Tortoise and the Post-Rock Revolution

Tortoise was formed by a bunch of Chicago rock vets but their 1994 debut release didn’t sound like the famous Windy City pop-rock of the time (Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt). They ditched the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure for a free-form exploration of the interplay between rhythm, percussion, samples, non-traditional vocals and more. These generally longer songs would come to be known as post-rock, a popular sub-genre in the mid-to-late 90s. And while some songs contained meditative interludes, the boys still knew how to rock out.

Tortoise’s Pioneering Debut Album: An Oral History, 7.20.14