Modern punk-rock bands | First wave punk sounds

Despite what some ICT Tac troll in his aunt’s basement rants incoherently in 2021, punk-rock is by no means dead. It never was, and a sea of ​​incredible bands in its aggressive world are too often overlooked. We are here to remedy that. Whether you’re a punk-rock purist who thinks sex guns Where shock started punk-rock in the UK at the end ’70 or a cool guy from Team NYC with Ramones Where talking heads, you can agree that these 10 fantastic bands hold the first-wave punk-rock flag higher than most.

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Angry Youth Elite

Let’s start with high quality anger. germany Angry Youth Elite personify punk rock and its boisterous, high-spirited community with every word of their band’s name. Formed just three years ago, the socially conscious band echoes both the 70s and the present with every lightning-fast guitar strike. But it’s not just for then and 2021. It’s for every time in between, with heavy influences from black flag (80 years) and bouncing souls (’90) also.

The Anti-Queens

From the first drum hit to the almost immediate gritty yet catchy vocal harmonies, the anti queens are a group that should head to the top of your list of acts to see live when the world reopens. Toronto has a sea of ​​other underrated aggressive acts, but few deserve gold, silver and bronze punk-rock like the Anti-Queens. Discover the 11 titles on their eponym album in the meantime and look forward to its sequel.

Big Joanie

Although the name of the group may sound like a character that was edited from Peewee’s Big Adventure, their music is far from goofy in the best way. Big Joanie label themselves as “Black Feminist Sistah Punk”, and we support a worldwide movement of bands with this description. It’s been a minute since your last LP, Big Joanie, and we can’t wait for more albums. Call from London, indeed. fans of Velvet floor, Richard Hell and CBGB art-rock bands will freak out about Big Joanie.

The Bombpops

Fat Wreck Chords really knows us. Formed in 2007, madly making the San Diego-based band one of the top bands on this list, the Bombpops owe as much to the first wave of punk rock as they do to more recent bands like Chixdiggit! and Teen idols. We are not mad at this melodic resurgence and still affirm that Death at Venice Beach was one of the best punk-rock albums of 2020.

The Dollyrots

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Speaking of an eye-catching degree of ultra-longevity, parents (and married couple rockers) known as the Dollyrots have been perfecting their sweet bubblegum aggression blend for 21 years. Hi Hi Hi. If you dive into the band’s epic and impressive catalog, which includes a string of LPs (including a live record and a Christmas-themed release), EPs, and several quality singles, get ready to become a little super fan. soon after. Does this band stop writing songs? We are not complaining.


San Antonio bands are not popular enough with the public. We said it. However, things are changing for the better with acts such as Fea lead the charge. Part riot grrrl and completely punk rock as fuck, their 2019 LP, No news, is perfect with its title and rocks hard enough for 10 tracks, the longest clocking in at three minutes and 18 seconds. Like the pea without the “P” or the chip without the “L”, FeaThe material is short, not so sweet and will leave a delicious bite to your musical repertoire.

Hands off Gretel

The name Hands off Gretel evokes a violent image of protection in a world of violence, and their music echoes that ethos and spirit to new heights. In a sense, Hands off Gretel sound like an angry rock ‘n’ roll baby living on the streets with three parents: the 1970s, Pixies and Hole. Not a bad place to be. Discover their 2019 album, I want the world, and its mini-sequel in a way, Anger PE, if you want proof.

ace damsel

While ace damselthe name of the group intentionally or not evokes madness Motorhead vibes, the four sisters seem to be fine just shaking shit in the name of tragedy. Imagine a grittier Damone and lots of beer, and you’ll find Maid Of Ace. Their 2020 feature film, live fast or die, is a relentless punk-rock masterpiece filled with youthful exuberance and enough punch to knock their listeners out time and time again.

The Ramonas

How can one create a list of modern acts nodding to first wave punk rock and not include the Ramonas? Spoiler alert: you simply can’t and shouldn’t. A tribute band that also writes its own songs? Incredible. The group’s new 2021 single “From Belgium with love“sounds like a happy mix between the days of cavernous harmonica-laden clubs the Beatles and obviously) Ramones. don’t sleep on the song extremely impressive guitar and bass solo section.

poisonous roses

Let’s finish it off with (by far) the most punk-rock band name listed here: poisonous roses. The power trio do Phoenix’s lush music scene proud on their 2020 EP, I want you. Joan Jett should be so proud too. Hell, as his legacy lives on in a colorful explosion and gnarly scar bite with the Venomous Pinks. Get excited: The band is releasing a new live EP on April 23.

Virginia F. Goins