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...