How would you define the sound of a “post-something” band? It’s a pretty ambiguous term.
After listening to post-rock bands for many years (think Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai), and later post-punk influenced bands (like The Walkmen), I’ve realized that it doesn’t come down to anything terribly specific. All of these artists are experimental; they’re erasing boundaries and incorporating textures and song structures that wouldn’t ordinarily be found in their respective genres.
Today’s Four on the Floor focuses on a few “post-whatever” bands making the trip to Austin for SXSW 2014.
This French-American post-punk band formed in Los Angeles in 2012 and have released two EPs in that short time (including one on cassette via Burger Records). DTCV has been described as “post-Nico Velvet Underground with Debbie Harry on vocals.”
RIYL: The Breeders, Guided by Voices
This band is a great example of post-rock: rock and roll textures invading orchestral song structures - and no vocals. Bugs of Phonon create a delicate balance between walls of distorted guitars and heavy drums, and serene, melodic passages.
RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, Maserati
Glasgow-based duo Honeyblood are experimental in the way they create big sounds within their minimalist structure - Shona on drums and Stina handling guitar and vocals. Honeyblood recently signed to FatCat Records and released their debut single with the label, “Bud”.
RIYL: Best Coast, PJ Harvey
So we’ve gone through post-rock and post-punk… How about some post-pop? Switching between male and female vocals, Asheville, North Carolina's Alligator Indian owns a sound that is perhaps better described as psychedelic-electronic-pop.
RIYL: Animal Collective, Woodsman
Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.
DTCV photo courtesy of the artist
Bugs of Phonon photo courtesy of the artist
Honeyblood photo courtesy of the artist
Alligator Indian photo courtesy of the artist