Post-punk revival

Post-punk revival (also known as garage rock revival,[1][2] new wave revival,[3] and new rock revolution[4][2]) is a genre of indie rock that emerged in the early 2000s as musicians started to play a stripped down and back-to-basics version of guitar rock emerged into the mainstream. Inspired by the original sounds and aesthetics of garage rock, new wave and post-punk.[3][1] The music ranged from the atonal tracks, to melodic pop songs and popularised distorted guitar sounds.

Bands shared an emphasis on energetic live performance and used aesthetics (in hair and clothes) closely aligned with their fans, often drawing on fashion of the 1950s and 1960s, with "skinny ties, white belts [and] shag haircuts". There was an emphasis on "rock authenticity" that was seen as a reaction to the commercialism of MTV-oriented nu metal, hip hop and "bland" post-Britpop groups.

The commercial breakthrough of the genre came with the release of; The Strokes' Is This It which debuted at No. 2 in the UK and cracked the Top 50 in America and The White Stripes' White Blood Cells which charted decently in both the US and the UK, as well as spawning two transatlantic Top 25 singles.


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