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Prog rock *cough* I mean Post-rock is an experimental music genre characterized by the use of guitar effects and other means to create lots of weird sounds over a period of twenty minutes or longer. Post-rock music often includes crescendos, dissonance, ambience, and the sounds of nude beatniks rolling their own cigarettes in the bathroom of a rundown music venue.
The quality of a post-rock band is measured through the additives of four main factors:
- The average word count of the band name and song titles.
- The average time length of songs.
- How many band members there are.
- How many side projects the band has (including side projects of side projects).
According to these factors, the best post-rock band is Canadian band Godspank You Black Dildo!!!!!!!!. While they are conservative with their relatively short band name, every member of every post-rock band ever has been a member of Godspank at some point in time, making their member list somewhere around eleven thousand. Godspank's song length average is 4 days and 33 minutes. The band has around four billion side projects. One and a half million of these side projects are side projects of their side project band The Stankin' Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la Frolicking Forklift Fantasy Fruit Punch Drinking Kanada Riot Squad Screamers with Scissor-hands and Sourmouth Sleepyhead Slackoff Sisters and I Guess a Couple Monkeys, which has increased the length of its band name with every album release.
edit History of post-rockThe origin of post-rock is debated by hipster music historians as either being the early 90s band Slint or when John Cage went back in time to a feline fetish brothel in France circa 1637 with a prototype Texas Instruments transistor radio and gutted its circuitry to make an ear-piercing sound as a distraction while he ransacked the place for a kitten huffing fix. The latter is of course problematic because it would mean that post-rock predates rock music.
Some critics make the claim that 1980s band Talk Talk pioneered post-rock, but no one pays attention to this because the band did in fact suck quite badly and any resemblance to post-rock was probably a simple failure to create rock music. Because of this apparent suckage, it is often assumed that the post-rock band Turtle continued Talk Talk's legacy by creating a terribly boring band yet maintaining a strong following through diehard hipsters who argue that Turtle was the first to use a Celtic harp made from Andy Warhol's hair in their hit song Penis Wrapped in Rubber.
Through the mid to late 1990s, post-rock maintained its underground hipster popularity. Bands such as Godspank You Black Dildo!!!!!!!!, Frogwai, Do Hair Make Lunch, and Cul de Ball Sac thrived with freakin' sweet drumming and what experimental musician Brian Eno called repetitive yet totally cool dude spacey neato woo daddy!!! that is far out sounding guitars.
Today, post-rock maintains popularity with bands like Explosions in my Ass, who perfected the rock crescendo with such a cinematic quality that they created the soundtrack for the 2004 film Friday Night Dykes. Because of this band's association with a piece of media that was known outside of secret DC++ hubs and the ex-girlfriends of hipster assholes, Explosions in my Ass are now somewhat abhorred in the indie community.
edit Musical/Noisical characteristics
Post-rock owes its influence to a combination of cocaine-addict Jazz musicians, acid-loving Kraut-rock musicians, and boredom-induced electronic musicians. Post-rock often uses more intricate timing than rock, since (unlike the average rock musician) most post-rockers are high school graduates and therefore can count higher than 3.A typical post-rock song will begin with some random recorded found sound, such as a spliced-up conversation between two semi-retarded Gypo thieves planning a siege on an American embassy. Then, after several minutes, the first instrument will kick in--likely guitars, drums, or belching. This will go on for a while until next band member's instrument gets back from a bathroom break where illegal doses of coca-cola may or may not have been snorted. This next band member will layer the music with another instrument. This will be followed by a third, and a fourth, and a fifth, and so forth. Gradually, the
Post-rock occasionally incorporates electronic soundscapes for a timbre effect experimental musician Robert Fripp called some extra super cool sweetness. Post-rock songs generally last until the band members get bored or tired of playing the same notes over and over again and decide to go see what's new on Pitchfork. Many Canadian post-rock bands make use of orchestral instruments like violins, cellos, and dildo drumsticks for a more dramatic sound.
edit Famous Post Rock Bands
Remember the longer the name the better the band
- Flying in a Spaceship Made of Eggs
- The 19th Century Muslim Painters
- Sperm Flapper
- Explosions in my Large but Comfortable Pantaloons
- God is a Paedophile
- We are Sailing on a Sea of Rasberry Jelly
- Shark Fuckers