10 Post-Rock Bands That You Have To Listen To
What is Post-rock?
Post-rock is a genre best described to be experimental music with the rhythmic involvement of guitars and drums. It follows a more instrumental approach compared to the base rock genre. The systemic timing of instruments and a fusion of electronic is also seen to be incorporated.
Ambient, melodic, gloomy are some of the emotions involved in describing the genre. Most often than not post-rock uses vocals to create an artistic visualization to represent a form of a musical painting.
If you love combining thoughts with music and creating a visual representation then post-rock is a genre to be included in your playlist. It can entirely capture your mind and sway your soul to a form of gravitating addiction towards it.
1. God is an Astronaut
Without a doubt, one of the most ambient bands in the genre. Their music is extremely atmospheric and intense. Despite being over 12 years in the genre, they have stuck to their roots and have produced a consistent sound.
The Irish-based band creates melancholy, into the darkest corners of your mind.
All is Violent, All is Bright (album) by God is an Astronaut
2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
A Canadian band, that has been extremely influential in contributing to the post-rock genre. Bleak and Riveting, they have been known to be extremely artistic in their live performances to create an enigmatic stage presence that is truly breath-taking.
East Hastings by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
3. Collapse Under the Empire
A German post-rock band that is known for their heavy use of electronic synth fused with lengthy guitar riffs. They have a melancholic feel to their music incorporating their own unique touch to the genre.
Quiet Dimension by Collapse Under the Empire
4. Sigur Ros
Probably, the most popular post-rock band on the list. Captivating and beautiful vocals mixed with the serene instrumentals make you wish you were at the backdrop of a sunset on a cold and pleasant evening. A fluid sounding melodic group that you get addicted to with each passing song you hear.
Olsen Olsen by Sigur Ros
5. Explosions in the Sky
Another popular post-rock band with a history to experiment with their sound. They have somewhat changed their sound altogether since the first album. Nonetheless, their music is known for a soothing and varying degree of guitar work implemented into the style.
Your Hand In Mine by Explosions in the Sky
A lesser known, New Zealand based, post-rock band which incorporates slow and steady guitar and drum work to string together their music. A focus on a mix of atmospheric and dark theme forms the base of their music.
Blind them with science by Jakob
7. If These Trees Could Talk
If progressive metal fused with post-rock, the end result would be "If These Trees Could Talk". They have a unique theme of infusing progressive elements into their riffs and try to sound different but potent at the same time. Some of their music appeal to a varied audience as compared to just post-rock fans.
Red Forest (Album) by If These Trees Could Talk
Slow and upbeat with an intricate sound for melody describe Tortoise, an American post-rock band that dabbles in indie, jazz and electronica to get a fresh experimental feel of the sub-genre.
They have had their roots in the music industry since 1990, making them a sort of an influence to other popular sub-genres including post-rock.
Millions now living will never die (album) by Tortoise
Popular with most post-rock fans. Mogwai has a tinge of everything to offer from melancholy to uplifting, from sorrow to delight, from light to dark. Their music keeps on engaging different emotions as you progress within it.
Fans of The Cure, Joy Division will find a lot of hidden influence within. Accompanied with clear vocals, this band from Scotland has a lot to offer to the genre.
Les Revenants (album) by Mogwai
Mono is as straightforward as they come. It aims to root itself deeply in the genre by showcasing a form similarly found in other bands concerning the same genre which is a blend of instrumentals with a mixture of riffs and the occasional shift in melody. The use of pianos and string instruments is a signature theme.
The band, based off of Japan has had quite a remarkable journey as far as its transition is concerned, that is it has achieved a rather large success compared to other bands of the same genre in the least time.
Hymn to the immortal wind (album) by MONO
And Last but not the least....
..post-rock is a metal for the mind and although it might not share the same success of other sub-genres of metal, it is quite fit for a relaxing walk by the countryside and lets your mind travel to all dimensions.
If you do enjoy the following posted links, please do support the bands by purchasing their copy as it would help them immensely in keeping the post-rock genre alive.
Thank you for taking the time to read the article. And remember Music feeds the soul.
© 2016 Pavan Punja