forgotten scene bands 2000s
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As 1999 got here to an in depth, boy bands and nü-metal acts had been on the high of the charts. Tendencies in mainstream tradition modified the next century, as pop punk, screamo and different Warped Tour acts smashed via the charts.

Which band do you most affiliate with the time interval between 2000-2009? Is it the ability pop of the All-American Rejects? The screamo of the Used? The mainstream rock of Thirty Seconds To Mars? Or is it another person? No matter your reply could also be, it’s most likely not one in every of these 15 underrated scene gems. 

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After Midnight Undertaking

If Let’s Construct One thing To Break, After Midnight Undertaking’s debut (and solely) full-length, had been launched throughout the screamo/post-hardcore increase earlier this century, the band actually would’ve been round for at the very least yet another album. The file was produced by revered scene icon John Feldmann, and it has all the components of a traditional Feldmann LP: anthemic choruses, loud guitars, passionate screams and ideal melodies. However don’t really feel too dangerous for the band’s vocalist Jason Evigan, as he presently writes songs with large artists comparable to Maroon 5, Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez.

The Apex Idea

It takes numerous balls to even attempt to play a measure in 11/8, not to mention compose a tune in stated unorthodox time signature. From the get-go, Los Angeles’s personal the Apex Idea proved that they had been an especially bold and musically expert four-piece, and the band tried to carve a novel lane for mainstream odd-metered and frenetic rock ’n’ roll. Sadly, the band by no means actually exploded to the skies, even with a reputation change to Mt. Helium towards the top of their profession. 

Autopilot Off

Think about this tour (half one—we’ve acquired one other thrilling showcase to reference later): punk powerhouses the Ataris, pop-rock darlings Sugarcult, shredders Rufio and Autopilot Off, the best pop-punk band you’ve by no means heard of. It really occurred in 2002. Orange County, New York’s Autopilot Off (previously often called Cooter) signed with Island Information firstly of the century and launched one good EP and one unimaginable LP on the label. We by no means thought we’d come again round. 

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BEDlight For BlueEYES

New Jersey’s BEDlight For BlueEYES are most likely greatest recognized for his or her standout cowl of Third Eye Blind’s Jumper,” however their wonderful and musically various originals, which mix a more-than-skilled band taking part in crunching post-hardcore with the wide selection of unimaginable ’80s-hair-metal vocals, deserve way more notoriety too. It’s such a disgrace that we solely have one EP and two LPs to indicate for it, as this group had a lot potential to turn into a profession act. 


Maybe the biggest band on this record, Sweden’s Blindside had been primed for international domination within the early 2000s. They’d the songs, they’d the look and their releases had been timed when their style was at its business peak. However two major-label releases in, the band had been nonetheless comparatively unknown stateside, taking part in smaller capability venues within the states than the figureheads and followers anticipated. Unhappy! There should have been some form of disconnect misplaced in translation as a result of Blindside had been peerless dwell. 


Vagrant Information actually dominated the start of this century with various powerhouse acts comparable to Dashboard Confessional, Alkaline Trio and the Get Up Youngsters. By some means, Louisville, Kentucky’s aggressive and frenetic Emanuel didn’t obtain the identical diploma of fanfare, and plenty of musicians had been shocked, as this band had been actually a band’s band. Timing must be blamed for such, as a plethora of clones persevered and thrived a number of years later and into the following decade. Make tonight particular and hearken to their discography this night. 

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Forgive Durden

Talking of conquering the start of this century, monster label Fueled By Ramen rose to prominence just some years later within the mid-2000s with heavy hitters comparable to Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco and Paramore. Nevertheless, few acts on the label fell below the radar like Seattle’s Forgive Durden, who launched two unbiased EPs earlier than being scooped up by FBR. Regardless of 2006’s Wonderland being the most effective album that the following band we discuss by no means recorded and 2008’s Razia’s Shadow: A Musical actually actualizing a scene rock opera completely, the band by no means achieved celebrity standing like so many different acts on the roster. Cue the solar.

Gatsbys American Dream

Gatsbys American Dream had been outcasts in a sea of ’em. Their literary lyrics had been a tad too esoteric for the mainstream to digest (who the hell writes a tune about William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies?), and their precise sound mixed nearly each single style within the e-book. Nonetheless, the band’s 4 albums discovered them an ardent cult following who freaked the fuck out when the band’s Fb web page modified their cowl photograph in January. Hopefully they’ll do greater than that ASAP.


Timing but once more may very well be blamed for destroying a implausible band. If Gratitude’s self-titled debut and solely album had been launched across the time of Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American in 2001, the band actually would’ve been round for a lot of extra information. Then once more, an analogous assertion may most likely be stated about singer/guitarist Jonah Matranga’s older band Far, and particularly the revered file Water & Options, which got here out in 1998—that gem was forward of its time. Theories apart, Gratitude’s file makes its listeners really feel all proper.

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Residence Grown

Orange County, California’s Residence Grown had been primed for international domination by the point they signed to Drive-Via Information within the early 2000s. The pop-punk group already had a minor hit in “Surfer Woman” and had been on the cusp of releasing their most accessible and high quality full-length Kings Of Pop in 2002. However issues don’t all the time go as deliberate, and the band launched yet another EP and broke up a few years later, by no means to be seen once more. Had they continued making music, they for certain could be talked about way more in the identical breath as DTR contemporaries New Discovered Glory, the Beginning Line and Finch

Letter Kills

Think about this tour (half two): the Nintendo Fusion tour in 2004 that includes the unimaginable Story Of The Yr, the then-amazing (and now terrible, simply Google them) lostprophets, My Chemical Romance simply earlier than they acquired large and the best screamo band who you’ve by no means heard of, Letter Kills. LK appeared to have all of it: a vocalist who may scream and sing with the most effective of ’em, a lead guitarist who was mild years higher than his friends on the six-string and an ideal 12-track album known as The Bridge. Sadly, it didn’t work out, because the band broke up shortly after they had been recording their follow-up album. Lights out.

Lola Ray

Earlier than the Madden brothers began MDDN, they’d DC Flag Information, which was a subsidiary of conglomerate Epic Information. Brooklyn’s Lola Ray had been a vivid star on the D.C. flag, and the band’s debut album, I Don’t Know You, options 10 flawless tracks which can be sadly nowhere to be discovered on any digital service suppliers. The band launched yet another file off the label two years later and ceased being a full-time act quickly after that. Time is trade.

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Monty Are I

Rhode Island’s Monty Are I made waves for roughly 13 years as a novel symphonic rock band earlier than calling it quits in 2011, simply after their second LP (and first major-label launch), Break By means of The Silence. Apart from excursions with massive acts comparable to Sum 41, Hawthorne Heights and Taking Again Sunday, the band weren’t a lot of a family identify. Fortunately, the band launched their first single in eight years this previous December and performed a sold-out present in January. 

My American Coronary heart

Your favourite bands completely love My American Coronary heart. It’s true. Ryan Scott Graham of State Champs is such an enormous fan that he named his facet mission after one of many band’s songs, Communicate Low If You Communicate Love. However MAH deserve your consideration for a lot greater than that. The San Diego quintet completely excelled at writing emo-pop tracks, and it’s unfair that a lot of the world was too drained and uninspired to note.

Vendetta Purple

Jealousy could be an especially bitter factor. Many trade pundits theorize that it’s what prematurely ended the profession of Seattle’s Vendetta Purple. After listening to concerning the lofty advance that Epic Information gave to the band upon signing them, many different acts acquired upset, blacklisted the five-piece and refused to share the stage with them. It was an ideal castration, as “Shatterday” ought to’ve (and will’ve) been as large as “The Style Of Ink.”

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