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Before the word "emo" became a four-letter word and all the kids turned it into a giant fashion competition there were a bunch of bands who coupled melody and emotion with the hardcore music they grew up with and created a whole new genre. What are some of the best true emo bands that ever existed?
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Three Days Grace is a Canadian post-grunge band, formed under the name Groundswell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1992; their line-up consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and back up vocalist Neil Sanderson, bassist Brad Walst, and lead guitarist Barry Stock.
The band has sold over 6 million records in the United States according to the RIAA
Wave of Popular Feeling was recorded up until 1992 and released in 1995 under the band name of Groundswell, a precursor to the current Three Days Grace. Around 150 copies of the album were released. Shortly after release, Groundswell disbanded. Groundswell's line-up included five members: Adam Gontier (vocals, guitar), Neil Sanderson (backing vocals, drums), Brad Walst (bass), Phil Crowe (guitar) and Joe Grant (guitar). At this time, Neil Sanderson also played in Trevor McNevan's first band called Oddball http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs40/f/2009/017/3/d/Three_Days_Grace_by_emoMCRluvr.jpg
Mineral was a prominent mid-90's American emo band originally from Houston, Texas, but soon relocated to Austin following their formation. All four members of Mineral were signed to Interscope Records on individual contracts. Its former members have since moved on to other musical projects including The Gloria Record, Pop Unknown, and Zookeeper.
Jimmy Eat World is an American alternative rock band from Mesa, Arizona, formed in 1993. The band comprises lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind.
Gwar's lyrics touched me in a way I cannot explain. Their stuff got me through some of the toughest times while still reminding me I am nothing more than human waste
The Get Up Kids are an American indie rock band. Forming in Kansas City, Missouri in 1995, the band opened for bands such as Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves, including tours in Japan and Europe. They released most of their albums on Heroes & Villains, their own imprint under Vagrant Records that also put out records from bands like The Anniversary, The New Amsterdams and Reggie and the Full Effect. Like many early emo bands, The Get Up Kids came to dissociate themselves with that label, as it came to be seen as insult to be known as an "emo band." The Get Up Kids were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical "emo" band, having been major players in what is commonly considered the "second wave" of emo music.
The Gloria Record, a rock band from Austin, Texas, was a project of former Mineral vocalist Chris Simpson and bassist Jeremy Gomez, along with Brian Hubbard (guitar), Brian Malone (drums), and Ben Houtman (keyboards).
Elliott was a rock group from the United States. They released four albums and several 7"s in their eight-year existence, and were signed to Revelation Records. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_(band)
Sunny Day Real Estate was an indie band formed in Seattle, Washington. The band helped bring the emo subgenre from an underground musical phenomenon to a wider audience.
Jawbreaker was a San Francisco punk band. The band also had roots in Los Angeles, where members Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler attended Crossroads High School together, and New York City, where Schwarzenbach and Pfahler met bass player Chris Bauermeister at New York University in 1988. The band put its DIY ethos into practice by managing themselves.
The Promise Ring was an American band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In their early years, their music was usually classified as emo, but their later albums could be described more accurately as indie pop. The band was started in 1995 as a side project by Davey von Bohlen during his time as a guitarist/vocalist for Cap'n Jazz. VonBohlen started the project alongside guitarist Jason Gnewikow of None Left Standing, drummer Dan Didier of Ceilishrine, and bassist Scott Beschta.
Texas Is the Reason was an American emo group. The group was founded by former Shelter guitarist Norm Arenas and 108 drummer Chris Daly in 1994. They disbanded in 1997.
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