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Although emo music has only been around for a few decades, it has already undergone many evolutions since its origin. Emo music is emotional and raw, and many different emo bands play their own interpretation of the genre.
Emo music originated in the 1980s as an offshoot of the post-hardcore movement, rising over the decades to become one of the most popular music genres for a new generation of rock music fans.
The 1980s: The first wave of emo music originated in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s during the Revolution Summer movement, where musicians tried to break away from the usual sound of the post-hardcore punk band scenes. Guy Picciotto, guitarist and vocalist for the rock band Rites of Spring (and later Fugazi, with frontman Ian MacKaye), moved away from the harder material of the punk scene and instead focused on pain, loss, relationship failures, misanthropy, and other heavily emotional or expressive subject matter.
The 1990s: Later, during the 1990s, the second wave of emo music hit the west coast, and the emo scene spread out from there, taking hold in the midwest. Some influences for the emo scene of the late ‘90s included Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, and Weezer. This display of suffering and sentimentality resonated with young teen audiences of the time, driving the popularity of this kind of music over the years, spawning many different variations of the genre as a whole.
The 2000s: Emo music would eventually transcend the hardcore scene and take on a more radio-friendly sound during its third wave, breaking into the mainstream with the success of bands like Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy. The music scene would also experience an emo revival around the late 2000s, which drew inspiration from earlier waves of emo music rather than the more modernized power-pop sound.
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