Emo Bands and Artists List

Emo Bands and Artists List

Emo is a genre of rock music characterized by an emphasis on emotional expression, sometimes through confessional lyrics. It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement in Washington, D.C., where it was known as emotional hardcore or emocore and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. In the early 1990s, emo was adopted and reinvented by indie rock and pop punk bands such as Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate, Weezer and Jimmy Eat World. By the mid-1990s, emo bands such as Braid, the Promise Ring and the Get Up Kids emerged in the Midwest where Midwest emo formed, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the genre. Meanwhile, screamo, a more aggressive style of emo using screamed vocals, also emerged, pioneered by the San Diego bands Heroin and Antioch Arrow.

Emo entered mainstream culture during the early 2000s with the success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional, and many emo bands were signed to major record labels. During the mid to late-2000s, emo bands such as My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus continued to be popular. During the early 2010s, the popularity of emo began to wane, with some groups moving away from the genre and others disbanding. A mainly underground emo revival emerged during the decade, with bands such as Modern Baseball and Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) drawing on the sounds and aesthetics of 1990s and early-2000s emo.

Often seen as a subculture, emo also generally signifies a relationship between fans and artists and describes aspects of fashion, culture and behavior. The emo subculture has been associated with fans in skinny jeans; tight, usually short-sleeved t-shirts (often with the names of emo bands), studded belts and flat, straight, jet-black hair with long bangs. Emo has been associated with a stereotype of emotion, sensitivity, misanthropy, shyness, introversion and angst, and with depression, self-harm and suicide. Emo also has inspired a backlash movement in response to its rapid growth, with some bands described as emo, such as My Chemical Romance and Panic! at the Disco, rejecting the emo label for the social stigma and controversy surrounding the emo label.

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