10 Bewilderingly Underrated Post-Punk Bands You Need to Hear

Today’s a day for Flavorpill central to get excited about music, and not just because it’s the day the new of Montreal album comes out. February 7th also sees the re-release of A Trip to Marineville and Jane from Occupied Europe, the two studio albums that represent the career of hugely underrated UK post-punk band Swell Maps. For whatever reason, the post-punk era seems to have bred a great number of bands whose music was miles ahead of its time and whose output remains largely overlooked, even in 2012. So in honor of Swell Maps’ prescient output, here’s our selection of some other great post-punk bands who really deserve the attention of music lovers. Did we miss anyone?

Swell Maps

The work of brothers Kevin and Paul Godfrey (better known as Epic Soundtracks and Nikki Sudden) is particularly interesting as some of it actually pre-dated punk, let alone post-punk — their band first started playing in 1972, which really only serves to reinforce just how ahead of their time they were. But their recorded output only really begins in the late ’70s, and its forward-thinking sound definitely ties in with the breadth of vision that characterized the best of the post-punk era. We’re very glad their two remarkable albums are getting the deluxe reissue treatment — it’s only a shame that neither brother is alive to see their music get the respect it so richly deserves.