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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!



American Football release video for “Home Is Where The Haunt Is”

Chicago emo punks American Football have just released a new video for their track, “Home Is Where The Haunt Is.”

The song comes off of their 2016 self titled EP release which was their first release since their self titled album in 1999.

Check out the video below.



American Football (Chicago/Emo) release video for “My Instincts Are The Enemy”

Chicago, Illinois emo-rockers American Football have released a video for their song, “My Instincts Are The Enemy.”

The track comes from their self-titled 2016 release. The video was shot in Japan, featuring Japanese fans of the band. Check out the video here.



American Football release new song “Give Me The Gun”

Chicago emo band American Football are streaming a brand new song called “Give Me The Gun.” This track is one off of their upcoming album self-titled album and is the second single that the band has released since announcing their first full length in 17 years. You can give the new song a listen below.

This self-titled album will serve as a follow-up to the band’s other self-titled album, which was released in 1999.



American Football Stream New Song, Announce First Album In 17 Years

Chicago emo group American Football have announced a followup album to their first and only, released 17 years ago.

Their new album will be self-titled, just as their debut was, and with the announcement came a stream of the first single “I’ve Been So Lost For So Long.” Listen to the new track below.



American Football announce two shows on the West Coast

The return of 90s emo legends American Football was met with cheers the world over, and they’ve since played a good chunk of it. Now they’ve announced a return to the West coast for two shows. They last released their self-titled album back in 1999.

See the dates below.



American Football to play a few UK shows

Chicago emo act American Football have just announced a few shows in the UK in the spring. You can check out the dates and locations for those shows below. The band recently began touring together again after taking a 15-year hiatus.

The group put out a deluxe edition of their self-titled album in May via Polyvinyl Records.



American Football covers Elvis Costello’s “Alison” for AV Club

The A.V. Club Undercover Series recently caught up with Chicago emo band American Football where the group performs a little cover of Elvis Costello’s song “Alison”.

The track was originally released in 1977 on Costello’s debut album “My Aim Is True”, and you can check out American Football’s rendition below.

American Football released a deluxe edition of American Football on May 20, 2014 through Polyvinyl Records.

 

 



Video: American Football’s first show in 15 years

American Football played a secret show in Chicago over the weekend, just a few months before hitting the road for their reunion tour this fall. They pretty much played their self-titled LP and EP in their entirety, plus some B-sides. Head on down below for some fan-shot videos from the set.

American Football put out a deluxe edition of American Football on May 20, 2014 through Polyvinyl Records. They released a video for “Never Meant” back in June.



Big Footprints Records streams 85-song “The Big Comp II”

Big Footprints Records has released an epic compilation featuring songs from American Football, Captain, We’re Sinking, Into It. Over It., Great Cynics, Junior Battles, The Menzingers, Pentimento, Tigers Jaw, and more.

Check it out below.



Music Video: American Football – “Never Meant”

American Football have released a music video for their song “Never Meant”. The track comes off of the band’s 1999 self-titled album. You can check it out below.

American Football released a deluxe edition of American Football on May 20, 2014 through Polyvinyl Records.