09/08/2022 (Thu) 01:18
Recycled crap is exactly what makes a genre. I will say that there is absolutely a difference between Taking Back Sunday and Anti-Flag, whether you like the bands mentioned or not. They might both fit within a rock category, but anti-flag is punk, and Taking Back Sunday is emo. To an outsider who probably listens to totally different genres, they may sound similar, as all black people music sounds the same to me, but there is a difference. There are sub genres within genres. Rock>emo. Rock>punk. This is why you won’t find my brother listening to Taking Back Sunday, it isn’t similar to the punk genre he likes. To him, Taking Back Sunday is weak and not angsty enough. Most bands that people think are emo are not emo. Ask modern kids what they think emo is and they list off the same bands, most commonly My Chemical Romance and Panic at the Disco. Those are corporate bands who have prioritized building an image rather than contributing authentic music to the genre. Good Charlotte is the peak example of this in terms of corporatization and inauthenticity.
Most actual emo bands are not popular because they are not strictly corporate products, especially not in the beginning. Perhaps you enjoy one song from an authentic emo album and dislike the rest because you do not genuinely enjoy emo music. It is what you said it is, whiny. Though not all of it is whiny, even within the emo genre there are pretty vast differences. Thursday sounds vastly different compared American Football, but both are in the emo genre. Look Mexico’s early stuff is a good example of emo without the whiny aspect. In the end, who cares about another person’s opinion on music? I just prefer that people understand there is a difference between genres. Zoomers think emo, scene, and goth are the same, while also thinking that MCR is emo. It’s kind of like how they’re rewriting LOTR to be a black power fantasy. Emo is not pop. MCR sounds like Queen except with more aids.
You’re slightly right about Sunny Day Real Estate. Rites of Spring is said to be the catalyst for the emo genre. Rites of Spring is punk in sound but emotional in lyrics, and pioneering emo bands were inspired by the lyrical style, evolving into bands like Sunny Day Real Estate. Sunny Day Real Estate is more mid-west emo, so you’d probably enjoy emo bands that follow the emo mid-west sub genre. The mid west emo genre is more laid back and slow, less whiny.