Emery is a band that has made a niche for themselves in the Christian rock and mainstream rock world. Through three albums and the new EP, While Broken Hearts Prevail, Emery has built a sturdy career on solid musicianship and an electric live show. Yesterday James spent a few minute on the phone with the band and what was discussed can be found below:
UTG: Toby, how are you doing today?
Toby: I’m doing really well, hanging out on the bus with Halo.
UTG: While Broken Hearts Prevail, your new ep, what can you tell us about it?
Toby: Our last record was our last with Tooth and Nail and we didn’t know what would happen next. So we wrote some stuff regardless of what would happen and we decided to put it out with some cool artwork and give our fans something to tithe them over.
Toby: Yes. It’ll be tied in with the EP. The album will be called, “In Shallow Seas We Sail.”
The new full length will have a vibe similar to the EP and we just wanted to tie it all together. The artwork will be similar as well.
UTG: I know for the last album, you took up shelter in a home and took a whole new, more organic approach to the recording process, do you think you’ll do that again?
Toby: Our guitar player Matt is engineering and somewhat producing the album with Aaron Sprinkle and we are pumped to work with him again. He lives in Seattle and that works great with us and it just feels good to have that place to settle in and try new things and new sounds.
Toby: I’d say most of it. It’s all about stuff we’ve gone through or experienced. Probably 90% or maybe a bit less. We come up with a topic or subject and then expand on that. We write a lot about our relationships and that’s something anyone can relate to regardless of if the story is fact or fiction.
UTG: Now, I know you’ve got some lofty fall tour plans, care to share?
UTG: With three albums down and the EP about to come out, how do you pick a set list for tour that pleases everyone?
Toby: It was awesome. We went to Mexico for about 5 days and then went down to Brazil. The kids there are so cool and excited to see a show. Promoters there are some of the kindest in the whole world and we’d rec it for anyone. Also, Brazil is so much different than South Carolina where I’m from, but it’s amazing to see the world and the different cultures. It should be required of everyone to get out and explore the world.
UTG: You’ve often taken a turn to the acoustic world, is this something we’ll hear more of, even if just acoustic rendition?
Toby: I hope so, we love doing it. It’s really neat to try it out. The best part is that its simply a different energy. When we play live acoustically we can really sing and you can hear all our parts.
Toby: As a band we always encourage people to find out what you believe in. Whether it’s sports, music, politics, or whatever. Find out what it is and research it. Learn what you love and know what you claim to believe.