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something I never investigated
and you've pretty much got the whole genre sorted
especially their 'Believes in Patterns' LP
but as he's not here so:
Joshua Fit For Battle
Storm The Bastille (still one of my favourite bands in the genre you can download pretty much their entire discography for free)
Saetia (who along with Orchids are basically legends of the genre)
Cease Upon The Capital (bit different to some of the other bands mentioned they sound a little bit like loveless era MBV crossed with Joshua Fit For Battle)
Like Rites of Spring?
And everyone here has told you everything you need to get started. You cannot go wrong with any band mentioned here.
Needs more Moss Icon, though. And you should try out 1905.
OH, AND ENVY. All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead is such an incredible, untouchable record. You need that.
I have so many things buzzing in my head right now.
I spent a lot of time during the last decade+ obsessively listening to bands, collecting every scrap I could possibly get my hands on, pressuring my friends to listen to this Funeral Diner split or that Daitro track and this other Portrait of Past discography. I would burn massive mixtapes for friends comprised solely of tracks by bands that meant so damn much to me, but were intolerable to my friends, who during those days were listening to a new band called Fall Out Boy, and the sophomore record by My Chemical Romance. Those bands never spoke to me like Pg.99 and Circle Takes the Square and Hot Cross did. I was a strange social outcast, and I furthered the cycle by listening to impenetrable bands with lyrics like "I WANT A STANDING OVATION AT MY FUNERAL", with band names nabbed from shit like Dead Poet's Society (Neil Perry, for the record, is the name of the kid that kills himself in the movie), on labels called Ebullition, and Robotic Empire, and Happy Couples Never Last. I would email those labels and ask them to tell me where they started, and how they chose bands, and who I should be looking out for.
When I was 13, I forced my father to listen to the entirety of Saetia's A Retrospective on a car trip, after he bought it for me as an inexplicable surprise. I think that's why he was so abusive. I would go downtown and bug the nice older lady who owned (and still to this day owns) the best shop in Portland for hardcore/emo/etc. records, and ask for this and that and another band, and she'd order things in, or tell me to come back in a few days when they got another copy of something in, or tell me that the Amanda Woodward/1905 split was totally out of print and that I wasn't gonna see it anywhere but Ebay. I typically just ended up downloading it all instead, because it was easier, especially with Soulseek, to punch in a band's name and get every single song they'd ever made, which, considering half of them imploded within three years, equaled maybe 40 songs, and a bunch of them put all that out in one big compilation at the end anyway (Saetia, Portrait of Past, Cap'n Jazz [arguably an emo band, arguably not], Moss Icon, etc). I would get into massive arguments with dumb jocks over what the word "emo" meant, and how it was short for "emotive hardcore" and had nothing to do with Chris Carrabba.
I'm approximately 98% sure I'm the one who coined the term "mall emo", and if I'm not, then someone else somewhere also came up with the term, and was more successful spreading the thing around.
But anyway, "expert" is really the only word I can think of to fit the precise level I had reached after years and years of over-the-top obsession in my younger days.
I'd like to state that I didn't say any of this to prove my cred or anything like that. I'm just a dude who was super obsessed with insane bands. I'm not as obsessive anymore, but I go down rabbit holes about once a month.
that turned out way, way longer than I was hoping for it to. and it came off as slightly ranty. It wasn't meant to, it was more meant to be just me sharing my story and my history with the genre
I had a period of my life of the exact same, which led to the band Maths
Keep posting! Can say so far I've particularly been blown away with All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead
will post full thoughts later. thanks for the suggestions all. BUMP
That will be handy for autofill
silly me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pFpimTmlYs
It's basically what 'Loveless' is to shoegaze. Doesn't fit in with the rest, but it's the best. You might find glimpses of greatness elsewhere, but it's always too whiny, too contrived, too middle-class yank junk or too polished.
let us know what you think of em already
in my humble IMHO