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Alternative Rock Music GENRE ARCHIVES

Welcome to AltCorners' Alternative Rock Music Archive!

Alternative Rock Music (also called alternative music, alt-rock Music or simply alternative) is an umbrella term used to describe a style of music that emerged in the late 80’s and became widely popular in the 1990s. Alternative Rock is usually characterised by bands who have a “do-it-yourself” or non-conformist attitude; hence “alternative”.

It originated with pop guitar bands like The Cure, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. Alternative Rock gained popularity with bands like Nirvana.

A few Popular Bands defined as ‘Alternative Rock’:

Ben Folds Five, Alien Ant Farm, Bowling for Soup,Dave Matthews Band and Less Than Jake

Justin Courtney Pierre ‘Ghost World’ EP review

Justin Courtney Pierre has been incredibly busy this year. New EP Ghost World is his third of 2021, boasting five new tracks for a hungry audience.

Real Friends – ‘Torn In Two’ [review]

When I first heard of Real Friends I was fresh to pop punk. I liked All Time Low, As It Is, Green Day and My Chemical Romance. I found their first two albums to be too brash and bordering on unlistenable. By the time Composure dropped I’d been to Slam Dunk Festival and, though I still believe their first two records to be poor, that third album really made me fall for them. ‘Stand Steady; is still their best song.

Hawthorne Heights – The Rain Just Follows Me

Hawthorne Heights have never really slowed since their inception. Their eighth full length, The Rain Just Follows Me, shows that the band still have a lot to say.

Myles Kennedy – ‘The Ides Of March’

Myles Kennedy seems to have found some miraculous way to straddle his three globetrotting projects: mega-selling Alter Bridge and Slash albums alongside this solo project. Beyond a shadow of a doubt he is the most notable vocalist in rock today, and for good reason. Those vocals combine with his own delectable guitarwork to make solo album number two a welcome addition to his ample discography.

The Spill Canvas – Conduit

The Spill Canvas have made a comeback into what is a very different music world, but new album Conduit sounds like they don’t give a damn.

Silverstein Out Of This World (episode 3: the conclusion) review

Waking up in a field full of alpacas with an acoustic guitar after being kidnapped by aliens and forced to play Discovering The Waterfront front to back – this is where the third and final episode of Silverstein’s Out Of This World virtual concert series kicks off.

Lonely The Brave ‘The Hope List’ review

Lonely The Brave’s new record The Hope List is a very pleasing listen, acting as my introduction to a very talented outfit at a perfect point; the band are reborn with new vocalist Jack Bennett and a new sense of drive and direction.

Cheap Meat – ‘People Are The Worst’

There’s no doubt Cheap Meat can write fun, catchy songs you’d expect from the likes of Weezer and Bowling For Soup. Their new record, aptly titled People Are The Worst, exemplifies this brilliantly.

Young Culture: Self-Titled album review

With this brand new, self-titled full length, Young Culture have issued one of the most diverse and challenging records I’ve heard from the alt-rock scene in quite some time.

Hands Like Houses – Hands Like Houses

If a band changes their sound, it’s always called “evolving”. However, evolution is a species adapting to its surroundings and becoming better at surviving. What do we call it when a band changes and the quality has regressed?

Black Orchid Empire – Semaphore

London trio Black Orchid Empire Release Semaphore has been touring the UK extensively appearing at Download, Standon Calling and Camden Rocks and on June 12th release their latest creation, Semaphore. Black Orchid Empire have supported Hed p.e, Ravenface and Skunk Anansie around the U.K. Skin, the front person of Skunk Anansie said about the trio’s music “Beautiful melodies coupled with tear-your-face-off riffs. Bright fresh new stars”. 

Review: ‘The Bastards’ by Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale made a name for themselves with debut full length Boom Boom Room (Side A) which, despite being underwhelming in my opinion, had its moments. Boom Boom Room (Side B) legitimately felt like it was indeed a B-side album, yet seemed to fare well with fans. Two years on, they return with The Bastards, their third outing, which has been promoted for a long while with a slew of singles.

Asking Alexandria – ‘Like A House On Fire’

Asking Alexandria had quite a lot to live up to with their new album Like A House On Fire. After 2017's self titled saw both the return of Danny Worsnop and a drastic change in sound, the band's fans were divided.

Album Review: Gold Key – Panic Machine

Hertfordshire quartet, Gold Key have released 'Panic Machine' their follow up to 2017 debut “Hello, Phantom”. Panic Machine was recorded off grid in isolation at Gwynedd in North Wales. The crew created in the summer of 2016 by vocalist Steve Sears and Laurent Barnard two old school friends, Sears also produced two of Barnards, Gallows records. Both decided to make Gold Key adding James Leach on bass of Sikth and Milk Teeth’s Jack Kenny on drums.

Coast To Coast ‘Sovereign’ EP review

It would be dishonest to say I've been a fan of Coast To Coast, but I have been aware of the band for some time. Having turned down the chance to review their 2018 EP 'The World Doesn't Work', I hadn't given them much of a thought until new EP 'Sovereign' landed in my inbox.

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