We recently met a really exciting new band all the way from the other side of the world in Australia, who tell us they’ve been described as Alexisonfire meets Every Time I Die meets letlive. At which point, our minds melted.
Adelaide-hailing Emecia are far too modest to cast such assertions, instead referring to themselves as “just four dudes who like to make music, got together, hit the road and got sweaty.” This may well be true but it doesn’t do justice to their awesomely heavy brand of metal meets post-hardcore, which Scott describes as “an organised chaos.”
The quartet of Scott Middlin (vocals), Trevor Lehmann (guitar), Ben Craven (bass) and Pete Beveridge (drums) have been around the Australian scene for several years, supporting the likes of Bless the Fall, Like Moths to Flames, The Color Morale and Chiodos along the way, and it’s surely time the rest of the world knew.
They also list the likes of Norma Jean and Architects among their main musical influences, which again can only be a good thing in our book, and Scott describes their music as being about “Life, experiences, pain, love, beauty, death.”
Last year’s single Even If It Kills Us personifies the huge energy, massive riffs and awesome sound of Emecia. Opening up with big guitars and driving drums everything drops out bar an awesome low-tuned guitar riff. Fusing screamed vocals and blistering guitar riffs with big, passionate, melodic choruses there’s more than a little of, for me, the awesome sound of Beartooth about this huge track. Check it out for yourself below:
The heaviness is ramped up a notch with some huge screamed vocals that lead into a flying guitar solo on Squaring the Circle, from the band’s 2013 debut EP Pariah.
Their most recent single Legacies opens up with a funky guitar riff then flies into a huge opening verse then big bouncy riffs with huge driving drums. Big melodic choruses are contrasted by Scott’s huge screams through the second verse before diving back into the melodic chorus. A moment of calm follows before being smashed open by screams and a blitz of guitars. Check it out in the video below:
This is only the second band we’ve met from Australia, but from what we’ve heard it sounds as though the rock and metal scene down under is in a good place. On their homeland, Scott tells us: “Australia is a great play for rock /punk / metal. We have many heavy venues and festivals. We have been lucky enough to be apart of some.”
The band is currently in the studio, so the good news is that there’ll be more new music to come later this year.