Emo Is Cool

I often, here and in real life, get commments like: this band isn’t emo! And I totally get why you don’t want your favourite band to be tagged emo: because a lot of people mean this as a bad thing. But there are tow ways of using the word emo:

-in a bad sense, used by people who hated it and wrongly think that emos are suicidal crybabies

-in a good sense, used by people like me and you, who get it and love it

So when I tag a band emo, I mean that this band is amazing and so worth obssesing over and that you should be proud to be a fan!

I hope we understand ourselves now ūüėÄ


Even though they named themselves after a children’s author, their music is not that innocent.¬†Let me introduce you to¬†Silverstein

They formed in 2000 and soon started having concerts in local clubs, which brought them a lot of fans. They released their first album, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, in 2003 and it was fairly succesful. They kept on touring and in 2005 realased their second album, Discovering The Waterfront, that introduced them to European listeners as well. After¬†a long tour that followed the release, the bend almost broke up, because they were facing some¬†personal stuff: Shane Told”s cousin and Billy Hamilton‘s grandfather both¬†passed away. They were drowning in sorrow and greif, but at some point they decided that there’s no point in despairing and that their sorrow¬†should rather¬†be reflected in¬† their music. What came out was their most personal, and therefore the best, album so far, Arrivals & Departures. They are currently touring Canada.

Shane Told, vocals






Neil Boshart, guitar









Josh Bradford, guitar









Billy Hamilton, bass guitar











Paul Koehler, drums








Genre: post-hardcore, screamo

Discography: Summer Stallar Gaze EP, When The Shadows Beam, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, Discovering The Waterfront, 18 Candles: The Early Years, Arrivals & Departures

Similar artist: Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights, Underoath, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Aiden

My favourite song: My Heroine

{June 3, 2008}   Recommendations Part VI

Alternative Rock

Sidharta: Automn Sun


The Killers: Romeo And Juliet

Pop Punk

Good Charlotte: Where Would We Be Now


Matchbook Romance: Goody, Like Two Shoes

{June 1, 2008}   Emos from the small screen

So, I was thinking what to talk about in this section and since I’m a huge TV show addict, I decided to take a look at some characters from my favourite shows, that I find emo…

Dr. Gregory House from House, portrayed by Hugh Laurie

Even though emo is usually connected to young people, I found House the model of emo. He loves music (maybe not emo, but still), he likes being alone, doesn’t live by the rules of society, is always looking for meaning… Aside from having these real emo qualities, he also has some stereotypical emo qualities: he’s depressed most of the time and he self-injured himself when he was of Vicodin.




Kerry Hennessy from 8 Simple Rules, portrayed by Amy Davidson

Apart from liking emo music, bands like Blink 182 and New Found Glory, she always feels like the whole world has turned against her, she strives for more in life and she fights for animal right (which many emos do, lots of them are also vegeratians).




Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy, portrayed by Ellen Pompeo

With her, it’s hard to say if she represents parts of real or stereotypical emo. She is depreressed a lot, which is definately stereotypical, but I think that her inabillity to just¬†enjoy life¬†goes for most emos.





Peter Petrelli from Heroes, portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia

Even though he has plenty of oportunities to live a “normal” life, he wants to do it his way. He has a sense of non-belonging, he thinks he is ment for grateness. For the stereotypical part, his family thiks he’s suicidal, though he really is not, he just thinks he can fly (which makes sense here :D)





Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill, portrayed by Hillarie Burton

Let’s see: what about her isn’t emo? She loves emo music, doesn’t have luck with love, likes to draw emotional stuff… She is also the reason that the show is filled with amazing emo tunes.







Seth Cohen from The O.C., portrayed by Adam Brody

He’s supposedly the most emo character TV’s ever had. He doesn’t fit in, is alone most of the time (before the story evolves of course :D), is awkward with women. He’s also obsessed with Death Cab For Cutie.






Screaming and pain, these are the two main themes of songs by Senses Fail

It all started for the band, when the singer Buddy Nielsen published an add on the internet, saying he’s looking for a band. A year later, in 2003, the band had 5 members and they started serious work. They released their first album, Let It Enflod You, in 2005 and it had a good response from the listeners, but the critics said it was too similar to all albums in post-hardcore/screamo genre. But they didn’t much care for this and they kept making music. Their second album, Still Searching, was published in 2006 and fans and critics were unanimous: this is a great album. All they did since then was have lots of concerts, but they went to the studio in April and their new album should be finished by September.






Buddy Nielsen, vocals







Garrett Zablocki, guitar and back vocals







Dann Trapp, drums








Heath Saraceno, bass and back vocals





Genre: post-hardcore, screamo

Discography: From The Depth Of Dreams EP, Let It Enfold You, Still Searching

Similar artist: Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, Matchbook Romance

My favourite song: Angela Baker And My Obsession With Fire


{May 27, 2008}   Emo avatars 4

{May 26, 2008}   Recommendations Part V

Alternative Rock

Goo Goo Dolls: Before It’s Too Late


Damien Rice: Dogs

Pop Punk

Something Corporate:Space


Senses Fail: The Priest And The Matador

{May 24, 2008}   Emo fashion

As you could see from the title, today I’m gonna talk about emo fashion. The image above shows how typical emo girl and boy are supposed to look like. Though every emo has his/her own style, there are some stuff all emos (are supposed to) have in common: band T-shirts; tight jeans; Vans, Converse and Draven shoes; horn rimmed glasses; lots of eyeliner; acessries, such as studdet belts and plug earings. Colors that emos wear are usually black, red and grey, though many of so-called emo brands also make colorful products these days.

And here are some emo don’ts according to the book I already presented: bright colors, wide ties, rings, dress over jeans.

I hope you got the main idea how emos looks like ūüėÄ

{May 23, 2008}   Emo pics 3
























This week, I’m presenting you the most British sounding American band: The Killers

The band formed in 2002, when, after seeing an Oasis¬†concert,¬†the singer Brandon Flowers decided that he wants to make music like that too. He was soon joinde by the other members and they had concerts in many Las Vegas clubs. The origin of their name is interesting: they are named after the drum logo in the video for New Order‘s Crystal. They got international popularity with their first album, Hot Fuss, that was 5x platinum and they only boosted it with their second album, Sam’s Town. They’re curently working on LP No. 3.




Brandon Flowers, vocals and keyboard







Dave Keuning, guitar





Mark Stoermer, bass








Ronnie Vannucci Jr. , drums




Genre: indie rock, post-punk revival

Discography: Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Sawdust

Similar artist: Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Cheifs, The Strokes, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party

My Favourite song: Smile Like You Mean It



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