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Theory of Why Brings Emo Back with ‘Pomegranate’

By Jaci Jedrych

When Anton Kropp and Julia Nova met at the University of Maryland’s college radio station, WMUC, they didn’t expect that years later they would release their third project together, garnering thousands of monthly listeners and streams. Their latest album, “Pomegranate,” is a classic emo revival.

The duo didn’t start writing music together until long after they had left their home state. They played in other emo revival bands such as The Summer We Went West, and Monument (Tiny Engines), honing their skills and “unforgettable hooks, noodling guitar riffs, and motorik inspired bass.” The group melds the psychedelic rock of the 70’s with grunge, indie rock of the 90’s.

“Pomegranate” is a collection of nine tracks. The title track, “Pomegranate (Denial),” feels straight out of the mid-2000’s. The sonic inspiration from west coast doom psych like YOB and east coast sweethearts like Hop Along and Algernon Cadwallader, is evident, combining the warm vocals with edgy guitar riffs.

Fans of classic alt-rock like Joy Division or The Cure, or of emo bands like My Chemical Romance or Green Day, should check out Theory of Why.

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Jaci Jedrych

Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.

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