While many people have associated punk rock as a genre that is closely associated to people playing in their garages and making quick songs and strong sounds, the fact is that punk rock has diversified itself into so many different forms over the years. It’s amazing how punk rock had expanded over the years and has incorporated many interesting aspects with regards to how it works.
Punk Moves to New Wave
New wave is a style of music that became huge in the 1980s and involved dance-influenced beats and more electronic sounds in a more polished fashion. This became popular with acts like Blondie, Devo, the Cars and the Talking Heads. It’s an interesting way to see how it kind of made punk rock less intimidating but still brought out fans with some dance-worthy rhythms and memorable tunes.
A Darker Tone
Some people went a little darker with their punk rock over time and brought it into the post-punk world. It was a more underground type of music form that brought in the electronic sounds of krautrock with grittier tones. It was highly influential to the development of alternative rock music as well. While there are many great post-punk bands out there, it’s hard to top Gang of Four, Sonic Youth and Joy Division in terms of its development.
Hardcore punk could be seen as another form of punk that really has a darker tone since it is much heavier and often involves more extreme topics that relate to political views. Bands like Fear and Bad Brains certainly fit the bill here.
Anarchist punk rock even took things into a darker tone as it created a real anti-establishment approach to society where the current system is seen as improper and obsolete. Bands like Crass were particularly noteworthy for their views against society and Chumbawamba even told some people to shoplift their albums.
It’s Not Always Dark
It is amazing how punk rock has diversified itself to include some brighter tones. This comes in the form of pop-punk, a style that blends the rough nature of punk music with smoother and cleaner tones that could easily fit in with practically any mainstream radio station. While it’s true that the lyrics of bands like Bad Religion, the Descendents and Green Day are not always complimentary about life and society, they are still packaged in tones that are very enthusiastic and fun to listen to.
A Diverse World
Like with any other form of rock music, punk rock is truly one that has diversified. There are many other forms of punk music to talk about but it would take all day to go through them all. People can talk about the emotional aspects of emo music, the female-led riot grrrl music style or the gay-friendly queercore movement, for instance. There’s also the development of punk rock that has strong country undertones to it as well. Some bands, particularly those in Europe or New England, are even highly influenced by Celtic sounds.
Still, one thing is for certain that punk rock music is going to continue to evolve over time with all sorts of interesting styles that are worth exploring. It is a vast world that is certainly worth exploring.