Many thanks to Rhys Bufford of Xenosis (Facebook here) for introducing this kickass band to me.
Band: Nuclear Summer
Album: Nuclear Summer
It seems that music always has a way of holding surprises for listeners in the formation or reinvention of genres over the past couple of decades. Post-hardcore has been given a fairly bad rap in recent years, with bands like Funeral For A Friend and Hawthorne Heights being slated on a regular basis by those who look down their nose at the developments of the genre. Well, to those who snub, I offer you a reinvented form of it, taking the name as an amalgamation of post-rock and hardcore punk. The combination sounds fairly jarring on paper, but Nuclear Summer, hailing from Brisbane, execute it almost flawlessly on their début eponymous album.
Band:Explosions In The Sky
Album: The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
As a genre, post-rock seems to be one of the more all-encompassing ones, and also compatible with other genres. The general definition of long compositions and layered guitar melodies have resulted in a variety such as Sigur Rós and Mogwai, but influences can also be heard in other places from indie rock to black metal. So it is expected that a lot of bands are going to try and push the boundaries as to how post-rock can be defined. On the other side, there are those who stay comfortably in the bounds and focus on using formulae to create good music. It is in this latter group which Explosions In The Sky fall, and is both their strength and their downfall.