Emery - The Glass House - 7/23/12

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Emery
The Glass House
7/23/12

There are some bands that keep a core following no matter what  music trends happen to be in at the moment. Last night at the Glass House in Pomona, post-hardcore quartet Emery proved that they can still attract that kind of fan base. Many of the scene kids that grew up with them have matured into scene adults since the height of their popularity in the early '00s, but they've managed to stay true to the music all these years. Even though it was the songs and not necessarily the popularity of the scene that brought the fans to the gig, there were still plenty of asymmetrical haircuts and eyeliner to go around.  

Unfortunately, the opening bands didn't do much justice to Emery before they had gone on stage. In fact, Eighth City Takeover was probably the worst band I'd heard all year. The lead singer's vocals were completely off, even squeaky at some points--as if his voice was still battling puberty. Although there were some younger kids wearing the band's t-shirts, appreciation for their sound of this L.A. five-piece seems destined to stay at the teenage level. They were followed by metal/hardcore hybrid My Children My Bride who delivered an okay set, nothing really spectacular in spite of their rollicking stage presence.  

The crowd was starved for Emery by the time they hit the stage. The band's energy was something that none of the other bands could match, partly because of the strength they absorbed from the crowd, who spent most of the show straining their vocal chords to copy the lyrics of singer Toby Morrell. Even the new song "I'm Not Here for Rage I'm Here for Revenge" was executed without a fan missing a beat. The band also ripped through a large selection of songs from their old catalog, including "The Party Song" and "The Cheval Glass."

As a unit, Emery turned in a pretty riveting stage performance. However, Keyboard player and lead screamer Josh Head was probably the most rambunctious--flailing his mic around he was Roger Daltrey, climbing on the drum kit and banging his head so hard, he seemed destined to slam it into his keyboard. Though the band is often labeled as a "Christian" act, the fact that their band has an occasional religious bent was hardly a focal point of their set--though they can still command a pretty lively congregation. If anything it was nice to see a band exhibit some true passion on stage last night for a change, no matter what spirit may have inspired it. 

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2 comments
pat0730
pat0730

Your observation regarding Eighth City Takeover could not be further from the truth.  Constructive criticism is always something one should hear for self improvement, but your derogatory remarks were not only unnecessary, but were also very unprofessional for someone representing OC Weekly.  There are ways to get your opinions across without being offensive.  Unfortunately, there will always be some haters when recognition increases.  Your remark regarding “some younger kids wearing the band’s t-shirt” was inaccurate as the age group ranged from around 18 to 50+ years old.  Eighth City Takeover, as many other upcoming bands, are not only dedicated but work very hard to present their music.  For being the worst band you have heard all year, they certainly have accomplished a lot in a short amount of time.  Instead of blasting them, why not support our local bands? 

kcarreon
kcarreon

I feel that your criticism of the opening acts from the Emery show at the Glasshouse was a bit unfair. These guys, all these guys, work really hard to do what they do. You seemed to point out Eighth City Takeover a band that I am very familiar with. These guys just this year won the Vans Battle for Warped Tour and got an opportunity to play at Warped in Pomona. I'm sure you realize that is not an easy task. They prevailed over some very good bands along that path. I feel your analysis may be a bit territorial, maybe because they are not from the OC they just not make the cut in your eyes. But thanks for mentioning them anyway. I'm sure they will use your critique for fuel. And they asked me to tell you that love you no matter what!! 

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