A band from New Jersey that's genre is "disputed" according to Wikipedia. What this means is that emos don't like to be described as "emo" and therefore deny any remotely accurate description the music they listen to, instead defiling other genres such as "punk", "rock" or even "metal".
I used to be one of those people who just laughed their ass off at how emo My Chemical Romance was, without even listening to them. Then I gave them a try and now I can assuredly say that their music is emotional, angsty, whiny and loud. The band has been known to describe their music as "violent, dangerous pop" which may be very accurate; the band is very self centered in their emotions which they whore out to the masses. The quintessential reality of the matter is that My Chemical Romance is very good at appealing to their massive audience, which requires that they be good at faking emotions.
Some people enjoy their music and others don't. But it all comes down to My Chemical Romance giving impressionable children a bandwagon to ride on and a bad name to people who they are trying to be like. Common misconceptions are "goth", "punk" and "hardcore". The zeitgeist of their bandwagon combined with the lack of intelligence of many of their younger fans can result in misunderstandings, misgivings and ultimately: misinfluences.
Often, when describes My Chemical Romance as "punk rock", "pop punk", or "alternative rock", they may be actually trying to make themselves sound cool while at the same time being "emotional" or "deep".
They may even be listening to the secret musical genre "emo".
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