Playlist: Listen to 25 songs which prove that emo is just pop music in disguise

Hand picked by Emo Night Tampa co-founder Theo Severson

click to enlarge Chris Wood (L) and Theo Severson — aka the Crate Bros — pictures at the First Chance Last Chance courtyard in Ybor City, Florida on May 25, 2017. - Ray Roa
Ray Roa
Chris Wood (L) and Theo Severson — aka the Crate Bros — pictures at the First Chance Last Chance courtyard in Ybor City, Florida on May 25, 2017.

In the new issue of Creative Loafing Tampa, Emo Night Tampa co-founders Theo Severson and Chris Wood chime in on how they've managed to turn a reputedly mopey genre into a rousing monthly party at Ybor City's First Chance Last Chance bar.

“It totally isn’t sad music. There’s this running gag that you’re sad and depressed, but it’s really no different from any other pop song,” Severson, 39, said. “These are just songs about friendship. They’re songs about love and love lost. They’re songs about good times and bad times.”

Wood added that it's amazing how many second wave emo bands get requested by kids that are barely old enough to drink.

“We look at them like, ‘How do you know that,’ and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, my brother put me on,’" Severson explained. So there are kids whose older siblings introduced them to bands. It’s pretty rad to have these young kids come up and ask for stuff that I really like from the old days.”

Read: Boys Don't Cry — The Crate Brothers celebrate two years of Emo Night Tampa

“They defnitely like the good stuff, and the last hour is almost always a sing-along,” Wood said.

To celebrate the genre, Severson has listed (in no particular order) 25 songs that he really loves. They're song's he'll probably play on any given Emo Night, and he had a hard time keeping it to just 25 cuts.

"I could have made it a lot longer with bands like Penfold, Lemuria, Jets to Brazil, Hey Mercedes (or any other Bob Nanna project)," he said. "Snowing, Football Etc, Owls, Gloria Record etc. etc."

Enjoy the playlist below, and get more information on the anniversary party by visiting our feature story here.


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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