Characteristics The emo band Hawthorne Heights in Emo originated in hardcore punk   and is considered a form of post-hardcore. That is, punk that wears its heart on its sleeve and tries a little tenderness to leaven its sonic attack. If it helps, imagine Ricky Nelson singing in the Sex Pistols. Origins The melodic guitars, varied rhythms and personal lyrics of Rites of Spring changed the hardcore punk scene and helped launch the "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" style. Guy Picciotto, vocalist and guitarist of Rites of Spring , performing with Fugazi.
7 Incredible Emo Bands Fronted by Female Musicians
NPR chalks it up to that seemingly never-ending struggle within emo to defend its bona fides. I also think even playing an authenticity game in emo is maybe the losingest losing battle ever. It's already majorly maligned music, and creating hierarchies within it seems super pointless. But those female-fronted bands are some of the best in the genre.