"There's only one sin, and that's failing to believe you have a choice." -Jean-Paul Sartre
Question #92249 posted on 06/03/2019 1:30 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Throwback music question! What are some great angsty bands/songs from the early 2000s? You know, the ones with that classic garage band sound? Same kind of style as "I Don't Wanna Be In Love" by Good Charlotte and "Still Into You" by Paramore? You know what I'm talking about.

So yeah! What are some of your favorites?

-This has been music questions with Pear


Dear peasant brother,

If you're looking for a song that sounds like "I Don't Wanna Be In Love," I'd suggest "When Did Your Heart Go Missing" by Rooney, which was released around the same time and is difficult for me to differentiate.


--Ardilla Feroz


Dear Pear,

Apparently I like talking about Jimmy Eat World, so here are some songs of theirs that probably fit what you're looking for, sorted by album:

Static Prevails: "Claire," "Call It In the Air"

Clarity: "Crush," "Blister," "Clarity"

Bleed American: I'm not even going to bother listing individual songs. Just listen to the whole album. It's a masterpiece.

Bleed American bonus track not available on Spotify: "No Sensitivity"

Futures: "Kill"

Stay On My Side Tonight EP: "Disintegration"

Damage: "How'd You Have Me"



Dear pear,

As a once-angsty teen in the early 2000s I am eminently qualified to answer this question. Come, young Pear, and take a time machine with me back to the Early 2000s!

It was a the best of times, it was the worst of times. 9/11 wiped away the endless optimism of the 1990s and Americans suddenly felt less safe than at any time since LBJ. The Afghanistan War had just started and everyone was pretty confident it would get wrapped up quickly. Apple's new "iPod" let the kids who could afford it carry around almost a thousand songs in your pocket, while the rest of us just lugged around our binders full of CDs. And in the midst of an enormous collective rock hangover from 5 years of radio nu-metal and pop-punk... the Garage Rock Revival began!

New bands started charting that adopted the lo-fi, fuzzy aesthetics of rock groups from the 60s and the post-punk ethos of the 80s. The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Hives, The Vines, and The Black Keys were featured on magazine covers as the vanguard of a new generation of authentic rock. As the decade progressed, the sound began to incorporate dance pop elements with bands like The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, and LCD Soundsystem.

Parallel to this was the evolution of Emo, from Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, and American Football in the late 90s to Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional in the early 2000s to Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Panic! at the Disco in the late 2000s.

By the end of the 2000s, the stylistic elements of both garage rock and emo had been subsumed into indie rock with titans like Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, and The Shins putting out many beloved albums.

Coming back to the present, from what I've seen a lot of rock and pop in the 2010s are characterized by a huge debt to the sounds of the synthpop and new wave of the 1980s. Multilayered synths with catchy guitar lines, gated reverb snares, bold colors and old fashions made new again. The Paramore song you cited has that in a BIG way. If you love that sound, I highly recommend our Provo hometown heroes Neon Trees! Not to mention Carly Rae Jepsen (queen!), Passion Pit, The 1975, Grimes, Bleachers, CHVRCHES, Future Islands, Two Door Cinema Club, WALK THE MOON, and Foals.

If you want more catchy pop punk, listen to anything on Paramore's Fueled By Ramen record label, as well as The Menzingers, Against Me!, Iron Chic, David Hause, Brian Fallon (singer of the Gaslight Anthem), and I just discovered this song I really love by a band called Restorations. Check it out!

And if you want more modern garage lo-fi music, please listen to Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, Car Seat Headrest, and above all Beach Slang!



Dear friend,

Might I introduce you to our lord and savior Yellowcard?

-Van Goff, former emo kid of the late 2000s

P.S. You also can't go wrong with blink-182, AFI, or Rise Against. Or Linkin Park. I really miss Linkin Park.




The entire album E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals by The Matches. You're welcome.