Posted in music | tour dates on November 25, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

The Promise Ring

As hinted at in a tweet on their new twitter last week, emo vets The Promise Ring have announced a reunion. Formed in 1995 by Davey von Bohlen while he was playing with Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring are responsible for the seminal '90s emo album Nothing Feels Good, their sophomore LP, which spawned over a decade of copycats and gave Andy Greenwald a title for his book documenting the emo movement. After the release of that album, the band began experimenting with a lighter indie rock feel, which resulted in two more albums before their breakup in 2002. Davey and Promise Ring drummer Dan Didier continued their foray into indie rock territory in the band Maritime, who recently toured in support of their fifth LP Human Hearts which came out this past April.

The band have announced two shows so far, including one in their hometown of Milwaukee, and another in Chicago at The Metro, where they played their first reunion show in 2005 for Flower 15 Festival. According to Alternative Press, these shows will be with the "formative lineup," von Bohlen, Didier, guitarist Jason Gnewikow, and bassist Scott Schoenbeck, who recorded on the band's first two albums. They also note that Dan Didier has mentioned The Promise Ring "will look into potentially doing more shows throughout 2012." They will also be releasing a rarities collection in 2012 on Dangerbird Records, which is also currently home to Maritime.

In the past week, they've posted two teaser videos to their vimeo titled "It's All Coming Back To Me" (parts 1 and 2). Check those out below...

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It's All Coming Back To Me Part 1

It's All Coming Back To Me Part 1 from The Promise Ring on Vimeo.

It's All Coming Back To Me Part 2

It's All Coming Back To Me Part 2 from The Promise Ring on Vimeo.

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Comments (71)

Ah, the ProMEHse Ring. The emo blood's on their hands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 6:04 PM

this band was the soundtrack to my freshman year at college. i saw them at the skirball center at nyu...awesome show. saw them at knitting as well if i recall...with burning airlines opening.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 6:28 PM

boardwalkin' on the boardwalk...

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 6:30 PM

remember how much these guys represented suck back in 1998?

they're back... and so are their fans!

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 6:30 PM

worse than Hitler reunion

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 6:31 PM

what's worse than a 17 year old promise ring fan?

a 30 year old promise ring fan

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 6:57 PM

man you gotta have a SERIOUS lack of self respect to want to see this reunion happen

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 7:00 PM

Puke

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 7:02 PM

what's worse than a 25 year old guy playing in the promise ring?

a 38 year old balding guy tracking down his old bandmates and getting the lawyers together in a room to reunite the promise ring

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 7:07 PM

alimony tour, 2012

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 7:12 PM

back in the 90's people were always saying, "you know, this emo stuff might sound like bullshit to you now, but in 15, 20 years it's gonna be classic and influential!"

I'm happy to report that those people are still wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 8:10 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 8:27 PM

So many snippy boring people here. This is interesting news.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 9:32 PM

"All of my beats and melodies come from a few major influences -- afropop to emo to blues."
-- Thomas Bangalter, Daft Punk, NME interview 12/20/2007 issue

"We wouldn't be who we are without the classic sound of emo. We ate all that classic stuff up."
-- Thom York, Radiohead, Spin, July 2002 issue


8:10 you are wrong as usual.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 9:42 PM

Get Braid aboard and I am there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2011 10:28 PM

9:42 Daft Punk are just computer programmers w/ suits and lights

And I thought Thom Yorke invented EMO

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:11 AM

Haters gonna hate

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:35 AM

listen to this bands records... they suck

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:37 AM

it's funny how all these mid nineties crap band reunions are dreamt up by the same PR firm.

even funnier how defensive their agents get when internet commenters aren't psyched about the reunions.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:41 AM

Promise Ring influenced nobody except other shitty emo bands

Thom Yorke was joking, dumbass. Radiohead predates emo by several years.

And if you took that Daft Punk quote at face value you really should quit your job as an indie rock industry PR agent, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:44 AM

you can pretty much presume that if a serious artist is talking about emo, they're poking fun.

it's an embarrassing joke of a genre.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:48 AM

Emo was where the bourgeoification of indie rock really took hold

Now those clean cut emo teenagers with their tidy haircuts are all growed up and working in finance or whatever... and they want their nostalgia fix

Enter: emo reunions

(puke)

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 1:17 AM

Emo Shmemo. I love this band.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 2:02 AM

fuck yall..
this band earned it. before brooklyn vegan was even a hummus seed of semen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 3:20 AM

these guys sucked especially in a scene where everybody sucked.

that's achievement

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 3:47 AM

what kind of person follows "Promise Ring" on twitter

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 3:56 AM

I wish they were reuniting closer to National Emo Kid Beat Down Day.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 8:15 AM

nothing feels good is one of the best albums of the 90s. ill listen to that any day over animal collective and atlas sound.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 10:33 AM

newsflash 1033:

"fondness for things that remind you of when you were young" ≠ "taste"

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 10:58 AM

thom yorke is by no means referring to the promise ring

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 11:20 AM

@ everyone under 30 posting negatively on this - It must suck being 19 and not hearing any kind of music in it's original incarnation. Genuinely.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:41 PM

do these dudes have any hair on their chests?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 12:52 PM

emo shitbags

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 1:09 PM

FACT: 3/4 members of The Promise Ring look exactly like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 1:16 PM

I get the feeling that a lot of the people posting "negatively" about this where right there when this emo crap happened the first time.

I was, and it sucked. Still does. Actually worse now, because the "fans" don;t have the excuse that they're young and impressionable anymore.

It just sucks ass.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 1:49 PM

12:44 - troll victim Lulz

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 2:10 PM

Jeez guys, it's not like were talking about my chemical romance or something, these are hardly the worst offenders.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 2:47 PM

BED WETTERS

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 4:28 PM

This is what happens after a few generations of breeding with first cousins.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 4:47 PM

emo kids havin kids

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 6:55 PM

butt fucking awful then, motherfucking terrible today

emo rock is nearly as bad as christian rock

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 7:10 PM

these guys should be in prison for how many 13 year olds they fucked on tour back in the day

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 8:04 PM

Top Photo caption -

"We are laughing at all of you that still think we are talented. Cuz we're not."

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 8:38 PM

I loved this band when I was 17. I still love them. I'm going to go to the show and feel really really weird because I had to arrange for a baby sitter, but, you know what? I don't care.

Posted by Tim | November 26, 2011 8:42 PM

no adult should be interested in seeing this band, and no children are old enough to remember them... so why are they reuniting?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 8:42 PM

These guys opened up for Bad Religion on a tour for "New America" for some reason, and it was the first time I'd ever seen a band legitimately booed offstage. It was uncomfortable, yet rewarding.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 11:19 PM

8:42 you care enough to tell BV readers about this. It is time to tell your therapist.

The therapist can make you well again.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 11:44 PM

the origins of jockemo

they were the fucking worst

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:05 AM

The Promise Ring were one of the greatest bands of the 90s. Fuck all the haters. Go listen to Toro y Moi and jack off to pictures of Zooey Deschanel and Avey Tare you fucks. Seriously, go fucking die.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:29 AM

Why are they reuniting? I'll tell you why:

BECAUSE THEY WERE A GREAT FUCKING BAND, THAT'S WHY.

Fucking assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:30 AM

they were terrible, seriously

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:53 AM

I downloaded and checked out their big album because of this post

it's really bad

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 4:13 AM

sounds like 8:42 needs a baby sitter and a new record collection

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:59 AM

I'm really excited about this. My tastes have changed considerably since I first discovered this band, but I'll always have a place in my heart for them. Here's hoping for an NYC date!

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:29 PM

Do emo kids enjoy hummus too?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:30 PM

all jokes aside...

Nothing Feels Good and Very Emergency are both two near-perfect records, emo or not. the pop songwriting on VE is some of the best.

hoping the unreleased stuff on the rarities collection leans towards that and not towards Wood/Water

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 1:55 PM

who's joking? promise ring were hacks. they suck(ed)

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:25 PM

one of the best and most underrated bands of the 90s. if you disagree, that's fine. but if you're one of these assholes calling them "hacks", you can go fuck yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 4:48 PM

"jockemo"? what the fuck does that mean?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 4:49 PM

lots of trolls here, nothing better to do ?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 5:21 PM

Very Emergency was not a near perfect record. In fact, aside from Deep South, it's terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:14 PM

this band = not worth talking about

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:40 PM

underrated? are you kidding? these little mama's boys were hyped from their first minute.

they are some the most overrated no talents in the last 20 years

they were trailblazers in label-driven teenybopper commercial emocore ... a scourge that's still haunting us today in the form of "fueled by ramen" and the like.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:52 PM

just checked this out:

Promise Ring "Deep South"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfeq4aCLptw

it really blows guys.

I mean seriously, what the fuck are you talking about "best bands of the 90's"???? this shit is just lame

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:04 PM

Wood water= no good... all previous Promise Ring albums are really good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 9:53 PM

cashin in (again and again)

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 6:13 AM

these guys woulda made more money if they'd just been out about being christians

the music sounds like christian rock anyway

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 7:10 AM

This band must have some serious indie/underground cred. This is the first time I've even heard of this band, so I was surprised to see this many comments.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:53 AM

quite the opposite 10:53am!

these comments are all about how emo was terrible in its day and hasn't aged well

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 7:16 PM

I would go see this! They weren't that great, but they wrote some songs that meant a lot to a 17-18 year old me. As long as tickets stay below, say, $25, and they play in Toronto, I would definitely go see this. I don't know why there's so much hate.

Posted by Matthew Poirier | March 12, 2012 2:01 PM

I gotta say I like the promise ring.

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 3:59 PM

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