On the Tour Bus with Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is and Cobra Starship

June 7, 2007 3:12 PM ET

In our ongoing efforts to tell you how emo guys really live, we caught up with Fall Out Boy, the Academy Is and "Snakes on a Plane" dudes Cobra Starship at the New York stop of the catchily-named Honda Civic Tour. Not all emo bands are created equal -- some get two buses, and some get a couch with holes in it; some get master bedrooms and others get closets. But that didn't stop any of the bands from cramming as much as they could fit onto their buses for the two-month trek with +44 and Paul Wall.

Check out the photos to find out which band member gets gifts of cereal, which band finds alcohol behind every door and whose closet is full of dresses here.

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