On Tuesday, September 9th, Emarosa released their album Versus at Rocketown in Nashville, Tennessee. They were accompanied by Pvris and Too Close to Touch on the six-day Up Close and Personal Tour in support of the new album. A more extended tour is to follow in the fall.
For those of you who have never been to Rocketown, this show was played in a small room with no barricade or pesky security keeping the fans a minimum of ten feet away. You are able to be as close as possible. This was especially important when the band included an acoustic version of “We Are Life” in their set. New vocalist Bradley Walden mentioned that they were glad to be able to play a few small intimate shows on this upcoming tour. They interacted with the crowd and made everyone feel very welcome and seemed like they were happy to be in Nashville. The crowd was great, all incredibly excited to see Emarosa, many of whom had never seen them before. I had also never seen Emarosa live, so this small and intimate show was the perfect way to experience them. Versus is the first album recorded with Walden (formerly of Squid the Whale), who is a great fit for the band. He proved to be a great frontman and did really well with the local Nashville fans.
Overall it was a great experience for Emarosa fans and a great representation of their new album Versus.