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Old 02-19-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Emo Essentials

This is here to hopefully clear up problems that have been had in the other stickies of arguments over what's emo and what's not. If you have any suggestions for additions to the thread (and if you've seen this on the first thread and think you're clever by saying, "emo sucks", the just leave now before I warn you) the please post, although not everything will get put up as not everything is an essential.

Essential Links

'Almighty list of emo bands' thread
Emo (The Genre That Dare Not Speak Its Name)
Emo Game
Emo mp3
'How to' by pixiesfanyo
Screamo band list
'What the heck is emo?' thread
Wikipedia Explanation


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Alone Records
Art Monk Construction
Crank!
Deep Elm
Dischord
Ebullition
Initial Records
Jade Tree
Level Plane
Moo Cow
Vermiform


Brief History and Essential Albums

1980's

In the 1980's the Washington DC punk/hardcore scene was at its height and evolving. Out of inspiration from them and new bands forming out of old DC bands the 'emo' genre was born. At this point the term was barely used and when it was it was considered a sub-genre of hardcore music. A scene myth is that the term was first said at a Rites of Spring concert when a member of the crowd shouted out, "you guys are so emo" due to the way the band acted on-stage (emotionally).

Embrace - Embrace
The Hated
Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring


1990's

In the 1990's the genre was really still starting out and few bands actually considering themselves 'emo', it was still just a sub-scene of hardcore, and then around 1993/94 bands started fusing the hardcore elements of emo with alt/indie rock stylings thanks (in part) to influences of Nirvana and the grunge scene (although there were still some sticking to the original sound).

Braid - Frame and Canvas
Cap'n Jazz - Schmapp'n Schmazz (features on 'Analphabetapolothology')
Christie Front Drive - Stereo
Copper - Drag Queen
Elliott - False Cathedrals
Falling Forward - Hand Me Down
Hoover - The Lurid Traversal of Route 7
Indian Summer - Science 1994 (CD) / Hidden Arithmetic (LP)
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
Mineral - Power of Failing
Moss Icon - Lyburnum
The Promise Ring - Very Emergency
Seven Storey Mountain - Based on a true story
Split Lip - Fate's Got a Driver
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
Texas is the Reason - Do you know who you are?


Also in the 90's screamo came into fruitition as an evolution of emo through emo-core. It took hardcore to it's max but tended to include melodic breakdowns and continued the general idea of what emo was about (not all of these bands were around in the 90's).

Amanda Woodward - La decadence de la decadence
City of Caterpillar - City of Caterpillar
Envy
Funeral Diner - Underdark
Heroin - Heroin
Jerome's Dream - Completed (1997-2001 discography)
La Quiete - Tenpeun: 01-05
Saetia - A Retrospective
Swing Kids - Discography
Yaphet Kotto - The Killer Was In The Government Blankets
You and I - Discography
Wow, Owls! - Pick Your Patterns


At the end of the 90's a small sub-section of screamo arrived that got coined by fans as 'Midwest/East Coast break-up core' due to bands releasing a quick flurry of 7" singles and breaking up shortly after.

Hassan I Sabbah
Neil Perry
Orchid
Ursurp Synapse


2000's

1905's 'Voice' was released post 9/11 and contained influences from a wide range of styles and really shows the different directions that would be formed out of emo music (both poppy acoustic and heavy, traditional hardcore songs).


The birth of a new Millenium saw emo bands getting a lot more attention, and quite a lot of this is owed to Texas is the Reason who were one of the first to be picked up by MTV and major record labels. It was still not considered a mainstream genre until Jimmy Eat World came out with 'Bleed American' and everywhere was playing 'Salt sweat sugar'. It then spawned a million other bands who were allowed the same kind of success that J.E.W. saw.
A few tried to merge it more with the pop-punk sound of Blink 182 and Green Day that they grew up with and were considered emo by the media but really were a form of pop-rock.

Appleseed Cast - Low Level Owl Vol. 1
Finch - What it is to burn
Jets to Brazil - Perfecting Loneliness
The Promise Ring - Wood/Water
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
Thursday - Full Collapse


Acoustic sound

Along with the pop fueled bands of the 00's, some musicians also took the idea a step further and removed nearly all obvious influence of the early innovators, but in their head still contained influences from 80s hardcore and 90s emo. The media had latched on and bundled these bands alongside the hardcore legends in the emo genre. Quite a few of these also decided that solo was the life for them after appearing in previous emo bands.

City & Colour - Sometimes
Dashboard Confessional - Swiss Army Romance
Kind of Like Spitting - Old Moon in the Arms of the New
Owen - I do perceive


Emo Influences (across the eras)

Fugazi - 13 Songs
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
The Misfits - Bullet EP
The Pixies
Shudder to think - Get your goat
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
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Old 02-19-2006, 05:38 PM   #3
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In 2002 Victory Recordes realesed an album that spiked the "emo" scene, and it is still on most people's list for top album ever, it is on mine.

Tell All Your Friends - Taking Back Sunday*

Two years later, with the demise of Dashboard Confessional, a new emo acoustic band steped into the spot light and realsed their first album on 111 records.

Sunsets and Car Crashes - The Spill Canvas *
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Old 02-19-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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I would put up Mineral's Power Of Failing instead of ES.
And I'd add SDRE's Diaryto the 90's piece
Maybe analphabetapolothology instead of schmapp'n schmazz cuz it's a hell of a lot easier to get
And 30degrees Everywhere instead of Very Emergency for Promise Ring.


All imo, of course. Nice job Andrew

EDIT: 30 Degrees Everywhere was released in 2001, sorry
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In 2000 Cursive released Domestica, whuich kinda continued with the 90's and they have that D.C. Sound, plus I like Tim Kasher alot. Probably not essential.
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Saddlecreek records maybe?

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i wouldnt say JEW are emo, from what songs ive heard
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They're pretty much all emo all the time.
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^^^that made me laugh
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And of course we need the mislabeling of bands such as MCR, FOB, P!ATD, etc etc.

I guess Ill work on that for you.

But yea, Brand New needs to be there.
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^^^ that seems like that would make people angry, therefore I like it
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Well, if we are trying to get people to realize the history of emo, that should definitely be included...but I have to study for my Psychology test now...so Ill work on it within the next day or two...maybe even tonight?
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Alkaline Trio.

Maybe I'll Catch Fire/From Here To Infirmary.

Just about 2000's

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^alkaline trio is pop-punk

At the Drive-In- In Casino Out (1998)
Circle takes the Square-As the Roots Undo (2004)
Sunny Day Real Estate-Diary (sometime in the 90s)

can we opt to have stuff taken off the list? : D pleasssse
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i guess so.

either way i think they merit a place but that would probably defeat the object of the thread.
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Maybe have a seperate section at the end : Pop-Emo - recently, "emo" has become popular on MTV but is largly disdained by the scene cause it blows hard. TRL being the death blow.
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boilermaker-leucadia (2001)
dag nasty-can i say (1986)
beefeater- plays for lovers and house burning down(1986)
antioch arrow- in love with jetts/ the lady is a cat (1997)

ill think of more later..

btw, are we going to get rid of the other two emo threads or not? cause they may not serve a purpose anymore
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Maybe have a seperate section at the end : Pop-Emo - recently, "emo" has become popular on MTV but is largly disdained by the scene cause it blows hard. TRL being the death blow.


agree, cause not all 2000 emo is going to be pop-emo. pop-emo should have a section all it's own.
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