What post-punk was to the original punk movement, this was to Hardcore Punk
It evolved basically the same way: hardcore bands started experimenting with the basic template, including influences from other genres, and frequently experimenting with loud-soft song structures. Some of these bands included Hüsker Dü
, Meat Puppets
and The Minutemen
. It is mostly considered to have been influenced by hardcore forefathers Black Flag
, who took on influences from various other genres and the use of experimental song structures. Many of them also took influence from the genre of Noise Rock
, such as Big Black and Naked Raygun.
One important scene was concentrated around Washington D.C. and, in particular, Dischord Records, with bands such as Fugazi, Jawbox, Embrace, Shudder to Think, and in particular Rites of Spring. Rites of Spring began using more melodic riffs, shifting song structures and deeply personal lyrics. And in this, a new genre was born - Emo
True post-hardcore lost steam in the early 90's, but emo got more and more popular, with bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker being especially influential and popular. A more aggressive form of emo also developed around San Diego, known as screamo. Yet more subgenres were sprouting up, with post-hardcore bands such as Drive Like Jehu and Shellac and using increasingly complex rhythms and denser, experimental sounds. Math Rock
was born. The genre may have been taken over by emo, but it never really died - some artists who got known through it, such as At the Drive-In and Helmet, crossed over to an Alternative Rock
audience and kept it alive, also crossing it over to a mainstream audience.
Today, with the popularization of Emo
, if a band is described as "post-hardcore" it could mean anything. Usually, modern post-hardcore bands will incorporate more Pop Punk
or Alternative Rock
elements, such as The Used
and My Chemical Romance
. Some modern mainstream Metalcore
bands such as The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice and Men, and Miss May I will also often incorporate post-hardcore elements.
"The Wave" of post-hardcore is a scene gradually building in popularity with bands like Defeater, La Dispute and Touché Amoré. The style harks back to classic post-hardcore as well as elements of math rock, emo, and modern metalcore.
Some bands that formed the first wave of post-hardcore:
- Alternative Rock
- Christian Rock: Quite a few Post-Hardcore and Metalcore bands are this, for whatever reason...
- Harsh Vocals: These occur occasionally, though not to the extent as in Metalcore or Screamo.
- Metal Scream: Sometimes.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Normally, anywhere from a 5 to an 8, with the odd band or song going a bit higher and, rarely, some going lower as well.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Not uncommon in the genre- Meat Puppets, The Minutemen , Hüsker Dü and Fugazi are all pretty good examples, as are more recent bands like The Mars Volta and Coheed and Cambria.
- Noise Rock: Both an influence and a close relative of this genre- the two often overlap (i.e. Unsane, The Jesus Lizard, any band Steve Albini was in...).
- Not Christian Rock: Some bands that use Christian themes resist the Christian Rock stamp.
- Older Than They Think: There are some casual listeners who believe this genre only came into being in the late 90s/early 2000s, when the truth of the matter is that it goes all the way back to the early-mid 80s. Though that can mostly be attributed to the fact that only in the last decade or so have Post-Hardcore bands really experienced commercial success.
- Post-Punk: A pronounced influence on the genre, and some bands (i.e. The Minutemen, Big Black) can be thought of as both. There are also Post-Hardcore bands such as The Dismemberment Plan and Six Finger Satellite who helped kickstart the whole Dance-Punk / Post-Punk Revival genres.
- Spin-Off: Both Math Rock and Emo are this to Post-Hardcore. In the case of the latter, it's also a More Popular Spin Off.
- Straight Edge: There are a few Post-Hardcore bands such as Fugazi who advocate this.
- Trope Codifier: Probably Fugazi, as far as many people are concerned. It helps that Ian Mackaye, who's their lead singer, also runs Dischord Records, which is a key label in the genre's history and has released records by many of the genre's important bands (i.e. Rites of Spring, Embrace, Jawbox, Shudder To Think, etc.).
- Trope Maker: Bands like Big Black, Naked Raygun, Squirrel Bait, Hüsker Dü and The Minutemen are all good candidates.