Friday, June 21, 2013

EMILY'S ARMY TO PLAY WARPED TOUR POMONA TODAY

If you are headed out to Pomona Warped Tour Day 2 today, we would like to recommend that you make a point of checking out Emily's Army. While the name may not be familiar, Emily's Army may be the youngest band on Warped Tour this year, but having your album produced by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day fame automatically adds a cachet and curiosity factor that cannot be denied. For details on the band, check out this recent press release:

The boys from Oakland, CA will return this year fresh from releasing their new album, Lost At Seventeen, released on June 11th and produced by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 

Lost At Seventeen focuses on the inescapable uncertainty we all feel as teenagers as best displayed in the title track "Lost At 17" and single "Avenue" which induce immediate nostalgia of what it feels like to have your whole life ahead of you and is the follow up to the Emily's Army's 2011 debut Don't Be A Dick which was praised by everyone from Alternative Press who called the album "overwhelmingly tight and poppy" to Entertainment Weekly who applauded the album's "raggedly sharp guitar licks." What stands out the most on Lost At Seventeen is the band's rapid growth as musicians and songwriters. Equal parts scuzzed-out Oakland garage punk and sunny California surf pop, Lost At Seventeenshowcases the band's knack for crafting hook-driven, smart pop punk anthems that most strongly call to mind the band's primary influences Operation Ivy, Ramones, The Clash and The Replacements.

Emily's Army is comprised of Cole Becker (vocals/guitar), Max Becker (vocals/bass), Travis Neumann (guitar), and Joey Armstrong (drums). The band's name comes from Max and Cole's teenage cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily's Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization in their cousin's honor. At a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emily's Army is a breath of fresh air. Emily's Arm will be the youngest performers on their stage this summer. 

Check out the video for "War", which premiered over at Guitar World, HERE. You can also stream the full record on Rolling Stone HERE.

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