The Post-Rock Bands from the 90s – 2018.

If one asks the younger generation of Post-Rock lovers who did not grow up with the music from back then, which bands introduced them to the genre, most answers include bands such as ‘Godspeed You! Black Emperor’, ‘Explosions in the Sky’, ‘Mogwai’ and ‘Sigur Rós’.  All these bands were founded between the mid and late 90’s and they are very active still. Apart from their general fame, there is nothing that really connects these bands on a musical level. Some sound grim and heavy, others are light as a feathers and Hopelandic ( a constructed language, shaped by ‘Sigur Rós’ singer Jónsi, which is the only language designed for emotional tones), some are from the USA and Canada, others from Europe. Besides their long existence, the one thing all these bands have in common is the fact that they handle various influences of instruments and genres, in order to create their own unique style.

New Post-Rock Bands were inspired by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai & Sigur Rós

The longevity of these four bands may be the pillar of modern Post-Rock. All groups that grew up with the ‚grandparents’ of Post-Rock themselves, have summarized and development these musical currents. New bands were founded worldwide, took inspiration at what ‘GY!BE’ und ‘Explosions in the Sky’ did, found their own style of music and thus influenced new bands and so on. Thanks to the digitalisation of our world, it is possible to share ones bigger and smaller creations with like-minded people from all over the world, to get feedback and to collaborate over thousands of kilometres. Due to this, Post-Rock could grow steadily within the Pop Culture, and now contains countless bands, which no longer sound like their representatives of the past.

Best Post Rock Bands

The number of Post-Rock Bands rapidly increased since the millenium years

But this is only one side of the coin. While the rapidly growing number of new bands delights fans of emotional music, others criticise that there is hardly one band that manages to become unique and to stand out of the masses. A legitimate objection that may be caused by today’s easily accessible world of music. There is no melody that has not been played before, there is no instrument that hasn’t been misused and since most bands do not use any vocals, there are only a few voices that can excel positively. Nevertheless, there are some bands who stand out: either because they succeeded in bringing out something new of the ‚typical’ instrumental Post-Rock, or because they established connections to other genres and discovered new niches. A perfect example for the former, is the American Band Caspian from Massachusetts. Without ever consciously focusing on the Post-Rock Genre, the band of six has been playing instrumental music (with a little bit of vocals) for the last 10 years. Their music is highly emotional, but also down to earth and somewhat natural. With the use of various effects of piano, keyboard, upper strings and winds, they create a musical short story with every song. As their album ‘Dust and Disquiet’ proves, they can be gentle and quiet, violent and loud, which is referred to as Crescendo-Core.

Best Post Rock Bands

Post-Rock Bands nowadays

Nowadays, Post-Rock is so much more than Simon Reynold’s definition. Post-Rock is a culture, a musical way of living and is home to a variety of versions and subgenres. This makes it even more difficult to fit Post-Rock into boxes, than it used to be 20 years earlier. There is Post-Hardcore, which has long evolved from what ‘Slint’ sounded like back then, there is Post-Metal, based on harder, more violent tones, there is Post-Black-Metal, mostly mixed with Shoegaze, then called Blackgaze and so forth.

It’s simply instrumental music tagged as ‚Post-Rock’

What most bands of this generation have in common, is the fact that they did not plan on playing Post-Rock music. In the digital world we live in, a band that simply plays instrumental rock music, that uploads their music to the internet will suddenly be provided with a ‚Post-Rock’ tag by fans and critics. On the one hand side, nobody likes to have his works attached with insignificant, general attributes, but on the other hand, these categories and boxes enable a kind of snowball system that gives us the opportunity to discover new music.

Post Rock Playlists on Spotify

Let’s take the music streaming-service ‘Spotify’ as an example. Now and then, ‘Spotify’ provides us with new Playlists that contain songs, based on different genres or moods. The Playlist ’Deep Focus’ has over 1,7 million followers and contains bands, such as ‘Collapse Under The Empire’, ‘Lights and Motion’, ‘Explosions in the Sky’ and ‘The End Of The Ocean’; bands that are generally summed up under the genre of Post-Rock. When taking a look at these bands on ‘bandcamp’, or when reading reviews in magazines, it becomes apparent that all these bands are not only referred to as ‘Post-Rock’, but also as ‘Cinematic’ and ‘Soundscape’. None of these bands sound like the other and yet they all have similar influences and characteristics. By tagging them with exactly these insignificant and general attributes, the consumer is given the chance to discover more and more amazing bands. Regarding it from this perspective, boxes do have their advantages after all.

The Top 20 of the most popular Post-Rock Bands 2018

From a recent online survey by Francesco Cauteruccio the most popular post-rock bands of the year 2018 were determined. The survey was conducted in the Post-Rock Reddit Forum and in Facebook groups. A total of 192 post-rock lovers took part.
The participants have written down their top 10 favorite post-rock bands in order. A total of 229 different post-rock artists were named.

Top 20 Post-Rock Bands 2018

A complete list of other Post-Rock artists named in the survey:

Top 20 Post Rock bands pie chart

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A Silver Mt. Zion
A Sudden Burst Of Colour
Aesthesis
Alcest
Amenra
American Football
Ana Never
Anatomy Of The Bear
And So I Watch You From Afar
April Rain
Arab Strap
As A Marionette
As The Stars Fall
Ascent Of Everest
Astralia
Athletics
Audio Leaf
Audrey Fall
Balmorhea
Bark Psychosis
Battles
Baulta
Bear The Mammoth
Bells
Blackpaperplanes
Boards Of Canada
Brainbow
Camera
Celestial Wolves
Clay
Cleft
Cloudkicker
Codeine
Codes In The Clouds
Coldbones
Collapse Under The Empire
Crippled Black Phoenix
Critters Buggin’
Cult Of Luna
Daturah
Deadhorse
Deafheaven
Deftones
Dirty Three
Dorena
Echoes And Signals
El Ten Eleven
Elephant Gym (taiwanese)

Endless Melancholy
Envy
Esmerine
Evpatoria Report
Exxasens
Félperc
Final Days Society
Fly Pan Am
Follakzoid
For A Minor Reflection
Frames
French Teen Idol
Get Lost
Get Well Soon
Giant Squid
Giants
Giardini Di Miro’
Gifts From Enola
Go March
Go! Save The Hostages
Grails
Gybe
Harakiri For The Sky
Helios
Her Name Is Calla
Hope Of The States
Hrsta
Hundred Year Old Man
Hyakkei
I Am Waiting For You Last Summer
Iliketrains
Immanu El
Industries Of The Blind
Inspirative
Isis
Jakob
Jesu
Jizue
Joy Wants Eternity
June Of ’44
Katatonia
Killbody Tuning
Kokomo
Krobak
Labradford
Lakes Of Russia
Latitudes
Leech
Les Discrets
Lift To Experience

Lights & Motion
Lights Out Asia
Lis Er Stille
Lite
Long Distance Calling
Lost In Kiev
Lost In The Riots
Low
Low Frequency In Stereo
Lowercase Noises
Lymbic System
M83
Man Is Not A Bird
Maserati
Message To Bears
Mono (japanese)
Mooncake
Moonlit Sailor
Motek
Mouse On The Keys
Mouth Of The Architect
Moving Mountains
Mutiny On The Bounty
Neurosis
No Clear Mind
Oceansize
Ohbtt
Olafur Arnalds
Our Ceasing Voice
Paint The Sky Red
Pelican
People For Audio
Pg.lost
Piglet
Rachel’s
Red Room Cinema
Red Sparrowes
Rodan
Rooftops
Rosetta
Samuel Jackson Five
Saxon Shore
Scraps Of Tape
Seely
Set Fire To Flames
Shield Patterns
Silent Whale Becomes A Dream
Silver Mt Zion
Silver Mt. Zion
Sleep Dealer

Slowdive
Snezhinki
So I Watch You From Afar
Some Pink Floyd
Sonic Youth
Spaces
Spoiwo
Stars Of The Lid
Stories From The Lost
Sumner Mckane
Sunn O)))
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster
Talk Talk
Talons
Tarentel
Te
The Album Leaf
The Allstar Project
The American Dollar
The Appleseed Cast
The Best Pessimist
The Echelon Effect
The Evpatoria Report
The For Carnation
The Mercury Program
The Monroe Transfer
The Ocean
The Red Sparrowes
The Saint Moving Hills
The Six Parts Seven
The Winchester Club
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Thee Silver Mt. Zion
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
This Is Your Capitan Speaking
This Is Your Captain Speaking
This Patch Of Sky
Thisquietarmy
Tides From Nebula
Toe
Tokyo Shoegazer
Toundra
Tracer Amc
Ttng
Tunturia
Tycho
Waking Aida
Wang Wen
We All Die! What A Circus!
We Lost The Sea
We Stood Like Kings
We.own.the.sky
When The Light Dies
Wire Avenue
World’s End Girlfriend
Year Of No Light
Years Of Rice & Salt
You Slut!
Yume Bitsu
Ziriphon Fireking (thailand)