Gimme 5: Octavia Variana’s Top Emo Songs


Gimme 5: Octavia Variana’s Top Emo Songs

From The Starting Line’s “What You Want” to The Ataris’ “In This Diary”.

by Ghina Sabrina


As the bassist of the nu-gaze band, Heals, Octavia Variana is also known for her laidback style and quirky illustrations. With an engaging online presence combined with a knack for bass guitars, surely she is a musician to watch out for. However, before jumping into the realm of nu-gaze, she’d been through an emo phase just like the rest of us. With that in mind, we asked Octavia about her top 5 emo songs that keep her going.

The Starting Line – What You Want
Really love the band, well, definitely because of their “Best of Me”. However, I fell for them again when they released “Direction” which I think is their best album. The reason why this song is chosen is that the guitar part on the intro is the first thing that got stuck on my mind when I think of them.

The Ataris – In This Diary

They have a couple of songs that are very memorable for me, but I choose this one because of these words in the lyrics: “Being grown up isn’t half as fun as growing up… These are the best days of our lives.” :’)

Panic! At The Disco – I Write Sins, Not Tragedies
This is their most stood up and popular song. The first time I listened to it, I started to like them immediately because this song is so catchy. I still remember how difficult it is for me to sing it because of their solid lyric.

Killswitch Engage – The Arm of Sorrow
They’re not actually emo, but the whole package of this song sounds emo for me. Besides, I love Adam Dutkiewicz’s attitude and performances.

Glassjaw – Pink Roses
I like the progression of this song and their chords sound new for me at that time. A cool cover album as well tho.whiteboardjournal, logo