Emo Music

Emo or emocore was born in 1980’s as a hardcore punk movement in Washington, DC. The term emo itself is derived from “emotional hardcore”, which means very emotional emo music which can at times be depressing to listen to.

The earliest emo bands to adopt the now widely style of emo music were Rites of Spring, Embrace and Rain which transformed the intense punk into very emotional form of music, the emo music. The emotional hardcore music features heavy drum beats and distorted guitar work which might not sound like harmony to a person with a traditional taste of music. Sometimes even the vocals are not clear and a scream or growl at the climax of the song is a distinguished trait of emo music.

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Seeing the widespread of emo culture, a lot of bands are converting to emo music and experimenting with it. In early 90’s two bands namely Jawbreaker and Samiam incorporated the heavy drums and distorted guitar work in their pop albums and they were an instant hit. This classical fusion of emo and pop was also done by some Indie bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Jimmy Eat World. Till date many hardcore and punk bands are experimenting with emo music but all the fusions have one thing in common which is a guttural, driven approach to self-expression.


To talk about the evolution of “Emocore” style, the style has definitely undergone many changes. In the beginning these bands consisted of people who played hardcore punk loaded with heavy drum work and bass guitars that didn’t sound like today’s emo music. This was known as “classical DC sound”.

Later, the bands started incorporating pop music making it soothing and less catchy to listen to. For an instance listening to Elliot and Chamberlain can give a fair idea of the softening of emo music when compared to the classical era of mid 80.s.