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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 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, 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 post-hardcore subgenre was born — Emo.

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"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 and emo.


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  • 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.
  • 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.).

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