This is a contentious question, so I’ll preface my statement by saying that not “getting” a genre as a whole is a personal weakness. The diverse array of genres that typically get lumped into screamo…I just don’t get it. It’s unpleasant to me. Is that the point? Maybe. I don’t really know. Maybe I’m inexperienced or haven’t found anything in the genre I like. Worse still, I don’t really have much of a desire to explore the genre, which is rare for me. I still give it a fair shake from time to time. It’s only right.
I don’t get pop-punk. I find pop-punk to be a contradiction. Pop music is all about going with the norm, and creating pleasant sounding music that the masses can enjoy. Punk music is all about defying the norm, and creating harsh in-your-face music. I don’t get how the two can mesh together and people enjoy it. Pop-punk just doesn’t sit well with me. The I feel the entire scene is fake, as well as the music. Ever look at a pop-punk band? They look as if they’re trying to keep the hardcore punk look, with a family-friendly attitude.
There are several genres and sub-genres that never really “spoke” to me – one of those being country-rap. Country music is meant to have a sort of rustic sound to it and a common theme among many country songs is easygoing good times. Rap music, on the other hand, tends to be less laid back and more direct in terms of lyrics and tone. Mashing two polar opposites such as country and rap creates music that seems confused as to which direction to take, which might be why I never really “got” country-rap.