10 Bands That Prove Emo Isn’t Dead


Rowan Radio’s Kelly Green is back to talk the world of emo music and the bands hinting at its resurgence. 

Emo music may not be thing of the past just yet. Recent trends within the alt/indie scene are suggesting that there is indeed hope for the emo at heart. Though they’ve ditched the excessive black eyeliner, fingerless gloves, and violent screaming, new artists continue to spill emotion-filled anthems that are tied together with the perfect amount of angst and misery.

The 2013 breakup of My Chemical Romance marks the end of an era for the genre, but it does not mark the end of the genre itself. Think of 2013 as a turning point for emotional rock. Since then, we’ve seen a ton of new bands break into the scene, while many of the originals continue to hold down the foundation.

Here are ten bands that prove emo music is currently on the rise:

1. Citizen


In 2013, these guys released their first full-length album Youth. Since then, they’ve gone on to release another album and tour throughout the US, UK, and Canada. We can expect new music and tour dates coming from them later in 2016 as well.

2. Basement


After going on a 2-year hiatus in 2012, this English alt rock band came back stronger than ever. Earlier this year they released their first album since the reuniting. Promise Everything encompasses 10 edgy tracks with some serious emo undertones.

3. Good Charlotte


The four-year hiatus may have felt like a lifetime, but the wait has finally come to an end! These guys contributed to the making of emo culture back in the early 2000’s and now they are back with brand new music, along with tours in the US and Europe.

4. Elvis Depressedly


With a name like this, how can you not be emo? Sad duo, Mat Cothran and Delaney Mills intertwine their haunting vocals with a mixture of keyboard, drums, and guitar to create a sound that lies somewhere between emotionless and emotional.

5. Pity Sex


These guys just released their second studio album, White Hot Moon this past April and have been playing shows across the nation ever since. The album is noted by fans for being both heartbreaking, yet beautiful.

6. Mayday Parade


Potential founders of emo culture? Absolutely. Their touching ballads such as “Miserable at Best,” “Stay,” and “Terrible Things” have a way of challenging your ability to fight the tears. Aside from their classic hits, the Tallahassee rock band is still making music today. They are currently playing Van’s 2016 Warped Tour.

7. Microwave


Some bands decided not to ditch the whole yelling thing and thankfully, Microwave is one of them. Utilizing hardcore influences with powerful lyrics, this band knows how to pull off emo. Hopefully we can expect new music from them during 2016.

8. Turnover


Mixing pop punk influences with indie rock, this Virginia band has managed to gain a fanbase not only in the US, but across seas as well. Beginning in October, they’ll be spreading their emo jams throughout Europe.

9. Taking Back Sunday


“The truth is you could slit my throat and with my one last gasping breath I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt.” If this was ever your aim away message, it’s safe to say you are emo at heart. Though you might associate TBS with the early years of emo-hood, you’ll be excited to find out that they just released a brand new track in June. They are currently touring North America with emo friends, Dashboard Confessional.

10. Twenty One Pilots


Don’t let their fast-paced, upbeat, electronic-driven instrumentals fool you. Dig a little deeper and you may find something darker. Eccentric duo and hometown homies, Tyler and Josh have somehow managed to bring emo culture into the mainstream. They are currently touring across the world with their “EMOTIONAL ROADSHOW.”

Kelly Green hosts The Alternative Scene every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM and online at wgls.rowan.edu. 


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