Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Past, Future, and Present of Emo

From about 1998 to 2001 the most popular form of rock and roll was numetal, a musical genre consisting on one side of boring post-grunge and on the other side rap-rock and speed metal. Beginning in 2002, the genre began to become ridiculed, and "true" metal, "indie rock", "neo-wave", emo, and pop-punk surpassed it in popularity.
By 2005, I realized that numetal was pretty much dead, but there's certainly still remnants of the genre floating around as of March 2006. Thus, I now consider numetal a 1990s holdover.
Anyway, I spent 2005 pondering which genre had taken numetal's place in the realm of rock music. At first I thought New Wave was coming back, with The Killers and Franz Ferdinand storming in, but by the end of the year it was clear what the new trend was: Emo.
Actually, Emo has probably been the prime form of Rock since 2002; that's around when Good Charlotte, Sum 41 and Simple Plan became big. As of 2005-2006, emo is probably at its peak of popularity, and even though it's been around a while I can't even begin to imagine it falling out of style anytime soon.
But what exactly is "Emo"?
Emo is a pretty broad term. Generally, it refers to "alternative rock" or pop-punk that is emotional (in other words, whiny) and has a powerpop or even '80s-like sensibility to it. Green Day, Weezer, Good Charlotte, Panic! At The Disco, Death Cab For Cutie and Thrice have all been called emo, correctly or not.
You know what? If you want to know what Emo is watch the music video for "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco. Everything about that song and video screams Zeroes Emo.
I think Emo will probably exist in the mainstream until the early 2010s, but I think by 2008 there will be a considerable backlash against it. I also think that "Emo" will become a term not only for the music it currently describes, but also for a lot of other '00s music and even a lot of non-musical things from the Zeroes.

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