2008 was an epic year full of side-swept bangs and all-neon everything. Most of those trends were left in the aughts, and most people would rather forget they ever embraced them, but that will never happen thanks to the internet. From bands who are still rocking it to lineups we wish would announce a permanent reunion already, check out some of the best snaps below.
The Devil Wears Prada
[Gage Young Flickr]
The Devil Wears Prada hit the road with Silverstein, A Day To Remember, Protest The Hero and Four Letter Lie in early 2008. While in Florida, the band posed for a shot on a bright blue wall after being asked not to photograph outside of Disney World.
Benji Madden, Fall Out Boy and Taylor Swift
This photo from the set of TRL is so 2008 it hurts.
[Gage Young Flickr]
VersaEmerge self-released two EPs—Cities Built On Sand in November 2007 and Perceptions in July 2008—and this photo was snapped just before the second EP’s release. The band soon signed with Fueled By Ramen and released three more EPs and a 2010 full-length, Fixed At Zero, before eventually disbanding in 2015.
[Sarah Cass Flickr]
3OH!3 rose to prominence in 2008 with the release of Want, which included their mega-hit “Don’t Trust Me.” The album introduced the masses to their wacky personas that also gave way to photos such as this one where the electro duo are nonchalantly sprawled out in someone’s garden.
[Adam Elmakais Flickr]
In 2008, Glamour Kills ruled the scene with bands rocking looks on and off stage as well as being tapped to feature in ad campaigns. In one such instance, The Maine posed outside of the former Giants Stadium where they performed as part of the three-day Bamboozle festival.
All Time Low
[Adam Elmakias Flickr]
This bowling-themed shot is one of the many iconic photos that exist of All Time Low, and according to photographer Adam Elmakias, it was quite an adventure to nail it. Due to a neighboring gas leak, the crew had to park and run six blocks in the rain to make it to the bowling alley. Frontman Alex Gaskarth is sporting a hand-etched “Sup Buzznet?” tee as an homage to the greeting the band posted via social media platform Buzznet. Gaskarth later partnered with Glamour Kills to produce a similar version for fans to buy.
Cobra Starship served as the house band for a prom-themed TRL episode (as if the powder blue suits and hot pink dress weren’t a dead giveaway) during the final year of the countdown series’ initial run.
Paramore were looking pretty dapper at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, and Hayley Williams further solidified herself as a scene style icon with this classy yet totally punk-rock look. The band were nominated for Best Rock Video for “Crushcrushcrush” but lost to Linkin Park’s “Shadow Of The Day.”