Britannica defines post rock as a form of experimental rock that incorporates aspects of jazz and electronica, so what happened to the genre that was so popular in the 90s and 00s. Bands like Mogwai and Tortoise have gone quiet and local Bristol post-rock acts too. The problem with post-rock is that it’s so loosely defined, that it hasn’t really gone away or at all. Rather than decline, the term has just gone out of fashion. Post-rock lives on in the fusion-ready music of local Bristol acts like Ishmael ensemble. With many kids that would’ve been rockstars in the 90s, now making electronica - maybe we should call this post-post-rock now?
What we said in 2015
Right now Bristol’s post-rock and alternative rock scene is at it’s healthiest for years. In addition to some excellent local venues and consistently strong live bookings, we also have promoters like Simple Things purveying some of the boldest festival programming in the UK. Recent Simple Things events have paired post-rock headliners like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor with cutting edge electronic music and innovative techno producers. In terms of consistent Bristol venues for alternative rock - The Exchange, The Stag And Hounds and The Fleece (who’s past bookings include Thee Silver Mt Zion and Deerhoof) lead the way. The Thekla also makes solid bookings (past guests include 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar) and annual ArcTanGent Festival is not to be missed.
As an instrumental three-piece Olanza have long explored the interplay between loud winding guitar work and heavy technical drum rhythms. In recent times Aron Ward (Repoman, Harpoon) and Shaun Sepr (Five Knuckle, Fuk) have been joined by Annie Gardiner (Hysterical Injury) on bass, taking the intricate post rock of Polvo into the weightier region of Harvey Milk and Lungfish.
The band that will become Lost In Kiev was created in 2007 under the impulsion of the drummer who had a clear vision: create an energetic post rock group inspired by Red Spar, Mogwai and Pg.lost.
Electric Litany is a London-based four piece whose music incorporates sounds of post rock, synthpop, neoclassical, electronica and experimental soundscapes. In their formative years, founding members Alexandros Miaris and Richard Simic lived and rehearsed in abandoned buildings across East London, and recorded their debut album “How To Be A Child and Win The War” in 2010 in a North London church.
"It’s all about dynamics. Violinist Flora Curzon and cellist Francesca Ter-Berg take Eastern European / Eurasian folk and infuse it with the quiet-loud sense of post rock exploration that unites the likes of Mogwai and Jambinai." - Mojo
Seek Warmth: Two guitars, drums. Quiet/loud indie with post rock sensitivity. Seek Warmth span a multitude of genres creating a sound no-one can quite put their finger on. https://www.facebook.com/seekwarmth/ <<soundcloud.com/seekwarmth/pillar-to-post-1