In Defense of My Chemical Romance: 10 Bands That Look Emo, But Aren't.
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In this week's paper, we talked to My Chemical Romance guitarist Frak Iero about the emo tag, which the band has vehemently denied over the course of their career. As far as they're concerned, it has never properly applied to them. Still, largely because of their look, they've had to put up with it:
Clearly, the band hates the term. In the past, frontman Gerard Way has even gone on record as saying that "emo's a pile of shit." And, hey, we kind of get where the band is coming from; they're hardly the first band that's looked emo, even if they sonically aren't.
"It was time to end the long stares, the bombastic props and get-ups," Iero says of My Chemical Romance's updated stage presence. "That look was part of the reason we got labeled emo in the first place." Continue reading...
After the jump, we list our favorites. The lesson: Don't let the floppy hair fool you.
His name sounds like it might be emo. And, sure his sideswept hair is a further count against him. Same goes for the fact that his shows draw crowds of kids in skinny jeans and Converse shoes. But this brilliant mashup artist, who will probably be famous long after he's gone, gets our "Not Emo!" stamp of approval.
There are two L.A. Gunses running around right now -- one with old frontman Phil Lewis at the helm, the other featuring guitarist Tracii Guns. And both are now making liberal use of the textbook emo look: black sideswept hair, skinny pants, mopey gazes. A note to all bands calling themselves L.A. Guns: You're all nearing fifty (the original members, anyways). Might be time for a new look.