New Rock Bands | Rock bands perpetuate the genre

It seems that every few years there is a debate, often caused by TO KISS singer Gene Simmons, whether or not oscillate the music is dead.

Simmons specifically pointed to many factors that he says have “killed” rock music, such as record companies in 2014. More recently he blamed streaming services like Spotify for the supposed demise of the genre.

Read more: 10 bonus tracks from the 2000s that should have been on the album

However, the debate still receives backlash because it ignores all the bands that put out great music, not just making rock music, but expanding the boundaries of what it can be.

To prove that rock is alive and well, at least as far as we’re concerned, here are 10 new bands that prove the genre isn’t dead.

young culture

pop punk unity young culture from Albany, New York, are the product of three childhood friends who reunited after years apart because of their love of music. Last year, the trio released their self-titled debut album which feels like old-school pop punk meets the 1975, which can be heard in tracks such as “Better Off As Friends” and “Fantasy”.

Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band

Inasmuch as

Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band prove it progressive rock lives on. The Austin-based band uses strings, keyboards, guitars and other instruments to create music that sounds like a lucid dream. While their only studio album is their 2019 LP, Nightmare forever, we can’t wait to see what they release next.


POVERTY is a modern day rock star, taking pissed off SoundCloud rap and give it a gritty pop-punk twist. He is skilled in both rapping and singing, so songs such as “Hills Have Eyes” (produced by Travis Barker) in relation to “makeup” sounds like the work of two totally different artists. He dropped his first feature film, The breakfast club, in 2020 which combines not only rap and pop punk but also stable emo, dreamy indie and driving pop to create a sound all its own.

Meet me at the altar

Sorry not sorry. We won’t stop spouting Meet me at the altar. They’re changing the rules of pop punk, and they haven’t even released their debut album yet. “Garden” sounds like a Distorted tour anthem with a modern twist, and we won’t be surprised if these ladies become the biggest band on the scene.


Inasmuch as

Based in Brooklyn Superflowering looks like Nirvana meets shoe gaze. They’re a grunge-leaning band through and through – just listen to their latest track “No Name” or their acoustic EP, quarantine dream. And once you hear them, you’ll be just as excited as we are that the quartet will be releasing their debut album very soon.


woo make laid back punk music that isn’t in your face but grabs your attention. The group recalls Iggy Pop and talking heads, which can be heard in their critique of consumerism, “Popshop! They are preparing to release their first EP, Grand National, in April, so there’s a lot to come.

dirty honey

dirty honey create old-school rock ‘n’ roll with a whole new twist. This LA band will fool classic rock fans into thinking they’re a band from the past. However, they only released one EP in 2019 and a few singles more recently. Check out “California Dreamin'” if you need a healthy dose of guitar jams, which looks like it might have been a Guns N’ Roses Track.

like machines

If you are looking for a black sabbath, look no further than like machines. They are not afraid of big guitars, drum solos and shouts from time to time. If you think rock is dead, listen to their 2020 EP, Listen to freedom ring, and come back to us.

coach party

UK based surf rock band Coach Party can be punk and in your face or can create indie tracks that make you want to go straight to the beach. And if that sounds like something you need on your playlist, check out their 2020 EP, party food.


Spyres have only released three singles, and that makes us more excited for what’s to come for the UK-based band. Perfectly blending pop and guitar rock, their latest track “I Don’t Care” oozes youthful angst in the best possible way.

Learn more about Gene Simmons

Since 2014, Gene Simmons sparked a wide debate when he said that oscillate the music is dead. Over the past few weeks, the TO KISS co-singer and bassist revived his controversial claims and caught the attention of many, including Alice Cooper.

Now, SimmonsTO KISS group mate Paul Stanley weighs on the rock is dead debate. In a new interview, the guitarist/co-vocalist explains why he disagrees with Simmons’ take on the state of the genre. In particular, he explains why rock music will never go away for good.

For nearly seven years, Simmons has consistently voiced his belief that rock music is dead. Most recently, in February, he revealed why streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music are responsible for the decline of the genre over the years.

Read more: Alice Cooper disagrees with Gene Simmons’ rock is dead claim — here’s why

In a recent interview with Q104.3 out of the box, Simmons explained that fans’ use of streaming platforms, where musicians are paid little per stream, has greatly affected this new generation of rock artists. As a result, Simmons says new bands can’t survive financially and end up turning away from music to stay afloat.

Now, nearly a month after his last explanation, Simmons is still discussing that rock debate. In a further interview with Consequence of sound, Simmons further explains that the early years of rock were when the genre really flourished.

“I heard a reaction from foo fighters, one of my favorite bands, but you’re kidding yourself,” he says of the comparison. “There are also boy bands: *NSYNC, A direction, BTS and [sarcastically] XYZ, PTA, and good for them that they are successful. Don’t kid yourself. As soon as these girls grow up a bit, it’s going to go away. It’s like sugar: you taste it, it gives you that little boost of energy, then it’s gone forever, and you don’t care. But don’t kid yourself. It’s not the Beatles. They don’t write songs. They don’t play instruments. It’s not that. And we all love Elvis, [but he] never wrote a song in his life. There is nothing that compares to the Beatles.

Read more: Paul Stanley weighs in on Gene Simmons’ claim that rock music is dead

He also reiterates that streaming is to blame for the lost generation of rock musicians. For Simmons, he still believes that file sharing and downloading ultimately caused the demise of the genre.

“It’s not because there’s a lack of talent, but because young people, this kid who lives in his mother’s basement, decided one day that he didn’t want to pay for music,” he continues. “He wanted to upload and share files. And that’s what killed the chances of the next generation of big bands. The fact that the music was free. So these days new bands don’t stand a chance.

Now, Paul Stanley weighs in on the debate. In a recent interview with SiriusXMit is Canada speaks, Stanley explains why he disagrees with his bandmate KISS. For him, he thinks music in general can never really be dead. Although it may go through different eras and changes, it only takes one artist to bring the genre back stronger than it was before.

“I think life, rock, whatever it is, is never a constant,” he says. “Let’s say, for example, if you take someone’s pulse and they’re weak, that doesn’t mean they’re dead. This means the pulse is weak. And that doesn’t mean he won’t come back stronger. I don’t think music can ever be dead. I don’t think bands can be dead, rock can be dead. It only takes someone to turn it back on to the level it reached at some point in the past.

Stanley also addresses Simmons’ view that streaming and file sharing are the cause of the death of rock music. It turns out there are plenty of musicians still making great music despite the popularity of music streaming.

“A computer will never replace real people who make music,” Stanley continues. “People can be in love with it, and it can overshadow the other, but eventually it comes full circle – it all comes back. It’s not going away. It can sleep. But there are bands doing good music.

See more: 16 memorable group photos

[envira-gallery id=”186668″]

Virginia F. Goins