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DECEMBER 23, 2019

On December 12, Great Scott was packed to the brim with enthusiastic post-hardcore fans as the Frozen and Moana soundtracks blasted before and between each set. The tiny, stuffy bar fits around 200 people very snugly, meaning this sold-out show was close-quarters and hoping no one started a mosh pit.

Self-proclaimed “Pop Gods” Emarosa headlined their “The Peach Club Tour” with openers Too Close To Touch and up and coming artist Vaines as direct support. Now, as an avid fan of Emarosa, I am an entirely biased when I say that it was one of if not the best shows I’ve been to all year. The energy, the musicianship, the aesthetic--everything was amazing.

If you’re not aware, Emarosa is a post-hardcore band turned alternative pop-rock fronted by incredibly clean vocalist Bradley Walden. He is one of the most gifted vocalists in the scene, and if you haven’t checked out their latest album Peach Club, I highly recommend it. Bradley’s remarkable range, tone, technique, writing ability, and happy-go-lucky personality are, I believe, what makes Peach Club so marvelous. On this particular tour, Emarosa played the entirety of Peach Club, as well as a few of their most popular tracks from their previous albums. While their second to last album 131 and Peach Club are vastly different styles and sounds, they managed to blend their set perfectly so there wasn’t an odd gap in the old and the new, the two were always transitioned between seamlessly.

Emarosa is the best live band I’ve seen, hands down. The first time I saw them, I had no idea who they were, but I’ve never had more fun watching a band that I didn’t know before. They have such high energy, and just watching their set is an adrenaline rush. From physically flipping their bass player in the middle of a song (my jaw dropped the first time I watched them do this), to jumping into the pit, mic in hand, Emarosa is an absolute blast to watch. Their musicianship is unmatched, every member is immensely talented, and with mesmerizing frontman Bradley Walden taking the lead, every show is incredible.

Overall, the show was, obviously, amazing, if I haven’t already stressed that enough. Bradley’s voice is one of my favorites both in and out of the scene, and Emarosa as a whole is one of the best bands of our generation. I can’t wait to see them on their next tour, and check out Peach Club HERE


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