I feel sort of guilty saying this, but this piece in Time about emo teenagers in Mexico City getting beat up is a little hilarious. Or maybe I’m just a jock.
The attackers, catalogued as “anti-emos,” include some from other urban tribes such as punks, metallers and cholos but many are just ordinairy working-class teenagers and young men. They deride the emos for being posers who are overly sentimental and accuse them of robbing from other music genres. With roots in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, emo bands play a style of rock that borrows much from punk and indie rock. They focus on exploring their emotions (hence the name) with a particular dwelling on typical teenage depression.
I have a vague recollection of my mom asking me and my sister, “What’s an emo?” at some point when we were in high school. Now she knows.
The most important question, of course, is what would Ian Mackaye do?