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Picture it: the Washington DC music scene of the mid-1980s. Hardcore music is the prevalent genre of any real import: Bad Brains, Teen Idles, Minor Threat et all are tearing up venues with hedonistic abandon, and a small minority is getting sick of it. Sick of the drugs, the drink, the vapidity of hardcore music in its increasing popularity. Things had to change. With this realization on the part of the likes of Rites of Spring and Embrace, the genre which would later be mockingly referred to as \'emocore\' was born in DC in the late \'80s. The music was softer, slower and more technical, with lyrics on the personal rather than political scale. Distorted guitars strumming octave chords and strained vocals were the order in this new genre soon to evolve into the genre of \'emo\'.
What is Emo?