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Embrace (Punk)

Anyone who ever wondered how hardcore pioneer Ian MacKaye could make such a drastic transition from the gritty, explosive, and terse music of Minor Threat to the expansive, melodic, and unpredictable sound of Fugazi can find the answer in Embrace. Along with Rights of Spring (fronted by Fugazi co-singer Guy Piccoloto), Embrace is considered to have pioneered the emocore sound. After years of screaming with Minor Threat, MacKaye began singing melodic, introspective lines with Embrace, which kept the fire and passion of hardcore, albeit slower and more heartfelt. Legend has it the new sound prompted someone in the audience to yell that Embrace was "emocore." Though it's hard to argue any of the hardcore bands weren't emotional, the emo label spread around D.C. and attached itself to many of Dischord's bands, as well as Sunny Day Real Estate and its progeny. After MacKaye left Minor Threat and brother Alec MacKaye left hardcore outfit Faith, Ian MacKaye and Faith's other three members -- bassist Chris Bald, guitarist Michael Hampton, and drummer Ivor Hanson -- formed Embrace in the spring of 1985. Over the next ten months, Embrace recorded an album's worth of material and unceremoniously broke up. In 1987, MacKaye and his label Dischord finally released the band's one and only album, Embrace, and the emocore revolution was well underway. ~ Ron DePasquale, Rovi
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Charlie Infection your gay you suck embraces balls
EMBRACE totally SUCKS BALLS !!
Oh, Pandora. I'm sure you meant *Rites Of Spring fronted by Guy *Piccioto.
You're welcome the world.
How many emo kids does it take to change a light bulb?
LISTEN TO BOLT THROWER
Emo? These guys aren't of any relation to the depressed people of today...
i wish my lawn was emo so it would cut itself
i love reading arguments about musical terminology. really, terms like emo and indie are redundant now. what music isn't "emotional"? what independentl y produced album doesn't make that band "indie"? grow up, listen to what you like.....
jz7878
Technically, many, if not most punk bands are indie in regards to their DIY ethics. However, their sound is firmly rooted in traditional punk rock, which is basically a derivative of 60's garage bands but with a harder driving sound and generally anti-authori t y stance. Thus, I believe Indie should be used less a genre defining term, and more as a description of what the bands ethics are. Compare a band like Minor Threat to Of Montreal, both Indie DIY, but different sounding music.
is this the official site for angry people?
As a former DC resident, person who knows a lot of these musicians, and someone with a wide variety of musical taste - I'd really wish people wouldn't associate "emo" (as it's known now) with the DC scene. "Post-hardco r e " makes a lot more sense since a ton of these bands came from the hardcore scene and branched out to more melodic and experimental sounds. "Indie" might even apply since most of these bands are DIY pioneers.

Furthermore, Ian Mackaye also participated in bands like Pailhead (w/
is everyone on this page 20 years old and younger? you say things that reveal your musical ignorance, and with a name like d raver jim, i'm guessing you've spent far too many nights eating fake ecstasy and noodle dancing with glowsticks. if you're looking for the roots of today's "emo" you need look no further than fall out boy, good charlotte, blink 182 and Sum 41. it has no real connection to the new wave/electro n i c 80s stuff that spawned the term emo.
Screw you guys
I've only heard "Money" and it's quite crappy.
d.musolino
At times I'm reminded of The Cure (not sure why), but these guys are still sweet.
lol, draverjim.
draverjim
So we can blame Ian for all those EMO kids out there. Not only straight Edge but Emo. the world would had been a lot better if he would had just worked at a McDonalds.
afraidtorejo i c e
emo begins.
thought I recognized that one of a kind voice

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