If you lived during the Grunge-era you might remember this band. Bikini Kill. This American punk band was apart of the Riot Grrrl movement and consisted of Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail.
Formed out of Olympia, Washington and have collaborated with the likes of Joan Jett and Nirvana, this band was known for their feminist lyrics and their kick ass performances. They were also known for shunning major labels and the mainstream rock press.
Even though Bikini Kill formed in 1990 and disbanded in 1997, they have gone one to influence numerous artists and bands. Since then the individual members have been involved in different projects and in music. This band continues to influence not only women but also women in punk music.
Recommended Listening: “Rebel Girl”
Incubus is one of those bands that sticks into your mind as soon as you hear their name. Hailing from Calabasas, California, this band currently consisting of Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, Jose Pasillas, Ben Kenney and DJ Kilmore (Ben and DJ Kilmore replaced Alex Katunich and Gavin Koppeli).
Starting back in 1991, it was not until their album Make Yourself, that they became mainstream, which had the popular singles such as, “Pardon Me” and “Stellar”. This band would go onto to be immensely popular due to their hit “Drive”, which was released on their follow up album Morning View.
Altogether this band has released seven studio albums, the last one being released back in 2011 but they did recently release an EP just last year called, Trust Fall (Side A). This year Incubus are planning on releasing, Trust Fall (Side B), and supposedly it’s supposed to be longer than an EP, so look out for some new music from these guys. Incubus just wrapped a tour up with the Deftones just last year and that was one heck of a show.
Recommended Listening: “Pardon Me” and also “Warning”.
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is an American rap metal band from Los Angeles, California. They were formed back in 1991 and officially split up back in 2011. That being said this group is legendary and deserves the respect that they do. They are known for their leftist and revolutionary political views. Comprised of Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, this band has gone onto sell 16 million records worldwide.
They have released four studio albums, have been on numerous soundtracks and have released 17 singles. Their last album came out back in 2000, and each band member since then has gone onto playing in different bands. It wasn’t until 2007 that the band came together to play Cochella, but since 2011 they have stated that there will be no more new music and no plans to perform. This band deserves to be on the list due to their lyrics alone and their revolutionary views.
They have influenced many of their fans to look at the world around them and to keep being the change that needs to happen. Currently, Tom Morello DJ’s, Tim Commerford is in Wakrat, and Brad Wilk sits in as a sessional drummer. Here’s hoping they do one more show or at least come out with a Greatest Hits collection for their fans that are itching for more.
Recommended Listening: “Testify”
A lot of people do not know this band, but they are legendary across the pond. They are from Wales and formed in 1992, from the area of Cynon valley. Stereophonics consists of Kelly Jones (Lead vocals and guitarist), Richard Jones (bass guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Morrison (drums) and Adam Zindani (Guitar and backing vocals).
Stereophonics have released nine studio albums and have played some of the biggest festivals out in Europe, including Reading and Leads, V-fest and the legendary Glastonbury festival. Described as “classic UK rock with whiskey vocals”, their track “Dakota” from the album Language.Sex.Violence.Other? is what put this band on the map.
They have been praised for their live sets and continue to be one of the biggest and successful Welsh acts. Having sold roughly nine million copies around the world, this band demands to have more fans than it actually has.
Recommended Listening: “Have a Nice Day”
Glassjaw has been influential in the post-hardcore scene. Hailing from Long Island, New York and consisting of Daryl Palumbo, Justin Beck, and currently with Travis Sykes and Chad Hasty, this band has been influential in the underground music scene.
Glassjaw formed in 1993 and have been known for their intense live shows which have been known to be legendary. With numerous EPs, Demos and two studio albums, this band continues to be severely underrated.
Having recently been in Toronto and have played festivals like Riot Fest, this band deserves much more street cred then what they are shown. These guys know how to rock and hopefully we can see something new from them soon.
Recommended Listening: “Cosmopolitan Bloodloss”
Garbage is an American-Scottish alternative band that formed in Madison Wisconsin back in 1993. The group consists of Shirley Manson (Scottish), and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig.
The band has sold over 17 million album sales worldwide, with their debut album Garbage, was critically acclaimed and selling over four million copies initially. They had taken a hiatus after 2001 and ultimately regroup numerous times until permanent regrouping in 2011. In 2012, they had released their fifth album Not Your Kind of People, via an independent label called Stunvolume Records.
Garbage recently played Toronto, just this past December and are coming out with an album in 2016, so be on the lookout for that album to drop in stores. Over the past twenty three years, this band has influenced other bands and have had a cult following without the recognition they deserve.
Recommended Listening: “Stupid Girl”
Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band from Meza, Arizona. Formed in 1993 and known for that song “The Middle”, they have been a band that has been overlooked in their achievements. Consisting of Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Rick Burch and Zach Lind, the band has released eight studio albums.
Their most recent album, Damage came out in 2013, however, they are continued to be overlooked. Bleed American and Futures are great albums but Jimmy Eat World continues to make amazing albums.
A lot of people would give this band a pass, but it is their consistency with their music that they are on this list. They deserve more credit than what is given to them.
Recommended Listening: “Pain”
Snow Patrol, yes with songs such as “Run” and “Chasing Cars” are on this list. Why you may ask? Well this Northern Irish rock band is formed in 1993 and have been breaking hearts way before “Run” came out.
They have released six studio albums and have gone on tour with the likes of Ed Sheeran (way before he was famous), headlined T in the Park and toured all over the world. The band members include: Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn and Johnny McDaid, and have sold over 13 million records worldwide.
Even though this band is known for their song about love, it’s their songs that are under the radar and their performance for the opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic games that makes me question why are the underrated.
Recommended Listening: “Set The Fire to the Third Bar”
Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind is known for that one song “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life”, the song about crystal meth. Yet this band continues to shatter the notion of a one-hit wonder.
Formed in 1993 and hailing from San Francisco, they continue to tour to this day and just last year, 2015, released their fifth studio album, Dopamine. Currently the lineup is the following: Stephan Jenkins, Brad Hargreaves, Kryz Reid, Alex Kopp and Alex LeCavalier.
Even though we remember them for that 90’s classic and think they have fall off the Earth, they haven’t. They continue to play shows around the world and be just as amazing.
Recommended Listening: “Never Let You Go”
Placebo is an English alternative rock band from London, England. Formed in 1994 by Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal, the band originally started off with Robert Schultzberg as the drummer, who was replaced by Steve Hewitt. When Hewitt was fired from the band in 2007 and was replaced by Steve Forrest who left the band in 2015.
Placebo are known for their androgynous image and musical content. Trust me, check out their video for “Meds”. They have toured the world and also influenced bands such as My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco and AFI, to say a few.
To date they have released seven studio albums and a live album which was released last year. They are amazing and encompass an energy I have yet to see with a lot of bands. Here’s hoping they make a pit stop over here soon. Due to their revolutionary style and their talent they are definitely underrated.
Recommended Listening: “Twenty Years” and “Meds”
The Dandy Warhols
This is one band that is underrated. “Bohemian Like You” was a huge hit for them but that came way later in their career. This American rock band hails from Portland, Oregon and formed back in 1994. Consisting of Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Peter Holmstrom, Zia McCabe and drummer Eric Hedford until Hedford left in 1998 and was replaced by Taylor-Taylor’s cousin Brent DeBoer.
As soon as The Dandy Warhols were signed to Capitol Records and released their major album debut, they gained recognition. Since the starting of this band they have released eight studio albums, have had 25 singles, and two compilation albums. From “Bohemian Like You” to “We Use to Be Friends” to “Blackbird” this band deserves much more recognition then they get.
They are currently signed to Dine Alone Records and are going to be releasing a brand new album in April 2016.
Recommended Listening: “We Use to Be Friends” and “Sad Vacation”
Alkaline Trio is a punk rock band that hails from McHenry, Illinois. Formed back in 1996, the band currently consists of Matt Skiba, Dan Adriano and Derek Grant. However it wasn’t until the album, Good Mourning, that Alkaline Trio became known.
Followed up by the album Crimson, Alkaline Trio solidified their talent. Even in their video for “Help Me”, they have tattoo artist Kat Von D, just showing you how far they have come. Having released eight studio albums and 16 singles, the band has no sign to stop just yet.
They are planning on working on new material and hopefully come out with new music soon. Matt Skiba currently is working with Blink 182 after the departure of Tom Delonge, so here’s hoping that Alkaline Trio comes back.
Recommended Listening: “We’ve had Enough” and “This Addiction”
New Found Glory
New Found Glory are an American pop-punk band from Coral Springs, Florida. Formed in 1997, they are labeled as one of the godfathers of the late 1990’s wave of pop punk. This band consisting of Chad Gilbert, Jordan Pundik, Ian Gruska and Cyrus Bolooki, have released numerous albums, one live album, two EPs and three cover albums.
Yes they have even covered Britney Spears. Even though they are known for their albums Stick and Stones and Catalyst, they continue to make music that still makes them a great band.
Their most recent album came out in 2014 and continue to tour on festivals like Warped Tour and Riot Fest. They have a cult following and honestly, unlike their contemporaries have flew under the radar ever since.
Recommended Listening: “All Downhill from Here” and “My Friends Over You”
“Flavor of the Weak” is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and it’s there the rest of the day. That’s the impact of American Hi-Fi. They were overlooked and very underrated after their debut album, but this pop punk band never gave up.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts and composed of Stacey Jones, Jamie Arentzen, Drew Parsons and Brian Nolan, this band continues to make music since 1998. The kicker? Two members of this band also work with Miley Cyrus, no really they do.
Ever since 2001, this band has been hidden in the shadows and been grossly overlooked. The talent of this band alone makes them deserve to be on this list, having most recently released their fourth album in 2014 (out on Rude Records) and later this year they are going to release an American Hi-Fi acoustic album.
Recommended Listening: “All The Geeks Get the Girls” and “The Art of Losing”
Thrice is an American punk rock band from Irvine, California that was formed in 1998. You might know them for the track “All That’s Left” but what you might not know that these are good guys. A proceed from each of there albums goes to a charitable organization.
This band was founded by Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi, both Eddie and his brother Riley Breckenridge joined the band soon after. They have released eight studio albums before they announced a hiatus in 2012.
It was not until 2015 that a bunch of reunion shows were scheduled and the band formed back together. They are working on a new studio album and supposedly that should be out either this year or next.
Check out the album, The Artist in the Ambulance
The Distillers were an Australian-American punk rock band that came together during the year of 1998. The final line up of this band consisted of Brody Dalle (who is married to Josh Homme of Queens of The Stone Age), Tony Bevilacqua, Ryan Sinn and Andy Granelli. They were singed to Epitaph and Hellcat before Brody Dalle divorced her husband, Tim Armstrong of Rancid, and after the divorce was signed to Sire Records.
The Distillers started out with Rose Mazzola, Kim Chi and Mat Young in addition to Brode Dalle on the first record, Kim and Mat left after in 2000. Rose left shortly after recording the album, Sing Sing the Death House. It was their album, Coral Fang, that brought them mainstream success. They had toured with the likes of No Doubt and Garbage but in 2005 it would be the end of the band after Granelli and Sinn left the band.
The remaining members would go onto form Spinnerette, however, The Distillers had left their mark on the punk scene with their music. Since then, Brody has recorded her own album, Diploid Love, and has toured with Queens of the Stone Age as well as Nine Inch Nails. Ryan Sinn is in Bhorelorde, while the other band members are still in the music industry. However you cannot deny that Brody’s mohawk alone from “City of Angels” has left a mark on the music scene.
Recommended Listening: “City of Angels”
A Perfect Circle
A Perfect Circle is known for their dark yet amazing sound. Consisting of Billy Howerdel, Maynard James Kennan, James Iha, Matt McJunkins, and Jeff Friedl, this band is the definition of a supergroup.
Since the start in 1999, they have had an ever changing lineup. This band continues to the defy the odds that most supergroups end up fading into existence, not this group. It was their album, Thirteenth Step, that made them be propelled into the spotlight. However, due to their sound and also because of their productions they should be more celebrated.
They have three studio albums, and a cd-DVD set that has been released. Even though they were on hiatus from 2004-2010, the band is currently touring. Hopefully they have new material soon because a band this good usually sticks around and have something up their sleeve.
Recommended Listening: “Weak and Powerless”
You remember “Hands Down”? Oh we are going there. Formed back in 1999, Dashboard Confessional is an American acoustic band from Boca Raton, Florida. Led by Chris Carrabba and also including Scott Schoenbeck, Mike Marsh and John Lefler.
The band’s style is emo but it is also classified as indie rock and acoustic rock. These guys are influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Nirvana, Jawbreaker, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Wonder, Minor Threat, The Decendents, Weezer and Fugazi, just to name a few. This influence comes across in their music.
Their name comes from the song “The Sharp Hint of New Tears” from their debut album, The Swiss Army Romance. But, besides that, it was their album, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, that made them so immensely popular. Just recently they were on tour with Third Eye Blind just last year, and due to their unique sound and their continued love of everything emo (just look at their limited edition Jeopardy shirt) they deserve to have a spot on this list.
Recommended Listening: “Hands Down”
Rise Against, amazing performers and just an overall great hardcore band. They hail from Chicago and formed back in 1999. Currently consisting of Tim McIllrath, Zach Blair, Joe Principe and Brandon Barnes, this band has always been know for their activism and advocacy of progressivism.
They have supported organizations such as Amnesty International, the It Gets Better Campaign, animal rights advocacy (the band is vegetarian), among others. Initially this band was signed to Fat Wreck Records but left to Geffen in 2003 and that’s when things picked up for the band. It was their album, Siren Song of the Counter Culture, that put them on the map and then with the release of The Suffer & the Witness, that propelled them into being a major band.
Since then they have released three more albums and continue to be a force to be reckoned with. If you have seen this band live, you know how underrated they actually are and deserve credit for promoting advocacy around the world. Listen to the album The Sufferer & The Witness.
Recommended Listening: “Give It All” and “Prayer of Refugee”