Despite the fact that Emery‘s touring efforts have been scarce as of late, the Seattle Christian post-hardcore band has been pretty good with keeping themselves busy through their constant social media interaction with fans.
Tonight a few big announcements came from their Facebook page, including more tour dates, the departure from the band’s 10+ year label home of Tooth & Nail Records, the controversial re-branding of Matt, Toby, and former bassist Joey Svendsen’s faith-based blog, UN-learning, and the launch of the band’s new label, Bad Christian Music.
While short, the band’s upcoming tour commemorating the ten year anniversary of The Weak’s End is shaping up to be a memorable one. After already taking in the fact that the band will be performing with original vocalist Devon Shelton and are offering plenty of worthwhile pre-order ticket packages, the inclusion of The Classic Crime’s Matt McDonald, This Wild Life, and Peace Mercutio opening on the bill is a major plus.
Follow the jump to see the updated tour itinerary and to read a snippet from the blog post explaining the the recent changes.
Like Charles Barkley said, “I am [We] are not role models.” We (Emery) are messed up guys who play music.
As a band, we have always strived for transparency and honesty. While this has made for good music and lyrics, it has also brought forth much controversy. We have purposely steered our music careers away from churches in favor of playing in what Christians call “secular bars and clubs”—what we call “normal places.” Yet we have always and will continue to sing about our lives and who we really are. So naturally our lyrics will include Jesus. This pursuit of being real has resulted in a lot of anger from those that see us as squandering our platform of positive influence and from those that simply want us to stop talking about all this “religious bullshit,” as they put it.
In short, a common theme and belief of ours is that the pursuit of being a “good Christian” is a flawed goal, as it circumvents and distracts the pursuit of Jesus Christ himself. We liken the pursuit of being a “good Christian” to what the Bible would label as being a good Pharisee. We prefer to label followers of Jesus as Bad Christians who fortunately have a Great Savior. We also believe that Jesus grows, changes, and makes people better. As Jesus pursues change in our hearts, our most effective response is BEING HONEST and transparent with our weaknesses and struggles. Through Bad Christian, this is what we intend to personally do—and encourage others to do the same.
10/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/26 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
10/28 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Balcony
10/30 – New York, NY @ Studio
10/31 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
11/01 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter