After the departure of Emarosa’s lead singer Jonny Craig, fans were left wondering what this would mean for the band. After the release of their self-titled album in 2010, Emarosa are back to work with their new lead vocalist Bradley Walden. This week they have introduced their first single “Mad” from their new album Versus that comes out later this year, leaving listeners with a good first impression from the new vocalist.
Emarosa do not stray far from the sound on their self-titled album when producing “Mad”, but Walden’s vocals dictate a new direction for the band. The vocals jump from tuneful melodies to scratchy highs that convey a strong post-hardcore style, which Emarosa had previously seemed to lose.
Although “Mad” is still toned down compared to a lot of the popular melodic post-hardcore bands like Dance Gavin Dance or letlive., the explosive spurts throughout the track revive their roots. The crescendo of the sharp refrain adds to this style but doesn’t have the hook that every music lover craves. Nevertheless, the vocal melody of the verses is the main event, flaunting the track’s smooth transitions and showing off the potential of their new clean vocalist.
“Mad” gives Emarosa a more powerful presence in their music as well. While their self-titled is more focused on harmonious instrumentals and the clarity of Craig’s vocals, this single changes gears for Versus. The balance of sharp riffs, exhilarating tempos, and ranging vocals set the amped-up pace of Emarosa’s third full-length album.
The intense theme inspires the strength throughout “Mad” as well. Lyrics like “There’s a part of me hoping you can find a better part of me” and “So won’t you save the part of me that’s broke again” convey fervent emotions in broken and lost relationships. The yearning for mending and repairing love digs deep through these complex words and adds great depth to an already powerful song.
The overall impact of the latest single “Mad” from Emarosa is impressive. They still remain true to their familiar sound, but recognize the specific talents and styles of their new vocalist and capitalize on their opportunities to progress. Although this single has its dull moments, the verses’ charming essence predicts further improvement from the new sound of Emarosa. With only one single released so far, it is hard to tell what the rest of Versus will sound like, but if these musical changes are kept up, the band’s future looks bright.