These lyrics from this aptly named Beach Slang track delve into a relationship between two damaged people. Speaking of appropriate names, "Future Mixtape" is the first song on Beach Slang's 2016 album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
. This particular song goes beyond the meaningless sound and fury the album title suggests as the speaker offers support and protection to whoever he is addressing. This acceptance in spite of hardship mirrors the emo movement's reputation as a safe haven for misfits.
4. "I wish I could forget it/ It's so hard I'll never get it right/ Cold hearts on a colder night/ The stronger the ties, the sharper the knife."
"Retrograde" by Silverstein
If you're looking for a screamo aesthetic, Canadian band Silverstein is exactly what you need. "Retrograde" is their newest single from upcoming album, Dead Reflection, scheduled for release July 14th. The opening verse borders on satanic and gets a little gory as it alludes to some sort of chilling ritual.
5. "I've been smoking too much lately/ I can feel it on my chest/ But I'll stand in the garden with you/ I didn't get much sleep last night but that's alright/ It was worth it just to see you move that hair from your eyes/ And/ Smile like you do."
"Gum" by Moose Blood
"Gum" crafts a compelling contrast between the roughly shouted vocals of Moose Blood lead singer Eddy Brewerton and the straightforward sweetness of the song's lyrics. The relationship in the song involves simple activities like watching a movie while holding hands and staying up all night that are perfect for the youthful nostalgia of emo revival. If it weren't for the mournfully pleading chorus, I would be tempted to say that this song could function as a softer indie track. The iconic, twangy emo vocals make all the difference.
6. "And the drone of the open air yawning/ Couldn't help me feel any less small/ In these days we will wear the same blanket/ In these days we feel nothing at all."
"Goodness, Pt. 2" by The Hotelier
Christian Holden of The Hotelier offers a prime example of the power of the reedy emo vocal style on the title track to The Hotelier's 2016 album. In "Goodness, Pt. 2", Holden sings about human insignificance against the vastness of nature as well as his personal growth and recovery from depression. This song has a generally hopeful feel with an unwavering drum line and lyrics that focus on finding a balance between sadness and joy.
7. "You think you're so original/ I can't wait for your funeral/ I don't wish you were dead, I wish you'd never been born at all/ I'm trying not to let you get in my head but every line, every goddam syllable/ That you say makes me want to gouge out my eyes with a power drill/ If this tour doesn't kill you.../ Then I will."
"If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will" by PUP
PUP is decidedly more pop-punk than emo, and there is nothing more punk than a song written from the perspective of a band member airing his stinging hatred for his fellow band mates and counting down the days until the end of a tour. All in a joking manner of course. PUP tops it off with this video featuring the four band members trying to get rid of each other in creative ways and finally uniting to play a packed house concert in bloody hospital gowns.