In the 2011 film Midnight in Paris’, Paul Bates (Michael Sheen) delivered a rather sanguine monologue stating, “Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking – the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one’s living in – it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.” So, as maniacs of the early 2000’s soundtrack for sensitive nutjobs, are we flawed for re-befriending bands such as Taking Back Sunday, The Used and My Chemical Romance? F**k no, or at least if we are there’s an outlet for us to unleash our “flawed, romantic re-imaginations” called Emo Night.
Formed by friends Barbara Szabo, T.J. Petracca and Morgan Freed, Emo Night has been a monthly emotional musical retreat for the better part of two years. Initially created in Los Angeles as a small get-together at the Short Stop in Silverlake, Emo Night has blossomed into a national phenomenon; Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta etc all play host to the event at least once a year. What’s funny about Emo Night is that it’s more of a listening party than a live show… at least to start; once the event passes its first hour into the night, patrons with black-rimmed glasses, tight pants and ripped Converse Chucks begin ambushing the stage, dancing until their eyeliner starts running into the LA River.
Special guests are common occurrences at Emo Night i.e. Mark Hoppus’ first-ever DJ set was performed at Emo Night. Other special guests have included Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional, The Wonder Years, Chris Conley from Saves the Day as well as all the members from The Used and All Time Low, respectfully.
Below is a statement posted by Emo Night Los Angeles on the event’s facebook:
“Dearest Los Angeles,
We cordially invite you to the first Emo Nite of 2017. Please join us on the evening of February 7th at The Echo & Echoplex to celebrate your favorite kind of music. This is possibly going to be the most insane emo nite ever. We have so many surprises in store for you this year, and we’re starting it off with a fucking bang.
Plan to arrive early, as no advance tickets will be sold for this event. The first 100 people in line get in for free, $10 after that. Doors to the parking lot open at 8:30 pm where we will have an art battle curated by the legendary @Secret Walls featuring Lillipore, Jillian Evelyn, Matt Gondek, Frankzilla & hosted by the one and only Nick Major. Food from @Riot Grill and Golden State Tacos will be served for your enjoyment.
Do let us know what songs you’d like to hear in the comments section below.
So long and goodnight,
ps. sorry teens this one is 21+