Andy helped to explain some of these categories: â€šÃ„ÃºEmo-punk: emotional pop-punk. All these bands are on the radio; bands like New Found Glory and Saves The Day, theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re emotional pop-punk. Theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re the ones with more of a poppy, happier sound to them. Emo core and screamo is the mixture of hardcore and emo with a lot of screaming and heavy riffs and everything, with really slow emotional breakdowns.â€šÃ„Ã¹
So, the simple definition is that emo is a genre of independent rock that came from punk and hardcore, and was named for itâ€šÃ„Ã´s semi-ironic emotional content through hard-hitting guitar and vocals. Weezer among others helped define the look (reluctantlyâ€šÃ„Â¶more on that in Part II), and the Get Up Kids among others helped define the sound.
Michael Verzella tries to make the distinction clear though: â€šÃ„ÃºRemember that Weezer is indie rock. [The Get Up Kids] had a softer sound, which was why everyone started calling it emo. It has a style thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s similar, yet different.â€šÃ„Ã¹ He calls their first EP, â€šÃ„ÃºAll-Starsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ (especially the song â€šÃ„ÃºWoodsenâ€šÃ„Ã¹), the defining moment of emo.
So while Weezer may not actually be emo, they somehow gave it the trendy look it has today, though they might kill meâ€šÃ„Ã®or themselvesâ€šÃ„Ã®for saying it. And as for the Get Up Kids, says Andy: â€šÃ„Ãº[they] probably wouldnâ€šÃ„Ã´t want to be called emo. In factâ€šÃ„Â¶their new album is more of this classicy-rock kind of feel. And I really donâ€šÃ„Ã´t like it, itâ€šÃ„Ã´s horrible, but I think theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re just realizing the same thing everybody else is: that emoâ€šÃ„Ã´s becoming such a trend and they want to try and do something different.â€šÃ„Ã¹