Sometimes, a few sad assholes ruin all the fun for everyone else.
TeamPOZ worked long and hard on March Sadness 2014, and the vote-in through Forlorn 4 rounds were a true pleasure to run. The voting for the Final 2, a challenge between emo legends Saves The Day and revivalists The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, was neck-and-neck until Sunday evening.
Sometime around 5 p.m. EST, one or several assholes decided to run a script to auto-vote for Saves The Day, which was clear and deliberate. After backroom conferences, where everything was at stake, TeamPOZ decided it would be best to not reward Saves The Day due to voters cheating, but to also not crown The World Is as this year’s Kings Of Emo, due to a fair fight being thrown.
There is no winner of March Sadness 2014.
We’ve used Google Forms over the past two years of voting so we can get around requiring voters to give us their email addresses and to strictly focus on the fun of the sad bracket, but it looks like we’ll have to reevaluate our methods for 2015.
So long, emos. Until next year.
March Sadness 2014 has been immensely fun and full of upsets. The competition has been riveting, and now we’re down to the Final 2.
The winner of The World Is A Beautiful Place v Saves The Day will be the March Sadness champion. Head below and join us in the final voting for March Sadness through Sunday evening, and the champion will be announced on Monday!
We are three weeks into March Sadness with incredible vote-in, Sad 16, and Emo 8 rounds. The Emo 8 was filled with upset alerts that included Brand New, Modern Baseball, and Weezer getting knocked out in the final hours of voting. The Forlorn 4 is going to get sad.
The 4 bands voted through the Emo 8 round of March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s/00’s and Reunion/Revival Emo brackets. Head below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Final 2 will launch on Monday!
The Sad 16 voting round is pushing strongly into the trenches of March Sadness fame. Sad voters of PropertyOfZack have a few more days to cast their ballot, so Editor-in-Chef Erik van Rheenen put together a discussion on The Sad 16 And Why Are They Matter for us to take a stroll down emo lane. Read the Discussion and then vote to make sure your favorite bands push through to the Emo 8!
90’s Emo 1v4: American Football vs Jets To Brazil
Why they matter: With a nod to Joan of Arc and a respectful tip of the sailor cap to Cap’n Jazz, American Football was the short-lived project that set Mike Kinsella’s trajectory as an emo patriarch for nearly 20 years. Without American Football’s seminal album and not-quite-as-seminal-but-still-darn-good EP, there’d be no soft-spun crooning of Owen, no indie leanings of Owls, and no Their/They’re/There, a band that concerns itself almost as much with proper grammar as it does with mathy guitar riffs. Not a bad legacy.
Jets to Brazil
Why they matter: Jets gave punk rock elder statesman Blake Schwarzenbach an outlet for venting his frustrations and woes that didn’t rely on the punkish leanings of Jawbreaker. While Jawbreaker is defensibly just as pivotal to emo-at-large as Jets to Brazil, Schwarzenbach’s departure (airport pun not really intended, but heck, I’ll still accept credit for this one) for a more indie-rock slanted sound gave emo a chance to take a deep breath and stop sounding so dang angry all the time.
90’s Emo 2v3: American Football vs Jets To Brazil
Why they matter: While most will point to Pinkerton as the essential emo album in the Weezer discog, I’ll change tack and say The Blue Album probably did more for Weezer and the sound of emo than its younger brother did. The Blue Album proved that slaphappy nerd rock (“Buddy Holly”) and sad-bastard grievance-airings (“Say It Ain’t So”) could coexist on a single record, and that bands could bounce between the two touchstones without sacrificing one end of the emotional spectrum.
Why they matter: If Sunny Day Real Estate (more on them later, obviously) laid the groundwork for how emo was supposed to sound in the mid-1990s, then Mineral stood at the forefront of a myriad of second-wavers perfecting the formula to a T. Much of the Mineral sound — hazy instrumental bridges, rough-edged vocals that skirt around the right key, and dynamically jumping from soft to loud — has survived the ‘90s (a decade that wasn’t altogether kind to its emo mainstays) and well into the twenty-tens.
00’s Emo 1v4: Brand New vs Dashboard Confessional
Why they matter: Only an enormous voting campaign from upstart Dads kept Jesse Lacey and Co. off the throne last year. Deja Entendu was the album that made a whole lot of pop-punk fanboys realize just how transcendent Brand New’s emo/pop-punk hybridity could get, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me defies genre in its frenetic shifts in pace and tone, and, well, who knows exactly what Daisy is, but it’s loud, blisteringly raw, and altogether awesome.
Just like last year, we were incredibly surprised by the overall response at the announcement and vote-in round for March Sadness from both our viewers and bands participating in the competition, so we are certainly ready to launch the Sad 16 bracket round.
The 16 bands voted into March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s, 00’s, Reunion, and Revival brackets. Head below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Emo 8 will launch on Monday!
It’s the second year of March Sadness, and we finally have an answer to “What the heck is that band doing in the bracket?” POZ team members Zack Zarrillo, Erik van Rheenen, Adrienne Fisher, and Jesse Richman teamed up with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo fame for an impromptu roundtable session to decide which bands should make the cut for this year’s tournament. Agree? Disagree? Read our reasonings and let us know and then vote to make sure your favorite bands push through to the Sad 16!
POZ March Sadness: Announcement + Vote-In Round
It’s clear that PropertyOfZack is to blame for the term “Emo Revival” that sprung up in 2013. The bands had nothing to do with it. March Sadness started an undeniable thirst for sadness last year, which is why we’re so happy to make you sad again today with the announcement of March Sadness 2K14: The sadder, weaker, and emoer substitute for NCAA’s March Madness.
March Sadness consists of a vote-in round (that’s today!) followed by 16 bracket spots, broken down into ‘90s Emo, ‘00s Emo, Reunion Emo, and Emo Revival (uh, duh). We are limiting ourselves to 20 bands that will be voted down to 16 by Monday’s Sad 16 launch.
We realize “emo” is both a subjective word and genre, but March Sadness is all about us having fun and interacting as a community. So please head below and join us in voting for four out of five of your favorite bands in each emo category through Sunday evening. The Sad 16 will launch on Monday!