Like many other bands that first emerged during the peak scenecore years – otherwise known as the early 2000s – Emarosa has been experimenting with their sound. Compared to their previous albums, Peach Club, merges elements of pop rock and syth-pop to create a whole new sound for the band. Emarosa has traveled a long way to get to the release of this personal pop-revolution which sounds far more like M83 or The 1975 than Glassjaw or Thrice.
With each new track, it’s clear that the direction of Peach Club transcends the band’s earlier sound while maintaining lyrical and musical integrity; staying true to Walden’s vision of writing without restriction and creating an album the band loves from start to finish. The three previously released singles from Peach Club include, “Cautious” which Billboard described as “guitar-heavy and vibrant in its synth-pop tendencies.” “Givin’ Up” which Forbes called “contagious pop hooks laced in 1980s influence.” And “Don’t Cry” which gathered love from Popcrush, DuJour and Earmilk, who called it “an anthem for the grown-up lovesick emo in us all” with “youthful angst is replaced with a more adult restraint, emotional breakdowns traded for pensive chimes, atmospheric uses of negative space in the sound design, and an overall more mellow energy.”
I would add this song to a “Coastline Driving” playlist. With its upbeat tempo and fun horn and saxophone section, it’s definitely a song that captures the carefree spirit of the young and adventurous who are just trying their best. In answer to the chorus, I think it’s enough to be a great single.
This song takes a different tone than the first with its use of negative space. This creates a sense of drama that drives the song towards the top spot as the lyrical ballad of Peach Club.
Changing gears again, “Cautious” is percussion heavy with its steady drum beat and synth cords that literally create a sense of caution. Paired with the heartbreaking lyric “ I believe in ecstasy but you might never love me” this song is definitely one of my faves.
Get Back Up
The hands down anthem of Peach Club, “Get Back Up” is sure to be a fan favorite with its main lyric “when I get back up I promise you I can be great”. This will be my morning alarm from here on out.
I love the emotion and miss this song every time it ends. As bittersweet as the lyrics are, Emarosa has managed to create a great dance pop song that will definitely be stuck in your head kind of song.
Help You Out
I want to experience this song live and fully immerse myself in Bradley Walden’s voice. Paired with the groovy beat of the bridge I’m sure it would be an amazing experience.
I enjoyed the change in tempo for this song. It’s sower acoustic melody was a nice change in pace this far into listening and it’s melancholic lyrics were better appreciated because of it.
Hell of It
This song is the perfect mix of pop and rock, but lyrically, it relies on its title line “I did it for the hell of it” a little too much. After the complexity of the other songs, this one remains as an afterthought for “Get Back Up” and a strange transition for me into the beauty of the next song. I suppose it really was placed here, for the hell of it.
How can I be comfortable after listening to this beautiful composition? I don’t know. The mixing of minor and major chords throughout the song pair well with the lyrics of deception and lies, leaving the listener with mixed feelings.
“I could fall apart right now but I want to die with you” is Emarosa’s morbidly sweet, lyrical equivalent to Death Cab for Cutie’s, “ I will follow you into the dark.” A lovely sentiment that stays true their scenecore roots but with a pop twist.
As the closer, this song sums up the overall theme of melancholic despair that emanates from each song of Peach Club.
In the end, regardless of whether you enjoy Emarosa’s new direction in sound, Peach Club, is a great pop rock album that is sure to see mainstream success. I will end this review with a piece of wisdom from the Emarosa frontman himself, Bradley Walden, “be a fucking fan. love music, scream at shows, take a picture, tell your friends, shake trying to take a photo. we all did that too. don’t be embarrassed of joy”.