But all these reunions—Cap'n Jazz in 2010, now Christie Front Drive, and soon new material from mid-west emo-sweethearts, Braid—all in this very specific, 16+-year-old genre, it got me thinking: What the hell is going on?
It also seems cause enough to post five of my favorite songs from this era. No, my old band's not in there. What do you think I am? But enjoy...for, like, 24 more hours....
Braid is one of the many influential emo bands to spring forth from the rock-motional fertile grounds of the Chicago area and, happily, they're set to release some brand new material soon. Plus they Tweet and shit. Crazy, right?
Cap'n Jazz • Little League
Another Chicago band that bore many, many bands to come, some awesome, some....very arty. Plus Davey van Bohlen et al started it when they were, what, five? And yes, I missed they're only reunion. Ever. I'm sure it was terrible, right?
Christie Front Drive • Field
Whether this song has actual lyrics or not, I love it. Fingers crossed, guys.
Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start • Song Competition
Sadly, I don't think these fellas are around anymore, but our old band happened to play a show ages ago with them, and I've been in love with their math-rock-y sound ever since. And yes, that was their actual name. NERDS!!!
The Promise Ring • Watertown Plank
Totally my favorite Promise Ring song ever, and I think the first one I ever heard.
Alright, now everyone grab your backpack straps and fingerpoint to the sky, in all its fiery, final, Armageddon-ridden glory.
Most emo end times ever.
(above - photo by me of the most emo mailbox ever, used for many a show flyer in the day)