View Full Version : Cool underrated 90's emo bands

04-12-2011, 11:42 AM
Braid: "Killing a Camera" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGVHvCcXylY

Knapsack: "Thursday Side of the Street" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTNwJr8022w

Mineral: "Gloria" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-P9cbsPbR0

04-12-2011, 11:55 AM
90s emo bands are so fucking great.

Braid is so unbelievably good. I also love:

Jets To Brazil - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3RWPh5pDJU
The Promise Ring - http://www.youtube.com/watchv=2ntLoYiLM9E
Cap'n Jazz - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG2FFpI5K3s

More modern:

Joie De Vivre - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxgxD0gOvLI
Algernon Cadwallader - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H105kxgIlj4
Tigers Jaw - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsNvWpZ4mtc

Also, people really like Snowing, but I haven't listened to them enough to know how I feel about them.

04-12-2011, 02:02 PM
Even though they're an arguably overrated 90s emo band: but the Get Up Kids really did put out some enjoyable stuff.


04-12-2011, 02:49 PM
Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate

04-12-2011, 09:45 PM
Jawbreaker really isn't an emo band.

Besides The Promise Ring and Jets to Brazil, I really like Sense Field. Cap'n Jazz is great to!

I've been meaning to look into Braid for a while. Maritime is pretty badass to.

04-13-2011, 09:10 AM
Doesn't anyone like Knapsack? I can't understand why they are so underrated. They're also on the sort of pop-punkish side of emo, so I thought on this board I would find some fans. Anyone have any reactions after checking out Knapsack?

Jawbreaker really isn't an emo band.
I agree, and I'm amazed by this categorization. Their first album sounds almost exactly like the Descendents to me. After that, I guess they sort of incorporated more indie/alternative/emo stuff into their sound, but it never seemed like it wasn't different enough from pop punk to warrant calling them something else. With that said, I don't think I've listened to their last album too much, although I have it on my iPod.

04-13-2011, 08:29 PM
I didn't think to check the knapsack video.... I'll check it out man. Yea I've always just thought of Jawbreaker as a punk or pop-punk band. Dear You is probably my favorite album of theirs. Then probably 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. I have Bivuac but i barely listen to it, cuz i think the copy i have is kinda scratched.

04-14-2011, 07:52 PM
Jets to Brazil and Sunny Day were really good. Diary was a great album.

04-14-2011, 08:45 PM
Jets to Brazil and Sunny Day were really good. Diary was a great album.
I've never heard Jets to Brazil. Sunny Day's vocalist turns me off. His melodies aren't that great even though the instruments are exceptional.

04-14-2011, 11:38 PM
Jets to Brazil is my favorite emo band. I've seriously burst into tears on the subway while listening to Cat Heaven.

04-15-2011, 11:17 AM
I've never heard Jets to Brazil. Sunny Day's vocalist turns me off. His melodies aren't that great even though the instruments are exceptional.

Thats how I kinda felt first time I heard it, but it grew on me.

04-15-2011, 06:28 PM
Jawbreaker are absolutely emo, which is why Blake Schwarzenbach is often called the godfather of emo. The genre started off as an offshoot of hardcore, they were one of the earlier bands to mix those roots with other styles like pop-punk. Also, even though Jawbreaker wound up being the more influential, I always felt Jets to Brazil were the better band. Their debut is the best thing Blake's done to date. I keep forgetting about the Forgetters. Apparently they put out an EP like 6 months ago that I missed. Downloading it now.
Sunny Day Real Estate are pretty cool, and are putting out a new album (who could've seen that coming? They've only broken up, gotten back together, broken up, gotten back together, changed their name to the fire theft, broken up and gotten back together so many times). I agree to a point on his voice. There are times where he overdoes it and goes too high or too proggy, but most of the time it's fine.
I like Braid, but for some reason have never gotten more than the one album I own. I should probably do that at some point. And the post-Braid band, Hey Mercedes, I've been meaning to check out for a while as well.

04-16-2011, 08:49 PM
That Forgetters ep is fucking awesome. seeing someone mention them made me want to listen to it again. I guess since in my mind Jawbreaker's sound was just so pop-punky to me that I just thought of it as pop-punk, and never really thought of it as emo. But i guess thats true.