Emo Revival
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Emo Revival

The emo revival (also known as the post-emo revival, the Midwestern emo revival, and fourth wave emo)[2][3][4][5] is an underground emo movement which came about in the early 2010s. Groups of the emo revival largely abandon the style of mid 2000s emo in favor of a style influenced by that of 1990s emo acts.[6]

History and characteristics

Philadelphia's Modern Baseball are considered one of the bigger players in the emo revival.

By the early 2010s emo had largely waned in commercial popularity. A number of bands that were popular during the mid 2000s either broke up or changed their sound. Meanwhile an underground revival began to emerge with bands such as Snowing and Algernon Cadwallader being forerunners of the movement.[7][8] Bands of the revival are influenced by the second wave emo acts from the Midwestern emo scene of the 1990s and early 2000s. Bands often display a "DIY sound" and lyrical themes range from nostalgia to adulthood.[6][9] Emo revival scenes have sprung up throughout the United States and United Kingdom, with notable scenes in cities such as Philadelphia which has produced important groups to the scene such as Everyone Everywhere,[6]Modern Baseball, Hop Along, Cayetana, Jank, Marietta, Algernon Cadwallader, and Snowing.[10] Other important emo revival acts include Citizen, Title Fight, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die[11][6], Touché Amoré,[11][6]Into It. Over It.,[11][6]Tiny Moving Parts, Foxing, The Front Bottoms, Turnover, Tigers Jaw, Steadyfire, Dowsing, Joyce Manor[12], Joie De Vivre[6], My Heart To Joy,[6]Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate),[6]Dikembe,[6]Crash of Rhinos,[6]A Great Big Pile Of Leaves,[6]Balance and Composure,[6]OWEL,[6]You Blew It!,[6] and the Hotelier.[13] This revival has also been credited with, even further, expanding the style of emo, with many bands introducing new elements and sounds while keeping the "classic twinkly emo sound".[12]

Emo revival band Foxing.

Screamo revival

In the early 2010s the term screamo began to be largely reclaimed by a new crop of do-it-yourself bands, with many screamo acts, like Loma Prieta, Pianos Become the Teeth, La Dispute, and Touché Amoré releasing records on fairly large independent labels such as Deathwish Inc.[14] In 2011 Alternative Press noted that La Dispute is "at the forefront of a traditional-screamo revival" for their critically acclaimed release Wildlife.[15] They are a part of a group of stylistically similar screamo-revival bands self-defined as "The Wave," made up of Touché Amoré, La Dispute, Defeater, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Make Do and Mend.[16][17]

Some notable post-hardcore outfits have also been included as part of the screamo revival including Before Their Eyes, The Ongoing Concept, Too Close to Touch, I Am Terrified and Saosin.[18] Alternative Press has referred to this style as the "pop-screamo revival", citing bands such as Senses Fail, Silverstein, The Used, Hawthorne Heights, Chiodos, Thursday, From First to Last, Thrice and Finch as massive influences on the sound.[19]

In August 2018, Noisey writer Dan Ozzi declared that it was the "Summer of Screamo" in a month-long series documenting screamo acts pushing the genre forward following the decline in popularity of "The Wave," as well as the reunions of seminal bands such as Pg. 99, Majority Rule, City of Caterpillar,[20] and Jeromes Dream.[21][22] Groups highlighted in this coverage, including Respire,[23][24] Youth Novel,[25][26][27][28] Ostraca,[29] Portrayal of Guilt,[30][31][32] Soul Glo,[33] I Hate Sex,[34] and Infant Island,[35][36][37] had generally received positive press from large publications, but were not as widely successful as their predecessors. Noisey also documented that, despite its loss of mainstream popularity and continued hold in North American scenes, particularly Richmond, Virginia[38], screamo had become a more international movement; notably spreading to Japan, France, and Sweden with groups including Heaven in Her Arms, Birds in Row, and Suffocate for Fuck Sake, respectively.[39] Also in 2018, Vein released their debut album Errorzone to critical acclaim and commercial success, bringing together elements of screamo, hardcore, and nu metal.[40][41][42] The band SeeYouSpaceCowboy has been associated with "the sassy screamo revival" and takes influence from screamo/post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers.[43]


The name "Emo revival" has been cause of controversy. A number of acts and journalists have stated that it is not a revival at all and people have simply stopped paying attention to underground emo.[44][45] In 2013, Evan Weiss stated "It's funny that people are only noticing it now because I feel like that revival has been happening for the last six years...It doesn't seem new to me, but if it's new to them, let them enjoy it".[46]


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