was a short-lived band fronted by Ian Mackaye after
Minor Threat but before Fugazi. It would be accurate
to say that, along with Rites of Spring, this band was
an important step towards emo and most definitely an
important part of DC's "Revolution Summer".
In 1985, several bands were forming and looking for
a way to express themselves beyond the vision of hardcore.
Embrace found a way to put what they were feeling into
straightforward and at times melodic songs with deeply
emotional lyrics. While still showing some hardcore
influence - Ian is still yelling some - the words and
and music here are clearly a step in a new direction.
Embrace's only material, which unfortunately still sounds
kinda tinny despite a remastering, is an important part
of punk's continual transition and arguably the first
songs of what would eventually become the emo movement.