Skate punk

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Skate punk
Stylistic origins Punk rock, surf rock, melodic hardcore, hardcore punk
Cultural origins Mid-1980s North America, skate culture
Typical instruments Vocals, guitar, bass - drums, occasionally keyboards
Regional scenes
Orange County, Los Angeles, Venice, Santa Cruz, Tampa, New Jersey, Southern California, Northern California
Other topics
Dancing, skateboarding, metalcore, DIY punk ethic, list of bands, pop punk

Skate punk (sometimes called skate rock or skatecore) is a sub genre of punk rock, originally a derivative of the West Coast hardcore punk scene, that is named after its popularity among skateboarders and association with skateboarding culture.[1] Skate punk most often describes the sound of melodic hardcore bands from the 1990s with an aggressive sound, and similar sounding modern bands. Skate videos have traditionally featured this aggressive style of punk rock. This played a big part in the coining of the term "skate punk". Skate punk has gained popularity all around the world, including the Nardcore punk scene out of Oxnard, California.

Musical style[edit]

The musical style of skate punk combines the intensity of hardcore punk and thrashcore[citation needed] with more melodic songwriting. However, the earliest skate punk bands had a more raw sound which generally became more melodic over time[citation needed]. Skate punk is often more technical than other forms of punk, commonly featuring lead guitar riffs, solos, and vocal harmonies. The drum beats are often extremely fast, borrowing from the hardcore punk and thrashcore tradition[citation needed]. There is a considerable amount of overlap between the sound of skate punk and other forms of punk, so many bands classified as skate punk also fit into genres such as pop punk, melodic hardcore, thrashcore, metalcore and crossover thrash. Members of skate punk bands are often skateboarders themselves[citation needed]. Some bands occasionally focus on or at least reference skateboarding culture in their lyrics, in addition to other lyrical themes common to punk.


Skate punk started in Early-1980s California, where skateboarding was growing in popularity and was considered a form of rebellion. Bands that influenced the genre include Black Flag, JFA, Agent Orange, Minor Threat and Bad Religion. The Big Boys from Texas and JFA from Arizona are widely considered to be the first skate punk bands[citation needed]. Both bands were made up entirely of skateboarders[citation needed] and played loud and fast music designed to match the intensity of skateboarding. Bands such as RKL, NOFX, Stalag 13, The Black Athletes, Tales of Terror, Hogan's Heroes,[2][3][4][5] The Faction, and Suicidal Tendencies were also among the first wave of skate punk bands, with the latter band also paving the way for skate punk bands to play funk metal.[1]

The 1990s saw a rise in the popularity of skate punk as it evolved to be more melodic. During this time skate punk bands experienced a fair amount of commercial success[citation needed] and were featured in events such as the Warped tour. Blink-182's first two albums, Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch, were skate punk, and brought large popularity to the genre. Sum 41's major label debut All Killer, No Filler contained some skate punk elements.

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  1. ^ a b Skatepunk at Allmusic
  2. ^ * 1948-1999 Muze, Inc. POP Artists beginning with HOD, Phonolog, 1999, p. 1.No. 7-278B Section 207
  3. ^ * Matthews, Dave. Easy goes it. Observer, March 25, 1984, p. 1.
  4. ^ * Rotsaert, Rick. Rickter Scale. Thrasher Magazine, May 1992, p. 70.
  5. ^ * Discogs (Japan 1995) Skaters Gear - Volume 6 Retrieved 2012-05-12