Rites of Spring was a post-hardcore band that formed in 1984 in the burgeoning Washington D.C. hardcore scene. Band members include Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty, both of whom later joined Fugazi, and Mike Fellows of Silver Jews and Royal Trux. Rites of Spring released their eponymous debut album on Dischord in 1985, which was produced by Ian MacKaye, then of Minor Threat and later also Fugazi. Rites of Spring is often credited with starting the “emo” genre, although Picciotto calls emo “the most retarded term ever” and refuses to take credit. The group broke up in 1986, having played only fifteen concerts.
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