It’s sad that scene is dead, but the truth is that I couldn’t do this post while it was alive, like how you can’t really induct an athlete into the Hall Of Fame until they retire. It’s liek we can’t rly love something until it’s gone :( The whole thing is kind of tragic and beautiful at the same time, like when Cloud didn’t realize how much he truly cared about Aeris until she died… I just want some closure. But enough of my whining, I’ll save that for my Xanga!
While most people think of “scene” as a monolithic entity, IMO there are three distinctly different flavors of scene which didn’t necessarily intersect and must be evaluated on their own terms. To that end, SYWH recognizes excellence in each of the three divisions of scene: MOSH, DANCE, and POP. Here are our first inductees into the SCENE HALL OF FAME, wat u think??
While there are bands bands in every corner of the scene, this is easily the toughest conference overall! There’s a ton of high-caliber competition, but the rewards are also the sweetest (read: merch sales, groupies). If you only have time to follow one division, make it this one!
BRING ME THE HORIZON
These guys are an early pick to win the division, having established the basic template for a successful scene band: cute singer with lots of tattoos, huge breakdowns with Impact font-ready slogans (“we will never sleep”), and relentless self-promotion. And of course there is Oli’s company Dropdead, who pretty much defined the visual identity of the whole genre (thanks to Michael Shantz’ art).
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
It’s a mystery to me how these guys got so popular: their ‘songs’ couldn’t be less catchy (via just being a bunch of interchangeable, skronky riffs and unintelligible screaming) and their singer is ugly as fuck. But for whatever reason, the kids love them and they’re defacto flagbearers for the mosh4christ scene. Also, among the very first bands to go from full-on neon/Glamour Kills to equally full-on 1950s dad steez.
Without a doubt the best in the division in terms of their music itself, and getting Frank Mullen of SUFFOCATION on their new album was a stroke of genius (not sheriff intentional troll or not). Don’t be surprised if they upset divisional favorites BMTH, but either way they’ll be in the conversation for MVP!
These guys became an internet phenomenon based primarily on their choreography; how many scene bands can say THAT? Without a doubt the archetypal Risecore band, and spawned not only the term ‘crabcore,’ but the ‘career’ of Austin Carlile. Will they win the division? Not likely, but they’re fan favorites who leave it all on the field!
It’s arguable that, like Norma Jean, Underoath are actually proto-scene, having been active since 1999 and peaking creatively in 2005 or so. Do they have what it takes to compete with the younger, more explosive bands in the division, or are they past their prime??
I think of these guys as BMTH 2.0, with their appeal based on the presence of a cute British singer and breakdowns. They’re moving in a much more ‘hard rock’ direction though, and seem to be much more popular in the US than BMTH.
Tumblrfamous metalcore bands like BLESSTHEFALL, WOE IS ME and WE CAME AS ROMANS: couldn’t quite make it over the hump to Asking Alexandria-level success, but do have a solid fanbase (for now). Bonus points to Beau Bokan for not just smashing Lights, but wifing her!
BLACK VEIL BRIDES, ESCAPE THE FATE, FALLING IN REVERSE, VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE: Seems to me like ASKING ALEXANDRIA sort of stole the thunder of all these nu-glam bands when they started to go more rock. ETF just aren’t the same without Ronnie Radke, and although BVB seem to be doing quite well they’re still too green to be considered for the HOF at this point.
Although often overlooked or considered not ‘tr00 scene,’ I disagree. The pop division plays by the same rules ( abs(cute singer + neon) / average songs = fangirls ^2) as the other divisions, the fans are just a little younger and more sheltered. Think of it as as the farm league/AAAs: perhaps not as prestigious as the marquee divisions, but plenty of action there for the hardcore fans who want to follow up-and-coming prospects!
ALL TIME LOW
The N’Sync/Backstreet of the neon era? A lot of people compare them to Blink-182 or whatever, but I don’t think that’s fair. Blink had to write all their own songs, while ATL can afford to have professionals like Rivers Cuomo do it for them, freeing the band up to focus on more important things. In any case, when it comes to non-threatening, cute boys who play radio-friendly neon pop, ALL TIME LOW are definitely the favorites to take the divisional title!
PIERCE THE VEIL
I’m really puzzled by the success of PTV, who are incredibly Tumblrfamous despite playing dull ANTHONYGREENCORE. Based on their name and appearance, I thought they were going to be either sweet easycore or metalcore– you can imagine my surprise when I visited their Myspace and discovered they just sounded like the crappy Saosin songs :/ Their rankings also reflect a bonus for the bafflingly high number of times that Jason Derulo and New Boyz rep PTV shirts in their videos.
If ALL TIME LOW is the N’Sync of scene pop, THE MAINE would be something like LFO or O-Town: the perennial #2 or #3 in the division, always in the shadow of the big dogs and never quite able to get to the top of the heap. Perhaps that explains why they were the first band in the division to fully complete the srsbro transformation?
Much like PIERCE THE VEIL, I can only assume that CHIODOS were popular because little girls crushed on the singer. It certainly wasn’t because of their music or any of the other guys in the band. In any case, I don’t see the band itself winning the divisional title, although Craig Owens is pretty much a lock for the All-Star team.
EMAROSA, DANCE GAVIN DANCE, SAOSIN and other post-hardcore bands whose popularity was driven by a charismatic frontman that was too flaky/unstable for the band to reach its potential.
FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS and HIT THE LIGHTS: the definition of neon pop-punk, and IMO much better musically than ATL or THE MAINE. Both did well, but just kind of limp along these days and seem destined to break up soon.
This is an interesting division in that it has completely different roots than the other two, with origins in weird, lulzy subcultures like 90s-style raver crap, goth, and kawaii fashion. The MOSH and POP divisions are more or less rooted in hardcore and pop-punk, but DANCE has no real connection to either of those genres. Accordingly, it is mostly for fat kids who are miserable because they’re in 8th grade and can’t come out of the closet until they go away to college in four years. If you are a real glutton for punishment, read up on Stickydrama to understand exactly how the whole fucked up, dramatic and gay (as in homosexual) the DANCE division of scene is.
BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR
I was very surprised that these guys not only got as big as they did, but are actually still semi-relevant (as in, they play shows and more than 250 people buy tickets). I was going to say “not sure how they cope with being 27 years old and having a fanbase whose median age is 14,” but then I remembered the whole Jessi Slaughter thing and realized that they are probably fine with being around dozens of 8th graders every night.
I really thought these guys were going to be big- and by “big” I mean playing the main stage of Warped before FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS. “Freaxxx” got something like 50 million views, but I guess the novelty wore off before they could capitalize on it. Too bad, they are chill bros who grew up poor as shit and deserve to make some cash (srs).
If there was an award for biggest gap between online popularity and IRL popularity, it would definitely go to MILLIONAIRES. Melissa was one of the original “scene queens” and had zillions of fangirls all over the world, yet they played to like 75 people on the Fleshlight stage or whatever at Warped Tour and have completely fizzled since then, squandering whatever potential they had. Probably because they are impossible to work with.
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD and T-MILLS: HU sold a ton of records, but kind of fell off the map a year or so ago, probably because they just weren’t the same without Deuce. Not really sure why T-MILLS didn’t blow up, but he followed a BROKENCYDE-like trajectory of getting some solid internet hype out of the gate, then just sort of quietly fizzling.
Thanks to all the forum members who laid the groundwork for this! Who is in YOUR scene hall of fame and why???