2013: The Year of the Emo Reunion
Back in the late '90s, everyone had horn-rimmed spectacles and sad faces, bands were obsessed with quiet/ loud dynamics and nobody had a successful relationship ever (probably because internet dating barely existed yet). The combination of these three things made for a glorious post-hardcore scene, however, full of unabashed misery and deep feelings. No scene can last forever, though, and as the century turned, bands broke up, never to be seen again... until 2013.
Indeed, this year has been magnificent fun for humans who loved emo when emo was really emo--and not a term flung at anything in black eyeliner and Hot Topic pants. Here then, are the greatest post-hardcore reunions of 2013.
This Sunday, November 17, Knapsack are closing out their five-date reunion tour with a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg--marking the 15th anniversary of their final tour. The joy of having these sensitive California souls back and performing for a minute is the fact that the band's music has aged so well. The passion is still raw, the hooks are still compelling and the three albums the quartet produced between 1995 and 1998--Silver Sweepstakes, Day Three of My New Life and This Conversation is Ending Starting Right Now--never lapse into tired emo cliche.
The Dismemberment Plan
There's not an emo girl on earth who was sad at the prospect of seeing Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison shake his groove thang again, but the D.C. quartet upped the stakes--and went against usual-post-hardcore-reunion-protocol--by actually releasing brand new material to coincide with their return. Uncanney Valley, released last month, picks up precisely where 2001 classic Change left us -- bringing us more tracks that almost constantly feel like driving fast on a road that has too many bends to be safe. Magnificent.