Seattle has been a mecca of creative, talented bands throughout the years, but of the early 90's post-hardcore scene, Sunny Day Real Estate brought a sound that resonates through many bands today. The band's debut album, Diary, is a staple, and is seen as one of the first true "emo" records after Rites of Springs' End on End, but around the same time as Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. The band released four full lengths in their time, including one of my favorite records, How it Feels to Be Something On. Vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Enigk, drummer William Goldsmith. guitarist Dan Hoerner, and bassist Nate Mendel have reunited this year for a tour, which coincides with the reissues of...
Adam Pfleider on 09/15/09 - 10:14 AM
Jawbox formed in 1989 and released most of their recorded output on the venerable Dischord label until disbanding in 1997. However, the band did release two records on major label Atlantic Records, being one of only two bands to ever leave Dischord for a major label. While this angered some fans at the time, the band never altered their sound and received considerable accolades from critics. While all their records were great, For Your Own Special Sweetheart is the record that transformed me into a Jawbox fanatic. Every time I listen to “Savory” I get chills. Everything about the song is just stunning and it was only years later when I revisited the music video that I realized that I saw...
Rich Duncan on 09/09/09 - 10:42 AM
Despite only surviving a criminally-short four years, Bear vs. Shark left an indelible mark on the scene. The band's music was filled with tension-building verses that exploded into visceral choruses, and their rare knack for making chaos so instantly memorable was remarkable, rivaling punk pioneers like Mission of Burma and Fugazi, the latter of which was an obvious influence. Led by the gravelly-voiced Marc Paffi, Bear vs. Shark formed in 2001 (perhaps fittingly the year kindred spirits At the Drive-In called it quits) and left behind two albums, their auspicious 2003 debut Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands and the thoroughly astounding 2005 follow-up Terrorhawk, a scant...
Jeremy Aaron on 09/01/09 - 09:34 PM
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...
Jeremy Aaron on 08/25/09 - 09:42 PM
As one of Drive-Thru Records' initial signees, Allister had the distinction of being one of the first in a long line of bands that assisted in introducing the new era of the indie-label craze that SoCal pop-punk helped create (we all remember Epitaph's early success). Their debut, Dead Ends and Girlfriends, is a classically-themed pop-punk album that paid homage to both pioneers like Descendants and modern-day prophets like blink-182. Before their 2007 demise, Allister continued to grow as snot-nosed pop-punkers who loved to play loud & fast, sang about girls (and why they suck) and even alcoholism. If you were a fan, come share your memories with us, and if you're new to Allister, feel...
smoke4thecaper on 08/19/09 - 03:59 AM
Writing about Champaign-Urbana based group Braid is a difficult thing to do since the band single handedly changed the way I looked at music and the sort of music I was interested in. I wrote about the significance of their music in an earlier article for Absolutepunk, which you can read here. Braid was around from roughly 1993-1999 and then reunited for a reunion tour in 2004. The band was notorious for touring heavily and their live shows were always fun, fan-fueled affairs (especially one of their final shows at the Fireside Bowl), as documented by the retrospective DVD Killing A Camera. Braid continuously improved their sound with each album going from the raw but exciting sounds of...
Rich Duncan on 08/12/09 - 07:23 AM
In a day when crunkcore and neon seems to be far too commonplace, pausing to remember Seattle, WA's Vendetta Red seems utterly necessary. Emerging onto the mainstream music scene with their impressive, rage-filled major-label breakthrough Between the Never and Now, Vendetta Red managed to mix melody and radio-friendly choruses with daunting sonic heights. Lead singer Zach Davidson's captivating vocals and clever wordplay were the perfect complement to snarly guitars and bombastic drums. Though it's been six years since lead single "Shatterday" was relative on radio, not a month goes by the song doesn't make it onto my iTunes playlist. Even to this day, few songs have as strong a chorus...
Gregory Robson on 08/05/09 - 05:36 AM
Elliott was a band from the mid 90’s until roughly 2003. The band released three albums over the duration of their career starting with the raw and aggressive U.S. Songs, which caused them to be lumped into the mid-90’s emo movement and compared to the other bands of the genre. The band’s second album, False Cathedrals, was a transformation of the band’s sound as they dropped the more straightforward approach of U.S. Songs and began crafting more lushly arranged songs that left listeners in awe of their stunning beauty. Their last album, Song In The Air, found the band further developing the sound developed on False Cathedrals and adding a string quartet to flesh out the songs. Whether...
Rich Duncan on 07/29/09 - 08:08 AM
Hailing from the almighty Atlanta, the Marvelous 3 (fronted by mega-producer Butch Walker) stormed out the gates and brought massive arena-sized hooks to the masses. Scoring a popular hit in 1999 with "Freak of the Week," from their major-label debut, Hey! Album, the band became a leader in the powerpop-punk craze in the late '90's. If you were a fan when they were big, come and share your memories in the replies. If you have yet to hear some of the catchiest melodies likely to ever cross your eardrums, come take a listen.
smoke4thecaper on 07/22/09 - 01:25 AM
If only life could be more like the summer of 2001. Remember that? We weren't at war, the first Shrek movie was released and Lawrence, KS The Anniversary had just released their shimmering sophomore album Your Majesty. Whether it was the Midwestern work ethic or simply an innate ability to write solid songs, The Anniversary possessed a Byrdsian quality that blended well with the DIY emo ethic. Led by the one-two punch Josh Berwanger and Justin Roelefs, the Jayhawk quintet were everything that was great about music. Understated melodies, dual vocalists, pretty female vocals, snarky guitars and a fair share of keyboards, flair and stage presence. If you were a fan back when they were...
Gregory Robson on 07/15/09 - 04:59 AM
How many of you miss Anadivine? The former Militia Groupers were one of the best bands at blending pop sensibilities with progressive and technical musicianship. Zoo has aged gracefully over the years, and still remains as a near-perfect bridge between accessible and intricate. If you've never heard of these guys before...now is the time. If you were a fan back when they were making music -- we'd love to hear from you as you break out the tunes and discuss the band in the replies.
Steve Henderson on 07/09/09 - 11:40 AM
When I was in high school, Further Seems Forever was one of the bands that shaped my musical spectrum. Three albums, three different lead singers, three different approaches. 2001’s The Moon Is Down featured Chris Carrabba before he was the crooner of Dashboard Confessional, while 2003’s How To Start The Fire put Jason Gleason’s fiery vocals on display. This band meant a lot to me, and now is a great time to discover the different styles of FSF. If you were a big fan, we’d love to hear your recollections of the band in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 05/20/09 - 12:53 AM

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