11 Songs, 39 Minutes


Pop hooks and skintight rhythms give new life to their bracing post-hardcore songs.


Pop hooks and skintight rhythms give new life to their bracing post-hardcore songs.


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
80 Ratings
80 Ratings


I just saw Emarosa in Houston at Warped and I must say they brought more energy than half the "big bands" did. All their new stuff they played was great. Bradley Walden is my vocal range goal. Would recommend this album to everyone.



While I typically lean towards heavy music, and Emarosa’s original post-hardcore sound was even a little too light for me, but I became addicted to their lyrics and originality. While I know most are Craig fans, I actually loved it when Walden stepped in for Versus and thought that the sound was really fresh. While style wise I’m not as much of a fan of 131 as I am of Versus, I still think that this is the more true sound to the band and is the direction they needed to go to. This is an extremely emotional and raw album and it is done exceptionally well as far as the musicianship, writing and vocals go. Overall looking at it from a music standpoint in general, I think it is their best work to date, even if it’s not to my typical taste. I don’t think the production quality is as good as it could be, but I’ll let that slide.



Anyone who thinks this album isn't worth the money is mistaken. Fans of Jonny might be disappointed but if you loved Versus don't hesitate to buy this.

About Emarosa

Emarosa is a post-hardcore band from Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 2006 by Chris Roetter (vocals), ER White (guitar), Will Sowers (bass), Lukas Koszewski (drums), and Jordan Stewart (keyboards), the band recorded its seven-track debut EP, This Is Your Way Out, in 2007, along with rhythm guitarist Madison Stolzer. The band signed with Rise Records for its full-length debut, 2008's Relativity, which featured new vocalist Jonny Craig (formerly of the Rise Records-affiliated band Dance Gavin Dance) replacing Roetter, and guitarist Jonas Ladekjaer replacing Stolzer. The album introduced elements of R&B and alternative rock to the band's sound, and proved popular in the post-hardcore underground, selling well enough to break into the Billboard 200 albums chart and also register on the Heatseekers chart.

The self-titled Emarosa album from 2010 outperformed the band's debut, peaking at number 69. In 2011, after parting with Craig, Emarosa recruited Tilian Pearson from Tides of Man. Even when Craig returned for a brief stint in 2013, it was not for long; he left to form Slaves, and Bradley Scott Walden of Squid the Whale became Emarosa's permanent vocalist. The band began recording late in 2013, and emerged in September 2014 with Versus, its highest-charting album to date, peaking at number 61 on the Billboard 200. Both Ladekjaer and Koszewski amicably departed Emarosa shortly afterward. Touring rhythm guitarist Matthew Marcellus (This or the Apocalypse) and drummer Branden Morgan were recruited as replacements in 2015. After Sowers left the group, Emarosa signed with Hopeless Records. Their first release for that label was 2016's 131. 2017's 131 Revisited EP saw the band drastically rework four songs from their 2016 full-length. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Lexington, KY




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