Noise rock

experimental rock music mixed with noise

Noise rock (sometimes called noise punk) is a music genre that uses elements of noise and experimental rock[1] Artists in the genre usually use electric guitars to get alot of distortion in their music. Sometimes, they will also use electronic instruments to add percussion or to add to their overall songs.[2]


The Velvet Underground is considered the band that made the first noise rock album.

Although noise rock has existed before the coinage of the term "noise rock", the term was first used to describe punk groups in the 1980s that used an increased usage of abrasiveness in their music.[3] One of the first noise rock albums is considered to be White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground in 1968.[4]


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  2. "Noise-Rock Music Style Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2023-12-03.
  3. Terich, Jeff (2013-02-25). "Hold on to Your Genre: Noise Rock". Treble. Retrieved 2024-01-14.
  4. Gross, Joe (April 2007). Essentials: Noise Rock. SPIN Media LLC.