Why aren’t the emo kids mentioned in The History of Cool? Most of the kids who listened to Thursday, The Blood Brothers and Alexisonfire are now old 20-year-old hipsters.
Yes, and what of bands like On the Might of Princes that no one has heard of or cares about anymore?
Why aren’t the emo kids mentioned in The History of Cool? Most of the kids who listened to Thursday, The Blood Brothers and Alexisonfire are now old 20-year-old hipsters. Also, where are the scene kids? They are like post-hipsters, like the 12 to 19-year-olds listening to stuff that’s similar to what emo kids listened to but without the politics and message, just havin’ fun. What about those kids listening to Attack Attack! and T. Mills?
That scene is quite different from the old emo scene when Taking Back Sunday was the king. The music is different and makes all those Underoath and Thursday fans angry and also makes old people angry and makes hipsters angry. Aren’t they the new rebels? The new faces of cool? What does Street Carnage thinks about the new kids?
I don’t fucking know. I’m FORTY.
I’ll handle this. I came of age during the time of (and was totally into) Thursday, The Blood Brothers, Underoath and other things no longer relevant:
Suburban kids from places like New Jersey and Long Island started listening to local “post hardcore” bands like Thursday and From Autumn to Ashes because they were homegrown and better reflected the predicament of suburban living (emo came from the same
vein [thanks, Professor Mudbutt], but was less angsty — less about moshing and more about moping). Kids from Piscataway can’t relate to “Guilty of Being White” because they weren’t picked on for being the only white kids at the inner city schools they didn’t go to. Post hardcore and emo bands wrote songs about the universal gripes of teenagers, like not fitting in, flirting with drugs and girls, but also particularly suburban themes, like going away to college, house parties, and drinking and driving (think about how many LI bands have a song with “car crash” in the title).
Those bands eventually got labels and started playing venues instead of basements, and eventually realized they turned into adults. This is when they started singing about politics because that’s what they figured adults do. (This was also during Bush II’s reign, so being political was very “in.”) This also during the same time that Hot Topic became a thing, so this music spread across the country really, really quick. In an instant you had a million similar bands and awful hybrids (see: Brokencyde and, apparently, Attack Attack!). This is also why the “emo look” (tight jeans and band tees, shitty dye jobs, facial piercings, eye make-up — on guys and girls) is now ubiquitous, even in Small Town, MO.
As far as this being the new cool, I think that’s a pretty big fail. Partially because innovation in music, fashion and art has mostly centered around metropolitan areas and shit like Brokencyde has zero urban traction. If that answer’s too dickheaded for you, it’s also hard to defend things as being cool when they’re 100% parent-sponsored (e.g. Mom and dad drove you to the mall to hit up Hot Topic, then took you to the Attack Attack! show, then you all went out for pizza after).