Orgcore

Orgcore originated as a term from the online community and conversations around the PunkNews.org website, also known as “The Org”. The melodic punk bands favored by their readers remained faithful to independent labels and embraced DIY ethos. Rather than pinpointing a specific musical style like pop-punk or emo, Orgcore broadly encapsulates bands admired by the community around “The Org” and the annual punk festival, The Fest, in Gainesville, Florida.

What is Orgcore?

Orgcore, not a distinct genre in itself, is a term rooted in the online discussions and preferences surrounding certain melodic punk bands. These bands, celebrated by readers of the PunkNews.org website or “The Org”, often remained faithful to independent labels and DIY principles.

Their sound, while reminiscent of the era’s pop-punk and skate punk, blends influences from melodic punk bands like Jawbreaker and Leatherface, post-hardcore, ’90s emo, alternative rock, folk punk, bluegrass, Americana, ska, and beyond.

Origins and Regional Concentration

Orgcore’s influence primarily radiated from hubs like Gainesville, Chicago, Richmond, New Jersey, and New York City. The Fest, an annual event in Gainesville, became emblematic of the scene, highlighting prominent bands within this niche. Key record labels that championed the Orgcore sound include No Idea Records, Asian Man Records, and Red Scare Industries, among others.

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The Fest 2012, 📸 Matt Stamey

Beardpunk & Gruff Punk

Terms like Beardpunk were humorously coined to characterize the typical PunkNews.org reader and The Fest attendee, often pictured with a beard, flannel attire, and a fondness for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

Gruff punk, another synonymous term, denotes the distinctive raspy vocal style prevalent in Orgcore bands, offering a contrast to the cleaner vocals in more commercial pop-punk. This gruffness resonates in bands ranging from melodic hardcore like Lifetime to punk rock styles of Gunmoll, and even post-hardcore inflections as seen in bands like Planes Mistaken For Stars.

Origins of the Orgcore term

The introduction of “orgcore” is credited to a PunkNews.org commenter, “Fuzzy”, in March 2006. The term gained momentum in 2007, notably through illustrator Rob Dobi’s YourSceneSucks website and its subsequent book, which satirized various subcultures of the time, with the “orgcore punker” standing out as a notable mention.

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this grizzled scene veteran often works in the music industry but he can’t stand anything associated with it. he tends to be apathetic toward anything and everything, with the exception of the recent hot water music reunion or his yearly excursion to the fest in florida.

he daydreams endlessly about moving to gainesville or richmond where he can participate in the scene firsthand, but for now he is stuck behind messageboards. this modern day lumberjack often aims to be “first!” on punknews.org and wishes death upon any band that seeks financial help after flipping their van.

while his fashion might not be as over-the-top as other scenesters, he’s just as identifiable with his signature scraggly beard, cowboy shirt, jade tree alumni tattoos, and swamp-like smell.
bitter and beaten, his days of stage dives and high fives are long since over. the orgcore punker is left drowning his sorrows over chuck ragan singles and a case of pbr. recently, after being dumped, his sense of apathy reached a new high; he announced to his ex that he was going to get a sandwich.

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Orgcore Bands

  • ’90s Pre-Orgcore: Jawbreaker, Leatherface, Descendents, Screeching Weasel, Pinhead Gunpowder, Atom and His Package, All, Lifetime, Avail, The Blood Brothers, Superchunk, Knapsack, Samiam, The Weakerthans.
  • OG “Punknews” Orgcore: Dillinger Four, Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio, Kid Dynamite, The Bouncing Souls, Strike Anywhere, Bomb The Music Industry!, American Steel, Smoking Pipes, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Small Brown Bike, The Lillingtons, The Loved Ones, The Falcon.
  • Mid-to-late-’00s Orgcore: The Lawrence Arms, Latterman, Gunmoll, Against Me!, The Flatliners, The Ergs!, A Wilhelm Scream, None More Black, Paint It Black, Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ), Streetlight Manifesto, Shinobu, Tigers Jaw, Teenage Bottlerocket, Banner Pilot, Paul Baribeau.
  • 2010 – 2020s Orgcore: The Gaslight Anthem, The Menzingers, Off With Their Heads, Arms Aloft, RVIVR, Iron Chick, Lemuria, Dead To Me, The Copyrights, Nothington, Bridge And Tunnel, Title Fight, Joyce Manor, Polar Bear Club, Into It. Over It., Spraynard, Screaming Females, Witches With Dicks, Pathetic Use of Potential (PUP), Worriers, Red City Radio, Restortations, Night Birds, Boilerman, Unfun.

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