The Vindictives were a Chicago-based punk rock underground group during the 1990s. They were peers with Screeching Weasel and other bands from the era, they were also heavily-influenced by the Ramones. Joey Vindicitive's characteristic nasal melodies often told the story of alienation, psychosis, social-ills, and continually rejected rules of politeness. Intertwined with sweet intricate contrasting harmonies it made for an interesting balance. Also the band mixed metal, rock blues and early punk rock roots so as to make their own hybrid sound that would influence bands to come such as Green Day, Blink 182 amongst others. The lyrics were often intelligent outrages communicated through intentionally immature self-defeating soliloquies.