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With better songs they'll join the Marginal Man or Grey Matter class of the mid-'80s vanguard of Dischord's post-punk, post-hardcore new D.C. bands. They've got the chops and dynamics down, although they will also need a little improvement over these tuneless, semi-screaming vocals. It would be interesting to hear a John Stabb or Ian MacKaye singing these songs instead, as the now familiar style of hot rock down there is showing itself well again on this record. Is it that Jeff Nelson and MacKaye are just great A&R men (though they'd never call themselves that) or, more likely, that they are so influential leaders by example with their own music that they set a great tone and the other D.C. locals follow it? Whatever the case, this city keeps reinventing itself as an unlikely explosive underground rock mecca and we are all the beneficiaries. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, Rovi


Formed: March, 1984 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Because the term emo has come to define a sensibility more than a particular sound, it can be difficult to pin down even if you're not an outsider. Yet there's a general consensus -- by no means universal, but fairly solid -- that Washington, D.C.'s Rites of Spring were the first true emo band. Their music epitomized emo (or emocore, as it was then more often referred to) in the original sense of the term: an emotionally charged brand of hardcore punk marked by introspective, personal lyrics and...
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