Emotional rock, and the wide distribution of followers, are not gothic or even a closely related subculture of the general goth trend. Despite what the media may want you to think! The emo scene has had three waves of its trend and is in the height of its third now. In the mid 1980’s the scene was a subculture of punk rock, and was called emotional hard-core, mainly used to describe the DC scene, because that is its area of origin. Some examples fof bands from the â€œemotive hard-coreâ€ period are Rites of Spring, Embrace, One Last Wish, Beefeater, Gray Matter, Fire Party, and Moss Icon.
The first wave broke apart when the bands did in the early 1990’s. The second wave was in the mid 1990’s, and reflected an indie style, influenced by Fugazi, which was an offshoot of the first wave of emo, and was more melodic, and less chaotic than the first wave. It broke up in the late 1990’s after many of the bands broke apart or joined the mainstream.Â Popular examples of the second wave of emo rock are The Promise Ring, Braid, Elliott, Bright Eyes, Cursive, and The Get Up Kids. However, the two bands that were the prime focus in the beginning of the second wave are Sunny Day Real Estate and Texas Is the Reason.
The third wave began in 2000, although one of the few remaining early 90’s emo bands, Jimmy Eat World, had already joined the mainstream, and objected to still being called emo. Chris Carraba emerged, with his project, Dashboard Confessional, and lyrics that portrayed deep outpourings of emotion.