Lawler: Midwestern Emo Subgenre Has A Very Relaxed, Community-Driven Aesthetic | Blogs


Subgenres can be extremely specific and descriptive, to the point that certain songs or band albums can cause arguments over which genre a band fits into.

For example, many people who don’t delve too deeply into different genres often describe any band that screams for a significant part of their voice as “screamo”.

Often used as a descriptor for a lot of metal music, “screamo” most closely refers to the metalcore subgenre due to its lighter voice or more melodic guitar compared to loud, aggressive vocals and guitar a. sub-genre like progressive death metal.

One of the more oddly specific names of a subgenre, and one that suits us perfectly in Bloomington-Normal, is Midwest emo.

The emphasis on “Midwest” is what makes this subgenre so eerily specific. Bands like American Football and Hot Mulligan have a very different style but still meet the “requirements” of the subgenre well enough to be described as such.

Often having lyrics or vocals that express great sadness or frustration, Midwestern emo groups have a similar aesthetic and feeling to them.

Much like the out-of-town environment, many American football songs have a hopeless void, placing more emphasis on “emo” than “Midwest” in their songs.

On the other hand, bands like Algernon Cadwallader and Cap’n Jazz have a heavy focus on the “Midwest” half of the subgenre name.

By this I mean the relaxation and community spirit of many small towns in the Midwest.

It’s rough and fun music to listen to and create with your friends that you grew up with just a few blocks away.

Many subgenres can be described by an addition to their larger subgenre, but – aside from language or country descriptors – Midwest emo is one of the few designed by the aesthetic and sentiment of the region. of the environment in which it was created.

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