5 Questions With Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri
Emmure released their sixth studio album 'Eternal Enemies' earlier this year and unleashed both new and old tracks live while on the Rockstar Mayhem Tour over the summer. Now, the band is getting ready to tour with the Acacia Strain in November and December. We recently had a chance to chat with Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri, who spoke about the band's new album, the hardcore music scene in New York and more. Check out our interview with Frankie Palmeri of Emmure below:
‘Eternal Enemies’ -- what does that title mean to you personally?
It means a few things to me, but at the core of it, it expresses how I feel about my relationship with the world and the music industry. But it also puts a title on the band and how we are perceived by critics ... we are essentially the antitheses of heavy music.
How was it for you growing up in Queens in the local NYC music scene?
Really it started in the home first. I was surrounded by music constantly. So I guess over time it only made sense I would discover music in my own way. I don't think my geographical standing had really much to do with it. Or maybe more so what happened was I realized early on that metal and punk rock was the minority ... rap and pop music was more socially accepted and enjoyed from what I experienced growing up.
Did you go to concerts as a kid and was there one show that made you really want to be up there onstage yourself?
I was about 11 or 12 and I was brought to my first show by my older brother at the time and he had turned me on to bands like One King Down and Cipher, just bands from the New York Hardcore scene that he was into. Obviously in my efforts to emulate him I was very intrigued by the music and the lyrics. I am purposefully leaving out a huge chunk of this experience but to sum it all up after that night I knew that I wanted to relive that feeling, so that was pretty much the turning point for me.
After touring with so many bands over the years, is there one out there that you’d love to tour with that you haven’t been out on the road with yet?
Truthfully I would like to be on tours with artists who compliment our vibe. I would love to see some sort of mash up tour happen like with Die Antwoord and Limp Bizkit. But I guess things like that are too farfetched.
Emmure have been a band for more than 10 years. What’s the secret to the longevity of the band and camaraderie within the group?
Actually the only members who have been with me since the first tour are Mark [Davis] and Jesse [Ketive]. So I guess to explain that dynamic we all have a real deep passion for music and love performing. What we do as a collective including Mike [Mulholland], who joined in 2009, is what really brings us together and creates that bond. We all feed off each other and off stage that energy follows us and we have only become closer over time. It's a blessing and I am thankful.
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