“9/10” comes from Rosenstock’s latest album POST, released last year via Polyvinyl Records.
“9/10” comes from Rosenstock’s latest album POST, released last year via Polyvinyl Records.
Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM (PST) by jaystone
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!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:42 PM (PST) by steve_kingston
The track comes off their recently-released sophomore record “Vision”. Directed by Sean Kelly, the video creates an imagined future in which the band members reconvene 30 years from now to rock out again and think back to the good old days – the twist is that it stars each of their real-life dads as their future selves!
Pet Symmetry will be on tour throughout the US this fall, including a string of dates with Beach Slang. You can check out the tour dates below.
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:26 PM (PST) by liathdavis
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.
Vision will be released this Friday (May 26th) via Polyvinyl Record Company.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:08 PM (PST) by Operation Rescue
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.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:43 PM (PST) by iamtheflood
Chicago songsmiths Pet Symmetry have released the latest song off their up coming album Vision, set for release on May 26th via Polyvinyl Record Company. “You & Me & Mt. Hood” is a soft but stupidly catchy offering, sure to get you excited about the album if you weren’t already.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:09 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Less than one year after the release of their last release Chicago’s Pet Symmetry are back with a brand new full-length. “Vision” is slated for release on May 26th through Polyvinyl Record Company and to get you fired up you can stream “Stare Collection”, the first single, below.
Pet Symmetry released “Pet Hounds” on May 19, 2015 through Asian Man Records.
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:46 AM (PST) by villagebrown
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.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 3:14 PM (PST) by GellmanB
Preparing for the release of their new LP, “A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings”, Philadelphia’s Beach Slang has shared a video for the single, “Atom Bomb”.
Check out the video and tour dates below.
The album will be released on Polyvinyl Records.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM (PST) by Shane Dover
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.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 5:39 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Philadelphia’s Beach Slang have announced they will be touring the US with Bleached this fall. The tour will be in support of the band’s new album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, which is due out on September 23rd via Polyvinyl Records.
Check out the dates and locations below, alongside the first single from their new record titled “Punks in a Disco Bar.”
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings will be Beach Slang’s second full-length album, serving as a follow-up to 2015’s The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us. Pre-order the LP here.
Beach Slang last released their debut LP “The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us” in 2015.
Philly based pop-punk group Beach Slang have announced some UK tour dates for this summer.
Check out all the dates and locations below.
Beach Slang released their last album “The Things We Do to Find People Like Us” in October of 2015.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:37 PM (PST) by jaystone
There’s a pretty awesome compilation featuring a bunch of awesome bands coming out in a couple weeks, and you should probably check it out. The release is called “The Great Big Susiepalooza Comp, Volume 1,” and it benefits the Lustgarten Foundation, a charity that helps in the fight against pancreatic cancer (the compilation’s namesake, Sue Marchetti, died of pancreatic cancer in 2014). The comp is out March 25th, and features bands like Beach Slang, Modern Baseball, Abandon All Ships, Pentimento, Superheaven, and more. Pre-order yours here.
Do you guys remember when Flogging Molly put out music that made you want to dance a jig and mosh at the same time? Fast and aggressive enough to satisfy your rebellious soul yet folky enough to provide a depth sometimes lacking in more traditional punk rock? Those were the days. And I thought they were over until I stumbled across The Killigans. Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska of all places, this six-some channel folk-punk as if they were spawned from the back of a gypsy caravan in the heart of the Old Country. Playing together since 2004, how they escaped my notice until now is beyond me, but let's not dwell on that. What's important is that they just released a new full-length titled "Dance On Your Grave" and I'm here today to tell you it is well worth a listen. Do so here.