Emarosa "Don't Cry" Single Review

It’s only 9 days into 2019 and Emarosa already has me crying.

Now I want to preface this review with the following: As a Lexington, KY native, I have a huge bias that I will admit when it comes to Emarosa. From This Is Your Way Out all the way to the present day, I’ve been jamming these guys since I can remember, no matter the lineup or the change to style. Their comeback with Bradley Walden was everything for me as a teenager. Now, in the first few days of 2019, Emarosa is already stepping up their game with the release of “Don’t Cry”’s lyric video, showing that they have no plans of slowing down.

I could sit here and give you the history of Emarosa and all the changes they have had over the years, but this is about the present. Presently, Emarosa consists of Bradley Walden, ER White, Robert Joffred, and Matthew Marcellus making up the lineup for their upcoming release of Peach Club. The upcoming album has already caused some stir within the fanbase, with people either loving or hating the direction that was revealed with the release of “Givin’ Up” and the evident pivot from post-hardcore riffs to 80’s-esque alt-pop. Many have been upset and hoping that the song was a one-off, but with the same feel to “Don’t Cry”, it’s evident that 2008 Emarosa was left in 2018 and the band was rebirthed. Cue the funeral for my Converse and flannel shirts.

While I love post-hardcore Emarosa with a passion and still scream the lyrics to “Mad” every time I’m in a car by myself with the radio up to max volume, it has to be said that it was time for a change, and it was evident. The release of 131 in 2016 was just the stepping stone, and it’s so refreshing to see Emarosa mature and doing what they enjoy rather than forcing themselves to please those of us with a little hardcore kid still inside of us. No matter what you say about the sound though, the lyrical aspect is still there and executed perfectly in “Don’t Cry”, just as it was in “Givin’ Up”.

“Don’t Cry” made me do just the opposite, honestly. It’s such a beautiful song lyrically already, and then the composition musically fits perfectly behind it to really bring it home. The underlying synth keeps the song pulsing on along with the drums, which sound amazingly mixed (I personally had some issues with the kick drum in “Givin’ Up”, but maybe it’s me being picky). Bradley still has his execution down vocally, pulling the heartstrings with emotion in his voice evident through the highs and lows. My one issue with the song, though, is that I do think the song is a bit repetitive for me to listen to it over and over. It has that easy to digest formula that is perfectly fine with me, however, I couldn’t put this song on repeat as I have with their other Peach Club single. It will still be a great crying song for me though because no matter how much Walden says not to cry, it’s gonna happen.

By Summer Hartley