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Transcript of Post-Hardcore
Naked Raygun Minor Threat The Effigies
By Jacob Kimber 208071
San Diego Scene 1990s
Post-Hardcore bands started experimenting with synthesizers and screaming lyrics. The music was about creating an emotional connection with the audience especially in live shows. Bands were influenced by the political debates over the cold war and desert storm operation.
"you can listen to a hardcore/punk record in bed but unless you go out and see hardcore/punk bands play you'll never really get what it's all about" - (Interview with band V Revolution 2011)
DC Post-Hardcore Scene 1984-85
After the hardcore scene had ended a new wave hit Washington D.C. with many bands experimenting with the Hardcore template style.
Combining elements of their individuality creating more melodic riffs, lyrics strayed from the typical concerns of social and political dissent.
This new sound was "in fact a good deal more challenging and nuanced than the average three chord speed blur" - (Journalist Steve Huey 2011)
Post-Hardcore developed due to the limitations of hardcore and punk music also the negative stereotyping surrounding these two genres, taking influences from the punk movements however searching for a deeper self expression and connection.
Features of Post-Hardcore music:
- Do It Yourself mentality
- Heavy melodic guitar riffs
- Fast tempos
- Progressive structure (no chorus, or repetitive sections)
- Experimentation with odd lyrics
- "Angry people with something to say" - (James Vitalo 2012)
The San Diego Scene
The VSS Fugazi Heroin
Minor Threat - In My Eyes
The VSS - Lunar Weight
1980s Post Hardcore Albums
Post-Hardcore late 1990s-2000s
Unsane - Committed
Post-Hardcore bands started experimenting with different time signatures and dramatic tempo and key changes.
The scenes started to lose guitar melodic riffs and changed to heavily distorted percussive rhythms.
Bands explored sounds that created a chaotic sound focusing on dissonant chords and unclean vocal lines either spoken or screamed.
1990s Post-Hardcore Albums
Post-Hardcore Albums 2000s-Present
Every Time I Die - Wanderlust
Post-Hardcore music is still being created today. Usually referred to as Emo or Screamo music.
Vocal lines are predominately screamed or spoken focusing on poetic content than a melody line.
Post-Hardcore inspired Mathcore, Math Rock, Noise Rock, Crunkcore, Electronicore, Emocore Nintendocore (8-bit metal)
Emery - Butcher's Mouth
Bands signed with Touch and Go
With the new millennium brought new inspiration to post-hardcore bands. They started incorporating dance music beats and rhythms as well as progressive rock riffs sometimes using electronic drum kits and synthesizers to create a new and different feel to the genre. Bands included At the Drive-In, Emery, Les Savy Fav, Dismemberment Plan, Fall of Troy
Touch and Go Records 1987+
In north west America a different scene was created, bands were focused on being the loudest and very precise timing these scene of Post-Hardcore is less accepted however influenced the creation of the genres math rock and noise rock.
Arcwelder Shellac Silverfish
Dischord Records 1985s+
During 1985 Dischord Records -signed many bands hoping to create a new more acceptable wave of punk/hardcore, breaking free from the confines and limitations of both genres. Focusing on bands who had a high lyrical focus on meaning, but also with knowledge of melody and rhythm, with the power of hardcore. This music became “Emocore”