Emotive is essentially watered down Hardcore Punk. That being said; Emotive is still Punk. It's still a sub-genre of Hardcore Punk. They still follow the same DIY ethics as Punks, & still have the same mindset.
The most noted bands to take this form of Hardcore Punk in a new direction was; Embrace & Rites Of Spring. Ian MacKaye the lead singer of Embrace; famous for the Hardcore Punk band Minor Threat, the creation of the subculture Straight Edge, & Dischord Records. Guy Picciotto the lead singer of Rites Of Spring; famous for the Emotive band Fugazi & creator of Emotive itself. (Arguably) Started the genre in the mid '80's.
Emotive in the 80's resembled it's parent genre. In the '90's it took a different feel.
Cap'n Jazz & a few other bands took a more Indie feel to their music. Cap'n Jazz with their only album Shmap'n Shmazz; took Emotive from a from a deeply underground Punk sub-genre, to a more widely accepted subset of indie rock. Which is why Emo is widely known, & respected in the Indie subculture.
Skramz (screamo), a sub-genre of Emotive; was Emotive with a more chaotic playing style. The name of the genre is a misnomer. Though the genre often had screaming vocals, it wasn't the focus of the genre. Skramz was just a way of playing more chaotic music, as most Punk was. Skramz started in the early '90's & lives to this day.
Emotive, along with Skramz, were underground genres. With underground labels. They're not widely known, or heard. You won't hear them on the radio, or find them in your local commercialized record store. This is the backbone of all Punk music, & it's sub-genres.
Common misconceptions of Emo; Emo is a style, Emo means Emotional, Emo is depressed, or people who self-mutilate themselves. All these are false! The media has bastardized the genre. In 2003 an article called The Dashboard Confessional Emo. Since this happened, other alike bands have been given the same assumption. You're practically pawns of the media for believing them. It is now widely believed that this style, which is actually FashionXcore a fashion stole from Visual Kei; closely related to J-Rock, which has been played upon by corporations like Hot Topic. They only plan on making money, & don't care what they ruin, or put in it's place.
I've heard recently that Emo died in the '90's. This is also false. Fugazi, a monumental Emotive band that both Ian MacKaye, & Guy Picciotto were both in; were touring & creating records till '01, with their 6th LP. Emotive will still live on with Skramz. In no way is Emotive dead. As long as people still listen to the genre, there will be Emo.
You're not emo unless you either listen to Emotive Hardcore Punk, or you're in an Emotive band. Simple!
I will leave this with some Emotive, Skramz, & some Indie/emo bands: Evergreen, I Hate Myself, Joan Of Arc, Joshua Fit For Battle, Mass Movement Of The Moth, Violent Breakfast, Suis La Lune, Circle Takes The Square, Saetia, Raein, Get Fucked, American Football, Jeromes Dream, Yaphet Kotto, Neil Perry, Amber Inn, Funeral Diner, Harriet The Spy, Cowboys Are Indians, City Of Caterpillar, etc etc...
B: Hell yeah man, it's going to be great.
1. Girls say they like "sensitive guys" (lie)
2. Guy finds out, so he listens to faggy emo music and dresses like a dork so chicks will see that he is sensitive and not afraid to express himself (lie). He dyes his hair black, wraps himself in a stupid looking scarf, develops an eating disorder, and rants about how "nobody understands".
3. Now an emo guy, he meets Emo chick and they start dating, talking about how their well-off suburban lifestyles are terrible and depressing (lie)
4. Emo guy is just too much of a pussy. His penis is too small, he's too depressed to bathe, and has more mood swings than emo chick, and he doesn't even have a menstrual cycle. Emo chick dumps him, saying "It's not you, it's me." (lie) as she drives off with Wayne, the school jock and captain of the football team.
5. Emo guy goes home and cries, proceeds to write a weak song and strum a single string on his acoustic guitar. Another emo chick sees how he is so in touch with his feelings, and the cycle continues.
This is the sad truth of the emo lifestyle/music, and now that I look at how pathetic it really is, maybe the emos DO have something to cry about!
boyfriend: I'm too sad to have sex.
girlfriend: I'm sad too; lets have sex and cry.
boyfriend: I'm already crying.
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: omg my gf just left me
acidburnedsoul: that sux man
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: i blame myself only i'm such an ass *cries*
acidburnedsoul: dude come over to my house and we can cut ourselves together
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: okay *cries*
acidburnedsoul: omg dashboard confessional has a new cd, i preordered it already
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude they're my favorite band to self-mutilate to
acidburnedsoul: i prefer to cut myself while watching Napoleon Dynamite on my bigscreen
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: dude that movie is so deep. i cry every time i see it
acidburnedsoul: me too. i hate myself
XxSlavetoAnguishxX: yeah we're such tortured souls, nobody understands how hard life is for us
acidburnedsoul: yeah we got it tough dude. pass the tissues
I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."
Now, onto the real definition.
In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label. Acts like Yaphet Kotto, I Hate Myself, Saetia, Hot Cross, A Day In Black And White, Funeral Diner, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, You And I, and hosts of others came in the next decade. Most emo bands have since broken up, but there's still the occasional hold-out (again, the majority of Level-Plane Records' roster has been a procession of emo acts). Like most DIY hardcore/punk of the time, a majority found its way onto vinyl and not much else. Some people consider bands like Fugazi, and later Sunny Day Real Estate, a progression of emo, but personally, I don't quite follow that philosophy.
Often, more recently, this gets intertwined with post-hardcore, and understandably so - that's nothing to make an issue of, since well shit, at least it's close.
Since the late 90s, though, bands have been emerging in the vein of Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and the thousands of their clones. As far as I can tell, some lazy journalist somewhere, writing an article about them, decided "Well, fuck, no one knows what emo is anyways, so I'll call these bands "emo" - sounds more appealing than bubblegum pop rock..." and the spiral continued downwards into the current amalgomation of bands MTV has told everyone is "emo."
Somehow, people decided that "emo" meant "emotional," which is obviously bullshit, as 99% of bands make music to illicit emotion, which would make "emotional" a completely all-encompassing genre from classical to opera to pop to rap.
Hope that helps.
Rites of Spring is emo.