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Emo Music: Is It Disappearing?

Recently, I attended a Brand New concert and wondered after I left the show, how popular is Emo music still in today’s society?

Emo music was at its peak in the early to mid-2000s, and was a big part for teenagers and young adults in the United States. Bands that fell into this genre were bands like My Chemical Romance, American Football, and Dashboard Confessional.

The reason why I mainly wondered if this genre was still popular was the reaction from multiple people I talked to before the Brand New show. I got reactions ranging from “Who’s that?” to “Lucky, I’m jealous.” from people ranging in different age groups. The people who knew mostly of Brand new were in the age group who would have been in their teens in the mid-2000s.

So what I’ve been questioning since then, was it just a fad and how longer will Emo music be on this planet? It reminds me a lot about how new genres are emerging every five years or so. For example, Emo music throughout the mid-2000s, then “Hardcore/Screamo” music, then indie music the last few years or so.

Do age and the period you grew up in have a big part in what you listened to? I grew up in the “Hardcore/Screamo” music era, and that was a big deal to a lot of people. As I started hanging out with people who grew up listening to Emo music, my love for that whole genre got stronger and stronger as I was more exposed to it. When I had a broad perspective of thinking that “Hardcore” music was the best thing ever, I noticed that many Hardcore bands were started throughout the few years I was in love with it, and it seemed that the mentality for concerts like Warped Tour and bigger festivals shifted from being primarily Punk/Emo to primarily Hardcore. As stated before, music does play a huge role in teenagers and young adults lives, so as each new group of teenagers and young adults arise, will the pattern of a new popular genre emerge every few years?

So what do you think? What are your thoughts on this whole Emo music scene? I’ve noticed that more and more bands have been doing 10-year anniversary tours for their more popular albums as of recently. Do you think that will spark up or give a wake up call for Emo music becoming more popular again?