I'd give it a try...
What Emo Is And Some History.
Emo is short for emotive hardcore. It's a DIY music style (not a shitty fashion) that started
in the 80's. Emo follows (but is not restricted to) the lines of hardcore. Hardcore is a subgenre of punk, therefore, so is emo. The first emo band is often
credited to Rites Of Spring. They played with hardcore punk rock energy (as the members were
previously involved with hardcore bands) and lots of emotion through their
performance and with their
lyrics seem to have important
views about life
and a sense of deepness.
"Emo" As A Term.
The term "emo" was generated as an insult to people
in the hardcore scene that
liked these bands. An emo band's performance on stage (can include crying/moaning/etc. their
lyrics and various other
events) probably made them look "weaker" to the hardcore kids, which is (why I think) "emo" was directed as an insult.
from emo. This
music style invloves more screaming and often
has more melodic breakdowns. Screamo
emo, therefore follows its guidelines.
What Emo Is Not.
Emo is not short for emotional. Emo is not a fashion. Emo is not "XxXxXxXOMMMFFGZZZZ IM LYKE, SO DEPRESSED!XxXxX!!!1!!111 IM GONNA
SLIT MY WRISTZZZZZZZ...LOL..XxXxXxX" Emo was not mainstream (because it was DIY). Emo has nothing to do with being
depressed, shitty metaphors, or suicide. Emo is not whiney, bullshit music sung by pubescent males that
haven't dropped their balls
Emo Bands: Rites
Of Spring, Embrace, Moss Icon, Funeral
Dinner, Gray Matter, Hot Cross, Off Minor, Indian Summer, Sleepytime Trio, etc...
Screamo Bands: Saetia, Orchid, Pg. 99, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, Love Like...Electrocution, Angel Hair, Antioch Arrow, Majority Rule, Usurp
Synapse, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, etc...
Known To Produce Important Emo Bands: Discord Records, Level-Plane Records, Magic Bullet
Records, Ebullition Records, etc...
NOT Emo Bands: Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights, My Chemical Romance, Dashboard Confessional, From First To Last, Bright Eyes, Simple Plan, The Used, Senses Fail, etc...