March Sadness 2014 has started with a bang. To accompany this year’s tournament of sadness, PropertyOfZack will be running several Perspective pieces to highlight Emo in all its glory. Enjoy What The Hell Is A “Revival?” below!
It’s funny how much can change in a year. When we launched March Sadness last winter, we called our bracket of newly-prominent bands “Modern Day Emo.” Dads, Balance & Composure, Into It. Over It., and The World Is A Beautiful Place did battle, and Dads accomplished the near-unthinkable, marching through a gauntlet to edge out not just their cohorts, but even the mighty Brand New for the championship to be crowned Kings Of Emo.
This year though, it was readily apparent from the get-go that “Modern Day Emo,” as a name, was out. For March Sadness 2014, no title but “Revival” would do.
Yep, I said it. Revival. Emo Revival. #emorevival. Each time I type that, it pisses you off just a little bit more, doesn’t it?
Why is that, though? What about the concept of a revival so aggrieves you that you bristle at the very name, even though its existence is undeniable?
Yes, undeniable. Take, for example, the poster boy for the emo revival (and I can almost see him wincing in my mind as I type that — apologies, but it is what it is), one Evan Thomas Weiss. Evan is out there crushing it right now! Intersections, his Triple Crown-released second proper full length as Into It. Over It., has garnered praise everywhere from Alternative Press to Pitchfork for its smart lyrics and intricate craftsmanship. He headlined sold-out shows at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Philly’s Union Transfer this past week. Sold out! He’s undeniably one of the leading lights of the emo revival.
“But! But! But!”
I hear you, Mr. Aggrieved Fan.* Go ahead, have your say.