This capital-R Romantic quartet was the first "emo" band, and naturally the first to reject that tag (originally "emocore"). Its only album, supplemented on CD by a posthumous EP, attempted to capture the emotional turbulence of its legendary gigs — and comes close enough. While the music is still raucous and raw-throated enough to qualify as hardcore, the looping guitars, delicate if half-buried melodies and intimate lyrics announce a new paradigm. The music's rush and roar attempts to express more than is possible, and almost succeeds. Such intensity could hardly be sustained, and a quick breakup was almost inevitable.
By Jonah Bayer on 02.01.12 in Lists
Emo is a difficult genre to define - namely because so few bands openly cop to being an "emo band." Certainly not Cloud Nothings, whose latest album, Attack on Memory shares so much DNA with mid-'90s emo pioneers, it's a...
By Jason Schreurs on 10.08.14 in Features
Members of the '90s trio talk about their short but impactful run.
By Andrew Parks on 08.11.14 in News
Much like they did for Minor Threat a little over a decade ago, Dischord Records have announced plans to properly release the earliest recordings of Fugazi. Due out sometime this winter, First Demo is exactly that: 11 so...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Icons
"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the sta...