In Defense of My Chemical Romance: 10 Bands That Look Emo, But Aren't.

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You know the look: Checkered sneakers, skinny pants, that forlorn gaze through a cascade of floppy bangs. Emo kids are easy to spot. Or are they? Can you tell that a band is emo by the way they look?

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:

"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...

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.

After the jump, we list our favorites. The lesson: Don't let the floppy hair fool you.

Girl Talk

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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.

Tegan and Sara

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They went through a serious emo hair phase. And they rock the skinny jeans. But these cute twin sisters' lighthearted pop music is definitely Not Emo.

L.A. Guns

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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.


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8 comments
dan ton
dan ton

hahhaha, dumb writing.  eisley is pretty emo.

Iomea
Iomea

Who the fuck writes these? File under good article idea for 2002.

Laura
Laura

they must be having the interns write this stuff!  No, seriously though: this post got a lot of comments and views.  Go to an article you think is good, comment on it and share it, because if this article is that bad, it shouldn't be shown more attention than the good articles.

JLR
JLR

 yeah.. this article made no sense.  

Byrd
Byrd

Is somebody having their kid write these articles for them... talk about mailing it in.... geeeeez.

Jack
Jack

Worst article ever

Coleman
Coleman

The Rolling Stones? really? I'm pretty sure the whole "emo" thing goes a little bit beyond hair in one's face. "emo" was that weird period between mall-punk and the division between "scene/hardcore" and "indie" where bands like Something Corporate, Weezer and Saves the Day had their...day.

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