Despite its evocative name, Hellnation plays a more mellow, Clash-influenced type of punk rock, characterized by ska riffs and reggae beats. The band has a bass guitarist, a lead guitarist/vocalist, a keyboard player and a drummer. The drummer and bass guitarist provide backing vocals. Their primary assets are irony and innovative lyrics.
They are influenced by The Stranglers, The Clash, The Specials, The Boomtown Rats and NOFX. They also draw influence from The Plastic Bags and Car Crash Sex.