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Four Bands You Forgot About That Still Hold Relevance

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Steve Allanson
Weren't the 90s great? Frosted tips, boy-bands, and the “Macarena!” Okay, maybe not those things, but it is the decade that brought us Limp Bizkit... Well, I did eventually find some incredible bands we probably shouldn't have dismissed so soon. Here are four bands you forgot about but still hold relevance today. Get your Pogs out kids, were going back in time.

LIT

How could you not like the band that defined alternative rock of the 90's with one song? I’m talking about “My Own Worst Enemy”. Yeah, that song, with opening riffs that were stuck in your head for months on end. It seems crazy we ever forgot about these dudes. A Place in the Sun was released in 1999 and gained them worldwide fame. Despite the death of drummer Allen Shellenberger the band is going on tour this year in support of the 15th anniversary of the album. Sadly, not in North America.

Alien Ant Farm

If there ever were a perfect example as to why you should never do a cover song to start your music career, Alien Ant Farm would be just that. However, their cover of Michael Jackson's “Smooth Criminal” was a great example of how to properly, if not perfectly execute a cover. They didn't just make that song their own; Alien Ant Farm made that song their bitch! At this point, you may be wondering, how are they relevant? Well, other than the fact they never delved into that teenage angst trend that was so popular amongst 90's bands-so you can actually enjoy their music as an adult-they are accepting pledges to help them release a new album that's been in the works for a few years now. As well, next year will be the 15th anniversary of their wildly successful album, ANThology. So, perhaps we should expect a tour coming soon?

Sum 41

Even though you've grown up, it's still okay to want to fight conformity. As said in the 1998 film, 'SLC Punk,' “We can do a hell of a lot more damage within the system than we can outside of it.” That's exactly what Sum 41 wanted to do, and their hit song, “Fat lip”, was banned in many parts of the U.S. You can't get much more punk rock than that. Balancing the punk attitude, alternative metal tones, and radio friendly choruses, Sum 41 mostly abandoned the teenage angst theme and told us to be ourselves and fight against social injustices. With the world issues today, I can't see why this band is not relevant today, or at least should be!

Trust Company

I think it's safe to say that out of this list, Trust Company is most likely the band most of you forgot about. “Downfall” being their hit song, Trust Company emerged into the limelight right when Alternative metal started to die. But, that doesn't make them any less awesome! Trust Company truly created a unique sound. The heavy-hitting drums and raunchy distorted guitars were beautifully accented by vocalist Kevin Palmers chillingly calm voice and earth shattering screams.
The music we grow up with will always claim a piece of our hearts, even if it’s just belting out a tune in the shower or while driving the freeway to our staid 9-to-5 jobs. “Our music” becomes a part of the culture of our generation. Even as we embrace new bands and genres we will probably never forget the bands we grew up with. As a riff brings back the same head-thumping and feet-tapping excitement of when we first heard it.