Third String Productions presents:

Sold Out: Emarosa

sunsleep, Life After Youth, Offended By Everything, Golden Week

Tue, February 5, 2019

7:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

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."
Venue Information:
The Prophet Bar
2548 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226