Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong On How Emo Came Back From The Dead

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Billie Joe Armstrong, the frontman of Green Day, recently shared his insights with The Guardian about the unexpected revival of emo and punk music from the 90s and early 2000s.

He expressed astonishment at the rapid resurgence of these genres, highlighting the role of streaming services and viral trends in this revival.

He pointed out that bands like My Chemical Romance, which had recently disbanded, were already witnessing a revival, while others, like the Walters, gained popularity posthumously.

Armstrong also discussed the impact of social media on music consumption. He mentioned how bands like Deftones have gained renewed interest through platforms like TikTok, indicating a shift away from traditional music discovery methods like radio.

Similarly, Hayley Williams of Paramore, in an interview with Ew, reflected on the evolution of emo music. Initially, the term ’emo’ was viewed negatively and was resisted by bands like Paramore.

However, over time, the perception has shifted, and ’emo’ has become a celebrated term. Williams observed that genres are becoming less significant, and ’emo’ is now seen as a fashionable aesthetic rather than just a music genre.

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