“I must say one thing. I must say emocore must be the stupidest f$%ing thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. But just in case you are wondering, I read in my Thrasher the other day, that in fact, what my band (Embrace) along with other bands (Rites Of Spring, Beefeater, etc) in this city (Washington DC) are playing is emocore. I’m thinking Emo Phillips, the comedian (look it up if you don’t know who he is), emocore? Emotional hardcore?? As if hardcore wasn’t emotional to begin with. Anyway, it’s caca. I hate to say it but you can only hold your silence for too long about this stupid sh#$t.” (Ian MacKaye of Embrace/Minor Threat – 1986)
Most beautiful emotive hardcore songs – hey folks…I was asked to do a Indie/Emocore – Special, which I wanted to do anyway. And it was kinda tough.
Oldschool, Newschool, Fake, Indie, Core…call it whatever you want and I know the scene-police is watchin’ but these are just a couple of songs that I like and I hope you’ll do the same.
It’s pretty much an overview of a genre that changed a lot over the past years. Anyway the songs are in no particular order.
And…stupidest thing ever? Well, I don’t really care…it’s the same with almost every genre.
Feel free to post a comment with your favourite songs or leave a hate message. Oh and I think I’ve forgotten a bunch of great songs…sry for that.
“I bled—I tried to hide the heart from the head.”
Rites of Spring – For Want Of
- Drink Deep
“Will you look at me, will you take my hand?”
Still Life – Truth
Intense song from their album “From the From Angry Heads With Skyward Eyes”.
“Isn’t that the challenge of love today?”
One Last Wish – My Better Half
“I’m sure you know just what I mean”
Lifetime – Starsixtynine
“Sleep is overrated”
Farside – Seven-Day Constant
Such an awesome song
“This normal life is not so simple”
Elliott – Speed Of Film
Their album “False Cathedrals” will always be one of my favourites. “Speed Of Film” is one hell of an epic song…perfect end for an album.
- Drive Into Me
“You look amazing stuck between me and the moon”
The Promise Ring – The Deep South
First song I’ve heard by The Promise Ring. A song that will stuck in my head for forever. Probably.
“You’re allowed to stay for a while”
Texas Is The Reason – Johnny On The Spot
Garrett is such an amazing singer and songwriter. Also check out his new band Atlantic/Pacific.
“You save yourself for someone who, loves you for you”
Sense Field – Save Yourself
“If I only had an ocean to compliment the sky
I’d pull it down and paint it for you and I’d never question why”
Further Seems Forever – The Sound
I love everything about this song.
“cause you can’t miss what you forget”
American Football – Never Meant
Another classic one
“And i dream
To heal your wounds
But i bleed myself
I bleed myself”
Sunny Day Real Estate – In Circles
- the whole “Diary” – Album
“it’s better than nothing
it’s better than you can get”
The Get Up Kids – Washington Square Park
- “Something To Write Home About” and “Fourth Minute Mile” – Albums
“This song will become the anthem of your underground.”
Saves the Day – At Your Funeral
Couldn’t get any better than this song
- “Sound the Alarm” – Album
“as I slowly fall apart (slowly, quietly, slowly)
Taking Back Sunday – Great Romances Of The 20th Century
- “Tell All Your Friends” – Album
“A dollar under water keeps on dreaming for me”
Jimmy Eat World – Lucky Denver Mint
“I came so close this time
so close to find
what it once gave”
Last Days Of April – Angel Youth
“My heart is yours, to fill or burst
To break or bury
Or wear as jewelry
Whichever you prefer”
Dashboard Confessional – Hands Down
Yep. Dashboard. Awesome and a classic.
“I will not survive without you”
Grade – For the memory of love
“Under the Radar” is a killer album.
“and you are colder than oldness could ever be. “
Cap ‘n Jazz – Oh messy Life
“Every hour, on the hour, they drew blood”
My Chemical Romance – This Is The Best Day Ever
MCR. Now hate me. I love the first two albums. “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” is pretty good and “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” is an outstanding album.
- Thank you for the venom
- Bury me in black
“How have I hurt you, What have I done?”
Benton Falls – all these things
“Cause I just want to be
Something more than the mud in your eyes
I want to be the clay in your hands”
Mineral – Gloria
“I stared at your glittering eyes
with hope for a new start”
Reno Kid – Eternal Of You
The “german mineral” with members of Arktika
“People always tell me how happy I could be,
I’m never gonna find out.
Better to suffer it than live under it.”
New End Original – Lukewarm
What a catchy song.
- Samiam – Dull
- Thursday – Concealer
- The Failures Union – Linear Park
- Basement – Canada Square
- From First To Last – Note to self
- Stabilizer – Particular
- Glassjaw – Ape Dos Mil
- Adorno – Untitled
- Hüsker Dü – Too Far Down
- I Hate Myself – Less Than Nothing
- Moss Icon
- Gray Matter
- Dag Nasty
- Indian Summer
- Compound Red
- Navio Forge
- and many more
btw: for more informations take a look at fourfa.com/index.html. (I know that they don’t consider stuff like Dashboard or MCR or almost everyhting on this list as “emotive hardcore” or even “hardcore”…I it’s more pop than anything else but those bands were important for a whole new generation)