Interview with Emmure: Hi-Haters

With an August release date set for their third Victory Records studio album, Felony, Emmure is back on the road for the summer of 2009. Fresh off the Warped Tour, the guys are now co-headlining the Thrash And Burn tour with Caliban, Suicide Silence, Maroon and After The Burial. The tour kicks off in California, treks across country then heads north on the East Coast. After ending the tour in the Midwest, Emmure and the rest of the tour package are going to rack up the frequent flier miles and skip the pond for the European Beast Fest tour. With a name like Beast Fest, I’m sure venue floors across the continent are going to become metal slaughter houses.

In an interview with Emmure singer, Frankie Palmeri, I got to pick his brain on the upcoming tours, albums and life as the singer of one of the most well-known metal bands on the scene. I became an instant fan of the metal/hardcore hybrid of a band in 2005 (pre Needlework EP) and haven’t gotten over it. What keeps me coming back for more is, on the surface, the music sounds like pure malice but with a closer listen one will understand the agony of the lyrics. I must admit my concern: Angry after all these years?

But Frankie says relax, he’s sure the album will please. Level headed and modest, Palmeri filled in the blanks on the what’s-what with Emmure.

How was Warped?

Great, we just played Cleveland; all of our shows were fucking phenomenal. We got to meet a lot of great people; it was great.

Who’d you go and check out at Warped?

Honestly, I only went to watch Bayside.

Did you ever go as a kid?

No, never.

Aw, that sucks.

It’s no big deal. I wanted more to be in a band than to go see the bands when I was growing up.

Your video for ‘False Love In Real Life,’ how’d you come up with the concept?

We wanted something that was a little more cut and dry. Not so flashy as opposed to our other. We wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing and add some sort of eeriness; you know, make it a little darker. That was it. We got these lights and did the performances. Our director, Frankie Nasso, is a really smart dude.

How’d you choose that single?

We just thought the song would be appropriate to do a video for.

Where else can the video be seen besides the band’s MySpace and YouTube?

It premiered on The Headbangers Ball not too long ago but I’m not too sure if it’s still in rotation.

Tell me about Beast Fest? Have you ever been to Europe before?

Yes we’ve been there twice. We’re going there with some good friends. They’re great guys to hang out with. They make great music.