When I sit and think about the bands where the vocalist really takes their bands work to the next level, Bauhaus are always at the front of my mind. Peter Murphy’s voice is what truly sets this band apart. This is not to say he steals the show.
Relative to punk music, post-punk is less aggressive and more experimental. In fact, some of the most unique music of the time period, and still to this day, came from the period ranging from the late ’70’s through the early ’80’s.
T.S.O.L.’s Dance With Me finds the band halfway between transitioning from their hardcore punk roots to full-on deathrock. It may come off as the band having a slight identity crisis – the band often oscillates between straight early-’80’s SoCal hardcore punk and being legit progenitors of the deathrock sub-genre, but it isn’t a half-hearted attempt.
Right off the bat, one is stricken by the abrasiveness of the synth parts, the distorted drums, and the abrupt shifts in sound and style. This album sounds like commercial appeal was one of the last things on Ye’s mind. A truly bold move for such a high-profile artist.
Transangelic Exodus is a consistent and well-paced profound musical statement.
154 is one of the most innovative and influential albums of all time and anyone who doesn’t experience Wire’s first three albums are missing out on a significant element of music history, being the progenitors, intentional or otherwise, of several subsequent musical movements.
Everyone knows Black Sabbath, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and of course, The Beatles.
However, some spectacular bands have flown largely under the radar, influencing countless other bands, but never quite reaching the stratospheric mainstream popularity of these aforementioned groups.