Post-punk

Post-punk is a rock music genre that paralleled and emerged from the initial punk rock explosion of the late 1970s. It is more experimental form of punk due to the great influence by krautrock (Neu!, Can), dub, funk, disco, experimental albums by David Bowie, and electronic compositions by Kraftwerk.

Birth: 1977 Bloom: 1979

Public Image Ltd`s debut album of 1978 is considered to be the first and one of the most influential albums alongside Iggy Pop`s album «The Idiot» (produced by Bowie) which was released in 1977. Underground critics say that the album had post-punk`s features such as machine like rhythms, deep saturated bass, and low vocals.

Post-punk is characterized by monotonous rhythm with the emphasis on bass and drums, depressive lyrics with philosophical context. Music by bands such as Joy Division, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, and The Sisters of Mercy gave a birth to a new genre – gothic rock.

The second wave of post-punk was based on the post-punk heritage (Killing Joke, Wire) in a combination with new wave, and industrial – the usage of electronic instruments. Melodious electronic post-punk (Depeche Mode) almost didn`t differ from new wave electro-pop bands. Alternative music was developed due to Chrome, Clock DVA, D.A.F.. Fad Gadget was one of the most influential underground artists of the 1980s, he used to record industrial post-punk music.

Melodic post-punk became the basement for a new movement called shoegazing that emerged in the mid-80s.

Also read: Industrial, Gothic Rock

Umbrellate style: Rock

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