Latest release: Speaker of the Dead (Victory/Riot!)
US deathcore band Emmure is one of the most polaring acts currently in circulation. It seems that unless you’re a fan, there’s only nothing short of hate to offer them. The five piece were due to tour Australia just before the release of their latest album Speaker of the Dead, which has since lobbed into the BIllboard Top 100, but the shows were cancelled almost at the last minute. We here at Loud caught up with vocalist Frankie Palmeri a couple of weeks back to ask him about why they didn’t make it here, and how Emmure reacts to apparently being extremely disliked by so many.
Q: Well Frankie, what happened? You guys were supposedly to be down here a little while ago and it didn’t happen.
A: Sadly our flight plans got delayed and so nothing really happened. But it should be rescheduled soon.
Q: So what plans are there to come back and see us?
A: Nothing that I can definitely say is concrete right now, but I would think maybe before September or something like that we’ll be down there to make up for lost time. Hopefully soon!
Q: Emmure is a band that people either like, or really, really hate. And I mean really hate. What do you think about that?
A: I think it’s amazing. I would rather people be passionate either way than have no opinion at all. It’s better to have everyone having a strong opinion than none at all.
Q: Do you feed off that, when you see so many haters? Does it have an effect on what you do and how you write?
A: I wouldn’t say it’s a negative thing. I think it’s pretty inspiring for us that so many people are turning their heads… like I was saying before, whether or not people are loving or hating it, both are pretty strong emotions to have about a thing. I think the haters need to realise that they have been such a huge part in our success.
Q: What did you do differently this time when you went in to work on the latest album?
A: Personally for me, being the voice, I was really just more comfortable doing what I wanted to with the songs. Rather than trying to constantly throw a wrench in the gears or see if I could make some kind of new thing happen for the band, we focused on all our really strong points, and that’s what made the record come out the way it did.
Q: And how has the reaction been to it so far?
A: Obviously, everyone’s a critic. If people are reviewing the record we really appreciate it. Even if people want to give it a really bad review, we appreciate that.
Q: Is there anything you think you might do differently next time?
A: I think it’s too early to say. We don’t want to have anything that’s premeditated. We just like to go with what feels right at the moment. We’re ones to definitely follow a good feeling. So I think our next record, we’ll all just get together and follow a good feeling one more time and keep the party going. Because that’s what we do, we try to have fun with our music. And if we’re enjoying our music, we think we did a good job.
Q: So what does the immediate future hold for Emmure now?
A: We’re just about to hit the road again so we’re all putting our game faces on, getting the setlist ready, just doing things that a band of this calibre should be doing at this time. We’re getting our act together and focusing on the future. Not being able to go to Australia was a bum-out for us, we really wanted to be there for everybody. But the time we had off, being able to watch the record grow, was really the best thing for us. To sum it all up, we’re just hanging out and we’ll get back to it real soon.
Q: What’s the biggest thing you have coming up?
A: I think everything’s pretty big, to be honest! Right now, besides trying to reschedule Australia we’re gonna hit the States with a band called Asking Alexandria. Both of our bands are doing really well right now everywhere we go. Other than that we’re heading to Europe with our friends Winds of Plague and hopefully Europe shows us the love they did last time. Apart from that, I can’t really divulge much else, because there’s a couple of things that are definitely in our stars right now.
Q: How did you enjoy being in Australia the last time you were here?
A: Last time we were there we were lucky enough to be there with Machine Head and Hatebreed and Bleeding Through and it was an awesome experience to be sharing the stage with bands like that, especially being in Australia for the first time. We were very thankful for the opportunity.
Q: What’s it like going out there with bands like Machine Head or Bleeding Through, when you have a short opening slot instead of what you would otherwise be used to?
A: I would say it’s kind of like when you’re going to a party, and you have to respect the host. You don’t want to step on their toes, you don’t want to make a mess. You want to have a good time but you want to respect that of the other party you went to. Machine Head invited us to their party and I think we had we had a great time with them and both parties appreciated each other’s company. So it was an awesome experience and we hope we get the chance to roll with them again.
Q: You probably played to a lot of people who may not have ordinarily seen you. The next time it will be your own show in front of your own crowd, so that will of course be a different thing.
A: This time it’ll be us throwing the party and it’ll be a totally different vibe. We definitely got really lucky playing to people who wouldn’t normally see us or even hear of us maybe. So I really can’t say how awesome the experience was, and how cool Machine Head was also. And I really want to thank anyone who might have been there to see us!
Q: And finally what are you looking forward to the most about coming Down Under one again?
A: Realistically, I’m looking forward to being there with the fans who we may not have been able to connect with last time we were there. Hopefully they’ll be able to party with us and have as much fun with us as we’re going to have.