Wait, I didn’t know you in 2005? You’re probably right. But I do know you were an Emo Kid, or at least had more emo tendencies than you thought at the time. Sure you didn’t paint your finger nails black, wear guy-shadow or have this weird hair over your eyes phase, but musically, oh yes, you were indeed emo.
In the early 2000’s being Emo was like being branded with a scarlet letter. No one wanted to claim they listen to “emo” music or would defend the genre saying “all music evokes some sort of emotion, so isn’t all music emo?” Now, that we’ve all grown up and we’ve stopped wearing skin tight t-shirts with our girl jeans (for guys) when a fellow adult friend has a shared love for a band from my past like Something Corporate or The Early November, we wear our former emo-ness like a badge of honor.
To help you come to grips with the fact that you too had a little emo in you (that’s what she said) here are some tell-tale signs:
Your AIM screen name had the letter “x” in it. I opted for the xRockxArgylex, it was badass at the time. But anything incorporating an “x” as a place holder. However, if it was an “x” as abbreviation for “lacrosse” i.e. LaxKid127, then you most definitely WERE NOT emo.
Speaking of AIM you ironically used 1 of the following 2 lyrics as an away message:
If you were sick “So sick so sick of being tired and oh so tired of being sick.”
If you were mad at someone “You’re as subtle as a brick in the small of my back.”
And of those lyrics you knew that the latter was used by both Taking Back Sunday AND Brand New. Bonus emo points if you also knew ALL ABOUT the fued between the two bands and their lead singers Jesse and Adam (who you affectionately called by their first names).
When asked about a band you’ve used the line “I’ve heard of them but haven’t heard any of their stuff” in order to avoid the embarrassment of NOT KNOWING a new band.
You KNOW Fall Out Boy’s best song is Grand Theft Autumn and NOT Sugar We’re Going Down like the mainstreamers do.
You definitely know what Drive-Thru Records is. If not, you are 100% aware of at least 1 of the following bands: The Starting Line, The Early November, New Found Glory, Senses Fail, Hellogoodbye, Something Corporate
Konstantine is spelled with a “K” and NOT a “C” and the time 11:11 means a lot to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMwI1DlZpyY
Chris Carraba told you exactly where your hair is.
You’ve been taking selfies years before they were called selfies. From above, at just the right angle. And you took them on a digital camera, then uploaded it to MySpace since flip phones were so incapable.
You never lost your keys because they were hooked to your belt loop on a carabiner like you were a damn janitor.
You still have a playlist or seek out one on Spotify to bask in the glory of your former emo days.
Throw up your rock fist, or don’t, you know, if you don’t think its cool, or whatever,
Tommy “I wore girl jeans 3 times in my life” Cooksey