You should know that there’s punk music and then there’s music that wants to be punk but just isn’t. Where is the line? Is it the sound? Is it the following? The clothes? WHERE IS IT? Well thankfully there’s now a website that will tell you once and for all if a band is punk or not. Is This Band Punk settles the dispute easily.
Just type in the name of the band and quick search will pull up if the band is truly punk of just a bunch of sellout punk wannabes. Although, to be fair, they would likely argue that they bought in. How does this site decide who is punk or not?
No idea. It’s likely based on general information and the creators’ bias. For example, well known punk bands like The Ramones or Black Flag will return punk with no problem but all but a few newer (late 90s -early 2000s) won’t. And some quality bands aren’t even in the system. You could argue that punk was well and truly dead by the 90s but it lives, it dies, it lives again. Check out the website for your band query.