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Weekly Nostalgia: The Promise Ring

Posted by: Jeremy Aaron (08/25/09)
The Promise Ring were one of the bands most instrumental to emo's rise to prominence. The band burst onto the scene in 1996 with their powerful debut 30 Degrees Everywhere and cemented their legacy with the genre-defining Nothing Feels Good. They would go on to explore poppier territory on Very Emergency, and by their 2002 swan-song Wood/Water, there was little trace of the angst and knotty angularity that characterized their earlier recordings. One constant throughout their too-short career was vocalist Davey Von Bohlen's hard-hitting lyricism and honest delivery; in a style where heart-on-sleeve earnestness is the norm, few sounded quite so genuine. If you've missed out on this groundbreaking band's music thus far, there's no better time than the present to check it out. If you're a long-time fan, we'd love to hear your stories and recollections in the replies.
  
 
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09:42 PM on 08/25/09
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Live version of "A Picture Postcard" from 30 Degrees Everywhere



"Why Did Ever We Meet" from Nothing Feels Good



"Emergency! Emergency!" from Very Emergency

09:43 PM on 08/25/09
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Band rulz. Even Wood/Water.
09:45 PM on 08/25/09
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Walked around at 16 with "bah bah ba-doom bah bah ba-doo bah bah" in my head for a year. Why DID we ever meet?
09:46 PM on 08/25/09
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red and blue jeans. fav song
09:46 PM on 08/25/09
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Everyone should love this band
09:47 PM on 08/25/09
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Hell yes, The Promise Ring rule.
09:49 PM on 08/25/09
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red and blue jeans. fav song

agreed!
09:57 PM on 08/25/09
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I first came about The Promise Ring while doing my emo kid homework and digging through the archives of bands and albums that came before what the scene was. I stayed a fan because they had catchy songs and they differed from the 90s emo sound and also because they stay obscure for the most part. Any self respecting lover of the genre will know Diary, Pinkerton, and Clarity which is great but you had to dig a little deeper to find these guys although around 2004 it wasn't that hard. They are also at fault for causing me to start collecting records after I was gifted Wood/Water, which i still haven't played.
09:57 PM on 08/25/09
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I found a burned copy of Nothing Feels Good in my student radio station about 5 years ago. I listened to it, stole it, and haven't been the same since.
09:59 PM on 08/25/09
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*Waiting for dischord records guy to come in and talk about how this isn't emo
10:04 PM on 08/25/09
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LOVE this band.
10:08 PM on 08/25/09
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I love this band. One of my all time favorites.
10:10 PM on 08/25/09
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one of my favorite bands ever. "why did we ever meet" used to get very regular air time on my radio show when i was in school.
10:16 PM on 08/25/09
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I can't get enough of this band. Very Emergency is almost always the first album in my driving playlists.
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