September 27, 2022

It’s Consequence’s fifteenth anniversary, and all September lengthy we’ll be publishing a collection of retrospective items encompassing our publication’s personal historical past — and the leisure panorama typically. Right now, Affiliate Editor Abby Jones runs down one of the best emo albums of the final 15 years.

Emo was in a bizarre place 15 years in the past. In 2007, rock’s most misunderstood subgenre was on the point of a complete overhaul — sentimental pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance had already launched their most career-defining initiatives, bringing a near what we now know as third-wave emo and clearing the trail for one thing new in its wake.

Across the time Consequence was based, fourth-wave emo — a.okay.a. the emo revival — got here in swinging, twinkly guitars and all. In loads of methods, the subgenre was going again to its roots; this new crop of impassioned indie rockers gave the impression of Sunny Day Actual Property, proclaimed their love for Rites of Spring, and overtly admitted to tearing off Cap’n Jazz. By the early 2010s, the emo revival had absolutely taken over.

You may argue that emo is in a good weirder place now. It’s now not uncommon for blogs and boards that when detested the style (sure, we’re most likely responsible, too) to now reward it. Many would say we’re now properly into emo’s fifth wave, though loads of revival-era acts are nonetheless including onto their already-prolific discographies with no indicators of slowing down. Bands who’ve been damaged up for lower than a decade can announce reunion excursions, and people excursions can promote out.

However this isn’t the place to debate what’s or isn’t emo. Right now, in honor of Consequence’s fifteenth birthday, we’re simply right here to spherical up a number of the best twinkly, mathy, whiny, and emotive releases of the previous 15 years.

15. Origami Angel – Someplace Metropolis (2019)

On their debut album, Someplace Metropolis, Origami Angel — the D.C. duo of Ryland Heagy and Pat Doherty — flip the trope of suburban angst on its head: What if we truly might get out of right here, and what if the place that awaits us is infinitely higher? What if that place is inside arm’s attain? Whimsical and vivid, Someplace Metropolis is simply as awe-inspiring because the metaphorical location.

14. Title Struggle – Floral Inexperienced (2012)

Title Fight - Floral Green

If you happen to’re of the mentality that actual emo can and may solely stem from post-hardcore, then Title Struggle is likely to be about as actual as they arrive on Floral Inexperienced. The Pennsylvania band’s sophomore album noticed the one-time pop-punk underdogs swimsuit up for the massive leagues with a extra cosmic, heavy sound, whereas nonetheless placing their hovering melodies on the forefront.

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