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1.
what emo really stands for. not emo as in "omg i hate my life" referring more to the music genre.
"Get it right, its emotive hardcore, not emo."
by madame c July 27, 2005
 
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Emotive hardcore is what emo really stands for. It is a genre of music that most people do not know about. It is the TRUE emo. There are NO mainstream emo bands. Some examples of emo (emotive hardcore) bands are:
-Rites of Spring
-Moss Icon
-I Hate Myself
-I Would Set Myself on Fire for You

Emo and Screamo are two genres that most people don't know anything about.
Visit: therealemo.tk or youdontknowemo.tk for more

Btw, to find out about REAL screamo, search for "Skramz"
Guy 1: Did you see I Would Set Myself on Fire For You last night?
Guy 2: Zomgz yes! They are a perfect example of emotive hardcore!
by xxpainfulreliefxx April 06, 2008
 
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This is what emo really stands for, it is short for emotive hardcore. A subgenre of hardcore Punk that formed in Washington in 1985, which also has it's roots in indie rock. In 1984 a band called Minor Threats idea, a Minor Threat fan called Guy Picciotto formed a band called Rites of Spring. This turned out to be the first emo band ever, even though they decline the subgenre. Later on other bands like Embrace and Moss Icon joined in and formed a music subgenre called emotive hardcore.

Later on a second wave of emo hit Washington. Bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is The Reason were included. They also decline that they're emo.

Some other real emo bands are

- Indian Summer
- Gray Matter
- I Hate Myself
- The Pine
- Braid
Emo 1: Did you go to Sunny Day Real Estate's concert last night?

Emo 2: Yeah, they were amazing. They are a perfect example of a real second wave emotive hardcore band.
by yourgothicnightmare April 21, 2012
 
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A common misconception is that emotive hardcore or 'emo' refers to metalcore or screamo bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, etc. However, this is not the case. Emotive hardcore as a music genre actually refers to bands such as I Hate Myself, Braid, Sunny Day Real Estate, among others. There is no 'mainstream' emo band, and it is a genre generally not listened to by those who find the 'emo' subculture stereotype of black eyeliner, wrist-cutting, etc.
Joe: I love emotive hardcore! What's your favorite band?
Kyle: Oh you know, Black Veil Brides, Bring Me The--
Joe: NO.
by learntolive June 08, 2013
 
5.
a fake ass genre supposedly made by emo kids in the 80's, songs are typically about cutting/killing themselves/"love"
emotive hardcore bands include black veil brides, bring me the horizon, and any band with a lead singer that has short black hair over his eyes
Emotive Hardcore Kid: my favrit band is xxxxxBVBxxxxx!!1111 :3 <345678

Me: Learn some Dying Fetus, you fuckin TARD.
by i hate scene emo goth September 18, 2012