Ten Best Screamo Bands From Florida
6. I Have Dreams (Tallahassee)
I Have Dreams existed for six months in 1999, and its entire output consisted of a mini-CD-R with five tracks. Yet screamo diehards from the state capital and band's hometown of Tallahassee right on down to the Florida Keys all wish this crew could have at least made it to a full 365 days and maybe cut an eight-song EP on a standard-issue CD-R. But I Have Dreams started in the wake of a bandmate's tragic death, and the other members used explicitly emotive hardcore as a way to process their grief. Ending the band may have very well been a part of that process as well.
5. Reversal of Man (Tampa)
Ranking the Gulf Coast's political-ish screamo pride and joy in the middle of our list is definitely going to be a point of contention among the anonymously commenting human herpes who will, no doubt, be drawn to this content like flies to shit.
It was not an easy decision. With the zine-slash-manifesto that accompanies their Revolution Summer record, ROM codified the militant wing of suburban screamo sentimentalism. But while the vibe is right, our ranking comes down to formalism. The style Reversal of Man arguably perfected was chaotic, hypercomposed, and extreme, like if Orchid dropped the sexy philosopher Mod crap and had to live in Tampa. We can't deny the band's mighty legacy of punk feelings, but fifth is the highest we can rank a band playing a screamo microgenre.