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Emmure Interview: Frankie Palmeri Talks World Tour and Intense Feelings Featured

Emmure attempts to take over the world in 2013. Emmure attempts to take over the world in 2013.


Not a lot of bands do the world tour thing anymore. Most don’t have the fan base or work ethic for that kind of undertaking. But Emmure aren’t your average band.

The east coast deathcore quintet is taking their brand of heavy music to the masses, headlining the Mosh Lives Tour throughout Europe in April and May to promote their new album, Slave to the Game. From there they head to Russia, Israel, Japan, and Australia before heading back to North America, where they’ll go coast to coast as part of the Rockstar Mayhem Fest.

He caught up with vocalist and founding member Frankie Palmeri via email to discuss the band's world tour and all things Emmure.

Rosebud Magazine: You guys have a very busy and ambitious schedule for 2013. It’s an actual world tour. You don’t see that so much any more. What inspired you guys to go for it so hard this year?

Frankie Palmeri: I think now is the time for us to start claiming our place globally as a band who is here to say and create longevity in places that a band like us are blessed to be given the chance to visit. We want to entertain fans who are not as privileged as other Emmure fans who get to see us twice or sometimes three times a year. Get while the getting is good kinda thing.

RM: What places are you most excited to visit?

FP: Hard to only name a few. There are so many new places we are going to this year; Israel, South America and Japan are a few spots I am greatly looking forward to seeing and performing in. It won't be my first time in Japan but it’s going to be my first time there with my band, so it’s certainly going to be an entirely new experience this time.

RM: Do you write while you’re on the road, or are you even thinking about the next album in the midst of all this crazy touring?

FP: I am constantly in a state of creativity and yes a new record is already on the horizon. Music is still very much a catharsis for me. When I am in the studio or getting the chance to really put songs together it’s like I have been drowning and I finally reach the surface for air. It's what keeps me alive and going. The touring will put everyone in a certain place; traveling usually does that to people. You go through so many different emotions. I am excited to see where these roads take me and how that comes out in the music.

RM: Emmure is a band that strikes intense feelings in people – they seem to either love or hate you (the hilarious urban dictionary entries on Emmure are perfect examples of this). Why do you think people react so strongly, whether positively or negatively, to you?

FP: I couldn't really tell you. What I will tell you is that we feel so lucky and fortunate to be that kind of band in today's music scene. We hope to continue that extreme polarity for as long as possible.

RM: Your lyrical themes are typically very dark, covering murder, betrayal, and generally some of the worst things life has to offer. And yet, there’s a sort of lightheartedness lurking in other aspects of the band (and even sometimes in the lyrics themselves), specifically the comic book and other pop culture references. Did you attempt to strike that balance on purpose or is it just a natural expression of the band’s personality?

FP: I hate to admit it but most of the inspiration to use comic book and video game references really came from a lack of inspiration from other areas of my life. When I can't feel myself in the music, I just can't force myself to bring myself to that place to express myself correctly. So at that point I rely on the stories and reflections I see in myself in a fictional sense.

Sometimes the matrimony of using my real life feelings coupled with the fictitious presence of these characters makes for great material. It is truly not what I set out to do. I have and still do pull references from things that I love whether it is anime, movies, games or comics, but in the past it has been very subtle and not so much the forefront. The band is in a much better place internally so luckily I won't ever have to resort to that style of writing. But I am glad there were people who enjoyed it nonetheless.

RM: Some people have criticized what they consider misogynist lyrics in your work. Where do you think that criticism comes from? How do you respond to it?

FP: I don't respond to it. Mostly because beyond it being criticism it is absolutely correct. What surprises me more is that I get asked questions like this about it.

Let me put this into perspective for you and everyone else. I am 26 now, soon to be 27. I started the band I was 16 years old. When the band started touring and I was making albums and started this whole thing I was 18. Now you take about 10, almost 11, years of dealing with females in a negative light and you are bound to get some misogynist songwriting going on.

I will say, though, if one thing is for sure, it’s that my songs are very one-sided. And they should be. Inside the music is the only place I get to be that way. Selfish and one-sided is the way I assume most people really do feel. Based on the impact my words have had on certain people there is a definite truth to that.

Both men and women deal with the opposite sex in sometimes very stressful ways. I am older now and much wiser, so my entire outlook on women and relationships is much different from when I was 16-year-old kid.

RM: Okay, on to something lighter. Who are a couple of your favorite Transformers, and why?

FP: Well my number one favorite is Soundwave. He was the most loyal and most badass of the all the Decepticons. He also carried around a whole squad of other transformers in his cassette deck upper body, which was always fascinating to me. I can relate to him a lot. On the surface you see a stone-faced, emotionless soldier, but he is carrying all these different feelings inside. He is attached to those feelings. In many episodes you will see him risk life and limb to save his companions…in a way he was saving himself.

My other favorite, who had quite possibly one of the most incredible powers of the entire Transformers cast, was Mirage. Mirage could create 3D holograms of anything and anyone. I was always intrigued by that. He is an Autobot, which is not the team I cheer for, but I can't deny he is pretty badass.

RM: What is a band or artist that people would be surprised to learn you like?

FP: I don't know. Honestly, I think people would be surprised how open-minded I am about music. I’m into everything and am down to check out anything. I think everybody should be that way, or else how would you discover new music?

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