Post-grunge Stylistic origins Alternative rock, grunge Cultural origins Mid-1990s United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia Typical instruments Electric guitar • acoustic guitar • bass guitar • drums • vocal Mainstream popularity Mid-1990s to late 2000s Regional scenes British Columbia, California, Pacific Northwest, Southern Ontario, Upper Midwest Other topics Post-grunge bands
Post-grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged in the mid-1990s as a derivative of grunge, using the sounds and aesthetic of grunge, but with a more commercially acceptable tone. This made post-grunge bands like Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Creed and Matchbox Twenty among the most commercially successful rock acts of the later 1990s and early 2000s.
The death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in early 1994, as well as touring problems for Pearl Jam, marked a decline for grunge that year. At the same time major record labels began signing and promoting bands that were emulating the genre. The term post-grunge was coined to describe these bands, who emulated the attitudes and music of grunge, particularly thick, distorted guitars, but with a more radio-friendly commercially-oriented sound. Often they worked through the major labels and came to incorporate diverse influences from jangle pop, pop punk, ska revival, alternative metal, or hard rock. The term post-grunge was meant to be pejorative, suggesting that they were simply musically derivative, or a cynical response to an "authentic" rock movement.
In 1995, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's new band, the Foo Fighters, helped popularize the genre and define its parameters, becoming one of the most commercially successful rock bands in the US, aided by considerable airplay on MTV. Some post-grunge bands, like Candlebox, were from Seattle, but the sub-genre was marked by a broadening of the geographical base of grunge, with bands like Atlanta, Georgia's Collective Soul, Australia's Silverchair and England's Bush, who all cemented post-grunge as one of the most commercially viable sub-genres by the late 1990s. Although male bands predominated, female solo artist Alanis Morissette's 1995 album Jagged Little Pill, labelled as post-grunge, also became a multi-platinum hit. With the first wave of post-grunge bands losing popularity, bands like Creed, Staind, Puddle of Mudd, Three Days Grace, and Nickelback took post-grunge into the 21st century with considerable commercial success, abandoning most of the angst and anger of the original movement for more conventional anthems, narratives and romantic songs, and were followed in this vein by new acts including Shinedown and Seether.
- List of post-grunge bands
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