Electroclash describes a style of music that fuses new wave, punk, & electronic dance music. The movement combines this 1980s sound (using synthesizers, drum machines, etc) with visuals from the post-1970s Westwood & Warhol fashion/art scenes, with a decidedly mid-70s German influence. It mainly developed in the mid to late 1990s in New York City and Detroit but came to prominence in 2000 - 2002 through Larry Tee's Mutants and Berliniamsburg nights at Club Luxx and his Electroclash™ Festival (which he used to trademark the word "electroclash") in Williamsburg.
The name derives from the Electropop bands who provide the majority of the musical influence. Lyrics are generally punk inspired, often angry and more given to emotion than technique while the vocals are generally atonal in nature. A hyper-sexual post-feminist stance is often evident in the themes of many Electroclash outfits. In late 2004-2005, the Southern California Electroclash scene started to branch out from its NY counterparts. Led by a kiss could be deadly, the SoCal Dance/Punk scene incorporates more guitar and live drums, while still remaining very synth heavy. The subjects and song lyrics are often darker than those of the East Coast bands.