Honeywell - “You And Me”
It’s a shame more people don’t know about Honeywell, easily the most over-the-top and clamorous of the sort of “proto-screamo” groups that started popping up around San Diego and San Francisco in the early-mid ’90s. Honeywell were from the suburbs of L.A. (a city producing more powerviolence bands than emo bands) and they played a little differently from their San Diego/Bay Area counterparts, so I imagine their relative obscurity is due in part to their being somewhat alienated from the “scene”. And by all accounts they didn’t associate themselves with the whole emo thing at all and didn’t really want to be a part of it.
But ten years later it became clear that some kids had been listening to Honeywell as the style these California bands developed spread to the east coast and “screamo” established itself as a distinct genre. Orchid and Reversal of Man at the very least were obviously very influenced by this record. They didn’t have as big an impact as, say, Swing Kids, or Portraits of Past, or Heroin, but Honeywell definitely have their place in history.
Listen to it, it’s insane. This was released in 1993! Nirvana were still around when this came out!