Emery | Exit/In | Nashville, TN
Emery’s tour with He Is Legend, The Bad Christian Podcast, and Vocal Few stopped in Nashville for a night of high energy and fun at Exit/In. Chase Huglin was added to the bill last minute, and started the night off with easy going acoustic songs. While he played, a small crowd milled about the venue, as the majority of the audience arrived later in the evening.
Vocal Few delivered jubilant, simplistic sing along style music. While they normally perform as a husband-wife duo, Dan Koch of Sherwood joined the two piece on bass, and they had a drummer perform on a few tracks as well. Vocalist Matt MacDonald joked that he and Kristie MacDonald were used to performing in people’s living rooms, and Koch joked that “Vocal Two” became “The Vocal Few” for the evening.
Watching a live podcast isn’t a regular opportunity, and this was actually my first time seeing one in action. The experience was fantastic! Everyone was engaged and laughed along to the various jokes throughout the segment. The podcast is hosted by Toby Morrell, Matt Carter, and Joey Svendsen, all current / former members of Emery. They talked about their new album, Eve, and brought out an old tour friend, Kenny Bozich to chat about memories from the road.
A handful of people towards the front of the crowd were headbanging and throwing up the horns as He Is Legend worked through a packed set list, which included their new single “White Bat” which was released on Halloween.
Vocalist Schuylar Croom hardly stopped moving for the entire duration of the band’s set, which included “The Creature Walks” and “I Am Hollywood.” It can kill the vibe when the audience is a bore, and the majority of the crowd simply stood still which was a bummer, as the band’s high energy drive deserved a better response.
By the time that Emery took the stage Exit/In had filled up with fans eager to see an old favorite. Emery have been around for 17 years, having gained fans around the world along the way. With nearly two decades of experience, they know how to own the stage. Their energy is sincere, and as they look like a group of friends simply having fun, and living out their dreams.
They switched things up and slowed the set down with the addition of an acoustic guitar for “Streets Of Gold” off of their new album. Meanwhile old favorites like “Studying Politics” and “The Ponytail Parades” kept the momentum going. This was a solid tour package, and the addition of having a live podcast was a nice change. If you’re an old fan, or new to their music, Emery are a band that you’ll want to experience in a live setting — their stage presence doesn’t disappoint!