Often a confused genre, especially to those who are new to it.
IN MY OPINION, your typical post hardcore song has "screamed" verses, clean vocal choruses with the occasional breakdown. The guitar in the song is sometimes "punky", sometimes really heavy, sometimes in between; depending on the band.
There are lots of different types of post hardcore bands though, bands like Emarosa, Saosin, Thursday are usually considered "post hardcore" despite not/barely having screams in their songs.
Alternatively, some bands have songs with alot more deeper, crazier i guess you can say; screaming with some really heavy guitar... while still being considered post hardcore.
Also, post hardcore bands tend to have singers with really high voices. I guess thats one of the deciders. for example, The Devil Wears Prada is considered post hardcore, but if you took away their singing... I don't think I would consider them post hardcore, or not really for that matter.
Well its a very open genre I guess you can say. Some people will agree or disagree with this post, thats definitely understandable considering there are so many factors contributing to whether or not a band is post hardcore.
tl;dr: I think post hardcore bands have high voiced clean vocals, screamed verses/choruses and punky/heavy instrument sounds
So, what do you think about this? What do you think makes a band post hardcore or not?
Thanks for reading. =]