Things were different for emo in the ’90s. Guys doused their hair with pomade and wore cuffed jeans while girls sported headbands and messenger bags sewn up with patches advertising obscure bands. Much like Four Minute Mile, those fashion statements don’t necessarily age gracefully, but they still have a certain charm. Get Up Kids’ debut isn’t always in tune, the lyrics occasionally read like teenage poetry and the recording quality is terrible, but as time goes on somehow all of these faults become endearing – especially the times when frontman Matt Pryor’s voice cracks from straining to keep up with his bandmates.
By Laura Leebove on 10.15.14 in Features
Celebrating the 15th anniversaries of the year's most influential pop-punk albums.
By Andrew Parks on 05.15.14 in News
Riot Fest’s tenth anniversary just got a hell of a lot more interesting. According to a press release sent this morning, the festival's Chicago and Denver stops will feature a series of performances called "10 Year...
By Ryan Reed on 04.24.13 in Six Degrees
It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirat...
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...