The Top 5 Pale Grunge Music Artists

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Looking for some new music to help you get through your day? Check out our list of the top 5 pale grunge music artists! From melodic and atmospheric sounds to heavy and distorted guitars, these artists have it all.


Hozier is an Irish singer and songwriter from Bray, County Wicklow. He first gained attention with his 2013 single “Take Me to Church”, which has been certified multi-platinum in several countries. His self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and reached number one in Ireland and the United States. His second album, Wasteland, Baby!, was released in 2019 and topped the charts in several countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Hozier’s music has been described as a mix of rock, blues, pop, folk, and soul. He has been influenced by a number of artists, including Smokey Robinson, Billie Holiday, Mavis Staples, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead.

The Paper Kites

The Paper Kites are an indie folk rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2010, the band consists of Sam Bentley (vocals, guitar), Christina Lacy (vocals, keys), David Powys (bass, double bass), Sam Rasmussen (drums), and Josh Japan (lead guitar). The band’s music is often compared to that of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver.

The Paper Kites have released three studio albums: States (2012), twelvefour (2015), and On the Train Ride Home (2018). They have also released several EPs, including Woodland (2011) and Young North (2014). The band has toured extensively throughout Australia, North America, and Europe.

The Paper Kites are known for their atmospheric sound and lyrical storytelling. Their music has been featured in various television shows and films, including Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, The Fault in Our Stars, and Me Before You.

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous are an indie rock band from New Zealand, formed in 2007. The band’s members are Alisa Xayalith (lead vocals, keyboard), Thom Powers (guitar, vocals), David Beadle (bass), and Jesse Wood (drums). The band’s name originates from a lyrical phrase in the song “Youngblood” by English rock band Bush.

The band has released three studio albums: Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010), In Rolling Waves (2013), and Simple Forms (2016). The first two albums reached the top 40 of the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and both were certified platinum. In 2013, the group was nominated for five New Zealand Music Awards, winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Alternative Album. In 2016, they won Best Group at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.


Alt-J is an English indie rock band formed in 2007 in Leeds, by Gwil Sainsbury (guitar, bass), Joe Newman (guitar, vocals), Thom Green (drums) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards). The group’s debut album An Awesome Wave was released in May 2012 in Europe and September 2012 in the United States. In 2013, they won the Brit Award for Best British Group.

The band’s second album, This Is All Yours, was released on 22 September 2014. As of September 2016, Alt-J has sold over 1 million albums worldwide.


Halsey is an American singer and songwriter. Her songs have been described as “a crystalline, cinematic pop experience”, with one critic saying that her vocal delivery “ranges from manic to plaintive and back again in the same breath.”

In July 2015, Halsey released her debut studio album, Badlands. The album sold 97,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2015, Halsey was featured on The Chainsmokers’ single “Closer”, which reached number one in several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

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