Emery - We Do What We Want

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Alternative, Post-hardcore
Tooth & Nail Records
Emery
We Do What We Want
Emery - We Do What We Want Review rating:
3.5
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The title for an album has never seemed so fitting. Post-hardcore outfit Emery’s fifth full-length We Do What We Want not only boasts a chest-thumping statement, but it stays true to the ideal from start to finish. With the departure of one half of the band’s signature vocal duo leaving the band a four piece, it leaves a lot of questions to be answered by the quartet as they venture on what could be the most important record of their musical lives. Despite the adversity of losing a member, Emery deliver arguably their heaviest and most surprising album yet in We Do What We Want – without losing too much of themselves along the way.

While Emery certainly has their share of scream-backed numbers throughout their catalog, We Do What We Want certainly sees the band bringing their A-game to the table in terms of their heavier fare. “The Cheval Glass” bursts with a fury of blitzing drums and razor sharp screams until the metalcore chugging kicks in for its momentary poke into the spotlight. Does it work? Yes. Does it come as a complete shock as to you feel like you might be in an Of Mice & Men or A Day to Remember song? Absolutely. Still, they segue into a swerving chorus that is quite infectious and rather nostalgic of Emery’s sparkling post-hardcore sound. “Scissors” throws another blatant curveball as it punches from beat one with blistering double-bass and chunky guitars before boasting a driving, yet crunchy riff that will surely keep your head bobbing. “The Curse of Perfect Days” is a somber starter that apexes with a thunderous breakdown tinged with a simple, yet punching guitar kick, mixing melody with ferocity in a way that neither is too overshadowed. In a way, We Do What We Want teeters on the line of metalcore so often in the first half of the record that there almost isn’t enough of a fresh feel to this to feel like anything Emery has released before. Stay with me though – we’ve heard them get down with the breakdowns before, but not this often or this densely. It isn’t necessarily bad though, as Emery certainly has the skill and confidence to pull it all off.

That isn’t to say We Do What We Want is a barn-burning album from start to finish. Emery does take time to inject a healthy dose of their trademark melodic attack throughout this record. “Daddy’s Little Peach” hums with surreal melodies and poised drumming while the vocal melodies help drive the song forward to the huge swaggering chorus, while “Addicted to Bad Decisions” uses whirring melodies to start off with a Weezer-like feel until Emery injects a plethora of guitar melody into the mix. The start to “Addicted” throws the rest of the song off though, as it is little moments like this that turn your ears off now and then. The closing duo of “I Never Got to See the West Coast” and “Fix Me” have their ups and downs. “I Never Got” gives us some blunt lyricism to take in over the simple guitar strums, making for an emotionally purging track that could have easily been an ender for the album. “Fix Me” doesn’t quite hit as hard as a whole with the lyrics and feels more like a redux of the track before it. The placement of these two tracks together seem logical, but it brings the pacing of the album to a screeching halt when they could have moved it around a bit for a much better effect. Still, Emery show from their jagged start to melodic finish that they will in fact do whatever drives them to complete their work, perhaps even if we don’t all agree with the end result.

We Do What We Want is a solid addition to the Emery discography, showing a band nearly unmarked by the changes of the recent past. They amp up the aggression in return for a slight decline in variety, but the result is still good enough to keep you hooked from start to finish.

1. The Cheval Glass
2. Scissors
3. The Anchors
4. The Curse of Perfect Days
5. You Wanted It
6. I'm Not Here for Rage I'm Here for Revenge
7. Daddy's Little Peach
8. Addicted to Bad Decisions
9. I Never Got to See the West Coast
10. Fix Me

Emery is a post-hardcore/rock band currently signed to Tooth & Nail Records. They have performed at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois, and they have performed on the Warped Tour lineup, they also accompanied Underoath on their Australian tour in June 2007. They were also featured at Spirit West Coast's "Rock the Park" festival in Chino, California.

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