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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

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

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

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

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

Shopping

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

yeah!

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

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

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

No FACS???

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

I should have included shopping

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

iceage have also improved a lot

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

voting for black country, new road to annoy imago

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

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that band

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

Tropical fuck storm and viagra boys

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

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

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

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

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

great list of all-time terrible band names

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

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

flopson, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:26 (six 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 (five 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 (five 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 (four months ago) link

2021 - the year postpunk broke

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

new iceage good

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

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

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

oh durr

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

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

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

well yes

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

Enjoyed Katie Alice Greer's singing (Priests)

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

^^^

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

Squid - Bright Green Field (Warp 2021)

there is a squid thread fyi

ufo, Saturday, 29 May 2021 22:35 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one week ago) link


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