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    I Looked Up All Of My Favorite Old Emo Bands, And I Guess Panic! At The Disco Is Just One Guy Now

    "When I was...a young boy..."

    Remember the early 2000s/2010s? All the cool kids were wearing Hot Topic T-shirts and drinking so much Monster Energy it was probably in their bloodstream?

    Well, grab your black nail polish, and ask your mom if she can take us to the mall if my mom can pick us up, because I'm doing a deep dive on all of your favorite emo bands, and what they're up to today!

    1. Fall Out Boy circa 2005

    Fall Out Boy Members Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman, Pete Wentz, and Andy Hurley pose at a VH1 event

    Fall Out Boy circa 2022

    Fall Out Boy Members Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman, Pete Wentz, and Andy Hurley pose in "The Queen Family Singalong"

    2. My Chemical Romance circa 2005

    My Chemical Romance band members 	Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, and Frank Iero stand apart from each other in a posed photo

    My Chemical Romance circa 2021

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    Formed in 2001 immediately following 9/11, My Chemical Romance dropped albums like Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and The Black Parade before announcing that the band was breaking up in 2013. Although each band member pursued music separately, hopes of a reunion from fans continued for years after the band's separation.

    Finally, in 2019, My Chemical Romance announced a single reunion show, which was then followed by the announcement of plans for a 2020 tour. Later, My Chemical Romance revealed that they had been planning a reunion since 2017. Though the tour was initially planned to begin in September 2020, it has been pushed back twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now scheduled to begin in May of 2022. 

    3. All Time Low circa 2008

    All Time Low members Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson pose at the 2009 MTV New Year's Eve program

    All Time Low circa 2022

    All Time Low members Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson pose at an iHeartRadio event

    4. Panic! at the Disco circa 2009

    Musicians Ryan Ross, Jon Walker, Spencer Smith, and Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco attend the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall

    Panic! at the Disco circa 2019

    Panic! At The Disco member Brendon Urie sings into a microphone in front of his band during a concert

    5. Mayday Parade circa 2009

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    Mayday Parade circa 2019

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    Though this band was formed in 2005, it gained traction via word of mouth after group members followed along on Warped Tour to pass out copies of their EP to attendees. This caused their MySpace page to gain popularity (a sentence that belongs in a museum), which later gave them an opportunity to get signed to Fearless Records. Since then, the band has released seven studio albums, the most recent of which, What It Means to Fall Apart, dropped in November of 2021.

    6. Sleeping with Sirens circa 2014

    Lead singer Kellen Quinn of "Sleeping with Sirens" sings into a microphone on stage

    Sleeping with Sirens circa 2019

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    A staple at many Warped Tours, this post-hardcore band gained notoriety with the release of their debut studio albumWith Ears to See And Eyes to Hear. Since then, the band has released five new albums, and actually released a song featuring Machine Gun Kelly ("Alone") in 2013. 

    That same year, guitarist Jesse Lawson announced that he was leaving the band in order to pursue new music and spend more time with his family. Beyond that, Sleeping with Sirens seems to have continued on relatively unchanged from the screamo goodness you might remember them for and have headlined multiple world tours.

    7. Black Veil Brides circa 2011

    Jake Pitts, Andy "Six" Biersack, and Jeremy "Jinxx" Ferguson of Black Veil Brides perform during the 2011 Rock On The Range festival at Crew Stadium

    Black Veil Brides circa 2021

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    After being signed to their first record label because of the successful sales of this band's shirts at Hot Topic, Black Veil Brides became well-known for their hard rock songs and their unconventional makeup (maybe not too unconventional for the alt music scene). Since their formation, they've released six studio albums, with the most recent one developed during the beginning of the pandemic before being released in 2021. 

    In 2019, it was announced that bassist Ashley Purdy was leaving the band. Since his departure, Purdy has since released his own music as a solo artist. Lead singer Andy Biersack, while still fronting BVB, has also pursued solo projects under the name Andy Black, dropping a pop-rock album entitled The Shadow Side, featuring guest performances from members of All Time Low and MCR.

    8. Blink-182 circa 1999

    Band members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Tom DeLonge pose in front of a trailer during a music festival

    Blink-182 circa 2020

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    Let's be honest, they were the blueprint. Formed in 1992, this band consisted of members Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus. The group quickly made a name for itself with albums like Dude Ranch and Enema of the State, and is commonly cited as an inspiration for many pop-punk bands today. 

    Tom DeLonge left the band in 2005, citing different priorities from the other members, and blink-182 announced that they were going on an indefinite hiatus. DeLonge would later go on to form the group Angels and Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker formed the band +44. 

    In 2008, Travis Barker was hurt in a plane crash that left six people on board dead, and Barker with critical injuries. The band later cited the near-death experience as the event that caused them to reconnect. In 2009, the group appeared together at The Grammy's to announce that they had gotten back together, before releasing a new album, Neighborhoods

    In 2015, DeLonge announced again that he was leaving the band, and since then has founded To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science in 2017, an organization dedicated to exploring "outer edges of science," including U.F.O's. Meanwhile, DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio guitarist, Matt Skiba. With Skiba, the band has released two albums, California and Nine. In 2019, Hoppus also formed the group Simple Creatures with All Time Low frontman, Alex Gaskarth, while Barker has featured on drums for several popular artists in addition to forming his own music label, DTA Records, which most recently signed artist Avril Lavigne

    In June of 2021, Mark Hoppus announced that he had been undergoing chemotherapy for the last three months. Both DeLonge and Barker expressed support for Hoppus, with DeLonge later saying that the two had "repaired" their friendship. In June of 2021, Hoppus announced that he was officially cancer-free.

    9. Yellowcard circa 2004

    The band Yellowcard poses during red carpet event

    Yellowcard circa 2016

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    After the success of the band's album Ocean Avenue, especially the title track, the band released about six more albums, though none reached the monumental success of the earlier album. After announcing they were going on an "indefinite hiatus" in 2008, before reuniting and beginning work on a new album by 2010, When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes was released to positive reviews before the band began touring with All Time Low in 2013.

    In 2016, it was announced that the band would break up after their final tour. On March 25, 2017, Yellowcard played their final show in Anaheim, California. 

    10. Paramore circa 2007

    Band Paramore members Jeremy Davis, Josh Farro, Hayley Williams and Zac Farro of Paramore appear at MTV Studios

    Paramore circa 2018

    Paramore Members Hayley Williams, Zac Farro, and Taylor York pose together at a National Concert Week event

    11. Pierce the Veil circa 2009

    Pierce the Veil circa 2016

    Jaime Preciado, from left, Vic Fuentes, Mike Fuentes and Tony Perry of Pierce The Veil seen at 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards

    12. We Are the In Crowd circa 2014

    Drummer Rob Chianelli, bassist Mike Ferri, vocalist Taylor "Tay" Jardine, guitarist Jordan Eckes and guitarist Cameron Hurley of We Are The In Crowd attend the 2014 Gibson Brands AP Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    We Are the In Crowd circa 2021

    Band "We Are The In Crowd" does an interview with Rock Sound

    Am I forgetting your favorite pop-punk band? Call me a poser in the comments, and tell me about them!