I’m in my 30s and definitely went through an emo phase back in late high school/early university days. Although I don’t think the ‘scene’ proper really existed then, at least not here in Aus. There was no sweeping fringes and eye makeup. We were skater kids into punk and hardcore and got into the emo bands that grew out of it. Bands like Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Thrice, The Used, Dashboard Confessional. I’ve long since moved on to listen to mostly hip hop and rnb but still found myself able sing every word of The Used track on the podcast.
A close friend of mine stayed into emo and eventually started his own band. They’ve had some mild success here in Melbourne and play some decent sized shows. It’s a trip to go along to shows and see teenagers singing along to lyrics about girls we knew and heartbreaks that occurred 10+ years ago. We’re all long past that, married and starting families but it makes me smile thinking about being that teen in the front row myself. Even had some young fans complaining about the ‘weird old guys up the back’ on the bands Facebook page after a recent show!