Between Bradley’s soulfully stratospheric tones and the Kentucky-bred band pushing past their comfort zones, Emarosa has stuck out among the crowd with a significantly potent post-hardcore style laced with sonic spaces that you can feel deep within your bones. Fresh off of the release of an emotive music video for the single, “Porcelain”, and a U.S. tour with Anarbor and Cold Collective, I caught up with vocalist, Bradley Walden, to discuss tattoos, signing with Hopeless Records, horror films, and more.
You guys just completed your Fall 2016 Headliner tour with Anarbor & Cold Collective. Share with us one of your most standout experiences.
NYC was the first sold-out show of the tour and still stands as the best show of the tour by far. The energy was unexplainable and the crowd was right there with us the entire time. I’ll remember that show for the rest of my life.
Your recent music video release for your single, “Porcelain”, is emotive and quite intimate. Where did the conception for the video stem from?
A lot of our videos were very intense and high energy. They reflected the songs well. With “Porcelain”, we wanted to take a softer approach. It was an opportunity to showcase the more subdued side of the band. Our live show, our videos, there’s a lot of high energy constantly happening. It was nice to take a breather and let the song do its job.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about a few of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
My favorite pieces I have were done by an artist named Annie Frenzel. She’s from Berlin, tattooing now in San Antonio, TX. She worked on my hands and my neck. My hands showcase an elephant on one and a young dark haired woman on the other. My neck is a three-eyed wolf. They all symbolize something very personal to me, I like keeping that to myself.
Your fourth studio album, ‘131’, that was released earlier this year was certainly a success. Tell us about the creative process for this record.
We did the record with Casey Bates. Best decision we could have made. The process was open, ideas flying around constantly and everyone was very much on the same page. It was all done in a beautiful studio in Nashville, very open and welcoming. We all put our ideas into a bucket and with some talent and a little magic we pulled out a really amazing piece of work.
‘131’ was your first release on Hopeless Records. Tell us how your relationship with Hopeless Records began.
We hadn’t met any of Hopeless until after we signed if I remember correctly. It was a few conversations with them that really set it in stone for me. It felt like they cared. I still feel like they care. When you have people backing you and supporting you as an artist, all you can hope for us that they care. They’ve been absolutely amazing.
What do you perceive has been the key to maintaining the chemistry within the band?
Every band ever can tell you it’s not always fun or positive. I think for this band the driving factor for me is the mutual respect in our determination. The band has been through a lot and to continue through all of the adversity. It’s nice to know the people next to you aren’t going anywhere.
Tell us two of your all-time favorite horror films and why.
First, IT. I was young enough to be scared out of my mind as a young child. Following that, I think I need to be educated a bit more. I haven’t seen a horror film in a long time that really grabbed me and pulled me in.
If you could metaphorically affiliate your sound as a band to the characteristics of an animal, which animal would you choose and why?
I think it goes without saying, the fox is the obvious choice. There are so many different versions of the fox, constantly evolving. Delicate, strong, beautiful. It’s always represented the band and it always will.
What bands are you excited about in 2017? Shine the spotlight on them.
Me personally I’ve really fallen in love with the band Eyes Eat Suns. I know the band is really into Artifex Pereo right now, Too Close To Touch is also a Kentucky native that we’re close with.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
It’s been a long ride so far. I’d just like to say how grateful I am that ‘131’ has been received so well and we’re very proud of it and our fan base. Thank you for growing with us.