Rock came from people reacting to the obviousness of pop, the
commercial and common music played continuously. The genre literally
gave and alternative to pop and other forms of rock.
Alternative Rock, or just Alternative, is a sub-genre of rock. It is mainly a
band based genre consisting of Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums and
sometimes Keyboard. The genre can vary from upbeat rhythms to chilled
and emotional pieces.
Since its start in the 1980‘s the genre has grew over the years and has
been kept alive through modern bands such as Kasabian and Vampire
Kasabian are more recent Alternative rock band formed in
Leicester in 1997. They hit the commercial charts in 2004 with
their debut album ‘Kasabian’
Since then they have released 4 popular albums
There music is influenced from other rock bands like Primal
Scream and The Stone Roses.
R.E.M (Rapid Eye Movement) were a commercially
successful band who famously wrote ‘Losing my
religion’ and ‘The one i love’. The band saw
commercial success in 1987 and was deemed
‘America’s best rock and roll band’ by Rolling Stone
Rock albums are reasonably simplistic, they mainly focus on
the bands appearance, giving a band their image. They can
also be a image related to the album but also an image with
no relation to the band or their music.
Arcade Fire -
Neon Bible The Libertines -
The guitar is pretty much used in every rock song. The
electric guitar is more commonly used in up beat songs
and can involve complicated tabs and charming chord
The drums in an Rock song would commonly be the
heart of the song, the drummer would create a beat
for the rest of the band play around. The drums are key
in a POP rock song but are often positioned at the back
of a band set when a band performs.
A term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular”.
The genre popular music originated in its modern form in the
deriving from rock and roll.
The term "pop song" is first recorded as being used in 1926
According to Grove Music Online, the term "pop music"
originated in Britain in the mid-1950s as a description for
rock and roll
and the new youth music styles that it influenced
Some of the most well known names in history such as
The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The rolling Stones, ABBA etc…
Since the late 1950s, however, pop has had the special meaning
of non-classical music.
Bill Haley and His Comets
Danny & the Juniors
The instruments used to produce pop music are guitar, bass, piano, drums, amplifiers,
cymbals, electric organs, electric pianos, electric keyboard and polyphonic tape playback
Guitars are common in pop music. Types of guitars used in this type of music include bass
guitars, acoustic guitars and electric guitars.
Drums in pop music can be played by a drummer on a drum kit or they can be produced
electronically by a computer. Computer drums have a more digital sound that can feel robotic
and less natural than drums played by a person.
Vocals are the leading force of pop music. Music is often structured to fit around the lyrics
written by the vocalist. Types of vocals can include singing, screaming, rapping or spoken
Wind instruments such as saxophones, trumpets and flutes help give pop music a realistic
and full sound.
Orchestra string instruments such as the violin, viola and cello are occasionally featured
in pop music.
Punk rock typically means a fast, hard-edged style of music, often with
lyrics with anti-establishment sentiments. A good example of this would
be the song ‘God Save the Queen’ .
Various genres of rock use Punk to describe themselves. In fact, the
dating of the first use is still dubious.
A list of somewhat influential Punk Rock Bands would be:
The Velvet Underground
The main characteristics that make up a common punk rock song consist
A fast-paced, aggressive sound .
Lyrics displaying rebellious ideas, something also prominent in the
Often, band members had little skill as musicians, but felt the need to
It was widely considered a movement as much as it was a musical style.
. Heavy metal (often referred to simply as metal) is a genre
of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early
1970s, largely in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and in
the United States.
The bands that created heavy metal developed a thick,
massive sound, characterized by highly amplified
distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and
overall loudness. Heavy metal lyrics and performance
styles are generally associated with masculinity and
In January 1968 Blue Cheer released a cover of Eddie Cochran's classic
"Summertime Blues", from their debut album Vincebus Eruptum, that
many consider the first true heavy metal recording.
The same month, Steppenwolf released its self-titled debut album,
including "Born to Be Wild", which refers to "heavy metal thunder" in
describing a motorcycle.
Heavy metal is traditionally characterized by:
loud distorted guitars
Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or
more of these attributes.
Black metal • death metal • doom metal • glam metal •
gothic metal • groove metal • power metal • speed metal •
stoner metal • thrash metal • traditional heavy metal
A number of heavy metal genres have developed since the
emergence of heavy metal (often shortened to metal) during
the late 1960s and early 1970s. At times heavy metal genres
may overlap or are difficult to distinguish, but they can be
identified by a number of traits. They may differ in terms of:
instrumentation, tempo, song structure, vocal style, lyrics,
guitar playing style, drumming style, and so on.
Motörhead, founded in 1975, was the first important band to
straddle the punk/metal divide. With the explosion of punk in
1977, others followed. British music papers such as the NME
and Sounds took notice, with Sounds writer Geoff Barton
christening the movement the "New Wave of British Heavy
Metal". NWOBHM bands including Iron Maiden, Saxon,
and Def Leppard reenergized the heavy metal genre.
Heavy metal bands usually have a generic set up of
instruments. Most of these instruments have a unique style
or sound to them which make them specific to the metal
genre. These instruments are usually:
Heavy Metal Guitars usually have a very distorted sound
and are played with speed and often tricky finger work.
Here is an example of Heavy Metal Guitar playing
Heavy Metal Album Artwork is usually done in cartoons images. The
band name is usually displayed in a unusual font. Here are some