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PostSubject: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:55 pm

This is rather shocking. I ran across this article listing the top "emo" bands of the decade, and TGA is one of them. It's towards the bottom of the list:

http://www.idsnews.com/news/weekend/story.aspx?id=72520

"WTF?" I believe would be the proper response. Maybe if we all post a polite (but strongly worded) comment, an editor will fix this glaring error.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:57 pm

Well if you just assume emo=emotional, then sure. But despite the label, I think their review of the album was spot on.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:09 am

simo wrote:
Well if you just assume emo=emotional, then sure. But despite the label, I think their review of the album was spot on.
Well that might be what the title of the genre translates into, but there are certain conventions of the genre that TGA doesn't conform to at all (depressiveness, mostly). Take The 59' Sound, it has to be the most uplifting song about death I've ever heard.

If any song that conveys emotion can be considered emo, wouldn't that include every song in the history of mankind?

Of course, I may be wrong; I haven't exactly studied emo thoroughly, but I think I'd know it if I heard it.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:19 am

I know, I wasn't saying I agree with the label. Just that the definition has been warped so many times that nobody even knows what it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:19 am

Its probably because a lot of emo music has punk roots, people attribute the sound to emo without looking at the content. Part of the reason I love Gaslight so much is they are punk without being emo or hardcore, a rare yet awesome balance.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:10 am

HAHA that was my school newspaper. I knew one girl that works on the newspaper and she was actually very knowledgeable about independent music. Obviously she didn't write this. As the writer even stated at the beginning most of the top albums in his mind were "indie". And really all the newspaper did for the four years I spent there was stroke "indie" bands.
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PostSubject: Re: Gaslight Listed Among Emo Bands?   Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:08 am

Ah well.
That's kind of the default mode is to appluad these sort of New New Wave bands, to the exclusion of anyhting more directly punk-inspired.
But Gaslight is similar to alot of emo bands in spirit if not in execution.
If the guy from Taking Back Sunday was or Saves The Day song the same lyrics in their style, you'd call it emo.
Still genius, but emo.
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