Some folks have launched a petition to turn this new decade into the most emo on record, with the RAWRing ’20s set firmly in their sights.
It feels almost disgusting to think of, but the mainstream exposure of emo culture took place three decades ago now.
Yes, while emo music had been steadily rising in popularity throughout the ’80s and ’90s, it was the mid-’00s that saw the popularity of groups like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, AFI, Paramore, Panic! At The Disco, and more than you could fit into your Myspace bio.
While countless fans who lived through and embraced the era (including yours truly) often find themselves pining for the halcyon days in which coloured fringes, eyeliner, and phrases like “RAWR means ‘I love you’ in dinosaur” were in vogue, there’s a newfound effort to bring it all back into the spotlight.
Just weeks on from My Chemical Romance’s first show in years, a movement has taken place on social media for fans to bring back emo culture this decade, effectively turning it into the RAWRing ’20s.
Check out supporters of the RAWRing ’20s:
It's officially the RAWRing 20's so we are bringing this back :3 pic.twitter.com/CygheL3W7H
— Daz (@the_life_of_daz) January 1, 2020
y’all on that roaring 20s gatsby shit. nah it’s gonna be RAWRing 20s we bringing back scene kids
— cassidy (@thatspazcass) December 28, 2019
– Done Before
– Economic Depression is Eminent
– Totally Radical
– Cool and Hip
– X3 *nuzzles you*
— Laine✨ (@jazzyavocadooo) January 3, 2020
now that it’s the rawring 20s can boys PLEASE start dressing like this again pic.twitter.com/lA4D1BCDf7
— xx_emo_michael_xx (@CRUC1FYME) January 1, 2020
OK EMO ARMY ITS OFFICIALLY THE RAWRING 20S XD, GET OUT YOUR EYELINER AND RUBBER BRACELETS BC WERE GOING INTO THE CITY TO SEE A MARCHING BAND. PARTY ALL NIGHT BC WE WILL NEVER SLEEP CAUSE SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. WE GONNA RAWR :3 *BLUSHES AND NUZZLES U* THIS WHOLE DECADE.
— 🎃vibecheck, juul-iet. are you with me?🕸️ (@xangeturboidog) January 1, 2020
In fact, so many folks have found themselves behind this unexpected movement that a petition has even been set up to bring awareness to it.
While we’re not sure how effective it’ll be, with just 149 signatories to date we’re not expecting a whole lot to come from it.
So what can you do to help bring emo culture back to the forefront? Well, while Myspace has deleted all your songs, angsty teenage poetry, and friend requests, there’s still plenty of ways to revel in the good times of yesteryear.
You can head over to Spotify to scope out a huge playlist of songs from the era, you can buy up big from Hot Topic, you can douse yourself in cheap perfume and don some black eyeliner, and you can even go and see My Chemical Romance at the 2019 edition of Download this year.
While these are all great ideas, we think we’ll leave it to our lord and saviour Brendon Urie to say it best with the all-too fitting ‘Roaring 20s’.
Check out ‘Roaring 20s’ by Panic! At The Disco:
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