Favorite Bands to Listen to While Writing Fanfic:

I don’t care what anyone says.  To me, nothing will ever fuel my creativity while writing like a good Post-Rock Band does.  The music is always incredibly emotional, and due to most of these songs lacking lyrics, (or with lyrics that I can’t understand), there’s nothing to distract me from my own words that float around in my head (I’m very easily distracted)!

So what is Post-Rock anyway?  To boil it down, Post-Rock bands use rock genre instruments to create musical sounds that are not traditionally associated with Rock music.

So, I thought I’d share my top five favorite post-rock bands.  Not only are these bands great to listen to while writing fanfiction, but also while reading fanfiction.  Next time you sit down to write or sit down to read, consider having one of these bands up in the background.

5. The Album Leaf:

I would say that out of the 5, the Album Leaf is the most English-lyrically centered (which is an important distinction to make when comparing to number 1), so I’m picky with which songs I listen to of theirs, but the ones that are lyricless are fantastic to listen to while I’m writing.

Song to give a listen: Twentytwofourteen

4. If These Trees Could Talk:

If These Trees Could Talk are great to listen to, especially during battle scenes.  They’re less whimsical and a bit more rough around the edges, creating great emotional ups and downs.

Song to give a listen: From Roots to Needles

3. Explosions In The Sky:

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.  Incredibly emotional, I just cannot help but feel things when listening to this band.  They are absolutely a favorite during happy, fluff fanfiction scenes.  I wish more people would use them for fan music videos because the music is just perfect.

Song to give a listen: Your Hand In Mine

2. Hammock:

Hammock tends to be on the sadder, devastatingly beautiful side of the post-rock spectrum.  Their music is haunting and (specifically in terms of my current fic) my favorite to listen to during any heartbreaking scenes I’m writing.  Hammock, for whatever reason, is lesser known, but I urge you to give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Song to give a listen: For My Sister

1. Sigur Ros:

Ah yes, Sigur Ros.  If you haven’t guessed yet, my fanfic username is based off this band.  I came across Sigur Ros back in 2006? 2007?  It’s been a long time, and they’ve yet to disappoint me.  Sigur Ros is an Icelandic band, and one of the coolest things about them is their lyrics.  Sigur Ros sings in their native tongue, along with a made-up language they’ve dubbed as ‘Hopelandic’.  Not all of their songs use the  Hopelandic language, but their album Takk is sung completely in hopelandic.

Sigur Ros is the one band that is an exception to my ‘no lyrics’ rule, simply because a) I can’t understand it and b) they’re sung so beautifully it almost just seems like a separate instrument.

Chances are, you’ve probably heard one of their songs already.  Their music has shown up in American movies and commercials.

Song to give a listen: Glosoli, basically everything.  Just listen to everything.


Four songs (I’ve been trying to paint how I see music with my ears for a few years now, but I can never get it completely right, first because paintings are only in 2D and can’t have real depth, and second because they don’t move. The worst part is the texture and I can never get it right).

  1. Hunger (Amaranthe)
  2. Glosoli (Sigur Ros)
  3. Neverending Story (The Birthday Massacre)
  4. Animal Arithmetic (Jonsi)