Emo: I'm Lost

Yes, I'm gonna jump on the bandwagon for Blogs and delve into this subject. But, rest assured, this is completely different than the usual writing about clicks and all that. C'mon, don't you guys know me? =)

First off, where did this all come from? From First to Last, Fall Out Boy, MCR (kinda), AFI, Death Cab for Cutie, I feel like I could go on forever. And I suppose it's not that bad that all these bands are in the same genre, but all these bands have popped up in the last few YEARS. Think about it. You have the 70s, where classic hard rock dominated, with rockers left and right. In the span of ten years. You have this sudden surge of all these bands from the emo scene come up within the last three.

Secondly, and although I don't listen to music from this genre, I am not trying to bash the genre but rather notate things that perplex me: All the singers sound the same. They all sound the same. When I watch Fuse and most of the bands play, I really can't tell who it is because the singers. Sound. The. Same. I wonder if I'm the only person who ever noticed this? They sound the same and they have the exact same vocal effects added to their voices.

Thirdly, I do not understand the look at all. I mean, I can see there's a definite element of fashion involved, but distorted. But I guess my confusion lies here: why is there such a statement with the clothes? And what's with the guyliner? I don't understand why the majority of the guys are wearing makeup, have their hair in their face, and wear girl's pants. I'm not trying to diss it, I am seriously confused here! ¡No entiendo! Or maybe that's why. They wear those confusing clothes because we're not supposed to understand? You tell me.

Fourtly, in the words of the great George Lopez, "Why you cryin'?!" This goes hand-in-hand with the point below. Why is everyone complaining? I don't get it. Why... why in the world are these bands writing songs about all the negative aspects of life, when in reality these bands who are writing these hit songs are rolling in the dough. What's the point? You got nothin' to complain about! You're not starving, are you? You have a place to live, don't you? You're not in mortal peril, are you? No? Then you're FINE. That's how I see it. I guess if they're writing about society in general, then I can understand that, but I do not understand, at ALL, the pessimism.

Fifthly and finally, I feel like the same messages in songs are being repeated again and again. My best hunch at the sudden appearance of emo in modern culture is because everyone is trying to find ways to break out of all the corruption and messed up ways of life, but let me propose a very honest and genuine question that I really need an answer for: If the 'emo scene' is about breaking out, then why is everyone the same?
Posted on July 1st, 2007 at 01:44pm

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