Sounds come in waves.
Although listeners can trace the concept of emo – or an emotion-driven style of rock – back to the hardcore scene of the 1980s, the music and surrounding style has gone through many revolutions.
With the third edition of its Emo Royale show in August, the Columbia venue The blue note keys on versions of emo and punk that sound true to listeners who came of age from the mid-90s to the early 2000s. Bands with massive sales and fervent followers are treated with honor by regional artists who play some of their most important songs.
Here’s a quick guide to groups receiving and paying tribute.
Fall out Boy
Point of origin: After several successful EPs, the suburban Chicago band released their debut album, “Take This to Your Grave,” in May 2003.
Vibes: Vocalist Patrick Stump injects a dose of soul into the band’s energetic, pop sound.
Signature songs: “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”, “Centuries”
Emo Royale counterpart: Columbia Twenty-Seven League straddle the line between punk and metal, selling their songs with giant hooks and dark riffs.
Point of origin: The East Bay area punks channeled years of underground goodwill into their 1990 debut independent album 39/Smooth.
Vibes: More than 30 years into his career, Green Day continues to marry the ethos he honed in basement shows with true rock star charisma, crafting rock bashers and pop anthems.
Signature songs: “Basket Case”, “When I Come”, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, “Boulevard of Shattered Dreams”
Emo Royale counterpart: Columbia’s New Car Scent wears its lo-fi heart on its sleeve, building a catalog of inventive and engaging songs.
My Chemical Romance
Point of origin: New Jersey; the group’s debut “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” appeared in the summer of 2002.
Vibes: Fronted by dynamic vocalist Gerard Way, the band are known for their “emo-punk songwriting, theatrical vocals and neo-Gothic looks”. All musical notes; the result is sometimes close to an emo version of Queen.
Signature songs: “Welcome to the Black Parade”, “Teens”, “I’m Not Fine (I Promise)”, “Famous Last Words”
Emo Royale counterpart: Colombian threesome multicolored deatha power trio that takes rock – but not itself – seriously, with killer musicianship and a wide vocal and musical range.
Point of origin: The group formed in Franklin, Tennessee, released their debut album “All We Know is Falling” in 2005.
Vibes: Vocalist Hayley Williams brings megawatt star power to the Paramore sound, which can reach the back of a sold-out arena while still feeling intimate and directly focused.
Signature songs: “Misery Business”, “The Only Exception”, “Always in You”
Emo Royale counterpart: Midwest Rockers America’s Last Cowboy know how to spin the needle between atmospheric and anthemic sounds.
Resume on Sunday
Point of origin: Long Island, New York; after several EPs, the band’s debut album, “Tell All Your Friends”, arrived in March 2002.
Vibes: The band scuffs their melodic sensibilities with ragged vocal and guitar sounds; than publications like AllMusic notedTaking Back Sunday’s sound is “rooted in anthemic punk and hardcore”.
Signature songs: “A Decade Under Influence”, “MakeDamnSure”, “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)”
Emo Royale counterpart: Economy of crooks plays with energy and heaviness, allowing its sound to expand and contract as the song progresses.
Emo Royale III will take place at 8 p.m. on August 13. Tickets cost $7 to $10. Visit https://thebluenote.com/ for more details.
Aarik Danielsen is the Features and Culture Editor for Tribune. Contact him at [email protected] or by calling 573-815-1731. Find him on Twitter @aarikdanielsen.