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Yeah I agree with what you are saying, if anything it’s just lazy journalism. During the last ten years all these bands started to come out the woodwork wearing eyeliner And the Emo tag was easy to throw their way.
I think bands like Rites Of Spring were instrumental in the start of what Emo (Emotional Hardcore) was to become before the term was hijacked. It is all down to preference I guess, I would put Rival Schools next to HWM and JEW as far as Emo is concerned.January 23, 2013 at 4:11 am in reply to: What bands are you ashamed to admit you do NOT like? #231325
AFI – I never saw the appeal, they were a band I wanted to like for some reason but never did.
I always considered bands like The Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring and Jimmy Eat World as Emo, in that they came from scenes where the music was generally heavier than theirs. It started to lose its meaning when the mainstream press started to label every band with a haircut as Emo. My chemical Romance were the poster boys for emo in the UK for ages even though they didn’t really come from there. They were a pop punk band, but it was easy and convenient for the press to label them as that because they looked different.
I think Further Seems Forever were Emo, so naturally Dashboard were categorised the same. Emo as a phrase is so well known now, your gran could quote it, but when she does it’ll be from the newspaper labelling a Marilyn Manson fan, and not because of Rites Of Spring 😉
I think Weezer’s ‘Pinkerton’ is an emo classic, do you?
Oh and I got my drivers license in 1997, old but not the oldest 😉
Hey, I’m Mitch and am 32 and a half 😉
My favourite bands include Goldfinger, NOFX, Bad Religion, Biffy Clyro, Alkaline Trio and so on.
I’m based in Scotland and run my own wee label which is fun 🙂