My mix this time is some awesome old emo. Most of this is bands that I’m sure most of you guys have heard of if you’re into emo. It’s mostly ’90s bands, but a couple ’80s bands in there, too. But you won’t find any of that Kinsella shit here, not this time anyway, this is that post-hardcore style emo that was pretty big back in the day. This is the stuff that I’ve been really into lately
Braid - A Dozen Roses This is one of those bands that I’m sure you all love if you’re into emo. Braid’s kinda an outlier in this mix, as they don’t sound too much like the other stuff, but I think they’re close enough to put in here.
Elthel Reserve - Calba’s Last I found out about these guys because of a killer compilation that features The Promise Ring and Mineral. It’s called “(Don’t Forget To) Breathe” definitely check it out.
Embrace - Give Me Back One of the very first emo bands. Ian MacKaye. I love it.
Julia - Tongue Biting This band is pretty awesome. I hadn’t heard of them until recently, when I was looking through a guy’s youtube channel that had some more rad stuff in it.
Rites of Spring - For Want Of Another of the first emo bands. It has Guy from Fugazi. I love it, too.
Evergreen - Laugh at Every Question I found out about these guys because of Rafael from We Were Skeletons. He posted on facebook about this band that is from Louisville that sounded like Shotmaker. They do rule, and they do sound like Shotmaker, but I’m pretty sure he was mistaken about the Louisville thing. They’re from California, and they have the drummer from Rilo Kiley in it.
Shotmaker - Unhibited Shotmaker rules. If you don’t know about Shotmaker, you can find their discography pretty easily. It’s a ton of tracks, and it’s rad as hell.
Still Life - Tree Still Life is a really weird band. They are pretty experimental, and they’re really influential to a lot of these bands on here. I’m sure you guys have heard about Still Life if you’ve been listening to emo for a while.
The Jazz June - The Medicine I think I found out about this band because of last.fm, and I’m pretty thankful for finding this album, at least. Not all of their stuff sounds like this, but the album that shares the name with this song is definitely an awesome emo album.
Boy’s Life - Tucked In I’m going to be honest, it took me a long time to get into this band. I wasn’t really into this type of emo when I got their stuff, but I can honestly say that it has grown on me a lot. And I’m sure glad that it has.
The name of the genre “screamo” is kinda off-putting to a lot of people, because screamo is mislabeled a lot of the time. I normally wouldn’t even put forth the explanation of this, but it seems appropriate in this case, because I don’t want to seem so pretentious when I say that I really like “real” screamo. However, I don’t care nearly enough to use the word “skramz”, and I honestly don’t even know what even classifies bands as skramz. That word is stupid. I digress…
Pianos Become the Teeth - Fillial These guys are kinda big, and they deserve it. They played in Bowling Green in a basement a couple years ago, and it was awesome.
Hot Cross - Lend Me Your Brain (I’m Building an Idiot) Hot Cross is an older band. Features members of Saetia. The guitarist was known for being really good.
Et tu Brute - Zombies Avantgarde This band was really good. They’re kinda well known (I’ve read) although they only put out a 4 song EP.
Off Minor - Killed for Less Off Minor also has members of Saetia. They’re a really technical band for screamo. Sometimes it’s a bit much, but this song is really good.
Ampere - Woodlawn Ampere is huge. This song has great lyrics about a loved one dying.
…Who Calls So Loud - What I learned at the C.O.U.M. This is a super long song, and there are only about 4 lines worth of lyrics, but for some reason this song always sticks out to me. Also, I would suggest downloading their full length, it’s a lot better than the EP.
Jowls - Bastard Dressed in Sheep’s Clothes Jowls is a two-piece from Michigan, and they’re pretty new. I heard about them because of their split with The Reptilian. Their songs are pretty short.
June Paik - Recherche These guys are from Germany, I think. I don’t know much about them. I like this song, and it’s one of the shortest songs on the album, so I picked it.
We Were Skeletons - This Destroys Us These guys rule. They’re all really good at their instruments, and the music is just really good. For some reason this song always stuck out on this album.
Saetia - Closed Hands One of the most influential screamo bands of all time. I’m not big on all of their lyrics, but I really like theline from this song “With closed hands and open arms, hold nothing.”
Orchid - …And the Cat Turned into Smoke Orchid features Will Killingsworth, who is also the guitarist of Ampere. These guys are also one of the most influential bands in screamo. Most of their songs are shorter than this one, and a lot less melodic, I guess.
Pg. 99 - Ruiner of Life This is another of those huge screamo bands. They’re kind of hardcore and screamo mixed. They just reunited for a couple of fests, and released something.
Kidcrash - Parrots Just Don’t Understand I’m not a big fan of funny song names, I’ll just go ahead and put that out there. Aside from that, these guys write really good, melodic screamo. Most of the songs on this album are a lot longer than this one. Also, if you’re just wanting to listen to screamo, be careful of the Kidcrash album(s) that you get, because they’re not all screamo.
Ok, this is my first mixtape for you guys! Swindle was on my dick for weeks to make this list for him (I don’t have a laptop anymore so he had to put this on mediafire).
Here are 11 songs from some of my favorite noodle bands. I use the term loosely and purely out of a lack of something better to call these bands as a whole. Some bands on here you may already know if this kind of stuff is your deal, but hopefully some you will not. Hell, if you already know all these songs, download this and listen to them. You’ll get to enjoy them again, but this time you’ll be thinking of me. Woop.
I think it would be cool if we started writing a little bit about each of the individual tracks from each mix. I’m going to attempt to set a precedent here.
Palmkite - Is any of you guys Mike?
This band is from New York. Last Fm says that they still play but only when some of the members are back home from college. So that’s neat. They have some newer material that I need to check out, but this song is a banger and I had some times with it.
Two Knights - Thomas Rabon: Rydel High Class President
TWO PIECE! This band gets automatic points for being a two piece, and this song fucking rules. This band is very new, and I hear these guys are little babies. They should totally tour up my way anyways.
Ape Up! - No Troy
I don’t know as much about this band as I should. This band has members of some other good bands, but I’m not entirely sure which ones.
Midwest Pen Pals - Because He’s There, And He Hates Me.
These guys did a band called Merchant Ships that was good, they don’t play anymore though. But how cool is this song?
Mountain Asleep - Postcards
This band was from Louisville and they were really crazy musicians. I got to see them twice. I listened to this song while running on a treadmill, and it helped out a lot.
Footnotes - Trey Parker
TWO PEICE AGAIN! This band makes me really happy. And they are from Philadelphia, a place where many other great bands that sound like this tend to be from. Now you know.
Pessoa - Wellohwell
I had never heard of this band until a week before they played in my town, and it really bums me that I didn’t have more of a chance to learn the lyrics. This recording is decent, but live it’s a totally different vibe, so good.
Street Smart Cyclist - Hoods Up
This is a classic band for this kind of stuff in my opinion. They have been gone for quite a while now, but they had a really big impact on a lot of bands. Once again my knowledge of who went on to be in what bands is shaky, but this band led to a band called Snowing that you should also check out. This is a fun fun fun song.
Spraynard - Jay’s Cafe
THIS BAND MAN. This song has some of the best lyrics ever, the first time I ever listened to it was in an on-campus computer lab, and I may have cried a little. It’s about punk. I’m a sop.
My Head In Clouds - Donut Run
This song/band fit in least with the other tracks, but you will like it. They were from Indiana, and they broke up. That’s about all I know. Some kid on the internet was very insistent that this band is not a Merchant Ships springoff band. NOW YOU KNOW.
Sirs - Starting At The Chin
This is possibly the most fun song on here, so we’ll go out on that vibe, hopefully. This band has a split with a band called Chalk Talk that you may also enjoy, go look for it. Enjoy!!
The Wyatt and I live in Bowling Green, and Dylan might as well live here, too. Bowling Green is pretty much right in the middle of Louisville and Nashville. This mix shows some of the local Bowling Green talent, along with Nashville and Louisville bands that I’m really into. I also shamelessly threw in the bands that the 3 of us are currently in. The mix looks something like this:
BEARS! - Hardcore/screamo-y type stuff. Kinda Pg. 99. Coliseum - Hardcore from Louisville. They’re a pretty big band Demeanor - Grindy angry music from Franklin. I had another track of theirs on the first mix Hollywood - Melodic hardcore from Nashville. I really like the lyrics. Battle Path - Doom metal from Nashville. Little Viking - Another Nashville band. They sound a lot like a more spaced-out Weezer No Rule - Hardcore from Bowling Green. Wyatt and I are in this band, Dylan used to be. ManOhMan! - Pop-punk from Bowling Green. Songs about partying. I do gang vocals. Slint - Weird. From Louisville. Kinda post hardcore. Sixteen - Two-piece emo from Bowling Green. Wyatt and I are also in this band. Forefathers - Kinda metalcore-y stuff from Bowling Green. Dylan plays bass in this band. The Derby and Me - Dance-y instrumental music from Elizabethtown, Ky. The drummer is amazing. Rainbow Kitty Kitty - Indie Pop from Bowling Green. Smallhouse - Mathy indie music from Bowling Green. Mostly instrumental. Dolcim - Screamo from Nashville. Not sure if this band is still around or not.
If you guys like any of these bands, make sure you look around for their music. I know Hollywood and BEARS! (and maybe ManOhMan!) has a link on their old myspace for you to download all of their stuff. Battle Path, Little Viking, No Rule, Smallhouse, and Rainbow Kitty Kitty all have stuff that you can get on their bandcamps, for free or if you want to pay for it. Sixteen has a link on their facebook to an EP. I know Demeanor has links up in various places for their “Shoulders Full of Nazis” EP, and “The Slug’s Throne”. Maybe they have a bandcamp…? I’m not sure
This blog is a product of 3 best friends and music dorks from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The point of this blog is to make (mostly) cohesive music mixes featuring some of our favorite artists, and broaden the readers’ (and our own) horizons. Our plan is for each mix to contain some connection between each band and song, so that if you like one artist or song in the mix, there’s a good chance that you will like the rest of the songs. Examples of the connections might be, the city bands are from, a shared person in the band, the record label, and of course general musical genre