The Webster Underground – Hartford, CT – 9.25.2017
Words and Photos by Brittany Isaacson
Last month, Emarosa released a four-song EP, 131 Reimagined, and set out on a tour across the country. Supporting acts on the bill include post-hardcore group A Lot Like Birds and alternative rock outfit Jule Vera. The third day of the tour brought the group to the Webster Underground in Hartford for an intimate show.
Two local acts opened the night, followed by Jule Vera. The female-fronted alt-rock band started the night off with songs off of their latest album, Waiting On The Sun. Vocalist Ansley Newman owned the stage with some badass vocals and ukelele. Following was post-hardcore group A Lot Like Birds. From the start, they captured the audience’s attention with their intense vocals and poetic lyrics. The melodic yet profound sound was a pleasant contrast from previous acts and complemented the headlining act as well.
Finally Emarosa was met with thunderous applause as they took the stage. Fans were singing along from the first song, and although the venue wasn’t packed to capacity, there was enough energy present to fill the whole room. Emarosa is pretty well known for putting on intimate shows and engaging the crowd throughout their entire set. This show was no exception, and by the second song vocalist Bradley Walden was sitting on somebody’s shoulders belting choruses. Not much later he carried the mic stand to the middle of the room and sang “Say Hello To The Bad Guy” to the surrounding fans.
Throughout Emarosa’s set, their soaring energy levels never faltered. It’s not often you can go to a show and be face-to-face with the band. It creates a unique experience for the fans and leaves them feeling more connected to the artists. Emarosa is a breath of fresh air in today’s scene, and you can tell they’re passionate about the music they play. Be sure to head out to one of the dates in your area!