Post-Punk, Psychedelic and Indie
Psychedelic rock declined towards the beginning of the 1970’s, as bands broke up or moved into new forms of music, like heavy metal and prog rock. Like the psychedelic developments of the late 1960s, punk and new wave in the 1970s challenged the rock music establishment. At the time, “new wave” was a term used interchangeably with the nascent punk rock explosion. In 1978, journalists categorized a subset of new wave music as “neo-psychedelia”,
By 1978–79, new wave was considered independent from punk and post-punk.
Course Description for Post-Punk 101
In order to eviscerate the ELP-isms, Eagle-isms and ELO-isms that had come to personify mainstream rock by the mid-1970s, the initial flowering of the Punk Rock movement (1975 – 1977) presented an aggressive, oppositional, adamant brick wall of rhythm guitars and unsubtle arrangements. However, by 1978, the somewhat uniform “wall of sound” that had defined punk’s initial ideation was beginning to crumble, and light was poking through.
Artists were beginning to draw on influences that the initial punk orthodoxy may have rejected; “art” became less of a dirty word, and musicians began to integrate space, emptiness and a sonic and emotional sensitivity into their work. The extensive body of music that emerged from the prime flush of the Post-Punk movement (1978 – 1981) remains some of the most powerful, engaging and creative guitar-based work in the history of the electric rock/pop era. Today’s edition of Tables Turned exhibits some of where that movement stands today. Featuring artists Carlton Melton, Plague Vendor Mattiel and a many great others to exhibit sonic and emotional sensitivity for your listening pleasure.