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Emery Learning To Be Modern Rock Senior Statesmen

Of the Oakland Press

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The five members of Emery have come to a striking realization, according to frontman Toby Morell.

“We’ve been touring so long now that there are new bands we’re going on tour with who tell us we were an influence on them,” Morell, 30, notes. “We never thought that would be the case. We thought of ourselves as just a rock band. We try to write songs we like and that work.

“But now, it’s neat seeing younger guys, like 16-, 17-year-old dudes, saying, ‘I listen to you guys. I wanted to sound like that when I wrote this riff ...’ That’s really kind of a compliment.”

The Seattle by way of South Carolina modern rockers aren’t pulling out the rocking chairs and playing elder statesmen, however. Still riding the wave of positive reviews for its third album, 2007’s “I’m Only a Man,” Emery recently recorded an EP of new material that will be released later this year. And since the album finished its contract with the independent label Tooth & Nail, the group is also plotting its next move, though Morell says nothing’s been decided yet.

“We’ve definitely talked to other labels,” he says. “We love being on Tooth & Nail, but we’re open to everything. Every band should try to give it a shot and see if you can move to another level.

“We’re just trying to maintain our thing and keep it going. We’ll just see what happens and what we think is best for us.”

Emery, Mayday Parade, As Cities Burn, Pierce the Veil and Cry of the Afflicted perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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