Close your eyes, and try to remember a simpler time. A time when you were still in high school, maybe even middle school, and all of the small dramatic events that seem inconsequential in retrospect were end-of-the-world life-or-death decisions that would affect your entire life. The girl you had a crush on, the embarrassing moments, the school dances, and all the teenage angst that you were dealing with. It’s 2006, and pop punk ruled the airwaves in a world where Blink 182 had split up but bands like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance were the idols of a generation of teenagers. There were two bands who were the epitome of this emotional heart on your sleeve emo music that drove everyone wild who have still managed to stay relevant even when the whole scene sort of dissipated. Two bands who wrote the kind of catchy pop songs that were all over MTV back when they still played music videos every once in a while, with the kind of hook-filled ubiquitous songs that were the soundtrack of high school angst, All-American Rejects and Boys Like Girls.
Why am I talking about Boys Like Girls and All American Rejects and forcing you to mentally relive your awkward teenage years you might ask? Well, it’s because they’re both coming this Friday night to Emo’s, because really, what other venue would they come to in a town where Emo’s is a place where concerts are held. Now I know you remember who these bands are, but for the sake of argument, let’s pretend you forgot who these bands were. Thankfully, due to this magic device you are reading my words on called the internet, which I believe is some kind of indescribable phenomenon that Al Gore created, you can spend the next ten minutes or so reminding yourself who these bands were and how you used to love them way back in the day.
So yeah, All American Rejects, also known as the pride of Stillwater, Oklahoma (not where OU is so don’t worry), were responsible for the unescapable hits like “Swing Swing”, “Move Along”, and “Gives You Hell”. However, they will always be known first and foremost as the band with the kickass music video to feature a bunch of post secret notes for their catchy as hell song “Dirty Little Secret”. So you can watch this video, but don’t tell anyone or you’ll be just another regret (see what I did there). Just know that when you go to their show, and when all you got to keep is strong, just move along like I know you do. You can’t even deny that you didn’t rock this song years ago, or that you don’t know every word, or that your hands aren’t shaking cold, these hands are mine to hold…See, I can’t even write a sentence without being infected with the pure catchiness of this song. They have plenty of great hits, and managed to become a successful pop crossover group in the years after the whole emo scene waned down, sustaining their career and are touring behind their latest album, Kids In The Street, which came out last March.
The other band playing tomorrow night are Boys Like Girls, a band who emerged a little bit after the Rejects, but wound up becoming as popular if not more. They first came around with huge hits like the above video for “The Great Escape”, and only grew from there. If you don’t remember tracks like “Hero/Heroine” or “Thunder” all over the radio when you were a teenager, then you probably didn’t listen to the radio or turn on MTV ever. Their second album only made them bigger, with songs like the radio smash “Love Drunk” which probably was played over and over at your Homecoming and /or Prom. At least it was at mine. They won the hearts of every teenage girl in America by releasing a track with Taylor Swift, Two Is Better Than One, and what’s even more impressive is that she didn’t even write a breakup song about one of the members of the band (see John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, One of the Jonas Brothers, every male teen idol in the world). In essence, these guys were one of the biggest pop acts of recent years, and will be here tomorrow night to make all the ladies swoon.
What’s better than getting to see these two bands together live? If you like this page, you’ll get the chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of free tickets to the show. You’ll get a chance to relive your teenage years while singing along at the top of your lungs to all the emo hits of years past. You really should check it out, because if you walk away, it will give you hell. It will give you hell.
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