Emerged from the 1980s’ independent music underground, alternative rock became popular in the 1990s around the world. Let’s have a look at some of the most famous alternative rock bands of all time.
The Moon & Antarctica Modest Mouse
Formed in 1992 in Washington, Modest Mouse was currently based in Portland, Oregon, the US. The band’s founding members are lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, bassist Eric Judy, and drummer Jeremiah Green. Deeply influenced by groups XTC, Pavement, Talking Heads, and the Pixies, the band rearranged, rehearsed, and recorded demos for about two years before signing with small-town indie brand, K Records, and releasing singles. Since the group released their debut album in 1996 under the name This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, its lineup has centered on Brock and Green.
Before having departed in 2012, Judy performed on every Modest Mouse album. Guitarist Johnny Marr joined the group in 2006, shortly following multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso and percussionist Joe Plummer to feature on the album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Later in 2009, guitarist Jim Fairchild joined the group. Their sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, was released in 2015.
The group’s name is derived from the Virginia Woolf story The Mark on the Wall.
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Founded in London, the UK, in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and guitarist Steven Severin, Siouxsie and the Banshees was a band initially associating with the English punk rock scene. The group evolved to create a form of post-punk discord filled with sonic experimentation and daring rhythmic. In 1981, with the release of Juju, the band became a deep influence on the emerging gothic rock scene. After the group disbanded in 1996, Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continued to record music as the second band Creatures that they had formed in the early 1980s. Siouxsie began a solo career in 2004.