

one local band I always thought was brilliant and never got its due was Brute Heart, but they were more i guess post punk in the slits/young marble giants way...but also very original they had their own sound, loved this band so much

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T1bjAsFNmg

was just going through a bunch of old records, Mother of Fire was great too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfNyUnBCOk8

more violins in post punk!!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 13:51 (nine months ago) link

I don't mind Viagra Boys...but in 2021 I'm not listening to an album called "Welfare Jazz" by a band called "Viagra Boys"

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 13:52 (nine months ago) link

look buddy if I had to dodge all the bands with dumb names I wouldn't listen to anyone

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 14:07 (nine months ago) link

it's more welfare jazz that gives me a vibe I don't like

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 14:13 (nine months ago) link

I listened to a small clip of Dry Cleaning the other day and I remember suddenly wanting to listen to Animals That Swim?

Evan, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 15:58 (nine months ago) link

I don't mind Viagra Boys...but in 2021 I'm not listening to an album called "Welfare Jazz" by a band called "Viagra Boys"

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:52 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

otm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 16:01 (nine months ago) link

it’s a good album though

flopson, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:59 (nine months ago) link

Like about 80% of the bands in this thread they are fine

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:18 (nine months ago) link

they’re in my top 2-3 (with tropical fuck storm and dry cleaning) in this list before a big drop. my fav music is like midwestern garage punk and pigfuck styles of obnoxious punk music with dumb band names and jocular humour though

flopson, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 22:59 (nine months ago) link

you ever listen to The Blind Shake?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 23:17 (nine months ago) link

ya! they’re great :) saw em around 2010 with michael yonkers

flopson, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 23:32 (nine months ago) link

it’s p funny that Viagra Boys are swedish . i had assumed australia

flopson, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 23:33 (nine months ago) link

yeah that period when they were working with yonkers was great

tho hope you get to see them without him, they were a lot more restrained w him obv

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:02 (nine months ago) link

like the nicest guys

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:03 (nine months ago) link

my top 4 would be the same as the results just in a different order

I also like Iceage and Metz. liked a couple of songs by Viagra Boys and Fat White Family but not really a fan of either. never heard any of the others.

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:03 (nine months ago) link

oh Amyl & The Sniffers are alright too but Simon forgot to actually include them as a poll option

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:07 (nine months ago) link

oh are they good?

the name made me think there were one of those retro sleaze l.a. punk kinda things

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:15 (nine months ago) link

I actually did listen to and consider them for this poll but they struck me as musically up to something less self-consciously arty than most of these bands

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:20 (nine months ago) link

I'm not sure I would say they were good, but they are alright. only heard a couple of things

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:48 (nine months ago) link

Just catching up on Dry Cleaning, this is nice

Dana Jel Pey (DJP), Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:55 (nine months ago) link

wow way to show off your pandemic privilege

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:05 (nine months ago) link

also fun Australian sort-of-post-punk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j58V2vC9EPc

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:56 (nine months ago) link

it's the anti-"Slack Motherfucker"

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 8 April 2021 14:57 (nine months ago) link

love their album from last year.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 April 2021 15:09 (nine months ago) link

I wouldn't have said either A&TS or The Chats were "post-punk". They're just... rock bands?

emil.y, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:41 (nine months ago) link

more violins in post punk!!
― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown)

You know it!!

emil.y, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:42 (nine months ago) link

^^^ yes!

pomenitul, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:43 (nine months ago) link

yeah I only mentioned them because Simon did in the OP

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:43 (nine months ago) link

I'm fine with calling both bands punk but no, not post-punk by any definition I recognise

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:44 (nine months ago) link

I was going to say punk but then I'm not even sure that The Chats are that. But nah, I guess they are.

emil.y, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:46 (nine months ago) link

I guess The Chats are like the Sham 69 version of punk? That's okay by me.

emil.y, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:47 (nine months ago) link

The Chats are Australia's answer to HMHB

imago, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:48 (nine months ago) link

Last album a blast too yeah

imago, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:48 (nine months ago) link

They’re as post-punk as Idles, which is to say not much but they have elements (groove, MES sprechsang-y bits) that aren’t just ‘punk.’

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:49 (nine months ago) link

I would err toward the broad church when it comes to a genre that fundamentally just means ‘came after the first half of 1978 or so.’

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:52 (nine months ago) link

Not knocking The Chats here (though I'm not into it enough to make it through a whole album, I still get 'Smoko' stuck in my head every now and again), just can't see a world in which they belong to the genre of post-punk, as elastic as that genre might be. It just feels like it doesn't suit either the music or their own intentions.

emil.y, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:55 (nine months ago) link

I also endorse Brute Heart, they were great.

I think “Welfare Jazz” was referring to some Swedish program to provide funding for musicians that was oriented towards classy/respectable styles of music.

JoeStork, Thursday, 8 April 2021 16:55 (nine months ago) link

love "smoko"

The Chats are basically a live band Sleaford Mods

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 April 2021 17:02 (nine months ago) link

more violins in post punk!!
― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown)

sometimes i wonder if slum of legs were aware of king of the slums, another noisy violin wielding indie band also with a bit of a gobby singer, except they were from manchester in the 80s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCZSB_ktU8c

building a hole (NickB), Thursday, 8 April 2021 18:17 (nine months ago) link

We weren't until people started comparing us to them! They're cool, though.

emil.y, Thursday, 8 April 2021 21:54 (nine months ago) link

This is a tangent but I used to see this band The Danglers in tiny coffee shops when I was in high school, playing heavy prog and Slayer covers with a drums/violin/upright bass lineup, and they would absolutely blow my mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCE3-JjK6XM

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 8 April 2021 21:59 (nine months ago) link

really enjoying Dry Cleaning so far, had not been familiar

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 April 2021 18:20 (nine months ago) link

this video of theirs is cool & funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PuqlOTyJt0

na (NA), Monday, 12 April 2021 18:33 (nine months ago) link

Nightshift belongs in this discussion, really like their album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK4PRgbzWPs

bulb after bulb, Monday, 12 April 2021 18:43 (nine months ago) link

Dry Cleaning remind a little bit of the wonderful Slovenly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQJvZJfFKE

Grantman, Monday, 12 April 2021 18:47 (nine months ago) link

I like this Dry Cleaning thing as well. The guitar tone sounds a lot like something that I haven't been able to place so far.

Dinsdale, Monday, 12 April 2021 18:49 (nine months ago) link

For some reason A Frames just popped up on Spotify, now there was a fucking band

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 April 2021 14:43 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

the disconnect between ILM and RYM is quite funny sometimes. folks over there going ham over squid

imago, Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:17 (eight months ago) link

2021 - the year postpunk broke

unknown or illegal user (doo rag), Saturday, 8 May 2021 11:58 (eight months ago) link

new iceage good

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, 8 May 2021 12:28 (eight months ago) link

Listening to Squid, and I think I might really enjoy it if I can ever get past the Big Jesus Trash Can vocals.

The wacky vox was the deal breaker for me with Black Midi too. Much prefer the aloof sing-speak of Shopping.

enochroot, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:59 (eight months ago) link

Much prefer the aloof sing-speak of Shopping Dry Cleaning

(god these are getting tough to keep track of)

enochroot, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 17:05 (eight months ago) link

I can't really take any of these bands too seriously because they don't really transcend any of the many ppl they're ripping off, but that said the new track "Slow" by black midi is a great this heat ripoff

Bongo Jongus, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 17:20 (eight months ago) link

The "aloof sing-speak" over angular post-punk guitars is something I'm running across a lot lately: Fontaine DC, TV Priest and Mini Skirt also do it to varying degrees of success. My blueprint will always be the Blue Aeroplanes, who add more melody to the angular guitars, but these new bands doing it are very enjoyable if not "transcending the people they're ripping off", as Bongo said.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 17:30 (eight months ago) link

guitar tone on the dry cleaning album is very much my shit

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 18:40 (eight months ago) link

None of these artists except the new black midi have made anything as interesting as the stuff The Fall were making right up until MES died

imago, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:10 (eight months ago) link

I daresay no late Fall record is as good as the last Protomartyr album (and I have heard em all), not that they're particularly similar.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:16 (eight months ago) link

I meant in that article which is specifically about the UK bands

imago, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:27 (eight months ago) link

oh durr

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:27 (eight months ago) link

I tried the dry cleaning album a few times but the vocals are...not a dealbreaker exactly but it doesn't seem like the most interesting choice

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:30 (eight months ago) link

Yeah. As I said before, LWB comparisons are a nonsense

imago, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:47 (eight months ago) link

i really like the deadpan voice combined with her abstract/ridiculous lyrics. works for me but obviously won't be everyone's thing.

na (NA), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:55 (eight months ago) link

I do think as far as "trends in indie rock" or whatever go, the results have at least been largely not horrific

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:57 (eight months ago) link

For some reason I like deadpan spoken vocals over dance music (Marie Davidson for ex.) way more than over guitars.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:15 (eight months ago) link

checked out Squid..think it might grow on me? his delivery can be too much but at times it reminded me of my beloved Signal to Trust fucking loved that band

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJyFW-qs_4A

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:16 (eight months ago) link

I know it's a minefield to even bring up the site, but there is definitely something zeitgeist-y going on with this stuff. Black Country, New Road is #3 for the year at RYM and Squid is #1 (BC,NR was #1 for a long time).

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:20 (eight months ago) link

ha yeah with the dry cleaning album i enjoyed the spoken word vocals because they were pretty easy to ignore, didn't distract from the real attraction, which for me, is the guitar

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:27 (eight months ago) link

well yes

imago, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:44 (eight months ago) link

that's the bar for these kinds of bands lol, vocals that aren't actively distracting.

porridge radio and algiers stand out among this particular crowd for having excellent vocalists.

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:54 (eight months ago) link

well, Algiers' vocalist is the main attraction which makes them exceptionally rare!

BCNR and Squid have vocalists that actively infuriate me. black midi vocalist seems to have sorted himself out a bit for the new stuff

imago, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:58 (eight months ago) link

I like the Dry Cleaning vocals but I can't do an entire album at once with it, two or three at a time max.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 20:59 (eight months ago) link

Enjoyed Katie Alice Greer's singing (Priests)

Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:00 (eight months ago) link

I've got a vague thought that Dry Cleaning's guitar remind me of early Suede in a weird way. I can't really articulate what it is, though (in part because I haven't actually heard Suede for ages) but something like ... there's a swagger to Dry Cleaning that could almost be missed in the deadpan-ness, the lyrics declaring "He's a dick".

djh, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:16 (eight months ago) link

Squid singer was a bit much

BCNR's should never be allowed to speak or sing into a microphone for the rest of his life

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:17 (eight months ago) link

(Not sure that makes any sense or is remotely evidence based - but I like seeing how absorbed in playing Dry Cleaning bloke is).

djh, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:17 (eight months ago) link

Bummed that Lithics are opening for Idles but not until the first show after Dallas. I don't think I'll make it to Phoenix for an opener slot.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:21 (eight months ago) link

black midi vocalist seems to have sorted himself out a bit for the new stuff

― imago, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:58 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

haven't heard the new stuff, but his old singing amused me because of how much it reminded me of larry blackmon of cameo

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 22:05 (eight months ago) link

again, i say Flasher is kinda blowing it by not being in the middle of all this.

although

maybe we need a separate thread for, like, the "American post-punk band" thing from 3-5 years ago (Flasher, Omni, Protomartyr, Lithics, Priests) which somehow feels distinct from this weirder(?) Euro strain

(i'm not really suggesting a new thread, i'm just saying they're different)

alpine static, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 01:02 (eight months ago) link

agree

also Tropical Fuck Storm is the best band on this list but probably shouldn't be on it, don't really have much in common

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:11 (eight months ago) link

they are v different but they often show up on the same playlists, recommendations etc

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:23 (eight months ago) link

TFS emerged from the ashes of a 20-year previous band, giving them something of a leg-up, but it's still kind of mad that Liddiard's able to make the wildest music of his life at the age he is

imago, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:25 (eight months ago) link

giving him all the credit is ofc wrong; Dunn especially seems like she has a lot of input in this sound

imago, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:25 (eight months ago) link

BCNR's should never be allowed to speak or sing into a microphone for the rest of his life

he truly takes them over the line from 'eh' to 'horrible'

ufo, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:27 (eight months ago) link

^^^

imago, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:34 (eight months ago) link

like i don't think they really succeed at what they seemed to be going for (a slightly jazzier gy!be? are people really getting excited about post-rock stuff in 2021?) but there's bits and pieces where you can hear some potential, but then his vocals are truly dreadful

ufo, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:38 (eight months ago) link

the disconnect between ILM and RYM is quite funny sometimes. folks over there going ham over squid

I just found out about this album and came to post about it here, thinking it was some hidden treasure for all you weird postpunkzolofreaks. then I find out it's incredibly popular on RYM, #1 for the year with nearly 4000 ratings. I think it's good! vocals like some young Andy/young Colin fusion but I liked the early XTC and I've really dug this so far (I'm a couple songs in)

frogbs, Monday, 17 May 2021 17:55 (eight months ago) link

checked out Squid..think it might grow on me?

I loved them right away, have listened a lot this week. Perfect mix of energy and weirdness and annoying shouty vocals for me.

salsa shark, Saturday, 29 May 2021 14:40 (seven months ago) link

Squid - Bright Green Field (Warp 2021)

there is a squid thread fyi

ufo, Saturday, 29 May 2021 22:35 (seven months ago) link

a friend described dry cleaning as "like the smiths with jo brand replacing morrissey" & i don't think he meant it as a putdown

unknown or illegal user (doo rag), Saturday, 29 May 2021 23:22 (seven months ago) link

they remind me a lot of Elastica, definitely nail the mannerisms and are good but it feels too professional, no weirdness of the original post punk

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 30 May 2021 01:11 (seven months ago) link

though the music doesn't remind me much of the Smiths, like at all

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 30 May 2021 01:17 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

Scratchcard Lanyard has got to be one of the best opening tracks of 2021

(•̪●) (carne asada), Saturday, 7 August 2021 00:43 (five months ago) link

I still don't like Chaise Longue but I get why people do

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Saturday, 7 August 2021 00:56 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

I kinda both do and don't hope "algorithm punk" catches on as a name for this stuff.

Chris L, Thursday, 9 September 2021 05:34 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi8HjWTUqwI

oh bcnr have done something i like somehow. vocalist a lot better in this mode than doing his terrible spoken word-over-post-rock thing

ufo, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:12 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMBS8dfvjog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoVbq1K74f0

dream on, bonny lad. you're not the reincarnation.

maelin, Saturday, 8 January 2022 21:15 (two weeks ago) link


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