There was some heated debate going on the past couple of years about whether or not such a thing as an “emo revival” was underway. (It was. And is, for the record). Aside from the dozens of great new bands plying the genre (a minor sampling on this playlist here), the proliferation of emo club nights and parties is pretty solid evidence that emo is a thing again, or is just slightly more of a thing, depending on how nerdy you are about this type of stuff.
So much so, in fact, that, as Noisey pointed out recently, a couple of turds out in LA running the emo night there even applied to trademark the name. Nice. Support the scene and what not.
Either way, at Emo Night, tonight 4/1, in Cambridge, MA (run by yours truly), and the long-running one in New York going on tomorrow night, 4/2, the point is to stand around in a room with people who share a love for the same music as you do, and probably not make friends or romantic connections with anyway, just like we did in emo days goneby.
“With all the new emo nights popping up around the city in the last 6 months, it’s a bit confusing for fans of the genre,” Tom Mullen, who runs the Washed Up Emo blog and podcast says. “We’ve been here doing #EmoNightNYC the last 4+ years, and we’re happy there is more interest and money invested in the scene. We only hope that reaches the bands that are working their asses off.”
He’s got a good point, and one that reinforces how this isn’t just about nostalgia for older bands, but finding out about more of the new ones going at it today.
“We look forward to continuing the nostalgia of the late 90s but also supporting the new bands coming out. Nothing makes us happier than when someone finds out about an old or new band at our night and is a fan. Little victories.”