Third String Productions Presents:


A Lot Like Birds, Jule Vera, Lightfall, above it all

Wed, October 11, 2017

6:00 pm

$15.00 - $18.00

Tickets at the Door

You should always remember your past while continuing to look forward. This is the philosophy that Emarosa embraces on their third album. For the Lexington, KY rock band what has come before is important because it has shaped them as musicians, but their new album, Versus, is what will allow them to step into the future. The album was written over the past year and recorded with Brian McTernan in Baltimore between November and January, a process that was both difficult and cathartic.

Bradley Walden was enlisted as the group's new singer last July. The chemistry between the musicians was immediate, and Bradley, a fan before joining the band, tapped into Emarosa's sensibility quickly, ready to add his own ideas to the mix. The band, whose last album, Emarosa, came out in 2010, had a few new ideas when Bradley joined, but much of Versus was penned in the studio with Brian. The process allowed the musicians the opportunity to remember how to be band again, to become re-invested in the music they can make together.

"They had worked for so long without a singer, trying everything they could, and they forgot how to be a band in some ways," Bradley says. "It took us being stuck in the studio together for seven weeks with Brian to be a band again. The recording process was really hard. That doesn't mean that the songs aren't good, but it was stressful. After we left the studio and could step back and listen, we were so proud of it. We created something that represented the struggle the band has gone to the past three years and I'm excited to be part of that."

For Bradley, who shared lyric writing duties with ER, the songs are representations of the feelings he had at the time, revealing the musicians' mindsets in the moment. There is no overall theme or message, rather an expression of emotion released in the music. "I don't always know what the songs are about when I write them," he notes. "I just let it come out. So it's cohesive but it's open to interpretation. We want people to find their own meaning in the songs and relate them to their own lives."

The album's title, too, reflects Emarosa's experience over the past few years. The musicians have fought many battles, both eternally and against themselves. It represents an uphill battle that, in the end, the band has won. That victory is present in the music itself, whether on older-feeling tracks like "American Deja Vu" and "People Like Me, We Just Don't Play" or on tracks that resonate with a new aesthetic like "I'll Just Wait," a evocative, layered rock number that surges with anthemic release.

The group, which initially formed in 2006, is already back on tour with the new songs as well. Emarosa served as direct support for Chiodos this past spring, an experience that really solidified the new lineup. The enthusiastic support of the fans was encouraging for the musicians, who were reminded of just what makes Emarosa's connection with their audience so special and unique. Versus is about a struggle, but it's also about the victory of a new beginning, one that wipes the slate clean and allows them to start again. It's a comeback that indicates even greater things down the road.

"The band had to overcome a lot of doubt and pressure," Bradley says. "It's been Emarosa versus themselves, their past and their critics. These are the first songs we've ever written together and the songwriting is the best and most mature it's ever been. It's hard for me to say if it's the best record, but I do feel like it's the best possible record we could have made and it's the best step toward the future of the band. This record is the pressure, frustration and perseverance of the past three years. This is the future of Emarosa."
A Lot Like Birds
A Lot Like Birds
A Lot Like Birds is a post-hardcore band from Sacramento, CA, known for their tendency to flawlessly blend a wide array of genres; from ambient soundscapes to aggressive punk-fueled anthems to unpredictable prog-rock freakouts.

The band was initially the brainchild of guitarist Michael Franzino. Franzino invited a couple Sacramento-based musicians and friends to perform with him, the result being Plan B, the band's debut album. After solidifying a consistent lineup, the band started to pick up buzz in the Sacramento scene, with their dynamic and energetic live shows getting rave reviews.

In early 2011, the band announced that Kurt Travis (formally of Dance Gavin Dance) would be joining the band as a second vocalist. Soon after, they signed to Doghouse Records (All American Rejects, Say Anything, The Get Up Kids) and acquired The Artery Foundation (Asking Alexandria, Dance Gavin Dance, Alesana) as management.

After signing both deals, they entered Interlace Audio Recording Studio with producer / engineer Kris Crummet (Closure In Moscow, Fear Before, Dance Gavin Dance) to record their second full length, Conversation Piece.

After it's release in the fall of 2011, Conversation Piece received praise and they were called "one of post-hardcore's most important new bands and one of the few capable of saving the scene." (-MindEqualsBlown.net).

A Lot Like Birds will spend all of 2012 on the road, taking their new album and frenzied live antics to the masses.
Jule Vera
Jule Vera
Jule Vera is a young female-fronted Indie Pop Rock band from Auburn, Alabama. Influences like The Pretty Reckless, The Killers, and No Doubt help the raw, poppy melodies and emotional lyrics fit in an artsy rock groove.
The three teenagers that make up Jule Vera met in 2010 and formed a group with a few other members to play local shows, one of which was a Battle of the Bands contest judged by the grammy nominated band After Edmund. The band won the contest because of the originality of one of their songs, which put them into contact with After Edmund frontman Mitch Parks, of Taken Productions. The band went on to record an EP with Parks, which brought three specific members of the group together, forming a totally new band with a better sound and better songs. The three decided to call the new band Jule Vera, and started playing shows from their upcoming EP in April 2013. Jule Vera's debut EP will release Fall 2013.
Venue Information:
The Dirty 30
650 Exposition Ave
Dallas, TX, 75226