||The TRUTH about emoIt seems as though nobody here on Red Vs. Blue knows what they're talking about when it comes to musical genres, particularly this music some call 'emo.' Whether you love it or hate it, NONE OF YOU SEEM TO KNOW WHAT EMO REALLY IS. |
The genre began back in 1984, when two hardcore bands, Husker Du and Rites of Spring, were the first to fuse the aggression of hardcore punk with intricate composition and musicmanship. This new approach effectively made their music more emotional than the hardcore or punk bands that had come before them. A new name began to be used to describe this style of hardcore. Fans called it 'emocore,' which stood for emotional hardcore. For the next ten years, bands who followed in the footsteps of Husker Du and Rites of Spring would play this 'emocore,' which would later be shortened to simply 'emo,' in deep obscurity.
Then, in the early-to-mid 1990s, two hugely influential indie rock bands emerged: Fugazi and Sunny Day Real Estate. While neither of these bands were emo (or even hardcore), people who simply did not know what they were talking about decided that these two bands were now 'emo' and that anyone who was influenced by them from that point on were also 'emo.' This was an eniterely wrong way of thinking. Unfortunately, however, that is the misconception that the media has now picked up on, making the confusion more rampant than ever. Everything that people believe about emo, from its aesthetic to its music, is a huge mistake, and all because of ignorance.
Do not dismiss this. Chances are that your perceptions are completely flawed. Too many people think that emo is the antithesis of hardcore, but the truth of the matter is that emo IS hardcore! As a matter of fact, the bottom line is that if a band does not play hardcore, it simply cannot truly be emo. People went wrong in believing that Fugazi and Sunny Day Real Estate were emo because they drew from the influences of early emo bands - and because Fugazi contained former members of Rites of Spring. Just because you are influenced by or affiliated with a genre does not mean that what you are doing with that influence or affiliation is the same.
If you want to know what emo really is, check out bands like Circle Takes the Square, Funeral Diner, Raein, Daitro, Saetia, Hot Cross, Envy, I Robot, Ampere, and, Palatka. On every website where there are communities or groups or forums about music, there is always someone in the midst of the pretender-emo crowd who knows the truth about the genre. I invite you to do the homework yourself. And by homework, I do NOT mean anything that has to do with MTV. That's what got you all here in the first place.