Palmeri: Emmure 'Stuck Out Like a Sore Thumb' on Warped Tour
The Queens, N.Y.-bred metal band Emmure played only a week on this year's Warped Tour, but it was enough to make singer Frankie Palmeri a fan of the festival.
"Warped Tour was excellent," Palmeri told Noisecreep. "We got to play in front of tons of people. A lot of our fans came out and showed support. It really made an impact, as far as Warped Tour goes. It was really special to be such a heavy band playing a festival that was so eccentrically diverse. There were so many different kinds of genres and bands and things going on all at once. To have all those people watching us, it was really something else."
This year marked the first time Palmeri had been to the festival, dubbed 'summer camp' by participating bands.
"It was definitely, like, a great experience for me to be in the same place as all those other great bands," Palmeri said. "To have all those other people really interested in what we're doing, being the heaviest band there, it was definitely something else.
"I think we stuck out like a sore thumb, but I think it worked out in my favor. We would have our crowd explode. We exceeded the capacity for the space we were given. People were turning heads just on that. We really needed the chance to reach new people and Warped Tour did it for us."
Besides bonding with fans, Warped Tour gave Emmure a chance to make friends with fellow bands. Nightly barbecues gave the act, which releases its new album 'Felony' on Aug. 18, the opportunity to do so.
"There's a band that's picked to barbecue for the tour for a week or something like that, or a few days," Palmeri said. "That band is basically the host. They have a Pabst Blue Ribbon huge grill that I think was given to them. It was sweet. They make drinks. There are DJs, and they party. It's like summer camp. You're basically at work all day. There's not just the artists there. There's people who work the [merchandise] tables or other things like that. It's cool to kick back and have a good time. We went there. We had a blast. We hope to do it again soon."
In the meantime, fans can catch Emmure on The Thrash and Burn Tour with DevilDriver, Despised Icon, My Children My Bride, Veil of Maya, For the Fallen Dreams, Oceano, Periphery and Thy Will Be Done, which kicked off July 24.
"I can't wait," Palmeri said. "I have a lot of friends that are going to be on the tour; a lot of people I've known from previous tours that we've done the last couple of years. It's going to be one big hang out. I get to wake up and see all my friends. I'm really excited about it. It should be fun.
"Supporting DevilDriver should be cool too, considering they're such a marquee name. They've really done their thing in the industry in terms of heavy music. It's all about making friends and having a good time."