For better or worse, 2018 is a post-truth, postmodern, Post Malone kind of world. The plus side of that, however, is that the world of post-hardcore is positively thriving, and the likes of Touché Amoré and La Dispute have become some of the biggest names in the scene. Both are now signed to Epitaph Records, but those bands’ foundations – as well as those of their contemporaries and forefathers – were laid by a whole bunch of smaller labels who really helped develop and nurture the scene.
As with every genre – especially every genre with a ‘post-‘ at the front of it – there exist some loose parameters when it comes to defining exactly what post-hardcore is. More melodic and emotional than straight-up hardcore, it contains aspects of screamo and even noisecore. That said, just like that nebulous term 'emo,' the designation ‘post-hardcore’ allows for plenty of stylistic variation.
It makes sense, then, that many of the labels that helped propel post-hardcore into the wider world have diverse musical rosters – some much more so than others. But what all the labels featured here have in common is the massive impact they’ve had on the post-hardcore scene. (And yes, many of you will notice that both SST and Dischord are absent from the list below, but that’s because they’re more associated with hardcore, so we included them on this here list the last time around).