Emo Is Cool

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


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


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



Have you ever heard of a rock band that doesn’t live by the moto “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll”? No? Then you obviously haven’t heard of Amber Pacific.

The boys started their musical path in 2002 under the name Follow Through. They weren’t really succesful, but that didn’t get them down. They decided on a new name (Amber Pacific) and in 2005 got a lot of fans with a great album The Possibility And The Promise. The album wasn’t commercialy succesful, but it gained them respect of emo fans all over the world. They got more media attention with the sing Fall Back Into My Life, that appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is from their second album Truth In Sincerity. But in march 2008, they disappointed fans with the news, that the vocalist Matt Young is leaving the band. We don’t yet know who their new singer will be, or if they will even break up, but other members say, they want to keep making music. I hope they will be back soon!








Will Nutter, guitar and back vocals









Greg Strong, bass





Dango, drums




Genre: pop punk

Discography: Fading Days EP, The Possibility And The Promise, Acoustic Sessions, Truth In Sincerity, Acoustic Connect Sets

Similar artist: All Time Low, Halifax, Valencia, Houston Calls, A Change Of Pace

My favourite song: Save Me From Me

This week, I’m presenting you one of the most popular emo bands, with interesting and long song titles (I’ve Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me…): Fall Out Boy.

Fall Out Boy is a quartet from Chicago, the capital of modern emo. They started they musical path in 2001, when Pete Went and Joe Trohman, who were previously a part of various hardcore bands, decied, that they wanna play more poppy music. They added Patrick Stupm, T. J. Racine and Mike to the lineup and they released an album called Evening Out With Your Girlfriend. But it wasn’t really succesfull and the menbers don’t look back on it with pride. This is why when we think of their debut album, we think of their actually second one, Take This To Your Grave. The lineup on this album was slightly different.This album built them a quite big fanbase, but it wasn’t a commercial succes. Their breakthrough came with their next album, From Under The Cork Tree, which includes many of their most known songs, such as Dance, Dance, Sugar, We’re Going Down… Next album, Infinity In High, made them famous all over the world. In March, they were going for a World record, playing on all 7 continets in the shortest time, but bad weather stoped them from playing on Antarctica.




Patrick Stump, vocals and guitar







Pete Wentz, bas and back vocals





Joe Trohman, guitar






Andy Hurley, drums




Genre: pop punk

Discography: Fall Out Boy’s Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, Take This To Your Grave, My Hearr Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue, From Under The Cork Tree, Infinity On High, Leaked In London, ****: Live In Phoenix

Similar artist: Panic At The Disco, Cobra Starship, The Academy Is…, Cute Is What We Aim For, The All-American Rejects

My favourite song: Calm Before The Storm

This week, I’ll tell you something about the only emo band using violins in their songs: Yellowcard

The band srtarted making music in 1997, when, with some difference in line-up,  they releasd their first album Mdget Tossing, which wasn’t really succesful. Their third album, One For The Kids (this is their first album with current singer Ryan Key), was a bit more succesful, but they still waren’t really popular. Breakthrough into mainstream came with their next alum, Ocean Avenue, which had quite a few hit songs, like Way Away, Ocean Avenue, Only One… They released their current album, Paper Walls, in last July and are currently on Acoustic tour.



Ryan Key, vocal and guitar






Sean Mackin, violin, back vocals





Ryan Mendez, guitar and back vocal





Longineu Parsons III, drums



Jushua Portman plays bass on their tour and is not yet a full member of the band.

Genre: pop punk

Discography: Midget Tossing, Where We Stand, Still Standing EP, One For The Kids, The Underdog EP, Ocean Avenue, Lights and Sounds, Paper Walls, Live From Las Vegas at The Palms

Simillar artist: The All-American Rejects, Sugarcult, Sum 41, Simple Plan, New Found Glory

My favourite song: Only One


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