Rites of Spring

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Rites of Spring
Origin Washington, D.C., USA
Genres Emo, post-hardcore
Years active 1984–1986
Labels Dischord Records
Associated acts Happy Go Licky, One Last Wish, Fugazi, Miighty Flashlight
Past members
Guy Picciotto
Eddie Janney
Mike Fellows
Brendan Canty

Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, known for their fact, jumpy live performances. A part of the D.C. hardcore punk scene, Rites of Spring increased the violence and passion of hardcore while at the same time experimenting with its rules. Lyrically, they also moved hardcore into very personal realms and, in doing so, are usually considered the first emo band.[1]

The band only performed 15 concerts.[2] Vocalist/guitarist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty went on to play in the influential post-hardcore band Fugazi in the late 1980s.


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  1. DeRogatis, Jim (1999). "Emo (The Genre That Dare Not Speak Its Name)". Guitar World (Future US, Inc.). http://www.jimdero.com/OtherWritings/Other%20emo.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
  2. "Rites Of Spring". Dischord Records Official Website. Dischord Records. 2008. http://www.dischord.com/band/rites-of-spring. Retrieved 2008-11-16.