There is no band that better represents the early days of the emo revival better than CSTVT. It was this brief moment that was bursting with creativity and it seemed like everybody was trying their hand at the Midwest emo thing coincidentally. What made it feel special was that each…

Five Bands To Explain One Step Closer

Turning Point

There is no One Step Closer without Turning Point. Discovering the band as a teenager was an inciting incident for vocalist Ryan Savitzki, leading to the formation of One Step Closer. It showed a different lens through which to view hardcore…

Jimmy Fontaine

Trapped Under Ice

To get the full picture of Turnstile we must start a few years before their formation in 2007, when singer Brendan Yates was just a drummer for Trapped Under Ice. To call TUI influential would be an understatement. In an era where melodic hardcore was dominant, they…

Long Island Pop Punk/Emo in Eleven Bands

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Silent Majority

Silent Majority is the start of what people know as the Long Island melodic hardcore/pop-punk sound. While they never reached the same level as their contemporaries, their imprint on hardcore was just as impactful for the Long Island scene. …

As I get older, the more I start thinking about longevity. It’s extremely easy to fetishize the band that releases one record or an EP and decides to lay the project to rest. You can then play that fun fantasy game of what if ad nauseam. “What would a third…

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The boundaries of emo have never felt as expansive as they do in 2021. You’re getting a little bit of 2013 deja vu, where almost anything with loud guitars is getting put under the genre. But there does seem to be some genuine new territory being explored in the various…

Fuck it, let’s call it fifth wave (2018-Present)

We have finally reached the end of our journey in exploring Chicago’s emo revival. The starting point of this new era may differ depending on who you are talking to. And Its becoming even harder to define with all of the fifth wave talk that has emerged this year. …

PRIME REVIVAL (2008–2012)

Grown Ups at Strangelight (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

In 2008, we’ve arrived to the generally agreed upon start to the emo revival. Algernon Cadwallader has just released Some Kind of Cadwallader, an eye opening moment for many and the first major record for emo’s fourth wave. …

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PROTO REVIVAL (2004–2007)

Before we jump headfirst into the prime revival years, we must go back a bit. 2004 exists at an interesting point for the genre and Chicago’s scene in general. We’re already several years into the third wave and its commercial boom. Fall Out Boy just released Take…

Hugo Reyes

Venmo: Hugo-Reyes-6

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