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As new groups sounding like these groups were born, they too became labeled emo; regardless of the fact that their music was far removed from the origins of the term. These bands emulated the softer indie emo/emotional pop punk sound rather than the earlier more dynamic emo. This style of music is what emo is best known for in today's society leaving an entire category of music fans unaware of the hardcore roots. Examples following Dashboard include Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Death Cab For Cutie, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At the Disco, Hawthorne Heights, etc...
My Chemical Romance Brand New Hawthorne Heights
My Chemical Romance | Brand New | Hawthorne Heights
The original emo fans obviously feel that emo, which was once pure, has been subsequently ruined by the corporate music industry, and is now dead.
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Screamo of Today
However, "Emo" is not all based on this softer variation. There are many new bands that have retained the heavier more dynamic classic emo sound to some extent, with a strong focus on loud/soft dynamics and dramatic vocals. These bands are frequently referred to as "screamo". Screamo is a sub genre of emo, which is mainly used by younger fans who weren't around when the screaming vocal thing was new and unique. Screamo is the music of choice for the new subculture known as "scene". It's all very confusing!
Many of the newer bands actually combine the dynamic screamo sound with the softer post emo indie rock style and add further elements to the mix. These could include Thursday, Underoath, Silverstein, Alexisonfire, Atreyu, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Aiden, Chiodos, From First To Last, Funeral For A Friend, Story Of The Year, etc...
Thursday Funeral For a Friend Aiden
Thursday | Funeral For a Friend | Aiden
Underoath Silverstein Bring Me The Horizon
Underoath | Silverstein | Bring Me The Horizon
Emo music as a form is dominating music now days. No rock scene has been co-opted as fast or as madly as emo. Whereas, even in the past, the term emo was used to identify a wide variety of bands, the breadth of bands listed under today's emo is crazy! The term "emo" has been left as more of a loose identifier than as a specific genre of music. Skramz is new term for the screamo/emo bands of the 90s, or anything that is considered 'real' screamo/emo.
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As with the overall emo culture/movement the music has been subject to a considerable amount of criticism. This is like any music genre that enters the mainstream though such as nu-metal.
Firstly as previously mentioned the original emo fans are annoyed that the emo of their time has been ruined by the corporate music industry, and the emo scene they once knew is practically dead now. In their opinion real Emo was manly and hard. It was fast and thrashy sung in a way that wasn't pretentious and whiney.
Fans of other genres such as punk and metal dislike the emo of today as well describing it as half assed wannabe punk bands, which just didn't quite make it for example. Some feel that it should not be associated with punk at all because punk is all about attitude, and emo has none according to them. Emo is rotting away at American rock music is another popular criticism.
There are of course many other negative views on the music such as its supposed lack of originality and blandness. Furthermore, nowadays emo music is stereotypically seen as being suicidal, angst-ridden, wrist slitting, label-defying tripe. Some people feel that it's the emo music which is too largely blame for self harm because the bands sing about it and they inform a fragile audience that this is a way of life. A few bands do occasionally mention self harm but the main theme of most emo bands is heartbreak, not suicide or self harm. What about other genres of music where the lyrics are about guns and drugs... So many things can be seen as a bad influence to people. It's a never-ending circle.
MCR (My Chemical Romance) / Emo Fans even staged a protest against The Daily Mail's false "suicide cult" claims in London, UK.
A lot of criticism is down to the gaping contradictions and confusion that exists within the genre. Everyone has his or her own idea of just what emo encompasses. One of the most notable debates concerns the question "Is My Chemical Romance emo?" Many people feel that a vast amount of bands are wrongly put into the emo genre. Stereotyping and confusion exists within all music genres though and isn't the fact that the music is good more important that whether or not it's emo?
Really people should stop whining because if someone listens to it, that doesn't affect them at all! However everyone is entitled to their own opinion at the end of the day...
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Wrapping Things Up...at Last!
You have to admire emo's ability to remain raw and risk being made fun of. When people are devoting themselves to soulless pop, it's refreshing to see something relating to kids on a gut level. Everyone who is serious about music would love to see the public embrace intelligent, heartfelt music rather than manufactured, dumbed-down tripe. A lot of Emo music' sense of urgency, sincerity and melody are exactly what is missing from a lot of modern music.
The emo of today is clearly different to the original emo sound invented over two decades ago and both are loved by many worldwide. Try to put up with all the genre confusion and if you are into new "emo" bands like Fall Out Boy please educate yourself by listening to the bands that kicked off the whole movement. The influence on the modern emo sound should be obvious so you'll probably enjoy these bands as well.
Finally take note of these basic points:
Do not fall for stereotypes; Emo music isn't about being "depressed" or "suicidal". It is about expressing emotion, whatever that emotion may be.
Once you find some emo bands that you like, go to their shows. You'll be able to meet other fans and discover new bands through them too.
If this type of music isn't your thing, don't force it and be a "fake". You may develop an appreciation for it in the future.
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The Emo Song by Adam and Andrew, has cult status on the Internet.
Although this song is meant to be witty, like a lot of things 'emo' some consider it to be alarming and a bad influence... This is because of lyrics like "Stop my breathing and slit my throat, I must be an Emo."
(The entire lyrics to the song)