Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Is it a lifestyle, a phenomenon or simply a fad?

They call themselves EMO. They are very distinct- in attitude, in clothing, even in the way they view life. EMO is an idea which can be described by bangs symmetrically cut to expose the nose and lips while hiding some parts of the eyes. The crown area can look like spikes and there could be variations of this base style. Clothing is basically an ensemble of very skinny jeans, tight shirt or chequered top with a scarf. Some may sport big sneakers or jazzed up chucks or Vans. Eyeliners can also be worn even by guys who live by the EMO concept.

Call it a fad because characters were actually made to define how EMO concept looks like.

Call it a lifestyle because people implementing this concept in their lives are actually living in a slow, well thought of frames of daily deliverance.

Say its a phenomenon because music is also embracing the EMO concept.

Just so I will be able to define what EMO is, I consulted Wikipedia and this is what i got.

Emo (pronounced /ˈiːmoʊ/) is a genre of music that originated from hardcore punk [1] and later adopted pop punk influences when it became mainstream in the United States.

It has since come to describe several variations of music with common roots and associated fashion and stereotypes.

In the mid-1980s, the term emo described a subgenre of hardcore punk which stemmed from the Washington, D.C. music scene. In later years, the term emocore, short for "emotional hardcore",[2][3] was also used to describe the emotional performances of bands in the Washington, D.C. scene and some of the offshoot regional scenes such as Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater, Gray Matter, Fire Party, and later, Moss Icon

In the mid-1990s, the term emo began to refer to the indie scene that followed the influences of Fugazi, which itself was an offshoot of the first wave of emo. Bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Far and Texas Is the Reason had a more indie rock style of emo, more melodic and less chaotic. The so-called "indie emo" scene survived until the late 1990s, when many of the bands either disbanded or shifted to mainstream styles. As the remaining indie emo bands entered the mainstream, newer bands began to emulate the mainstream style.

Today popular bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance,[4] Panic at the Disco,[5] and Paramore[6] are described as emo.

In recent years the popular media has associated emo with a stereotype that includes being emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angsty.[24][25][26] It is also associated with depression, self-injury, and suicide.[27][28]

I think that this season, more people will appreciate the concept. Ask if I’m a part of this segment? I’d say not. Hey, I can’t sport the look and so is the entire lifestyle.


lucas said...

i consider myself an emo but only in the sense that i see life more on its melodrmatica mysteries which i so love to deconstruct... i like emo music but mostly alternative, not from the 'punk' roots...ahehe... im damien-rice-type emo..ahehe

happy new year, denis :)


Happy New Year Denis! thanks for always being nice to me.

alex said...

happy new year dens!!