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  1. Jay

    Nov 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I think; Russian Circles, Caspian & Red Sparowes may have deserved a mention.

    Red Sparowes not so much, as they don’t feel as dedicated as other bands, but their albums are some of the best I’ve heard.

    • Craig


      Nov 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks for the heads up on Red Sparowes and I’ll take a listen to Russian Circles. Cheers Jay.

    • Rick Deragon

      May 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Good list, but tops for me at this point in time would be Grails. Multidimensional, cinematic, epic. Other talented bands doing compelling things (that I know about) are: I Hear Sirens, Joy Wants Eternity, Saxon Shore, Signal Hill, Followed by Ghosts, Gifts of Enola, Maserati, and A. Armada.

      • Craig


        May 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm

        Thanks Rick, will take a listen!

      • Derch

        May 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        Agreed! From where I sit, Grails will always top the list of Post Rock! I’m still kinda new to it, but have acquired and listened to a lot of bands. Surprisingly, I’ve not heard of the EIGHT other bands you’ve mentioned!? I gotta check them out! What would you say are the bands most like Grails I should own btw?

    • Carlos

      Aug 31, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Shora, The Evpatoria Report, Labirinto, JoyCut and last but not least Baikonur

      • Craig


        Sep 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks Carlos, will be sure to check these out!

  2. SavagE

    Nov 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Strongly disagree with Astronauts ranked 1st. Gotta check out a third of those bands, but the list definitely lacks Caspian.

  3. Charlie

    Nov 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    This list has left out so many. Next time have someone familiar with the genre do the article, not the intern.

  4. Thibault

    Nov 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    What about Thee Silver Mt. Zion ? how you guy forget this amazing band ?!

  5. Delyon Getty

    Nov 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I have listened to all of the top 5 bands and have to agree with your choice and perceptive comments.
    Whilst all musical preference is obviously perceptive, I believe God is an Astronaut and Sigur Ros are open to appreciation in all genres.
    GIAA are excitement incarnate – they transport balanced minds into a higher state of consciousness. SR do so too, but the Irish band delivers more soul.
    Congratulations on a diligent and insightful listing.

    D. Getty

    • Craig


      Dec 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Delyon.

  6. Kajt

    Nov 27, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Red Sparowes, Russian Circles, Pelican and Palms (they have only one full length album, but it’s fckn awesome and worth listening to).

  7. Pascal

    Dec 1, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Where’s pg.lost?

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      I’ll give them a listen!

    • Carlos

      Aug 31, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Another good one

  8. juno

    Dec 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

    you should check out “misuse” from Athens

  9. Mauro Babbo

    Dec 1, 2014 at 10:51 am

    …Pg.lost, Long Distance Calling, Jakob, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tides From Nebula, Gifts From Enola, Leech, Upcdownc…

    • Sam

      Feb 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Jakob should definitely be on the list. My favourite post rock band by far. They have just released a new album after 8 years (Sines) They’re a unique band, no one sounds like them.

      • Francisca Farias

        Jun 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        Really? I’ll give it a try just because the ‘no one sounds like them’ part, because we have to admit many of the late post-rock bands same almost the same.

      • Damian

        Oct 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        WOW… Jakob and Palms both should have been on this list. Instead, more than half the list are bands that all sound like eachother… What gives?

  10. taha

    Dec 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    where is caspian?
    GIAA #1? really?!!! over GSYBE and Mogwai?!!! CRAP!
    where are Daturah, Yindi halda, jakob and many other pioneers? do yo listen to post rock anyway?

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Ratings are never going to please everyone, so I would hope people would see it as a good way to discover some amazing post rock bands, rather than looking at it as ‘this band is better than this band’ – it’s just my personal preference. I listen to a lot of post rock, thanks to the suggestions. I couldn’t list everyone!

  11. tun

    Dec 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    It’s a great list, but next time you should consider Oceansize too. They were brilliant, literally.

  12. Preston Justice

    Dec 2, 2014 at 4:13 am

    This list definitely fails with the absence of Caspian, Red Sparrowes, No respect for beauty, Russian circles, and Pelican. I love post rock and I honestly would have put either If these trees could talk or Caspian in the #1 spot. I never really got into God is an astronot and don’t personally think 60daysofstatic even deserves a slot…but oh well. Atleast you mentioned This will destroy you! and Yndi Halda.

    • marcwoodley

      Feb 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      I defo agree

  13. Craig


    Dec 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Seems like Caspian need to go on the list! Will update it. Good feedback.

    • marcwoodley

      Feb 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Yes Caspian are amazing listen to sunlight ascending there music is so beautiful

    • shikeyu

      Jul 27, 2016 at 6:31 am

      their new album dust and disquiet is so fuking amazing!

      • Craig


        Jul 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

        Hell yeah! Quality 🙂

  14. Oscar

    Dec 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    You have to ear Toundra, fron Spain. Awesome too!

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Oscar, will check them out.

  15. José

    Jan 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Toundra from Madrid, Spain. Awesome band

  16. Mike S.

    Feb 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Check out Liam, Jakub & Sleeping Bear!!!

    • Craig


      Jul 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Nice one for the suggestion Mike.

  17. Sam

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Jakob should be on this list. One of the few post rock bands that sound unique. Their latest album “Sines” is amazing.

    • Alex

      Jun 12, 2015 at 6:28 am


  18. marcwoodley

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    sunlight ascending oh hiroshima EF pg-lost builders of empire sleep dealer mooncake

  19. marcwoodley

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    You did not mention in the list sunlight ascending have a listen to them they were amazing

  20. Mike M.

    Feb 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    This Patch of Sky has definitely been a new top favorite of mine recently. They’re right up there with This Will Destroy You and Jakob.

    • Craig


      Feb 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Mike, I’ve not heard them, I’ll be sure to add them to the list.

  21. Kyson Van Dyke

    Mar 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Have you tried listening to Tides of Man? they’re a indie rock band that turned post-rock after their singer left and i defiantly suggest listening to them

    • Craig


      Mar 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Nice tip Kyson, thanks I’ll check them out!


    Mar 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    The Band envy, especially with the songs “A warm room” and “A Hint and the Incapacity”..fantastic Post Rock Songs..should be on your list! Enjoy and cheers

  23. Mike

    Apr 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I honestly think that Russian Circles deserve a mention. Take a listen to the “Station” album and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      I wanted to include them originally but felt like I didn’t know enough about them to include them. I have however listened to more so will add them on the next edit!

  24. Richie Deegan

    Apr 16, 2015 at 2:47 am


  25. Borbas

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Hey, I am new at this post-rock thing, but I am in love with three bands – but you mentioned only one of them; Explosions In The Sky, which is truly powerful and kick ass.

    However, I really thing japanese Toe and Brazilian The Tape Disaster should be here on this list. To start with Toe, I suggest this one and the best one out of The Tape Disaster, I surely recommend A Voz do Fogo, which has been my fav song in a while now

    Cheers and thanks for the post!

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Borbas and nice one on taking the time to suggest some songs!

  26. Alex

    Apr 24, 2015 at 4:17 am

    The list is good but where is Oceansize?

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Gone but not forgotten! I will update shortly and add them in.

      • Alex

        May 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

        Oh didn’t saw you answer to me:D
        Cool list btw, i don’t agree in a few things but is your list not mine.

  27. roberto

    Apr 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Long Distance Calling and Leech are missing from this list!

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Will have a look and try to get them added!

  28. Mario

    May 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I think a lot of post rock bands you listed here have a really generic sound, in my opinion God Is an Astronaut and These Three.. don’t even deserve to be in this list. Some bands that in my opinion NEED to be in such list are: Labradford, Stars of the Lid, ISIS, Pelican, ENVY, Toe, Kovlo.

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I think the generic sound you are referring to is probably a sound that is synonymous with post rock – thus why they are on the list. Some good suggestions there though Mario.

    • shikeyu

      Jul 27, 2016 at 6:24 am

      it’s just a personal list,no offense to other post rock bands,although GIAA is indeed my favorite band,and i have been to their live concert twice which are the things would not be forgotten,it’s just pure fun

  29. Yannick

    May 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    For me, the best post-rock band ever is The Evpatoria Report”. Even if they only released 2 albums (Golevka and Maar) before they split, these ones are wonderful and I cannot stop listening to them!

    • Craig


      May 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I’ve not heard of them Yannick, I’ll give them a listen 🙂

  30. Abhi

    May 11, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Listen to “Hammock” also, they are great. 🙂

  31. KranK

    May 17, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Jakob! Enough said.

  32. Chad

    May 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Others have suggested it, but listen to Hammock for sure! One of my current favorite artists. Try “(Let’s Kiss) While All the Stars are Falling Down” or “Overcast Sorrow.”

  33. Todd

    Jun 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I have been searching through many “best of” post rock bands and must say that this is the best I have found! My list would be very similar to yours! I even discovered 65daysofstatic, which by the way, is amazing! If I had to give it one criticism, I would say “The Album Leaf” needs to be on this list.

    • Craig


      Jul 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Todd. I’m currently listening to some of the suggestions and will amend it soon. Hopefully for now though it will give people a good starting place!

  34. Albert

    Jun 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    What do you think about the album leaf?

  35. TONY

    Jul 15, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Moving Mountains

  36. Neil

    Jul 17, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Great list being Irish God is an Astronaut got me into this genre. Don’t know if due to the long comment section if And So I watch You from Afar has been mentioned.. If not your no. 3 needs changing haha. Thanks for the list look forward to expanding my tastes

  37. Adri

    Aug 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Craig for the list. I’m new to post rock, so this list really help me.

    maybe you wanna check “Under The Big Bright Yellow Sun” 😀

    • Craig


      Aug 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Thanks for the kind words and the new music to check out Adri!

  38. Saeed

    Aug 26, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Extremely perfect list, specially for MONO, God is An Astronaut and Yndi Halda.

    But how could you miss “Sleep Dealer”? .. Listen to tracks: “Wheel of Time”, “A Storm Was Gathering” and “Last Mile”

    Wheel of Time:
    A Storm Was Gathering:
    Last Mile:

    Also, there is a Chinese band named “Summer Fades Away” .. it is simply Awesome.


    • shikeyu

      Jul 27, 2016 at 6:19 am

      hey Saeed,
      thanks for mentioning that Chinese band,i’ve been to their live concert,they deserve more attention.
      there are countless post rock bands here in China,they are so unique,you should check out more bands like “Sparrow”、”惘闻”(sorry i do not know their english name,but this band is pretty popular in Europe)、”Bugs of Phonon”……

  39. Minifig

    Aug 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Needs more Moonlit Sailor on the list.

  40. Thomas Zervas

    Nov 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I am waiting for you last summer is an awesome post rock band from Russia I enjoy listening to

  41. Thomas Zervas

    Nov 1, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Also Iceburg Theory a Siberian post rock band is worth a listen.

  42. Stelios Fountoulakis

    Nov 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Craig,

    Many thanks for this great article.

    Been a long time post rock listener but never really dug deeper than the very big names of the genre (GYBE,EITS,Mogwai etc). Your list was a good kick for me to start exploring what is now by far my favorite type of music.

    Nothing to do with my nationality, but everyone should give a chance to some local Athens bands (, afformance, Kalpa, swim to cape sherpa) which are of very high quality.

    • Craig


      Nov 26, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Some good suggestions there Stelios. Thanks for the reply and glad you enjoyed the list 🙂

  43. Dao

    Dec 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hey Craig,
    Nice list here !
    Check out BLAK
    Only one song out but reading your list I thought to mention them to you cause I’m sure you’ll like them.

  44. Craig

    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    No mention of Hammock? Their album Departure Songs is up there with () by Sigur Ros for me

    Cool name by the way

  45. Stelios Ladopoulos

    Jan 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Stelios Fountoulakis thank you for mentioning Swim to Cape Sherpa 😉
    Here is our bandcamp page for easy access! It’s free to download too!

  46. Igor

    Jan 20, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Unfortunately, a lot great bands are so underrated(
    For example

  47. Leon Arblant

    Feb 6, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I totally recommend Indignu, from Portugal.

  48. James

    Mar 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    This was a very insightful list, I really enjoyed reading it. I’ve known of some of these bands, but some of them were previously unknown and I’m glad I got introduced to them. There’s a chill artist named Indigo People from San Francisco, that I think you’ll enjoy. He released his fifth album last summer and it sounds really good.. Cheers!

    • Craig


      Mar 9, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks. Really glad you enjoyed the list.

  49. Nathan

    Apr 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm


    You’re right, this is all your personal preference. But for someone like me that knows very little about post-rock, I appreciate all your effort. I like Caspian, Explosions in the Sky, and Sigur Ros but I’m excited to check more of these bands out! Thanks!

  50. Maj

    Apr 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Great list! GIAA is also my favorite!

    you might wanna check Long distance calling
    listen to the song called apparitions

  51. kittensquirtz4

    May 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I HIGHLY recommend everyone check out pg.lost as they are fantastic.

    • shikeyu

      Jul 27, 2016 at 6:10 am

      haha,in chinese,PG is the short form of “ASS” which is called “PiGu”,so chinese fans call pg.lost as “I lost my ass’.Lol…

  52. shikeyu

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I am a Chinese guy,and I think your list is pretty accurate,God Is An Astronaut is also my favorite band.But I think you probably have missed a big part of Asia,there are countless post rock bands in Asia,especially in China,most of the are really good,and unique,I would like to share their songs to you.

  53. Matias

    Oct 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Excellent Bands. But my favourite one is Autumn Moonlight from Argentina. these guys are incredible. Well, all of these bands are amazing, post-rock is maybe the most beautiful genre of all times.

  54. serbay

    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Hey, great post! There is a post-rock band that I discovered new. I highly recommend to listen “Waiting for Sunrise” album of April Rain who loves great guitar tones and drum fills.

    • Craig


      Oct 20, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks for suggestion Serbay. I’ll take a listen, and hopefully everyone else will too!

  55. harry

    Oct 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I can’t find a website that offers to download these post rock bands or songs

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