01/24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
01/25 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
01/26 – Sacramento, CA – @ Assembly
01/27 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
01/28 – JUST ADDED Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
01/29 – SOLD OUT Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
01/31 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile
02/01 – Albuquerque, NM @ Blackwater Music
02/03 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
02/04 – Austin, TX @ The Parrish
02/05 – Houston, TX @ Walters
02/06 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
02/07 – JUST ADDED Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
First appearances can be quite deceiving, like the ethereal synths that introduce “The Cheval Glass”—opening track on Emery’s We Do What Want. After these initial few moments of calming serenity, listeners are rocketed onto a jarring collision course with some of the most pummeling music the band has ever recorded, quickly turning into a white-knuckle thrill ride destined to have fans holding on tight. It doesn’t let up much from there.
Before closing with two quiet stunners, We Do What We Want pulls no sonic punches for most of its first eight cuts, and it’s hardly an accident; from its very inception, the record was intended to provide a level of aural devastation that the veteran post-hardcore outfit, now five full-lengths into their career, have explored in the past, but never realized to this extent. With a separate acoustic release also planned for the near future, Emery opted to make their latest as face-melting as possible, and they’ve certainly succeeded.
“The overall vibe of the album is heavy, heavy, heavy. That’s what we were going for; we wanted to see how far we could take it,” says vocalist/guitarist Toby Morrell. “We wanted to make this album the heaviest thing we had ever done, and I think we accomplished it.”
Emery—which currently also includes lead guitarist Matt Carter, keyboardist Josh Head and drummer Dave Powell—made their full-length debut on Tooth & Nail Records in 2004 with The Weak’s End, followed by 2005’s The Question. The band’s ever-building momentum continued in 2007 with I’m Only A Man and 2008 with the When Broken Hearts Prevail EP, leading up to the group’s monumental 2009 release …In Shallow Seas We Sail, which captured a creative zenith for Emery that fans and critics still savor. After its release Emery toured extensively, with Underoath and August Burns Red on a fall/winter tour, before embarking on the “Scream it Like You Mean it” tour in the summer of 2010 with Silverstein, Ivoryline, Dance Gavin Dance, We Came As Romans, Sky Eats Airplane and I Set My Friends On Fire.
But as the band began work on their next effort, the seeds of change took root. Vocalist, rhythm guitarist and bassist Devin Shelton chose to take an indefinite hiatus, putting the vocal and lyrical responsibilities solely on the shoulders of Morrell, who rose to the challenge. Having completed the scorching music first, when the time came to pen words Morrell found himself in a much more pensive, ideological place than in previous sessions, and the tone of the tracks prompted a hard look inward. Other personal factors, like Morrell’s burgeoning maturity and his recently becoming a father, all play a hand in the album’s underlying message.
Band MembersToby Morell - Vocals , Guitar
Matt Carter - Guitar
Josh Head - Keyboard
Dave Powell - Drums