Contemporary grunge

Thread prompted by Narrow Head’s “12th House Rock” (came out last year):

Individual tracks remind me variously of Silverchair, Helmut, Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins, maybe Alice In Chains.

At any rate, made me think about how I rarely hear any new releases that are unashamedly post-Nevermind grunge. Is this because no self-respecting kid today would be caught anywhere near a flannel shirt, or is it more that grunge artists have more sense than to make themselves known to the likes of me?

In the thread below, link me to contemporary grunge, with your best guess at a sound-a-like. Alternatively, argue about what is or isn’t grunge today.

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the death of Kurt was such a big moment that it was kinda hanging in the air for absolutely ages afterwards

reading Kerrang around 2002-2004 his death was mentioned an incredible amount, not just by journos but by bands too

so I think that might have had an impact on the levels of interest that there are around grunge as a movement now

Oof that track is a bit grim.

The Vines

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Hm. If the album artwork of the most recent bandcamp releases tagged “grunge” is anything to go by, grunge went over to metal and never returned:

30 years ago now. I wonder if we’ll start seeing a revival.

Bands like Creed and Puddle of Mudd kinda made grunge a joke for a while, which sucks

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I finished a shit videogame from 2014 the other day and a bad cover of Heart Shaped Box played over the credits

Still see kids around town in Nirvana hoodies a lot

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I think of About a Girl at least once a week


I reckon if you stick Kerrang TV on they’re still played every hour

It isn’t but its recently been made available until mid March. I watched '50 best alt rock songs’on Saturday night. Biffy Clyro and Kings of Leon were both on there 4 times each.

Scuzz and p-rock are both dead, P rock ended years ago


I don’t think Nevermind sounds dated. And I’m not even a big fan of it.


there are very very very few bands who have released more than 1 song that’s widely known

Arctic Monkeys say, I reckon public awareness of their music is mostly restricted to I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

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a final performance from Whitmore, never to bother anyone again

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Vintage trap


Really like that Narrow Head album, some excellent tracks on that.

That Microwave album that came out 2 years ago is a big mix of genres and Mirrors from that smacks of grunge:

Also, the last couple of Dinosaur Pile-Up albums? Eleven Elven and Celebrity Mansions both have that grunge-edge.


nah it was definitely longer than that. it went away then came back for a short lived spell, maybe that was only a year

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Nawwww AM took them to a whole other level. R U Mine? Etc are massive. Played in Manchester pubs all the time I remember

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wouldn’t call many of these grunge tbh, black dresses especially