Originally a music movement in Washington D.C. combining punk with even faster guitar riffs and screaming, with bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace, emo, or "emocore", became popular on the west coast as well. Most emo bands of this time for breaking guitars on stage, screaming out lyrics, and doing anything else that got people's attention. Basically Jimmy Urine, on crack. Emo's second wave was hit up with a softer more melodic sound with more riffs and songs that were all incredibly long. This came to be with bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker (which later become Jets to Brazil), and Texas is the Reason. Emo went mainstream and got more people's attention with more popular bands today. These bands include Dashboard Confessional and Phantom Planet. Nowadays, it is incredibly hard to know what true emo is as most people think that popular bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, and My Chemical Romance are emo. However, all of these bands have denied such claims. "emo is bullshit, we're the next Radiohead" -Brendon Urie (lead singer for Panic at the Disco). Emo is now often associated with Screamo. However, this is typically untrue. Hawthorne Heights is under much debate and can be seen as somewhat emo. With songs like Niki FM which follow a second wave emo pattern.

Some bands that are NOT emo include:
Senses Fail
Bullet for My Valentine
Aiden
Hopes Die Last
Alexisonfire
Underoath
From First to Last
The Used

The original style of emo was simply whatever you could find at your local thrift store. Combining the style of your grandpa, with that of a nerd.

There are many more but these are just a few bands that many believe to be emo. Sorry to all the 13 year old girls who actually thought they were truly emo.

"Oh my God, I love My Chemical Romance! I'm so emo!"
"Oh really? Because I like Rites of Spring,"
"Who?"
by brdof hrms June 16, 2008
Dear Diary,
Mood; apathetic. My parents are squeezing me tighter than my little sisters jeans...which look great on me by the way...people call gay cause like make out with dudes...or four dudes sometimes...but can't a guy be in touch with his emotions and make out with a dude or like four dudes and not be gay? well, I guess you wouldn't understand..no one ever does...where the hell are my candy cigarretes?
What is emo? What is existance? you wouldn't understand.
by *sigh* March 06, 2006
Something that retards label things that they don't like.
Retard: LAWL! I'm so fucking stupid! Everything that I don't like is emo. I don't even know what that word means, but whatever! OH SHIT I JUST SWALLOWED A QUARTER!
by Bloodbath 87 March 06, 2009
An easy was of describing a person who

*Listens to emotionally hardcore music
*Shops at hot topic and lovebites and bruises
*Has black hair with funky bits, long at font, short at back, with side fringe, anything too crazy is considered scene
*Has a Myspace/Livejournal
Kid 1: what did he look like?
Kid 2: He had side parted black ahir, tight trousers, glasses ...
Kid 1: You mean "emo"??
by jojofaceball May 03, 2007
a really bad imitation of goth.most "emo" people are posers who only wear pink and black(boys too),and the others cry all the time,not knowing how to deal with their problems.
-Hey guys,look at these new pink skull-shaped earrings!!!Am I emo or what!(poser)
by foursouls1 April 23, 2009
Emo = Emotional Hardcore

Contrary to popular belief,
Emo is not about being depressed or cutting,
it's not short for emotional,
it has nothing to do with teenage posers who follow the trend of pretending to be bisexual, depressed, and wearing all black.
It's not a fashion.
The fashion that's commonly referred to as "emo fashion",
is actually called "scene".
And MCR and Fallout Boy are NOT emo.

In actuality, It's a branch off of hardcore punk that started in the mid 80s with the punk band, Rites of Spring.
They hated the glorified violence and restrained music that infected the D.C. hardcore scene,
and took hardcore to a greater level of experimentation
with more emotional lyrics and more melodic instruments.

Soon after, a surge of new bands started forming and creating their own adaption of the style that Rites of Spring innovated.
The summer of 1985 became known as "revolution summer".
Good emo bands from "revolution summer" include:
Rites of Spring, Embrace, Moss Icon, Dag Nasty, Gray Matter,
Nation of Ulysses, and Fire Party.

After the disbanding of Rites of Spring,
Ian MacKaye (from Embrace) and Guy Picciotto (from Rites of Spring) formed the post-hardcore band Fugazi in the early 90s. who influenced bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Far, Braid, and Jimmy Eat World.
In my opinion, Sunny Day Real Estate are to mall emo, (the music that's commonly referred to as emo today)
as Rites of Spring are to emo.
They started the whole movement of mainstream "emo" bands.

Happening at the same time,
was the the unground movement of screamo.
Screamo sounded similar to emo,
but louder and with a lot more screaming and slightly different song structures.
Screamo started with bands such as Antioch Arrow, Palatka,
Portraits of the Past, and The Swing Kids.
The music comprised of brutal yet somewhat melodic guitars, loud, fast drums, song structures that switch from quiet to loud, and obviously, screaming vocals.

One thing that's not true is when people say real emo is a dead genre.
because, while mainstream "emo" has taken over MTV and the radio, an underground emo/screamo scene still exists.
Circle Takes the Square, Raein, Daitro, Haram, 1905, and ...Who Calls So Loud, City of Caterpillar are all examples of emo (and screamo) bands from the last eight years, most of them are still existing.
It's not a dead genre, you just have to look for the real deal.
Person1: Is My Chemical Romance emo?
Person2: NO.
Person1: Then what is emo?
Person2: *points to definition*
by JetBlackMirror January 09, 2009
emos are not all depressed, want to kill themselfs, smoke, cut, biosexual and do drugs. Some do but not all. I personaly like the emo style because they don't dress like sluts and go around picking on people. I also like the color black witch they generaly were. they do often liston to different varieties of rock. And are passionate in their music and friends. They are often more emotional but they can't help that. Sometimes they just need a friend.
Me= look at that emo kid he could use a friend.
You= he looks like a jerk just like the rest of them.
Me= He is really nice once you get to know him. You just need to give emos a chance.
by Cazlyne Neuburkman August 23, 2006
There are lots of different types of emos and they dont all cut or hate everything.
Emos pretty much love music. Its a big part of their lives. Not all emos cut themselves tho some do. If they do, its usually for a good reason and not just planned out for attention (unless they are wannabe emos)They have a certain style and many people hate them but I really dont understand why because they are just kids trying to find who they really are. They probably really do have hard lives. most people dont make shit up like that ok? if you have a good life i dont see why you would. Lots of them are looking for love. I know I am. So Dont judge them.
by emo is love July 10, 2008

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