Emery, The Classic Crime, The Wild Life, Peace Mercutio

Emery, the ever-evolving rock quintet originally from South Carolina that has been making its mark since 2000, is set to release its fourth full-length album, "…In Shallow Seas We Sail," on June 2, 2009, via longtime home Tooth & Nail Records. "…In Shallow Seas We Sail" picks up right where Emery's last release, the EP "While Broken Hearts Prevail" (2008) left off, both thematically and stylistically.

This fourth album continues the tradition of Emery's dual front-man format, with Toby Morell and Devin Shelton once again sharing lead vocal and bass guitar duties. Emery's fourth album combines the band's trademark screams and breakdowns, and balances these heavy sounds with catchy hooks and melodies.

The album's single, "Cutthroat Collapse," is about being in a relationship and making it your whole life, said Morrell. "These kinds of relationships usually end up in doom. The protagonist ends up calling his/her significant other and threatening to commit suicide. Such a great thing ends up in tragedy."

"I think this record is the best representation of Emery," said Morrell. "If you like Emery, this will be the record you love the most. This is our most complete album. You can listen to each individually and not get burnt out. At the same time, you will love the overall story of the record and the journey it takes you on."

The current world views, experiences and personal relationships of each individual band member contributed to the distinct sound on Emery's fourth album. "Emery's previous albums were written at completely different times in our lives. '…In Shallow Seas We Sail' is Emery, as we are now," said Morell.

Since forming in 2000, Emery has embarked upon at least three national tours per year, sharing the stage with such artists as Chiodos, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Silverstein, Alexisonfire and Hawthorne Heights. Originally formed near Greenville, S.C., Emery is now spread throughout the U.S., with members in South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, and Washington.

"…In Shallow Seas We Sail" is Emery's fifth release for Tooth & Nail Records. "The Weak's End" was released in 2004, followed by "The Question" in 2005 and "I'm Only A Man" in 2007. "While Broken Hearts Prevail…" was released in October of 2008. In addition to Toby Morrell, Devin Shelton, and Matt Carter, Emery includes Josh Head (keys, vocals) and Dave Powell (drums).

The Classic Crime

What is the Classic Crime? History is filled with heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice and martyrs who died for their cause. Whether their actions were viewed as "criminal" in their day was irrelevant. From those fighting against injustice to those who stood up for the folks who don't fit in, dying for one's beliefs or one's art is the Classic Crime.

"Music has a profound effect on the listener. It even has the power to lift spirits and change lives," reasons Classic Crime singer Matt MacDonald. "If we can see our music change a life for the better, than we've been paid in the kind of way we hope to be."

The Classic Crime's new album, "Albatross," threatens to change lives in such a way with the sheer expanse of its scope, conjuring the most brilliant moments of Brand New, Thrice and Third Eye Blind while alternately sounding refreshingly original.

The vocals are unique, the lyrics are hopeful, and the boys' hearts are all in the right place. Tours with Mest, Allister and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, as well as prime placement on the Tooth & Nail Tour with Emery and Anberlin, won't hurt.

The Classic Crime is a new take on an old rock n' roll sound for a generation hungry to be heard. Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Iggy Pop, Chevelle, Cold) helped The Classic Crime shape and hone their already considerably strong material into breath-taking anthems, proving how far they've come since their days as teenage pals.

Justin Duque wasn't one of the "cool" kids in school; never an outcast, but never quite popular. "I knew that high school was a big popularity contest and I never bought into it," he says. What high school did offer Duque was a chance to meet drummer Paul Erickson.

Duque and Erickson became fast friends and before too long they found themselves playing in a band called Orizon with bass player Alan Clark and singer Matt MacDonald. By the time guitarist Robbie Negrin came onboard, the time felt right to change the name.

The Classic Crime will leave their mark on the musical landscape with "Albatross." Don't worry about the over-saturation of bands out there. This album stands apart.

"If we are mentioned in the same breath as the great bands of the Pacific Northwest then I think that we'll have done something right," Duque says with modesty. Adds MacDonald: "We have been given a talent to write and play music and it is my hope to give that to other people. [We want] to inspire hope in other people."

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