Things Only Former Emo Kids Will Understand
How to Understand What Emo Is
Not many people know what the real meaning of emo is. Many people think it means emotional, although they are not correct. It wouldn't be such a big deal if it meant emotional, because that's what everyone would be. Emo means emotional hardcore.
Find out the real meaning of emo.You can find reliable sources by typing in keywords generally known to the mainstream like "skramz", "emocore" and later "emoviolence" and "powerviolence". Doing so will bring up pages untainted by mainstream definition. Remember, you're researching the original Emotive hardcore movement in the 80s. You're not looking for emo pop punk, the emo phase or anything which states that it means "emotional".
Emo bands.Emo seems controversial if you haven't done your research, but actual followers of Emo understand and know that bands like the below are emotive hardcore hardcore bands.
- Rites of Spring
- Drives Like Jehu
- Indian Summer
- Jets to Brazil
- Moss Icon
- Gray Matter
- Hot Cross
- Off Minor
- Sleepytime Trio
Understanding Screamo.Like Emo, Screamo is also incredibly misunderstood. Most people think it's a sub-genre of metal, or that it's simply "doesn't exist". But in reality, Screamo (also known as "skramz") is a sub-genre of hardcore punk/emo which formed out of California in the early 90s. Screamo, being an off-shoot genre of Emo, incorporates Emo characteristics but also includes screamed vocals, melodic breakdowns and is often aggressive and faster paced. Some real Screamo bands are:
- City of Caterpillar
- Circle Takes The Square
- The Saddest Landscape
- I Hate Myself
- Angel Hair
- Love Like... Electrocution
- Love Lost But Not Forgotten
Today, many bands are deemed emo due to their appearance or lyrical themes.One of the main clues to finding out if a band is "emo" or not is listening to the instrumental context of the band. If it's metal, it won't be "Emo" as they're two different genres of music. A band which uses emotional themes or screamed vocals doesn't automatically make it "emo" or "screamo" and that's how a lot of people trip up.
Emo Pop Punk.Emo is not a mainstream genre, it was DIY, raw and most importantly, not about the fashion. Once Jimmy Eat World hit the mainstream with their song "The Middle", another genre was created called "Emo pop punk". Emo pop punk is a fusion genre of emo and pop punk, incorporating more hook filled choruses thus making it catchier and ear friendly (how bands like My Chemical Romance and Paramore can be played on the radio. You'll never find Rites of Spring or Embrace on the radio; because they don't appeal to the majority of people). Listening to Emo Pop Punk is not a bad thing, it just means that you're not "emo" but more "emo pop". Some bands that started the emo pop style/were later to be were:
- The Get Up Kids
- The Promise Ring
- The Starting Line
- Saves The Day
- The Movielife
- My Chemical Romance
- Panic! at the Disco
- All Time Low
Understanding what isn't Emo or Screamo.Bands that commonly get mislabelled "emo" are Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Suicide Silence, Bring Me The Horizon and many other metalcore and deathcore bands.
- Metalcore. Metalcore is a fusion genre of hardcore punk and extreme metal formed in the late 80s/early 90s staring with bands like All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Valentine and Parkway Drive.
- Deathcore. Deathcore is a fusion of hardcore punk, metalcore and death metal. It originated in the early 00s in North America and is defined by breakdowns, blast beats and death metal riffs. Some deathcore bands are Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, Bring Me The Horizon (their early work), Whitechapel, Impending Doom and Emmure.
An emo appearance typically denotes a fringe, tight jeans, band shirts and studded belts.Hair is especially important, and is frequently dyed a vibrant or dark colour, rarely being in-between. Originally an emo appearance leaned towards intellectualism, with thick rimmed glasses, tight denim and sweater vests.
- However, try not to obsess over fashion or you'll be labelled as stereotypical. All you have to do to "be emo" is listen to the genre, and maybe be involved with the hardcore scene by going to local shows.
- If anyone misleadingly misunderstands the emo sub-genre, you should kindly point out the faults in their propositions, and explain what emo truly is using factual sources.
- People will make fun of you, it's a known fact. If they do (which they will) forget them. They aren't worth your time - don't waste your time listening to them or arguing back when it won't change their minds about you.
- It would be best if your defence is factual, rather than anecdotal.
- Don't to berate anyone, nor constantly speak of the true meaning of emo with the intent of having many people hear you, people will find you annoying or they may say that you are a perfect example of the negative stereotype, as it appears to them that you want attention.
- Many people aren't interested in the Emo sub-genre, which may cause them to instantly forget what "emo" is after you've explained it, or make false statements.
- Some people, such as those who are known as trolls, will intentionally make incorrect statements of emo with the specific intent of aggravating you or others. Use the listed tip, if they persist it's likely that you will never be able to reason with them, therefore you should give up.
- Don't respond with anger or sadness towards their statement, even if you feel that way.
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