Washed Up Emo’s Anthology Of Emo
Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo and the Washed Up Emo Podcast has gone and done a book! The Anthology of Emo: Volume One is a milestone literary piece serving as a one-of-a-kind informative companion and guide to that genre we all know and love - emo.
After 100+ interviews with artists and those involved with the emo and hardcore scene for his brilliant podcast, music industry veteran Tom Mullen, on the 10th anniversary of WashedUpEmo.com, will release Anthology of Emo in December, a 376-page book compiling the best stories from the podcast along with rare and unseen photos and other cool ephemera.
The first volume includes interviews with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Mike Kinsella (American Football, Owen, Cap’n Jazz), Norman Brannon (Texas Is The Reason, Shelter, New End Original), Dan Didier and Davey Von Bohlen (The Promise Ring), Chris Simpson (Mineral) and a bunch of other legends. Anthology of Emo: Volume One, which features a foreword by Brooklyn Vegan’s Andrew Sacher, is now available for pre-order here along with a corresponding Spotify playlist (which we’ve put below) to spotlight the artists featured in this first edition.
Texas Is The Reason performing Back And To The Left at the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary Shows at Irving Plaza in New York City. October 11, 2012.
Launched in October 2007, WashedUpEmo.com became Atlantic Records executive Tom Mullen’s outlet to discuss and form a community around the bands and artists that came to sculpt a passion project that exists to this day. “I wanted to do something to remind people know about the bands that led to this watershed moment for the genre.” The Washed Up Emo Podcast started in 2011 after Mullen realized a noticeable void of podcasts from the genre. Utilizing music industry connections and his background as a college radio DJ, it quickly snowballed with critical acclaim after a few episodes. The never-ending stream of guests iconic to the genre over the years have included The Promise Ring, Thursday, Foxing, Taking Back Sunday, The Van Pelt, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, The Menzingers, Mineral and American Football.
“My dream for all of this? That the history of emo isn’t just mentioning eyeliner, white belts and black hair dye. That’s definitely part of the history, but not the whole history,” Mullen continues. “The genre deserves a serious take without the Internet jabs and condescending reviews. Emo’s history was snagged by one era – that I love some of the bands from – still to this day, it’s held on with that notion of being a joke, phase and, heaven forbid, nostalgic. Reading these interviews, regardless of your favorite era, should hopefully give you a wider sense and appreciation for the word and the genre as a whole.” With the upcoming release of Anthology of Emo: Volume One, Mullen is continuing in his quest to spotlight artists from this expansive genre and enlighten and draw new fans to a scene that has brought him so much joy over the years.
Anthology of Emo: Volume One will ship in December with events and signings planned around the release in Winter 2017 as well as SXSW 2018.