1997: The Year Emo Broke

1997: The Year Emo Broke

Rainer Maria’s 'Past Worn Searching' Helped Carve a Space for Women in Emo

With their debut LP in 1997, the Wisconsin trio shook up the boys' club the genre had become.
Eduardo Cepeda
12.28.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

Modest Mouse’s ‘Lonesome Crowded West’ Bridged Indie Rock and Emo

On their 1997 album, the band's post-hardcore upbringings positioned them for the mid-2000s indie rock boom that was to come.
Eduardo Cepeda
11.22.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

Hot Water Music Bookended 1997 with Two Seminal Albums

The Florida band released a pair of iconic albums, 'Fuel for the Hate Game' and 'Forever and Counting,' and almost burned out in the process.
Eduardo Cepeda
10.27.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

The Get Up Kids' 'Four Minute Mile' Was the Bridge to Emo's Future

The band's 1997 debut set the tone for the teenage heartbreak and small-town ennui that would become prominent in the genre.
Eduardo Cepeda
9.29.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

The Promise Ring's 'Nothing Feels Good' Proved There Was Room for Pop in Emo

On their 1997 release, the band made emo more accessible, which laid the groundwork for the commercially successful acts that would follow.
Eduardo Cepeda
8.30.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

'The Emo Diaries' Gave a New Genre an Identity, Then Fought to Reclaim It

The inaugural release of Deep Elm's long-running compilation series dictated the genre's DNA, from Jimmy Eat World to Samiam.
Eduardo Cepeda
7.25.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

At the Drive-In's 'El Gran Orgo' EP Captured a Band Struggling to Survive

The 1997 EP saw them transitioning from their rough debut to their genre-changing powerhouse 'In/Casino/Out.'
Eduardo Cepeda
6.14.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

On Their Debut Album, Cursive Dragged a Budding Genre into a Darker Place

20 years ago, 'Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes' paved the way for what was to come for Cursive, Omaha, and emo.
Eduardo Cepeda
5.10.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

​With 'Jersey's Best Dancers,' Lifetime Accidentally Injected Pop Punk and Hardcore into Emo

Right before the band called it quits in 1997, they inadvertently started a sound that continues to this day.
Eduardo Cepeda
4.11.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

Joan of Arc's 'A Portable Model of...' Launched a Polarizing but Influential Career

Twenty years ago, an odd debut got the Chicago band lumped into a genre in which it didn't belong.
Eduardo Cepeda
3.7.17
1997: The Year Emo Broke

Mineral's 'The Power of Failing' Dragged Alternative Rock in a More Emotionally Vulnerable Direction

A look back at the band's debut album on its 20-year anniversary.
Eduardo Cepeda
1.30.17