emo

Artist: 
no thank you
Label: 
Lame-O Records

Since joining KAMP, I have been exposed to so much music it’s fantastic. Not only have I been introduced to genres that I had known very little about prior, such as jazz, but I have dived deeper into alternative music. This includes being introduced to many females fronted alternative bands. Although there is a disproportionate amount of all male/male fronted bands, that hasn’t stopped me from finding some great groups spanning the entire alternative spectrum.

Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Sounds Like: 
Soccer Mommy
Sounds Like: 
Camp Cope
Sounds Like: 
Hop Along
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2018
Artist: 
Lifted Bells
Label: 
Run For Cover

With Minor Tantrums, Lifted Bells have given us a solid emo album with decent math additions - there is not much else to say. I've listened to a lot of emo in my time, and this is another one - Bob Nanna does the vocals, who has worked on a various amount of other emo albums, so I would say knows how to...emo? My friend and I were discussing this, and we both agreed that math rock sort of hits a wall at a certain point. After a while, it all sort of sounds the same and it really takes something to make it standout.

Sounds Like: 
American Football
Sounds Like: 
Algernon Cadwallader
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2018
Artist: 
poetry for punks
Label: 
poetry for punks

poetry for punks is an emo band from Los Angeles that I found when I was looking through new releases on bandcamp. From what I have gathered, Chronic Akrasia, is his first album. The definition of akrasia is the state of mind in which someone acts against their better judgment through weakness of will. How emo! The album is six tracks, and a brisk 13 minutes of low-fi, acoustic, crooning, bedroom emo. This album is the audible equivalence of the thoughts that go through your mind while listening to Elliott Smith alone on a rainy night.

Sounds Like: 
a teenager emulating Elliott Smith's saddest song
Sounds Like: 
XXXTENTACION
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
02/18/2018
Artist: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Label: 
Epitaph

It's been about four years since I last seriously listened to The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, (from now on referred to TWIABP), and I listened to their first LP - Whenever, If Ever. It was existential and maybe a bit sad, but it was hopeful and a good listen for a college freshman who was starting to grow up and out from high school. Four years on and TWIABP has released a lot more music, I am no longer a college freshman but senior, and the world is in an...interesting place.

Sounds Like: 
empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate)
Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
Citizen
Label: 
Run For Cover

Citizen has made one of my favorite albums, Youth, so I had high hopes for As You Please and I really wanted it to feel like Youth but it feels more like their previous album, Everybody Is Going To Heaven. So this album wasn't exactly what I wanted, but it's still really great. The songs on this album have the same typical dark moodiness that previous albums have.

Sounds Like: 
Turnover
Sounds Like: 
Title Fight
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/08/2017
Artist: 
MELT
Label: 
Danger Collective/Topsheld

Unsurprisingly, MELT is an emo band from New Jersey (because where else do they come from?), but surprisingly they have an interesting take on the genre that stands out from so many other bands that all just sound like each other. Riffer, clocking in at just under-half-an-hour is a neat little album that I think lives up to its goal as printed on the information sticker - to give "an update to early Aughts' emo." Taking the rushing and kick-start instrumentation from older music, but pairing it with toned-down and flatline vocals gives Riffer <

Sounds Like: 
You Blew It!
Sounds Like: 
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Sounds Like: 
90's alt rock
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Brand New
Label: 
Procrastinate! Music Traitors

I'm going to try and be as unbiased as possible considering that Brand New is one of my favorite bands of all time. They have always been a cryptic band, especially when it comes to releasing new music. It's been 8 years since their last album Daisy, and speculation of a new album has been extremely high since then. After a long hiatus, sporadic festival appearances and headlining shows, and leaked demos and singles ("Mene" and "I Am a Nightmare"), Brand New have FINALLY released a... brand new album (pun intended).

Sounds Like: 
Taking Back Sunday
Sounds Like: 
Manchester Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Thrice
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Oso Oso
Label: 
Self Released

Until recently I had never heard of Oso Oso AKA the newest project of Jade Lilitri, formerly of Long Island emo band State Lines. I've never heard State Lines but he must have quite the following back home based on his Bandcamp page.

Sounds Like: 
State Lines
Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Sounds Like: 
Joyce Manor
Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2017
Artist: 
Divided Minds
Label: 
Divided Minds

This album transported me back to middle school (which honestly isn't a bad thing). Very late-2000s rock style. It was great.

Sounds Like: 
All-American Rejects
Sounds Like: 
Boys Like Girls
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
American Football
Label: 
Polyvinyl

American Football (LP2) is the second album from illustrious Illinois based emo band American Football.

Sounds Like: 
Owen
Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2016
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