Intro and Info
Emo, pronounced - ˈiːmoʊ/ is a sub-genre of Rock/Heavy Metal which is characterised by expressive, and often emotional, lyrics.
It kicked off in the mid-1980s, and grew out out the Hardcore Punk movement in Washington, D.C., where, at the time, it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace.
As the style was echoed by contemporary American Punk Rock artists, with its sound and meaning shifting and changing, it found itself blending with Pop Punk and Indie Rock and was encapsulated in the early 1990s by groups such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate.
By the time the mid-1990s rolled around, numerous emo acts emerged from the Midwestern and Central United States, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the style.
Emo broke through to mainstream culture around the early 2000s with the platinum-selling success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional and the emergence of the subgenre "Screamo". In the wake of this success, many Emo style bands were signed to major record labels and the style became a marketable product.
As the late 2000s arrived, Emo's popularity had began to decrease. Some bands moved away from their emo roots and some bands also disbanded, there was a revival of the style in the 2010s, with bands drawing on the sounds and aesthetics of Emo of the 1990s and early 2000s.
Into the mid 2010, and the term "Emo" has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists, including multiplatinum acts and groups with disparate styles and sounds. In addition to music, "Emo" is often used more generally to signify a particular relationship between fans and artists, and to describe related aspects of fashion, culture, and behavior. Emo has been associated with a stereotype that includes being particularly emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden. It has also been associated with stereotypes that can also include things like depression, self-injury, and suicide.
Not everyone will agree with the bands that we have listed here, because opinions vary, but all bands listed below have, at some point, been thought of in the context of Emo.
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Boys Like Girls
Bring Me The Horizon
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Escape The Fate
Falling in Reverse
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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
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Three Days Grace