10 Classic Rock Sounding Bands In 2021
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They say rock is dead in 2021 but we beg to differ. Sure, it’s been an underdog for a few years now and it may have been overshadowed by pop and hip-hop. But with the following acts, they’re making music that’ll make you miss the golden era of rock ‘n roll. Let’s check them out:
1. Dirty Honey
This takes you back to the ’70s – think Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin. Formed in 2017, they’re the first unsigned group to top the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Guns N’ Roses was one of their influences and it all came nicely together when Dirty Honey supported their idols in the Las Vegas stop of their Not in This Lifetime Tour.
2. The Cold Stares
With their brand of bluesy rock, their songs are catchy and seriously infectious. They formed in 2010 and they’re a breath of fresh air in the music world. “We’re not just a blues band, or just a rock band,” frontman Chris Tapp said, “or anything other than who we are.”
3. Blacktop Mojo
Founded in 2012, they’re known for Matt James’ soulful and powerful vocals. Their music is reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd but with more edge.
4. Stone Horses
Mixing swampy blues with modern rock, their songs are groovy. They pulled out all the stops with their fiery guitar riffs and heavy-hitting sound.
5. Greta Van Fleet
Among all of those on this list, they’re probably the most popular. They need no introduction. They received a lot of hate with their debut EP since they were dubbed as Led Zeppelin copycats. However, with the release of their latest LP, they found their sound.
6. Black Stone Cherry
Formed in 2001, Black Stone Cherry has released seven studio albums – the latest of which was 2020’s The Human Condition. Earlier this month, however, they announced that their bassist Jon Lawhon is taking an indefinite hiatus.
Formed in 1995, they released two studio albums before dissolving in 2002. They debuted a new lineup in 2005 and went on to release a couple more LPs. They fused their hard-rocking sound with a contemporary flavor.
8. Rival Sons
Formed in 2009, they probably have the biggest fan base among the other bands on this list. “This is just the simplest way to not cheat ourselves or the listener,” guitarist Scott Holiday said, “rock and roll can’t be over-thought, and if it is, it loses its immediacy and instinct…it needs to be a knife fight, not a knife dance.”
9. The L.A. Maybe
This six-piece rock band boasts of gritty vocals, catchy hooks, and face-melting guitar solos. This is raw rock ‘n roll at its finest.
This female rock outfit from Stockholm, Sweden, they formed in 2010 and was revamped in 2017. They’re known for their feisty and high voltage rake on rock.