Originating in the 70s, punk was the product of a generation of young people who had had enough of social conformity and the jaded political landscape.
The Sex Pistols embodied the punk rock ethos more than anyone and helped launch the genre into the big leagues of mainstream radio, influencing future generations of subculture delinquents and outcasts to choose their own guitars and to evolve the style beyond its DIY roots (much to Johnny Rotten’s dismay).
Today it’s not just your brand of vanilla British punk, the genre is transcending the globe, taking on new traits and styles far removed from the same three chords of anarchy and unrest.
Regardless of access control definitions placed on different styles of punk, the central message remains the same. Acceptance, mental toughness and anti-authority.
Now, perhaps more than ever, punk finds itself in a delicate phase. Not enough gum to grab mainstream attention, but too stubborn to die. The faithful following of punk, in all its forms, testifies to the artists who fight to keep the genre relevant.
Here are ten of the most crucial standard bearers in punk currently active on the scene today…
As a legacy of the music industry, punk has been the backdrop and soundtrack to several pivotal moments in modern history. Could the fall of the Berlin Wall ever be accompanied by the Sex Pistols’ ‘Holidays In The Sun’ soundtrack? Or will Bush’s presidential reign not be rocked by the anti-Republican cynicism of Billie Joe Armstrong?
Over time, punk’s repertoire of messages has also evolved. Although still inherently grounded in beliefs of free speech and individualism, mental health has crept to the forefront of the genre’s lyrical content.
Millie Manders & The Shutup are a 4 piece band who fuse a variety of sounds to create their unique sound. Vocally, comparisons have been drawn to pop star Kate Nash, but boxing in Millie’s range would be a disservice to her and the band’s hard work as a collective unit.
As an advocate for the representation of women in music, Millie Manders took to the BBC News Look East to speak about the lack of female headlining appearances at festivals across the UK, a step in forward in the equality movement that the music industry (as a whole) need to start discussing more frequently.
Far from it, the group sneaks into the public eye. With a seemingly endless line of inside-scene supporters, including Less Than Jake’s Chris DeMakes and Goldfinger’s John Feldmann, not acknowledging Millie Manders & The Shutup as future stars of the genre would be foolish.