Melodic hardcore

subgenre of hardcore punk

Melodic hardcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk. Exploring melodies are an important part of melodic hardcore. Gunther "Puddinfoot" Crines described the style as "just so nice".[1] It came out of L.A. hardcore with the Descendants.[2] In 1985, the Descendents worked with two new singers, Dave Smalley of DYS and Dag Nasty.[3] Bad Religion also worked in this style.[1] Another well known melodic hardcore band is Pennywise.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Peter Jandreus, The Encyclopedia of Swedish Punk 1977-1987, Stockholm: Premium Publishing, 2008, p. 11.
  2. "Descendents were the model for all 'melodic' HC that followed." Blush, Steven and Petros, George; American hardcore : a tribal history; Los Angeles, CA : Feral House : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2001. OCLC 48658495. Part Two. "LA: How Could Hell Be Any Worse?" p. 79.
  3. American Hardcore, p. 80.