The Emo Culture and Why It’s Popular

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Punk rock has always been the epitome of cool, even before the millennial generation. Teenagers seem to be naturally attracted to the rebellious nature of the punk lifestyle. Black, dark, and edgy. All of us just love to breathe in the scent of black leather, sharp metal, and coffee as dark as our souls. Who doesn’t love to feel powerful and in control of their emotions? Well, that’s the core of the emo culture. The Image of confidence and defiance, they focus on taking back their life from whatever was plaguing them. In some cases, it may be from bullies or family issues, but the emo culture accepts those who are fighting mental battles too, (think anxiety and depression). Everyone has a battle to fight. The punk culture is more or less composed of the warriors whose battles aren’t over yet. In the process, they also look really cool.

Now that we have got introductions out of the way, we get to the fun part. Below is going to be a guide to everything about the Punk culture that you need to know. Hopefully it will be informative and entertaining for anyone left who’s still reading by this point.

The typical outfit of someone who considers themselves emo is as shows:

Spiky and/or colored hair, black jackets, hoodies, and silver or black jewelry. Most people who are Emo wear this like a costume when going out to public events, as an interesting way to express their taste in music. A very common thing that will pop up when you learn about the emo culture is the store and amazing hangout called Hot Topic. Hot Topic is a lot like the Nike of the Punk world, meaning that it’s the number one place to get gear and merchandise. Say that you haven’t been to a Hot Topic yet, be prepared before you go in. It’s dark, loud, and looks scary to people who aren’t used to it. It may take a few visits for the blaring heavy metal becomes comforting. Anyway, there are a few different basics that you can get here that are including but not limited to: hair dye, jewelry, posters, leather jackets, and band merch.

About the jewelry, most of it is hardcore but not all of it. Pick and choose what you like. The funny thing about the clothes there is that you don’t need to be a girl to buy it. It definitely caters to more masculine preferences if that’s what you like, but even the feminine clothing and accessories come in male sizes. (Remember that the point of all this is to wear and do whatever you want without caring about what people think. Don’t ever hesitate to get something you like just because of society’s standards. Beat the system. Rise above.)

Go nuts when picking out clothing, and no, I’m not joking even remotely. If there’s a fandom that exists that’s just a little bit punk, it will be there in the form of shirts, dresses, socks, and jackets. Get whatever you want that fits your personal style. Congrats! You’ve beat the system. It’s really that easy.

Now for the next step: Music.

Music is one of the staples of modern culture, it being a major form of media and a great source of entertainment. The original purpose of music was to entertain royalty, appease to a source of providence (meaning a set of or a singular god), and bring forth good luck for harvest seasons. The meaning has changed only slightly depending on region. On the other hand, the genres of music vary greatly depending on time period, country, and available resources for instruments.

Rock is one of those dependable genres that have been around for a while. The instruments for this kind of music can be electric or acoustic, depending on the type of vibe you’re going for in the song. Rock is kind of feel-good, but it doesn’t need to be. It has a lingering feeling of nostalgia to it underneath the bass and guitar. Music gives different emotions like that, so here I’m telling you how I experience Rock music. It may be different for you. Anyway, this is a popular style of music to listen to because it’s considered retro. A lot of newer bands use the core instruments for Rock but add new elements to it. My recommendations for this genre would have to be Fall Out Boy and Green Day.

Metal is a lot more hardcore than Rock, but it still sounds similar. There are a few different sub-branches of Metal that I would like to point out. One is Screamo, which I would recommend avoiding if you have sensitive ears. Take a guess based on the name, they scream a lot. The other kind is more mellow in terms of singing, but has deeper lyrics and a lot more emotion to the words. This one is the typically labeled “Emo” music. Both of these sub-branches use the same core instruments as rock: electric guitar, drums, and bass. However, the music conducted with it is a lot more intense. Two bands that I would recommend for this genre are Get Scared and My Chemical Romance.

Pop is not a genre that would be expected here, but there are a few different bands that are both Punk and Pop. This style of music is more modern, using auto-tune for the singing and electrically generated sounds in the back. This is the kind of punk music that you could play around your parents without them complaining about “kids these days”. It’s upbeat and very catchy to listen to. I would suggest the bands Paramore, Panic! At the Disco, and All-American Rejects.

Final Notes:

I hope you guys found this little display interesting! I had a lot of fun doing research for this article and I hope that you found something here that you liked. Just remember that this is all for fun and not a complete label of the culture. If you want to get the whole experience, I would suggest that you do some research yourself or listen to some of the music listed above. Everything is a bit more complicated than I explained it here. Have fun exploring it!

– Sincerely, the Editor of The Parrot Press

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One Response to “The Emo Culture and Why It’s Popular”

  1. Mr. White on January 24th, 2018 1:18 PM

    Interesting, informative, intriguing … keep writing about the things that inspire and spark your curiosity!

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