If anyone asks me what my favorite song in the whole world is, my first answer is always For Me This Is Heaven by Jimmy Eat World. I want that song playing at my funeral. If that’s not an indication that I was once an emo kid, I don’t know what is.
I “found” emo music through my college roommate, Jessica, during our freshmen year. Right away, we bonded over our love for The Cure and Dire Straits. She introduced me to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Texas is the Reason, and The Promise Ring. She had friends in aspiring emo bands. She was the reason why I started going out to shows and became so enamored with the scene.
I was attracted to the relatable lyrics and the emotional performances that some of these bands brought. Personally, I never found emo music to be depressing at all. I likened the lyrics to that of poetry slam which I’ve always found amusing. Plus, they’re so fun to sing along to at the top of your lungs. “We’re falling in love while I just fall apart!”
The Get Up Kids were by far one of my favorites to see live. I absolutely loved the sound of Matt Pryor’s voice. His accent gave their music such a unique sound. Screaming their song, Ann Arbor’s line: “One night doesn’t mean the rest of my life!”
The Get Up Kids were about my age when I discovered them, and they’ve been maturing as both people and musicians alongside me every step of the way. Now they have families and kids and responsibilities beyond traveling around in a van playing gigs. And yet, they are still playing shows right now.
Andrew McMahon is my favorite musicians of all time. My sister and I fell in love with his band, Something Corporate, as soon as we heard their song, Konstantine. We’ve been following his career ever since!
His music is a punk pop piano driven sound that you can’t help but bob your head and sing along with. His lyrics are so raw but whimsical with always a reference to space, whether it’s the cosmos or actual air between two people. And he loves to pair himself up with lesser known bands on tour, which is how I came to learn about My Chemical Romance.
My Chemical Romance’s hit, I’m Not Okay (I Promise), had my sister and I blasting it in car rides. The gothic ballerina in the music video for Helena was just so beautiful. So theatrical in their prose and sound, their shows were always exciting and fun to watch!
The rollercoaster that is My Chemical Romance, with their break up in 2013 and lead singer Gerard Way exploring other creative avenues in comics with Killjoys and Umbrella Academy, he’s back with the rest of the band to give us the reunion I think we all knew would happen eventually. Or at least hoped! The popularity of their tour was so surprising to me because I was starting to think that the emo days were that of the past.
As I’ve grown into an “adult” and expanded my musical taste to all kinds of music, whenever any of these emo bands come anywhere near Connecticut, I am still that person poking my sister and friends to go see The Ataris, Yellowcard, Panic! at the Disco, and of course, My Chemical Romance. No matter how old I get, emo will always be the soundtrack to my life.