The Ten Best St. Louis Punk Bands

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Maximum Effort, named St. Louis' best punk band in 2013. Read on for nine more bands worth sweating to in a basement.
This year's Best of St. Louis issue has hit the streets and this year like previous years (last year, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, etc.), we chose a winner for best punk band of 2013. But there's more than just one punk band worth your time, and many of these bands were winners in previous years. So here's our top ten list of best St. Louis punk bands. (This list is random order with the exception of the top spot.)

See also: St. Louis concert calendar

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Casey Chalmers
Shaved Women
Shaved Women is one of the city's best hardcore punk bands. The most apt description of the band's sound would if you gave an earthquake a bunch of drugs and turned it loose in a battle against a hurricane. Each song on Shaved Women's various pieces of vinyl released over the past three years makes psychosis sound pissed and catchy, and their shows are a great place to be if you've ever wondered what it would sound like in a basement/fallout shelter after the building collapsed on top of you.

See also: Five bands keeping the St. Louis hardcore-punk scene alive and thrashing

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Bassamp & Dan-O
If Lookout Records and Lynyrd Skynyrd had a kid, it'd be Bassamp & Dan-O. Probably the most (if not only) patriotic punk rock band in town, these bald eagles personified have gone from catchy, funny local band to our city's answer to Tenacious D: It's bacon-wrapped freedom encased inside the cheese-stuffed crust of justice. For further proof, see the recently released music video for "That's American", filmed at Lemmon's a few months ago:

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Mateus Mondini
Doom Town
The reigning kings and queen of Euro-sounding gloom punk have an unstoppable work ethic. With one record and tours of both America and Europe under its belt, two more records on the way and plenty more touring ahead, Doom Town proves that depression and spite plus motivation can result in some excellent music. Not just one of the best punk bands, Doom Town is one of St. Louis' best bands.


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22 comments
Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

I just skimmed the first page expecting a bunch of terrible crappy pseudo-punk screamers. These... these songs are actually pretty good.

Ben Smith
Ben Smith

DO YOU GUYS KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND PARTY WITH COCAINE?

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

crossing my fingers that my new band will be on this list next year

Bill Long
Bill Long

Was there any after Ultraman? With all due respect, where is the punk scene? The garage scene? The psych scene in this God forsaken town?

Jon Hiltz
Jon Hiltz

Animal Teeth should be on this list'

Joshua Lewis
Joshua Lewis

Fragile Porcelain Mice! Greatest band of all time!

barscott50
barscott50

No Scene of irony? No Benedict Arnold? No The Scam??? Why is this list so broken?

Jake Loesch
Jake Loesch

Nice to think st louis still has a scene...punx not dead haha

Kyle Izded
Kyle Izded

that would be Spencer, David, AND Jerry in that picture of B.P.

Paul Garrett Covey
Paul Garrett Covey

No Scene of irony? No Benedict Arnold? No The Scam??? Why is this list so broken?

elSicomoro
elSicomoro

@JonKMBZ I'm vaguely familiar with a few of them. I hung out with the more artsy-fartsy bands my last time back home ('05-10).

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