BAND: Emery | INTERVIEWER: Len Nash | DATE: February 10th, 2004
First off thanks for taking them time to do an interview with us it is much appreciated.
How long has Emery been together, and who does it consist of?
Toby, Devin, Matt, Joel, Seth, Josh We have been together for two years
Is there any significance to the name Emery? If so what?
Actually it is a dark coarse stone used to polish diamonds and we thought that maybe that described us and was our purpose.
What inspires you guys to write music? How do you go about doing it?
We are inspired by life. We write about all aspects of it.
Since signing to Tooth and Nail, have you noticed any changes in the way people perceive you guys, or what they expect.
There are definitely some people with preconcieved notions about what we will sound like or be like but hopefully they will respect our music and us as people.
How has the feedback from your album "The Weaks End" (released January 27th, 2004) been?
Pretty amazing most people seem to be pretty happy with what they hear.
There has been a lot of advertising for your new site, new CD, tour and all that, is it weird seeing your name all over like that? I would think it would be quite a change.
Yes it is very surreal. The label has gotten us all over the place. They are such an awesome group of people. They are the reason you have heard of emery. That and we bring the rock. J/K
What is the reason you guys are together, what drives you daily to get up and play another show.
We love playing shows. We want to play anywhere we can and for anyone who will hear us.
How is road life, how do you deal with lodging? Do you stay at hotels, motels or just crash at open floors in the town your visiting?
There are a lot of floors we sleep on but it?s awesome that so many people open there homes to us for a night. Hotels are expensive and we are poor so letting us stay at your house keeps us out of the van. Except for Joel our Bass player that loves sleeping in the van no matter what the temperature.
How is your tour going so far, you are playing with some awesome acts. I know tour can be tough any troubles we can be praying for?
We actually haven't started the tooth and nail tour yet but we are playing with some amazing bands. You could definitely pray for us to give God our first in everything.
If you do not mind I am going to go off subject from your band, and ask a couple more personal questions.
If you could pick a verse in the bible that has changed your life, what would it be and how has it helped you?
James 1: 2-4 So many things are out there to get you and bring you down but God is strong and God is Love
What are somethings you have noticed in the present day church that you think needs to change, what are something you think are going good.
That is a big question. It seems that a lot of churches have become fraternal yet with out compassion or love. We all need to stop focusing on what we think are big sins and focus on people and our hearts. The heart of a man is where all battles are fought. Why do we so quickly want to tell people they are wrong with the assumption that we are right. Jesus was the only one that was right. I think the church is trying and they definitely have a desire to reach people. As long as churches are following God's will they are right.
Is it difficult to stay strong on the road, (meaning your relationship with God)? it seems like it would, being away from church fellowship and stuff.
Well it definitely is tough do to crazy hours, millions of temptations, and laziness. We try to do group Bible studies to keep ourselves strong and it helps us spiritually and as a band to see things clearly and to help us follow God's will and not our own.
Why do you put your faith in God?
I feel like it is His faith to begin with, that he has given to me. We are so weak as humans and I thank God so much for his daily intervention with my faith and my walk.
What does God?s grace mean to you?
Forgiveness no matter what. I can't sometimes comprehend how wonderful God is. His love will never stop. He loves us so much that he gave us the choice to love him. That is crazy.
Finally, besides the tour prayers what can people who read this be praying for you about?
That the war will end soon and that all people can learn to love with out boundaries, starting with emery.