The 10 best punk singers of the 2010s
Welcome to Alternative Press’s Top 10 punk singers from the 10s. As we noted during the countdown the greatest punk guitarists of this period, the genre was 35 in 2010. Punk rock now had a history and a tradition, as well as a rulebook it wasn’t meant to have. Which, of course, begs the question of how rebellious a subculture is if it serves notions about how things are. supposed to be. If Mavericks all conform – look alike, look alike, apparently all rebel the same, how is this insurrection? Wouldn’t the real insurrection be doing just the opposite?
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Now consider this: if the Sex guns in 1976 had been modeled on what had happened 35 years before, they would have looked and sounded like the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
As with other punk musicians of the time, the 10 best punk singers of the 10s understood that they were working as part of a legacy. Some, like Jim jones Where the Streaks‘ Ross farrelly, went beyond punk to early rock ‘n’ roll or London R&B outfits of the mid-60s. school jerks‘ Luke leaden early hardcore‘s bellow powered by Ipecac. DISABLED!‘s Keith morris didn’t need it – he would help invent it in Black flag and circle jerking. Except, unlike most of his peers, he had a stronger melodic feel. A giant dog‘s Sabrina ellis got around it by singing as if delivering the show-stopper in a Broadway musical. Austinite Companion Orville Neeley of OBN III circled around him Iggy Pop-wearing a shirt on stage antics while leaning towards the ex-Minion‘s solo croon. Dee Radke of the afropunk trio Radkey was also a crooner, although his record collection clearly featured a lot more Unsuitable than the Stooges.
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FAME CLAIM: Jim Jones magazine
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: When he faced British psychedelic rockers in black leather You hypnotics, Jones was more of a cheetah walking the streets with a heart full of napalm, that is, the 115,000th young reincarnation of Iggy. But the group bearing his name was a different beast. They tapped into the elementary spirit of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, especially the boogie-woogie infested sound of the piano. Little Richard and Jerry lee lewis. Not such a stretch, given that early punk and 50s rock relied on hammered eighth note overdrive. Jones, therefore, revived Little Richard’s tonsil-tearing vocal breath. He wasn’t melodic, but his performance could be as distorted as the band’s guitars.
FAME CLAIM: school jerks
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: No, we don’t have a last name. These teenage Torontonians were Ben (guitar), Ivan (drums), Matt (bass) and Luke on vocals. They barely laughed, barely given interviews and almost managed to release three EPs, two cassettes and the best punk album of the last 10 years. school jerks was 13 songs on a 12-inch 45, each recording just over a minute. It was the type of precocious hate core that would have perfectly found its place at the bottom of a Black Flag /Germs/Chefs Bill at Starwood in 1980. Luke threw up the songs perfectly. Then they apparently walked away.
FAME CLAIM: Amyl and the sniffers
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: Roommates from Melbourne, Australia, who rode a group on a lark, Amyl and the sniffers wrote, recorded and released their first EP in 24 hours. Between that day in 2016 and now, they have issued two LPs (including Comfort for me, just released on September 10, several singles and has toured the world several times. By the way, they have become the international darlings of garage punk, with their AC DC-meets-Ramones punch. Much of their appeal is a charming singer Amy taylor, with her Ziggy stardust mule, proud of irreverence and a vocal delivery like Debbie harry lead a gang fight.
FAME CLAIM: The Streaks
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: A teenage pride in Cavan, Ireland, when they first took the stage, the Strypes injected a young and fresh vigor into old British R&B tradition. They injected this classic Rocks/Pretty things a brat sound with around 500cc of ’70s punk energy, and they were the biggest band in the world for about 10 minutes. Farrelly played the cool kid singer with broom and tambourine to hilt, strutting and manhandling his mic stand like in 1964 Jagger. Since the band split in 2018, he has starred in Elton john biopic Rocket man and face all-Strype-but-Josh-McClorey garage outfit zen arcade.
FAME CLAIM: OBN III
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: Leader of Austin’s beloved garage-punks, the OBN IIIs, Neeley is one of four people who have appeared on our top 10’s list punk guitarists who come back because they are also the singer of theirs. groups. Except in his case, he didn’t tie up his guitar until late in their race. They started out like a lark when a band filed a bill at a club where they mixed the sound. Writing, rehearsing and performing a set in just a few days, the group’s aggro-Stooges assault was an instant hit. Neeley’s wealthy croon turned out to be one of the many musical instruments he mastered.
FAME CLAIM: A giant dog
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: Honestly, a giant dog /Gentle spiritThe leader of Ellis is expected to be joined here by the guitarist Andrew Cashen. His partner in both groups in every way – their songwriting fuels both – Ellis and Cashen are actually co-lead singers in the twin acts. But the art close to the performance of Ellis takes the lead of a group (“It is not really GG Allin, she joked to the Austin Chronicle in 2016. “More Like Pee Pee Allin”) is most immediately eye-catching in outfits that are visual treats. Ultimately, it’s Ellis performing on an imaginary balcony in the musical in her head that makes her so vibrant.
FAME CLAIM: Lights of flesh
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: Beginning with an exercise of devil dogs/dictators/Angry samoans high speed brutality, Austin garage unit Lights of flesh (named after the locally produced sex toy) has probably had the most interesting musical journey of all these groups. After the first album Muscle popGarage punk fast as hell, second album To liberate oneself was more in the vein of Cheap tippop hymns with powerful chords from. Singer / guitarist Max Vandeversongwriting just evolved in the meantime. It meant he had also gone from chunks of bloody throat meat on his vocal mic to almost stroking his words, even as his guitar and rhythm section pounded like never before.
FAME CLAIM: Radkey
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: The third of our lead guitarists, Dee Radke, one of three Radke brothers ahead of St. Joseph, Missouri, the Radkey band, alongside Solomon and Isaiah, is as powerful a force behind a mic as they are on a handle. They honed their skills on the festival circuit apparently from their inception, so they became a formidable group of overwhelming stadium power. Radkey has the strained musical chops from the Bad brains, but Dee’s textured croon could only come from years of listening Glenn Danzig. He appears slightly more humble, still able to evoke a gospel revival in a snap.
FAME CLAIM: DISABLED!
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: In the 1970s Morris was the original singer of Black Flag and the favorite singer of BF’s oldest singer. Henri rollins. The ’80s saw him lead OG’s hardcore band, the Circle Jerks, as he’s again at a club near you right now. In the 10s, he formed the definitive punk band of the decade, OFF! That’s why he’s the only singer of our two 80 years and the lists from the 10s. He’s one of the best howlers punk has seen, always more melodic and witty than his peers. Morris defines “badass”.
FAME CLAIM: The Sandinistas
SIGNATURE DISPLACEMENT: The Sandinistas erupted from South Wales five years ago with a first Shock surprisingly politically uninvolved attack. To imagine “Submachine gun” Where “A safe European home” with lyrics about teenage frustration and romantic angst replacing those three-chord polemics. The main candle: Guitarist / songwriter Dan Hagerty, shouting in a melodious tone with Joe strummerthe intensity of the bulging eyes / glowing chinstrap, while resembling British rockabilly hero Billy Fury. It’s an intoxicating combination, that’s for sure. You just wish Hagerty hadn’t composed a romantic ode to Melania Trump, even if it was utterly ironic. No debut LP in sight, even after six seven-inch singles in a row.