These kind of concerns are part of what Weiss alluded to in that tweet—that the term “emo” is bad for business. Or at least that it can limit the prospective audience. This is nothing new: As Shanholtzer says, “One of the most overlooked things is this was originally tagged as ‘post-emo indie rock.’ When the Get Up Kids and Promise Ring got popular, people were talking about emo in indie media circuits, so [those bands] were saying ‘We should call ourselves indie rock, because I don’t...
I was planning to write something about this entire "who was talking about emo/pop-punk/whatever" debate that sprung up online yesterday (and touched on it via Twitter this morning), but Ben Cosman at The Wire nails the entire point I wanted to make in one paragraph:
A pissing-contest over who's liked emo longer isn't going to do the genre any favors in popularity. But of course an argument about emo descends into "I was talking about this band way before you were". As Cohen and Hyden (and a slew of others on Twitter) pointed out to Heisel, those who've hung around with the genre should be pleased with the progress it has made recently, both in terms of credibility and quality, instead...
Tom Mullen, director, digital marketing at Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, has taken the Executive Playlist to a whole other level--albeit a completist Emo level. Here, with 312 songs spanning 19 hours and 43 minutes of angsty melodicism ranging from Texas is the Reason to Taking Back Sunday to Pinback and beyond, this intense compilation culled from his WashedUpEmo.com blog will leave you exhilarated and perhaps by its end emotionally spent.
PropertyOfZack has launched its second annual March Sadness event. The first round consists of voting for 4 out of 5 bands that represent four categories of emo - the categories are separated into 1990s, 2000s, "reunion" and "revival," because of course they are. Discuss your votes in the replies.
The "return of emo" craze is officially upon us and NPR has weighed in with an article.
Emo is still such a boy's club. In some ways it was intended (as much as an incidental development in music can have "intention") to open up hardcore so that it couldn't possibly remain this flexing center of machismo. Instead, by the '00s it was a ton of bands composed of dudes wishing incredible ill on women. It's maybe getting better. There seems to have been at least a lyrical shift. For instance, The World Is a Better Place orients itself around self-analysis. There are a bunch of pop-punk bands doing a reflexive Springsteen thing parallel to this, where all of the songs are about not knowing...
If you haven't been keeping up with Dan Ozzi's columns on VICE's Noisey, you should perhaps start doing that. Today's writeup is about the "emo revival" and how it doesn't exist – people just started paying attention again. Feel free to agree or disagree in the replies...do you think we've entered a specific new "golden age" for the genre or is it just a perceived increase in interest from a new crop of listeners? A clip of the blog is below.
Emo’s current situation can all be traced back to the early 2000’s when whatever dumb, lazy music journalist was the first person to start calling MTV-friendly bands like My Chemical Romance, The Used, and Fall Out Boy “emo.” For the record: they...
Gothzilla has come to set the record straight against stupid emos. Are you emo? Check out the replies for a video on whether you are or not. Note: If you like My Chemical Romance, you're in big trouble.
There is an eyeliner war brewing. As if emo wars weren't enough, now scene kids (a completely different culture than emo, apparently) are ready to battle emo kids for territory. Read the full article here.
Perhaps you remember a post made earlier a few days ago about a Fox News emo report. They profiled a band, Addison Park, and discussed emo bands such as Blink-182 and Green Day and the controversy surrounding the trend. Glenn from Addison Park has written in to set the record straight. Read his response in the replies.
Another week, another news report about the "emo culture." This one is from ABC 4 and they "think that this is a very important report that every parent should see." You can watch the video in the replies.
You know that Takota band we've been posting about lately? Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden totally digs 'em, as he's been playing their songs on his radio show these past few weeks - what are your thoughts?