10 Modern Rock Music Artists With A Throwback Sound

What's old is new again, as these ten bands with a retro vibe more than prove.

The Sonic Dawn As Of Lately

As the popular saying goes, nostalgia is a hell of a drug.

Everyone has a soft spot for the things from their past, usually because they were able to enjoy them at a time in their life when they had decreased responsibilities.

This phenomenon is seen in culture all the time; old film franchises being resurrected, former fashion trends coming back around, and Stranger Things singlehandedly making everyone on the planet wish that they'd up grown up in the 1980s.

Music is guilty of this too, as sounds and styles that used to be popular are consistently revived with a renewed purpose. Especially when it comes to rock.

These ten current bands all have something of the vintage about them. Their music is clearly inspired by a time before their own, either by general musical movements or by specific bands and artists.

Some bands have gone straight down the copycat route, whilst others have put their own unique spin on an older format.

Regardless of how they did it, there can be no denying that they have all looked to the past in order to secure their futures.

10. Bully

The brainchild of singer-songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Bully launched in 2013 and released their first album two years later.

What began as a three-piece band eventually just became Bognanno on her own when Bully's third album Sugaregg was released in 2020. Maybe the other members didn't like the title? Their loss, it's great.

Whether on her own or whilst playing with others, Bognanno is clearly paying homage to the angsty female rock singers of the 1990s with her intentionally melancholy musical output.

With a little bit of Courtney Love, Aimee Mann, and Alanis Morrissette in her voice, Bognanno channels the spirits of grunge and alternative past to bring the two genres up to speed with the modern world.

The production values are much higher than most 90s fare, but that's only because producers have had 30 years to figure out how to make songs sound like they're not underwater.

With a lot of charisma, strong songwriting chops, and a clear vision of what she wants her music to be, it's hardly surprising that Bognanno has survived for as long as she has despite the many shifts in her career.

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Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.