It seems like this has been the year for 10 year anniversary tours; Motion City Soundtrack, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and several others have celebrated their beloved album’s anniversaries in Nashville already, and Seattle-based post-hardcore/alternative rock band Emery are up next tonight, Nov. 18 at Rocketown. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since they released The Question, one of the most influential albums of that period for fans of the emo persuasion. They’ll be accompanied by another well-known band from that era, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Christian metalcore band Forevermore and insightful indie rockers Hearts Like Lions. As with all Rocketown shows, tonight’s show is all ages, and doors open at 6 p.m. with music to start shortly after, so read on after the jump for more info.
Post-hardcore band Emery have been around for over a decade, forming in 2001 in South Carolina before making the cross-country move to Seattle to sign with veteran Christian rock label Tooth & Nail Records. While their breakout release was technically 2004’s The Weak’s End, it feels like their momentum in the emo scene really picked up with their sophomore effort The Question, which they’re celebrating the 10 year anniversary of on this tour. Emery’s style involves combining elements of screamo and hardcore into otherwise pop/alternative rock songs by alternating clean vocals with guttural screaming, but the band are also known for weaving Christian themes into their lyrics, despite their apprehension to label themselves strictly as a Christian band. Regardless of however you’d like to label them, they managed to create music that still resonates with people today, which is what’s important anyway. Listen to “Studying Politics,” the first single from The Question, below to get ready to rocket back to 2005 tonight.
THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS
Unless you lived under a rock during the mid-aughts, you’ve probably heard the song “Face Down” by Florida rockers The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus from their debut album Don’t You Fake It. If you don’t, you can familiarize yourself via the video below. The song, a conflictingly catchy pop-rock anthem containing dark and sensitive subject matter, helped them become one of the few bands in that vein land a top 40 hit. They’ve released a few more albums pretty steadily throughout the last several years, including last year’s 4 and a re-issue of Don’t You Fake It.
Bringing a much heavier energy to the show tonight are Forevermore, a metalcore outfit from Indianapolis that will entertain fans of August Burns Red, A Day To Remember and other popular bands of that genre. Though they have a few albums under their belt spanning from 2010-2012, they released Telos, their first album with a label (Solid State Records), last year, which includes the single “Wormtongue” that you can listen to below.
HEARTS LIKE LIONS
California-based indie rock band Hearts Like Lions are fairly new to the music scene; though they formed in 2011, their debut EP These Hands just dropped last year via Tooth & Nail. They share ties to the Christian genre like several bands on this bill, and their single “Stranger” even made an appearance on the Billboard Christian Rock charts, but their sound is universally alternative, with a singer whose vocals are slightly reminiscent of Manchester Orchestra. Check out another standout track, “I’m Not Running Away From This,” below.
Emery, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Forevermore, and Hearts Like Lion will perform tonight, Nov. 18 at Rocketown. The show is all ages, starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are available for $18.