When Emo Hits Hawaii, You Know it’s Everywhere

I don’t know if I quite get emo kids, but I try. It’s kin­da fas­ci­nat­ing how much the word ‘emo’ has pen­e­trat­ed into our cul­tur­al dia­logue, yet so many peo­ple can’t agree on what ‘emo’ actu­al­ly stands for. I mean, by some accounts, straight emo music is dead. What hap­pens when some­one decides to label Weez­er, a very suc­cess­ful melod­ic rock band, emo? Or when very good bands, try des­per­ate­ly to attach them­selves to the emerg­ing bandwagon?

And yet, it affects culture—in music and style. It’s hard to ignore the real­i­ty that the Gap last fall looked more like a retail punk rock glam store than the usu­al bland pas­tel plaid shirts and acid-wash jeans store. Maybe I have an urban bias here, but it seems to me that no one wants to dress like fred dirst. Don’t dis­miss that obser­va­tion as obvious—it’s not obvi­ous giv­en the dom­i­nance of the Limp in the music scene of the past few years (is Creed still num­ber 1?!). But, even the Gap has moved on. Even Hon­olu­lu has Emo kids now. I’m sure Peo­ria and Duluth do too. Isn’t that odd?

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