The term "dance-punk" was first used in the early 80s (possibly in Great Britain) to describe punk groups with a more rhythmic tempo which made it easier to dance to. Dance-punk bands had influences from disco, funk, and other dance music styles popular at the time. As EDM
became popular in the 80s and 90s, some punk and post-punk bands became influenced by this genre. Around this time, the few (if any) dance punk like bands were labeled punk-funk. All of this lead to the dance punk of today, spearheaded by LCD Soundsystem
, Death from Above 1979, The Rapture, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
, and many others.
A recent British off-shoot of this branch is the newly-coined term "new rave." This genre includes such acts as Klaxons
and New Young Pony Club
. It has been suggested, however, that new rave is the invention of British publication NME (and others). Indeed, it is questionable whether or not there is an appreciable difference between new rave and dance-punk.
In the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness
, they typically go to level 3 (Hot Chip, !!!)-4 (LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture), although the highest reached was 5 with Death from Above 1979
- !!! (read that as Chk chk chk, or any syllable repeated thrice) is widely regarded as the US's perfect weapon for dance-punk of the post LCD era. They are now the leading group in the genre after LCD Soundsystem's breakup.
- Brainiac (an early, rather noisy example)
- Death from Above 1979 is a Canadian band which mixed this with noise rock and punk music, creating a sound which is generally Darker and Edgier than most dance-punk. Their fandom has a Fandom Rivalry with LCD Soundsystem's one.
- Digitalism Is an electro-house group with strong influences of this.
- The Dismemberment Plan combine this with Post-Hardcore.
- Does It Offend You, Yeah?
- Doll Factory
- Electric Six
- Fake Shark - Real Zombie!
- Foals (also Math Rock)
- Franz Ferdinand is a mixture between this and standard dance-rock.
- Friends (New York band from Brooklyn, not Greenwich Village)
- Gang of Four is the Trope Maker
- The boy band Hot Chip is this fused with british pop.
- The Killers (they play a mixture of this and more typical dance-rock (with some Heartland influences) similar to Franz Ferdinand.)
- LCD Soundsystem is considered by many to be the modern defining artist of the genre.
- Le Tigre
- MSTRKRFT is a side project of Death from Above 1979 guitarist Jesse F. Keeler, and, like many recent Electronic Music groups, mixes this with electro-house music.
- My Chemical Romance mostly post-hardcore and Emo but switched to a mix of this genre and Pop punk on their final album
- Out Hud
- The Pop Group (another early example like Gang of Four)
- Q And Not U (who combine it with Math Rock)
- The Rapture
- Six Finger Satellite (another one who combine it with Post-Hardcore)
- Sleigh Bells utilizes this genre quite often. This is particularly evident in songs such as "Riot Rhythm", "Tell 'Em" and "Crown on the Ground".
- Some of Soulwax's albums could be considered this, particularly Any Minute Now and its remix album Nite Versions.
- Two Door Cinema Club
- We Are Scientists
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs could take some credit for helping revitalize the genre in the 21st century.