Best Bristol Rock Bands

Bristol has always had a good reputation of producing top rate, if not best selling rock outfits, so who are the cream of the crops.

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No competition in my opinion-the band that should have gained more recognition than they did ( maybe through having more of a comfy slippers approach compared to the leather jackboot attitudes of other bands). Their music can raise smiles and tears, with sweeping dramatic almost symphonic majesty to the quirky immediacy of a 3 minute Beatles classic. I loved them from the first time I was loaned ( and scratched) their debut album, in fact I still can't play my cd copy without the clicks and pops that accompanied Percy the Penguin on vinyl. Thank you for lending that album to me, Clive Morgan of Keynsham, my first school friend (RIP). Without you I'd probably never have heard of Stackridge.

Use their music to inspire making animated films.. Dora, Purple Spaceships, Everybody's got to learn, North Street Grande... And some of my own.. The Showdown Save Red Squirrel, An Everyday Story of Country Folk and Waiting for You and England to Return. First saw them in 1970.. still making great music

Ore of a constant in my life than anything other than my parents... and never ever failed to raise my spirits and that smile that comes with my days being made by songwriting of the highest order, faultless performing and a off centre sense of humour that only British bands ever seem to get right... however they deserve worldwide fame and affection.

Whoops - mine was for Mesh actually!

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2Herb Garden

The Herb Garden were a total blast... a blast of good vibes and (tongue-in-cheek) consciousness, but most importantly a blast of high energy melodic punk rock that always got everybody going. I still get a rush when I hear the Bulldozer Jones.. Long live the Herb Garden!

Redland acid punks who for years had a reputation as the best live band in the city, and gave us such classic albums as HMS Disaster and Organic Jihad. - jonwisbey

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3Cars On Fire

Post metal core noise rockers who have a string of great albums to their name - jonwisbey

4OnslaughtOnslaught are an English thrash metal band from Bristol, England. Initially active from 1983 to 1991, they reformed in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave hardcore punk bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straight forward thrash metal sound.

One of the UK's if not the worlds finest thrash metal acts. Their 1987 album The Force is still arguably the finest thrash album of all time - jonwisbey

5Cauda Pavonis

Su and Dave Wainwrights epoch making dark wave death rockers, still delivering the goods after 15 remarkable years, and a string of mindblowing albums - jonwisbey


Doesn't get any better, and latest album "Metal X" is both fresh and a blast from the last.

Indeed, Working with Mike Exeter at the moment from Black Sabbath/Judas priest on new album, for 2014 "Metal X", Still bringing metal to the masses around the world especially Europe! Keep it true! M/ P. S Lars Ulrich really rates jaguar.. Maybe we will see them supporting Metallica!

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7The Pigs

Seminal Bristol punkers, recently reformed after 30 years - jonwisbey


Tours with Asia, Focus and The Musical Box, two great albums and a world wide following, making them one of Bristols best kept musical secrets - jonwisbey

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9Claytown Troupe

Straight outta Redland with a sub goth dark indie vibe, another one for the should have been huge file - jonwisbey

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Originally I started listening to mesh as they sounded a lot like Depeche Mode. Over the years their songwriting and musical talets have evolved in such a way that they've outdone themselves with every single new album they've released. Can't really say that Depeche have lived up to their standards, especially after their fourth member left the band. Mind you the same thing happens to mesh but they didn't let this affect their music. They still deliver strong lyrics and catching tunes. They're simply brilliant! Thanks. Fredrik. Age 38.

Fantastic song writers and brilliant musicians. I have all their records. I got into them because of their comparisons to Depeche Mode (who were my favourite band until I found Mesh. Also really nice people too after having the pleasure to meet them. Craig.

Massive in Europe, superb song writing, musicianship, performance and Bristol's best kept secret of industrial electronica. Go buy their albums and get hooked.

One of my favourite Bands.

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The Contenders

11Alien Stash Tin

Cider swilling spacey classic blues rockers with a punk edge, been around for years with a coupe of impressive albums out. - jonwisbey

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12Lot 39

What great times I had with this group Micky still going Melvin in NewZealand

Great band, all Bristol boys -Singer Micky John Bull...
Good times at The Dug out Club

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13The Wurzels

The best band that never made it! Remarkable harmonies and wallpaper stripping guitar work.

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15Fire At William
16The Seers

Wiping the floor with mediocrity since 1987.

Best live Bristol act ever, bar none

Yes, I was in them, but we were good.

17The Moonflowers

Getting everyone higher and a few people more naked

18The Legendary Moonflowers
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1. Stackridge
2. Onslaught
3. Herb Garden



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