Guilt Show was actually pretty good. Remember how everybody got so shitty about on a wire so i didn't check it out for years to find out it's solid, ended up being my favorite. Now there are rules... No comment
I love this band, I really do. But the swarm of emo copycats that came after them... my god... I'm just glad that era is pretty much over (and has turned into the slightly less annoying metalcore copycats)
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Bands change and people change. I love There Are Rules. It sounds like nothing they've ever done and that's because they took like five years off between records. It has moments of On A Wire and Guilt Show but it's weird while retaining the lovable pop sensibility. They don't need to apologize for shit anyway. They don't owe anybody anything.
Did anybody from the band ever explain why There are Rules is so awful? Like did they every issue and apology or explain why they decided to hype up some reunion shit and then put that god awful album out? I want answers damnit!
You WOULD think that, considering that you think black frame indie hipster glasses are still cool in 2013 when even people like Glenn Beck have taken to wearing them. Anyway - I was actually a big fan of the 90s wimp emo scene, and I think it started out with pure intentions. But by the end, most of the emo bands seemed to exist for the same insincere reason that pussyhound 80s hair-metal bands threw a saccharin "sensitive" ballad on every one of their albums.
I probably couldn't get into these albums if I hadn't listened to them when they came out though. But putting them on now evokes beautiful 90s autumns for me and I love it. Man though - I can't believe how cloyingly pussyfied some of the lyrics are. The 90s emo scene really was fucking gross in a lot of ways.
I'm listening to this band for the first time since "Something to Write Home About" came out and I'm finding that I still really like their early stuff a lot. "Four Minute Mile" and everything before it was great. That whole insincere limp-wristed secret-date-rapist emo scene got really grotesque by the late 90s, but those earlier records still hold up.