Rites of Spring photographed by Dischord

Rites of Spring

Average Rating:

Hometown: Washington, DC (USA)


Short lived Washington D.C.–based hardcore band often credited with ushering in the first wave of American emo, along with Dag Nasty and Embrace.

Together from 1984 to 1986, the band included vocalist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty who would eventually join Embrace and Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye to form Fugazi.

Related Bands

Fugazi, The Faith


Rites of Spring End on End

Rites of Spring

End on End (1985)


Related News

LA Weekly posts top 20 emo albums list
Having tackled punk and hardcore, LA Weekly has now put together their top 20 emo albums of all time for which 15 bands are responsible:…
October 11, 2013
LA Weekly unveils their top 20 hardcore albums list
Just over a month after their punk list, Los Angeles Weekly has put together a hardcore list. It's pretty obvious linkbait, but the response to their last list almost guaranteed that they'd do another one and that we'd post it. That…
August 29, 2013
Rx Bandits: "Falling Man" (Blonde Redhead)
Rx Bandits have posted the second song from their upcoming covers EP. The band tackled Blonde Redhead's "Falling Man." The original song comes from 2004's critically acclaimed…
June 07, 2013
New York Magazine on the state of modern punk
New York Magazine has put togther an article and some statistics about what they describe as the modern state of punk rock, at least based on a survey of self-identified punks. Some notable - and probably not surprising - statistics tell that…
April 29, 2013
Punknews Podcast: The week of October 9th, 2012 with Chris Farren
This week on the Punknews Podcast, Bryne Yancey and Adam White are joined for the entire roundtable by Mr. Chris Farren of Fake Problems. Chris brings his sweet Floridian wisdom to stories like the Ataris flying drum freak out,…
October 12, 2012
Punknews Podcast: Dischord to release 'Six Song Demo' from Rites of Spring
Dischord Records has announced plans to release some previously unavailable material from legendary hardcore/emo pioneers Rites of Spring. Two members of the band - vocalist/guitarist Guy Picciotto…
September 19, 2012
Punknews Podcast: The Onion AV Club dissects the roots of emo
The Onion AV Club has put together a detailed article looking at the roots of emo. The article attempts to find the value in the much maligned genre by looking back at the forefathers like Sunny Day Real Estate, Rites of Spring, Jimmy Eat World, Mineral, Pixies,…
April 30, 2010
Editors' Picks: Tight / Spanish Bombs
Justin: Back in the 90's, Moon Ska put out a series of fantastic compilations called Skarmageddon. There were four installments of this, I believe, covering the best up and coming small bands of that genre, including bands like Spring Heeled Jack USA, Less Than Jake, the Rudiments and more. While the heyday of porkpie hats and checkerboard tattoos may be gone, many of those songs still stick with me to this day. One of which is by a band called…
January 27, 2007

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go