the shape of punk

the shape of punk

The Locust's Bugged-Out Debut Made Hardcore Way Weirder

Twenty years ago, the noisy San Diego band used insect imagery and sci-fi undertones to challenge perceptions of what a hardcore band should sound and look like.
David Anthony
11.27.18
the shape of punk

With 'Goddamnit,' Alkaline Trio Rebuilt Chicago Punk in Their Own Image

Twenty years ago, the three-piece released a debut album that stood out by being just a little bit weirder than its peers.
David Anthony
10.31.18
the shape of punk

Jets to Brazil's 'Orange Rhyming Dictionary' Tested Punk Purists' Patience

20 years ago, members of Jawbreaker, Texas Is the Reason, and Handsome debuted a new project that leaned into alt-rock territory, dividing their audience in the process.
David Anthony
10.4.18
the shape of punk

20 Years Ago, At the Drive-In Kicked Against Punk Norms on 'In/Casino/Out'

2000's 'Relationship of Command' cemented the band's place in history. But their 1998 album saw them honing their powers as a musical force.
David Anthony
8.24.18
the shape of punk

Ink & Dagger's 'The Fine Art of Original Sin' Gave Hardcore Some Theatrics

20 years ago, the Philadelphia band injected some much needed showmanship into a staunch, humorless punk scene.
David Anthony
8.1.18
the shape of punk

Dillinger Four's 'Midwestern Songs of the Americas' Spawned a Scene of Copycats

Released 20 years ago, the debut album from the Minnesota band created a new template for pop-punk that bands are still trying in vain to replicate.
David Anthony
6.19.18
the shape of punk

20 Years Ago, Saetia Defined Screamo in Just Nine Songs

With their sole LP, the New York band pushed against hardcore norms to accidentally define a subgenre.
David Anthony
5.24.18
the shape of punk

Braid’s ‘Frame & Canvas’ Was Too Ahead of Its Time for Its Own Good

On the band’s 1998 album, Bob Nanna and company created a template that ended up being a test run for emo’s mainstream breakout.
David Anthony
4.8.18
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AVAIL's 'Over the James' Taught a New Generation of Bands How to Exist

Twenty years ago, the Richmond band released the gold standard of melodic hardcore that would often be imitated but never topped.
David Anthony
1.31.18