Music detectives may not have ever closed the case on whether or not the #emorevival was real or not (it was!), or whether it was all a marketing ploy cooked up by Big Nostalgia to, uh, not sure what.
I asked Adam out of Taking Back Sunday what he thought about the issue the other day. Here’s what he had to say:
That whole thing. It sounds ridiculous — emo revival. I grew up in the South, so when I hear that I picture tents in the field and sh-t. I was completely unaware of that, then I did an interview, a few months ago now — or maybe longer — and someone brought that up to me.
I was like, ‘What the f–k are you talking about? You can’t revive something that’s never been dead.’ I’ve been working real hard for a long time; I haven’t stopped.
Yeah, so all of that is to say, I don’t really have much of an opinion about it. I mean if people are listening to our music because of it I guess that’s cool. Whatever it’s going to take for people to give us a chance, I don’t give a sh-t.
It’s a funny thing, like it’s this thing that happened so long ago. I could see some kind of Woodstock revival or something like that, but this is something that happened not that long ago. If that’s how fast the world is changing now, then there’s a whole set of new problems we need to worry about.
The point is, whether you just remembered emo existed five minutes ago, or have been loyal all along, there really haven’t been that many options for listening to this type of music out in public outside of live shows. In the past year or so emo nights have cropped up in cities around the country, from New York to LA and Chicago and Cleveland, and tonight we’re gonna do the damn thing in Boston. Cambridge, to be exact, at Brick and Mortar in Central Square.
Come by and hang out with me. Or don’t. You never loved me anyway. Joining me will be Jeremy Karelis, and Texas Mike, who, made this emo road trip mix recently:
And if that’s not enough, here’s 16 hours of emo on a playlist I put together: