Proper "emo"

Discussion in 'Books, Music, TV & Movies' started by Cermage, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    I'm sick of people labelling bands "emo" just because the vocals are screamed or the band members dress "emo".

    Emo is a shortened version of Emotive hardcore, which came from hardcore (punk). the differences with hardcore is that the vocals can be screamed or whined instead of roars and growls. Original emo, borrowed pretty heavily in terms of hardcore but these days the emo scenehas moved to pretty funky melodies and harmonies, similar to mathrock. i see a lot of people labelling bands emo based on the lyrics, which does borrow from the proper genre, where the lyrics surround relationships and/or something happening to said relationship. but then the other end of the spectrum, a lot of r'n'b artists sing about the same thing but you don't see people saying usher is emo. lyrics don't play all that much in emotive hardcore nowadays, its mainly defined by the strained or whined vocals. instruments lie inbetween hardcore to mathrock to postrock.

    then lets look at the dress sense

    How "Emo"'s dress

    How Bands that play emo music dress

    they're pretty much skate kids.

    black, side fringes, makeup e.t.c belong in scene. definitely not emo.

    What bands aren't emo:
    My Chemical Romance
    Simple Plan
    Hawthorne Heights
    Taking back Sunday
    the used

    Definitely not any metalcore (and its subgenres) bands. you can tell the difference simply by listening to the pace of a song, metal death grind e.t.c all have much, much more complex and technical playing. you can easily tell by listening to the drums. Guitars are usually heavily distorted, sharp solo's now and again and interesting riffs. following metal pretty closely.

    What bands are emo:
    Rites of Spring
    Gray Matter
    Sleepytime Trio
    Moss icon

    these are all the older bands of emotive of hardcore.

    and then the more recent emo bands
    American Football
    Hightide Hotel
    Small Brown Bike
    Street Smart Cyclist

    you know?

    American Football - Honestly?

    Snowing - Sam Rudich

    Castevet - Evil Robot with Swords for hands

    Hightide Hotel - The tender and the terrible
  2. Rainy

    Rainy GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 6, 2009
    I agree. I've never classified My Chemical Romance or Simple Plan "emo" music.
  3. Overlord Nadrian

    Overlord Nadrian Banned

    Jul 28, 2008
    They look like zombies.
  4. Hadrian

    Hadrian Everybofy knows badgers like MASH POTATOES!

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    United States
    Ugh I hate it when people say Usher is "R n' B", he's not he is soul music. Proper r 'n' b blah blah. [​IMG]

    Yeah I do agree with you, some time ago bands like Jimmy Eat World, Rival Schools, Sunny Day Real Estate, Weezer, At The Drive-In, Fugazi and Embrace (US band not UK) were considered emo. It was a shit term to be honest with you, much preferred the post-hardcore tag for most of these. Fuck it can't we just call it music? If someone wants to know what sort just play them it.

    Basically to me it was sad songs about girls played loud by people who didn't follow fashion. After the turn of the century it seemed to be any goth-lite looking band that played 80's style riffs and sang in a grating voice were emo. Most of these were middle class kids with no reason to actually winge about anything.
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