It might come to no surprise to listeners who have followed the progress of 'third wave' emo, whose twinkly roots lie in the sad states of the middle US, that Illinois's Brownie Mountain's Midwest Chic does not fall far from the proverbial tree
Math-pop: twisting and turning riffs and big singalong choruses. Tubelord. Colour. It may seem unlikely that a genre so often joyous could give voice to the unique self-loathing that can come with the woes of millennial life.
Someone in a state of fugue, they've typically wound up in a place or situation from whence they have no recollection of how they arrived. They are suffering an amnesia from identity. Thus, it may strike you as ironic that keyboardist Annis Saniee of the math rock band Fugue has wound up a completely new two-piece project.
Illinois-based math-rockers Parachute Day serve up instrumental emo flavours in their brand new EP Thank You Notes. The bite sized debut features catchy guitar riffs nestling nicely between the emo-revival sound making waves through the US, and the major chord rich post rock sound prominent over various parts of Asia.
Emo is a word that has come to mean so many things to so many different people, so to use it in popular musical discussion is to invite confusion. Any label that is invoked to speak of Rites of Spring, My Chemical Romance, Cap’n Jazz and Foxing is one whose use as an adjective is majorly in question.