Rudimentary Peni are a British anarcho-punk band. Culling influence from many different musical genres, as well as other aspects of culture, they are known as one of the most diverse and original groups to emerge from the punk scene. Although many of their releases spoke to the sentiment of many anarcho-punks, this was only keeping with a generally misanthropic viewpoint the band's music and artwork conveyed. The band's content included subject matter ranging from Lovecraft to daily annoyances, and was never limited to purely apocalyptic or social issues. Musically, they also deviated from the accepted formulas for punk rock, and often incorporated aspects of noise rock, experimental rock, and art rock. The general atmosphere of their output is generally regarded as very bleak, depressing and hopeless, though they often make very prolific social statements.