Inspired by Stereogum’s “30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo,” I put together an all-emo 4:00 Free-For-All. I played a few tracks from Stereogum’s list, a few faves of my own, some newer fare, and even some screamo. Take a look and a listen. And cheer up, emo kid!
||Sunny Day Real Estate "In Circles"
From their 1994 debut 'Diary,' perhaps the most important, respected album in the genre.
||The Dismemberment Plan "The Ice Of Boston"
It's New Year's Eve in Boston, emo kid.
||Piebald "American Hearts"
Hardcore alongside their Andover, MA neighbors Converge and Cave In, they'd later add an emotional edge.
The Illinois outfit is on their third go-round together since 1993, and they released a new album this year. It's called 'No Coast' and it's good.
||Jimmy Eat World "Lucky Denver Mint"
Arguably emo's most successful act. (Just don't call them that.)
||Weezer "The Good Life"
Purists that shun "commercial" music would likely disagree, but I back Stereogum's claim that Weezer's 'Pinkerton' is an important album in the emo cannon.
||The Get Up Kids "Mass Pike"
On the other hand, you'd be hard-pressed to find a music fan who doesn't feel 'Something To Write Home About' by The Get Up Kids belongs in the aforementioned emo cannon.
||The Jealous Sound "A Gentle Reminder"
Front man Blair Shehan started out in another emo act--Knapsack--before founding TJS in 2000. After a brief hiatus, the band released 'A Gentle Reminder' in 2012.
||Saves The Day "At Your Funeral"
"This song will become the anthem of your underground," sings Chris Conley. Yeah, it kinda did.
||At The Drive-In "One Armed Scissor"
And suddenly, five lunatics from El Paso reminded everyone that "emo" is actually short for "emotional HARDCORE."
||Brand New "Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades)"
Then "emo" became "screamo..."
||Taking Back Sunday "MakeDamnSure"
...and everyone fell in love with Adam Lazzara.
||Dashboard Confessional "Screaming Infidelities"
Important to remember, though, that before everyone fell in love with Adam Lazzara, they were in love with Chris Carrabba.
||Death Cab For Cutie "405"
Also important to remember that, before DCFC were an alt-rock juggernaut, they were that peculiar little emo band from outside Seattle.
||Pinback "Proceed To Memory"
The San Diego indie rockers aren't thought of as a core emo act, but they're important nonetheless. And they put out one of their best albums to date in 2012's 'Information Retrieved.'
||Sunny Day Real Estate "Lipton Witch"
We started with SDRE and we'll end with them. "Lipton Witch" was recorded in 2009 and finally released this past April.