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DS Interview: Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo Podcast on his new book, “The Anthology of Emo: Vol. 1”

When one eventually looks back on whatever chapters in the annals of punk rock history encapsulate the last couple of decades, there will undoubtedly be more hand-wringing over the sections labeled “emo” than in the remaining portions combined. No term, or genre, within the collective umbrella of the punk and DIY and indie rock worlds has been more maligned, more ostracized, more negatively stereotyped than that of “emo.” Seriously; run an “emo” Google image search or run the term through the search feature on such varied websites as Buzzfeed and Pinterest and Wikihow and Dictionary.com and the results, while redundant in their theme, will be seemingly relentless in the lack of seriousness with which they approach the style or the culture or, most importantly, the music.

But that wasn’t always the case. Somewhere along the the way to the Forum, something happened to the term and the image and the subculture. Through mainstream media outlets and suburban shopping mall-based clothing stores of the early aughts, “emo” got bastardized, stripped of its original context and transformed into something wholly unrecognizable from its origins.

The last small handful of years, however, have seen a bit of not only an emo resurgence, but an emo reclamation. Not the emo of the Hot Topic era, mind you, but from an earlier time. The Get Up Kids and Braid and Rainer Maria got back together, put out new albums, and continue to tour periodically. Texas Is The Reason reunited for a while. American Football reunited. Knapsack and The Promise Ring reunited and then reunited again. Cap’n Jazz played for the first time in seven years. Hell, Jawbreaker played Riot Fest a couple months ago and you know this because all 689 people you follow on Instagram were there and live streaming and so-this-happened-ing. And perhaps nobody has been flying the original emo flag higher and prouder over the last decade as Tom Mullen.

Mullen, a native of Vermont, has been working for a variety of labels and entertainment industry outlets by day since the turn of the century. In his spare time and due to an unwavering love of the earlier days of the emo years, he launched the Washed Up Emo podcast in 2007. He’s interviewed well over a hundred scene veterans in the decade since, and recently published his first book, The Anthology of Emo – Volume One, that compiles transcriptions of about a dozen interviews from the podcasts that help shine a light on what the term meant and, more importantly, what the music meant. There are chats with some of the pillars of an earlier time, like Mineral’s Chris Simpson, Christie Front Drive’s Eric Richter, Norman Brannon from Texas Is The Reason and, of course, Mike Kinsella who’s been in basically all the bands. There are also higher-profile, crossover names like Chris Carrabba and Matt Pryor, as well as Rainer Maria, who’ve seen a bit of a resurgence lately, and Blair Shehan from Knapsack, The Jealous Sound, and more recently Racquet Club.

Like the Washed Up Emo podcast and its related offshoots like the hilarious IsThisBandEmo.com, The Anthology of Emo – Volume One is a labor of love that draws direct inspiration from the creative breeding ground that was Burlington, Vermont, in Mullen’s formative, DIY years. There’s little profit involved — most money made from the sale of Volume One will go directly into the publication of Volume Two, already in the works — but that’s obviously not the point. The conversations are authentic, with Mullen and his subjects thoughtfully and sometimes humorously retelling stories that demonstrate the interconnectedness and passion and creativity and – I can’t stress the point enough – the authenticity that drove the scene in the early days and that have inspired a groundswell of not just Emo Nights at your local club but a new legion of bands flying the emo battle flag.

Head below to check out our full conversation with Mullen. He and I are roughly the same age and grew up in neighboring (some might say Shrine Bowl arch-rivaling) states and have a lot of overlapping experiences in spote of the different, circuitous routes we took to get to this conversation. Oh, and make sure you pick up Anthology of Emo: Volume One here!



Gainesville’s “Sports Reference” stream new single ahead of new EP

Gainesville emo/rock outfit Sports Reference are steaming their new single, “Doctor Everest,” ahead of their new EP, “Somewhere Else,” due out on January 5, 2018 via Emocat Records.

Check out the song below, and if you dig it, you can pre-order the, sigh, cassette, from Emocat.



Tiny Moving Parts announce new album “Swell”

Minnesota emo band Tiny Moving Parts have announced that they will be releasing a brand new album called Swell on January 26th. The announcement comes hot off the heels of the brand new single and first track off of the album, “Caution”, which they premiered a video for last week.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available here. Stay tuned as more details regarding the record come to light.

Swell will serve as a follow-up to 2016s Celebrate, both released through Triple Crown Records.



Tiny Moving Parts release video for new track “Caution”

Minnesota emo/pop-punk group Tiny Moving Parts have released a new single, “Caution”. The track is out on all the usual streaming and download platforms. but has also been given the video treatment. More info on an upcoming album look like they are to follow shortly.

You can watch the video for “Caution” below.



Music Video: Hump Back – “Yureru”

Osaka, Japan based all female emo/rock band Hump Back have premiered a music video for the brand new track “Yureru.” You can watch it below.

“Yureru,” or ‘Shake’ in English, is taken from the band’s most recent album titled hanamuke. The album was released today, November 22nd, via WELL BUCKET RECORDS in Japan. You can find the album art and tracklist here.



Save Face stream new EP “Folly: On The Rocks”

New Jersey indie-punk act Save Face are streaming their upcoming EP, Folly: On The Rocks, in its entirety.  You can give it a listen here.

Folly: On The Rocks sees the band playing stripped down acoustic and piano versions of the songs from their 2016 EP Folly.  The new EP is set to be released on November 17th, 2017 via Take This to Heart Records.



Pinegrove release new track “Intrepid”

Montclair, NJ based emo act Pinegrove have released a new track. “Intrepid” is up now on their Bandcamp – and available for free/donation. The band are currently offering all of their back catalogue on there for donation, with proceeds going to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You can listen to the track below.



Hump Back announce new album, stream music video for track “Hoshiga Park”

Osaka, Japan based all female emo/rock band Hump Back has announced they will be releasing a new album, and dropped a music video for the brand new track “Hoshiga Park.” You can watch it below.

The upcoming album will be titled hanamuke, and is set to be released on November 22 via WELL BUCKET RECORDS in Japan. You can find the album art and tracklist below the video.



Skylines Premieres Video For “Sunface” From Upcoming EP

Chicago based Emo act Skylines has released a new music video for the song “Sunface” from the upcoming EP What’s Left of Home (due out on December 14th via Wilhelm Records). We caught up with the trio to talk about the video premiere and the impending EP. Here’s what frontman Sam Sanetra had to say: “It’s swirly, bright, and for once, it’s happy. The video encapsulates the meaning of Sunface in a vague yet beautiful sense. Quinn Zuleger being the real life Sunface, Mario Criscione filming and editing. We even had our bestie, James Pickering of Glory Days fill in as our lead guitarist in the video! To further express our sound, we went to Jeff Bratanch and Luka Milosevic to put together our artwork for the release. This single is only the beginning of tapping into new sounds. On our upcoming EP we were able to dive into many different directions. Phil and I really wanted to make sure we put out the heaviest tracks we’ve ever made with this release. Beyond that, there’s songs we don’t really know how to describe. They’re just something we’ve never done before. It’s exciting, new and hard to wait for. We just want to release it all today!” Stream the new video over on the YouTubes and then go pre-order your copy of What’s Left of Home here



Sorority Noise streaming new EP “Alone”

Hartford, Connecticut’s Sorority Noise are streaming their new EP Alone in its entirety.

You can check it below.

Alone was released October 13, 2017 through Triple Crown Records. Sorority Noise released You’re Not As ___ You Think You Are in 2017.



Kevin Devine Streams “No One Says You Have To” and announces dates

New York singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is streaming “No One Says You Have To” over at Consequence of Sound, check it out here. The song comes off of “We Are Who We’ve Always Been”, a stripped down reimagining of his 2016 release “Instigator”.

He has also recently announced two shows in Brooklyn, NY in December. The first show, on 12/14 at The Bell House will feature Kevin Devine playing “We Are Who We’ve Always Been” and his 2003 record “Make The Clocks Move”. The second show, on 12/16 at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, will feature Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band playing “Instigator” in full, as well as his 2006 album “Put Your Ghost To Rest”. Both shows will feature TBA special guests. These are Kevin’s only currently scheduled solo shows following his recent announcement that he’d be joining Brand New as a touring member for the foreseeable future.



Mom Jeans sign to Side One Dummy Records

Berkley emo act Mom Jeans, has signed to SideOneDummy Records.

You can stream their debut LP Best Buds below.

Best Buds was released on July 3, 2016.



Album Review: Sinai Vessel – “Brokenlegged”

I’m guessing most of you folks have heard of the Fest in Gainesville, Florida. Well I’m going this year and I’ve begun my prep work. As I listen to the bands that are slated to play, I’m struck by two things: 1. How could I not have heard of X band? 2. I definitely have to see X band. If I had the ability to split into multiple versions of myself like Ash in Army of Darkness, it would come in very handy from Oct 27-29. Alas, since I lack this gift, I’m going to have to make some tough decisions. One band that I’ve got underlined, circled and highlighted is Sinai Vessel. Once again, how have I never heard of these guys? For the others of the uninitiated, I’d describe SN thusly: If Ben Gibbard (Death Cab and Postal Service), Justin Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack), and Chris Crisci (Appleseed Cast) were fused together by a mad scientist and decided to form a Superchunk-inspired indie rock band. Sinai Vessel hails from North Carolina. Helmed by singer/songwriter Caleb Cordes, SN began as a project of his with a revolving cast of musicions. For Brokenlegged, Cordes has rounded out Sinai Vessel with a permanent bass (Daniel Hernandez) and drums (Joshua Herron).

Looseleaf kicks off the record and it pretty much exemplifies what the band is all about. A subtle arpeggio and strings arrangement gives way to noisy guitars and earnest vocals. I tried to categorize these guys as Indie, rather than break out the E word, just to save Sinai Vessel from being cast into the Emo Abyss; but Indie’s not a choice anymore. You’ll definitely catch the E vibe on Looseleaf though. Seriously if track one doesn’t make you a Sinai Vessel fan, then they are not for you. It’s a standout track on a record full of them. Ramekin slides in next and doesn’t vary the formula too much. Argeggio, jumpy beat, catchy. The subdued vocal style used by Cordes on this one drives home the Death Cab comparisons. Laughlin keeps the hits coming using the style that makes the entire record cohesive, no punches pulled here. Down with the Hull, Dogs, and Birthblood don’t vary from the formula that perfectly soothes what ails you. When the vocals kick in on Died on my Birthday, try to keep I’ll follow you into the dark out of your head. THIS IS A DIFFERENT SONG!! Typically the acoustic gear-shift song comes in last, just to send the record out on a mellow note. Not so on Brokenlegged. Sinai Vessel brings Cork of Worry last, a mellow tune, but with a sinister backbone.

I think this album caught me at a vulnerable moment because when I heard it, my heart felt like it was going to float out of my body. After many listenings, it stands up pretty well. Brokenlegged definitely popped into my top 10 of 2017 and, as mentioned earlier, Sinai Vessel is underlined, highlighted and circled on my Fest schedule. I’m ticking off the days ‘til Oct 27.

4.5/5 Stars



Forest Green streaming new song “My Sinking Stone”

Forest GreenMichigan’s Forest Green are streaming a new song called “My Sinking Stone”

You can listen to it below.

They released their self-titled EP in 2005.



The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die premier “Gram”

Emo act The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, have released a video for their new song “Gram”. You can check it out below.

The song comes off their upcoming album, “Always Foriegn”, which is set to be released this Friday via Epitaph Records.