Punx Who Shred: Vol. 1



Welcome to the 21st century, where punk is only dead if you stopped paying attention when Descendents became All. There are a dozen articles I could write on how the histories of punk and metal intertwine and how you need to show your local dirty punx some respect, but for now I’m just going to set the record straight on one thing for you narrow-minded heshers: punks can shred a guitar just as hard as any of you ponytail dweebs can, and they’ll look cooler while doing it. Let’s dig into a handful of my favorite punk bands with killer guitarists.




In the late 2000’s, Propagandhi developed from a hyper-political ska band into a hyper-political progressive thrash punk band. Blistering 5/4 riffs are seasoned with licks on licks on licks courtesy of Chris Hannah and David Guillas, all supported by Jord Samolesky’s powerful, relentless drumming that proves you don’t need a double kick pedal to rip your skins to pieces.




White Lung‘s lone 6-stringer Kenneth William is a humble genius of the rhythm guitar. He casually plays the instrument as if he is replicating a warped LP of a Bach organ concerto played at 45 RPM. Listen to Bag (above) to hear him play every octave in his guitar’s range at once and sound positively spritely doing it. The success of White Lung relies on William’s zazzy, ludicrous playing as a perfect compliment to Mish Way’s tough, alto wailing.





Screaming Females are the least hardcore band in this article, but resident guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Marissa Paternoster might shred the hardest of any of these players. Not only are her riffs memorable and dynamic, but her solos are loose, wild, and totally refreshing to hear from a band that otherwise sounds at home opening for Modest Mouse.



Weird opinion time: I think Marissa Paternoster plays guitar like Brann Dailor plays drums. Both of them tend to play ahead of the beat, use lots of fills, and can perform freakishly fast and technical solos while still sounding totally human and organic. Discuss.

This piece was written entirely on a smartphone while on the road with Rifle Diet. The author begs forgiveness for the half-assed nature of this article. 

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  • W.

    Hessian Hunter >>>>>>>>

    • HessianHunter

      Oh, stop it. *blushes*

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Shit, I really friggin like Propagandhi. Thank you adorable pumpkin baby.

    • Propagandhi is the very best.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Not bad, I really dig their style in that Dear Coaches Corner song. Where do I find more of this?

        • HessianHunter

          Most of their relevant material is on Spotify. Or go suppirt your local record store!

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Ah, it didn’t come up right away on spotify because I forgot how to hit the right buttons on my keyboard.

          • HessianHunter

            I misspelled “Propagandhi” constantly while writing this fucking article.

          • Stockhausen


  • This is a series I’d love to contribute to. Going back (a long ways) East Bay Ray of the DKs was a pretty siqq guitarist. Surf guitar lines >>>>

    • HessianHunter


      Nah, anyone else can write these. I like being a trendsetter. ;-P *teehee*

      • Thoughts on A Wilhelm Scream?

        • W.

          One of my good friends growing up was really into Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream.

          • I’ve been thinking about submitting AWS stuff for ROTW for a while. Dudes can PLAY.

        • HessianHunter

          Similar to Propagandhi in how they thrashify pop-punk. I like ’em!

          • Lacertilian

            Frenzal Rhomb had some thrashy riffs for a punk band.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Man I wish I could just put those guitars in somebody else’s songs.

    • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo
  • first time listening Propagandhi.. Link’s seal of approval <3 I love melodic punk songs!!

    • HessianHunter

      They have pop-punk melodic sensibilities, but go hard and shred like motherfuckers. Swooning just thinking about it over here.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    Flushed for no Leftover Crack.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      Good article though.

    • I love Leftover Crack but I dunno that I would say the guitars shred.

      • The Satan Ov Hell
        • I love it but gotta agree to disagree with the shredability. Regardless, I’ll still rock a 40 oz with you.

          • W.

            My sister’s favorite band ever is Strung Out. Where do they rank on the punk that shreds scale?

          • They shred pretty hard. Very high shredability rating.

          • HessianHunter

            They sit at the same lunchroom table as Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream. Thumbs up!

          • W.

            If I remember correctly, she’s actually hung out with them a few times. I guess consistently going to shows paid off.

          • oops, you beat me to it.
            reading all comments before commenting >>>>>>>>>>

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            of course the most shredfull punk is of course… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzrPGq44lB8

          • Cock ov Steele

            Not a shred, but agoddamn jam nonetheless,

      • “I love Leftover Crack”


        • The Satan Ov Hell

          everyone loves Leftover Crack

          • more beer

            There is no such thing as left over crack. Ask any crackhead.

  • I think this is what happens when you mix punk and power metal http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_mr8Mb6vlGD8/TI8XpunCBbI/AAAAAAAABA8/88v95fSOPc4/s1600/road-warrior.jpg

    • HessianHunter

      An oogle birthed from the ever-burning hearth of Valhalla!

      • oh god you know what an oogle is

        • HessianHunter

          Minneapolis is home to legendary crust punk label Profane Existence, and traveling kids call us “heavyapolis”. I’ve met a few oogles in my day.

          • A local band in Charlotte called “TurdCutter” has a song called “Oogle with an iPhone” i believe

        • *googles oogles*

          • oogles are crusties who are usually homeless, have a dog on a rope, beg for money, spend it all on beer, and have a middle-class/wealthy family at home and a huge trust fund

          • Well now I don’t know who to believe since that isn’t the definition urban dictionary gives. AND EVERYONE KNOWS URBAN DICTIONARY IS ALWAYS RIGHT.

          • UD is blocked at work, would you mind sharing your findings?

          • UD: “Oogles are street rats that don’t have street smarts. They are the ICP kids, the tweekers on bikes, the 15 year olds who runaway cause they think it’s cool, not cause their lives at home weren’t working out. Another good word for an oogle is poser. The kids that pose as punx don’t know shit about the scene, don’t know shit about the music.”

          • So the same thing I said

          • lol yea aparrently, my phone didn’t show me the last half of your comment for some reason. FUCK SPRINT.

          • FINALLY I have a word for half the kids that come down to Austin for punk shows.

          • Those are the kids I slaughter hardest in the pits

          • Cock ov Steele

            I would sooner perish in a glorious hail of flaming arrows then seek reinforcements from their putrid kind. In short: I see them and I really don’t wanna be friends with them.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Really love Kenneth Williams’ style of playing the shred. And Propagandhi

    • HessianHunter

      Yeah, his playing with White Lung is fucking bananas, especially on the record Sorry.

  • Edward

    Propaghandi >>>>>>

    Hessian Hunter >>>>>>

    not having time to sort through this post <<<<<<

    • HessianHunter




      • Edward

        It’s not the length of the post, it’s my job!

        I will definitely get through it before day’s end.

      • Edward

        You wrote this on a smartphone? Color me impressed.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    here’s some acoustic punk shredding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-lNVmt2_2g

  • Strung Out is a pretty punky band with some impressive guitar skills!

    • W.

      I mentioned this elsewhere in the thread, but they’re my sister’s favorite band ever. She makes it a point to go see them and chill with them whenever they’re in CO.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I think RKL would fit this.

    • FeelTheDarkness

      Keep laughing!!!

  • Someone take my hands!!! Old Man Gloom’s “Ape of God” has leaked and it’s taking every ounce of willpower i have to not download and listen to it….Someone restrict my fingers while my ears remain innocent.

    • W. and I got an advance copy for review. WAIT on it! It’ll be so much more satisfying.

      • you lucky ducks….i’m hearing great things from the internet so far….also hearing rumors of a double album release, which has got me even more excited than i knew i could be.

    • I’m assuming you have it pre ordered and have already given them money? If that’s the case it’s ok to give in to temptation. Edit: unless it’s shitty quality, then wait for glorious CD quality.

      • Neither Sige nor Profound Lore have put up their pre-orders yet…supposedly it’s going up this Friday. So, no, I have not given them my money yet.

    • W.


      • I can only listen to “The Lash” and “Predators” so many times before curiosity gets the best of me.

        • W.

          Those aren’t even nearly the best songs on the album. There are some many twists and turns that leave you scratching your head.

          • Like an OMG album ought to do…that midsection for “Zozobra” did that for me.

  • HessianHunter

    Great songwriting begins at 0:00. Shredding begins at 2:20.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      That shredding is good, but like with A Wilhelm Scream, I am not too fond of the songwriting

  • MoshOff

    Stay Propagandhi, man. I would’ve also included Protest the Hero’s first album (which is Propagandhi worship times metalcore).

    • HessianHunter

      You have know idea how big a Protest The Hero fanboy I was. It was unsettling.

      • MoshOff

        Probably not as much as they’re Propagandhi fanboys (srs)

        • HessianHunter

          Or as big of Sacrifice fanboys as Propagandhi are. This song is about them driving to Toronto to see their reunion show.

          • They got to do a split with them a couple of years after this!

          • MoshOff

            It’s the cycle of originality man, copying bands nobody else cares about.

  • I’m really digging White Lung. Also the video is pretty funny. How can i finally get to see Isis (the band) live? why kidnap all the members and force them to play a set in the forest, of course.

    • HessianHunter

      The perfect crime.

  • Sechul
  • George Clarke

    hessian hunter ur posts are the best on this website

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Look up Straw Dogs. They used to be the FU’s.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Broken Bones

  • crazytaco_12

    Can’t get into the singing of Propagandhi and the more melodic stuff, but I dig parts of it

  • crazytaco_12

    Sent this band to Tyree for GLAB, so you may or may not see a post about them in the future, but I think Leper have some great instrumentation going behind them and are one of the only ska bands I actually enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku-t4J5V-r0

  • J.R.

    My younger brother is real big into pop-punk stuff. I just dont get it. But I guess I would rather cleave my enemies in twain with my holy steel than cry about how bad I want to move (or whatever his bands sing about)

  • D. Lee

    more pop-punk than shreddy, I really love Against Me!’s older material. Searching For a Former Clarity is one of my all time favorite albums EDIT: I bring AM! up because I discovered them around the same time I got into Propagandhi as well


    • I completely wore out my copy of Reinventing Axl Rose.

      • D. Lee

        How do you feel about their newer material? I’ve given their last album a few spins and I’m still on the fence

        • It’s perfectly OK but it doesn’t really do it for me. Could just be me getting older and crankier.

  • Simon Phoenix

    Propagandhi are Napalm Death approved.

    Hessian put me on to Children 18:3. I trust his word.

    For these two reasons I will check them out.

    • HessianHunter

      Holy fuck, I think you’re the first person to actually say you LIKED Children 18:3 after reading that pop-punk article. That article bombed harder than Evan Almighty.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    I didn’t know any of these bands but I really liked them. Specially Screaming Females, such a powerful voice.

  • Sour Grapes

    I received ‘Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes’ for my 15th birthday and finally got to see Propagandhi live this year. So great. ‘Back to the Motor League’ is a most excellent encore.

  • Óðhinn

    I like White Lung. I’ve been listening to them for a while now.

    Give Pettybone a listen: