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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. 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.
The musical style of skate punk combines the intensity of hardcore punk and thrashcore with more melodic songwriting. However, the earliest skate punk bands had a more raw sound which generally became more melodic over time. 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. 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. Some bands occasionally focus on or at least reference skateboarding culture in their lyrics, in addition to other lyrical themes common to punk.
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 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.