Emarosa - Peach Club
4.5Overall Score

It’s been three years since Emarosa last released some new music. Their last full length offering 131 dropped back in 2016 but after a couple of tour circuits of the album, the band seemed to all but disappear. Their return came with single Givin’ Up, a pure pop banger that threw Emarosa into new uncharted territory and boasted big things for the rest of Peach Club. Though did the rest of the album live up to the hype that Givin’ Up created?

From the get go, Peach Club has an incredibly 80’s feel to it. There’s something nostalgic in the synth-pop vibe laced within the bands third single from the album ‘Cautious’ and another track ‘So Bad’. It rings familiar to bands like Lany or The Neighbourhood, combining that authentic guitar sound with something much more pop. It stands out immediately when considering the back catalogue of the band.

Though it does make it a little hard to pick out the progression of the other musicians as everything other than the eclectic drum beats from Lukas Koszewski and stellar vocals presented so far by Bradley Walden are overshadowed by the additions of other musical attributes. That’s not to say there isn’t a sense of growth, there absolutely is in that Emarosa seem to have realised they don’t need to rely so heavily on the riffs that once defined their popular sound.

One thing to point out thus far is that every song Emarosa has produced on this album is a triumph of pop rock and Get Back up is no exception. Despite the upbeat musicality of it, the track is entwined with a personal message of struggle and how to fight through it; “I hit that drum to my beat and get back onto my feet.”

The inflections in Walden’s vocals are much more pronounced this album, something that is entirely evident as you move further through the album. By breaking down genre boundaries, not only has the band as a whole been able to experiment with new sounds but Walden has been allowed the space to perform the most enchanting runs with his vocals that he hadn’t been able to before.

Help You Out is possibly the most Emarosa track from Peach Club thus far as it sounds like it could have been pulled from one of it’s predecessors – 131 or Versus. Though you can definitely tell it’s more matured, as though they have taken all the tricks from the first two with Walden and refined them for this track.

It packs in a lot of energy before a significant drop for XO which is, not only the shortest track on the album but, the most stripped back. For this track it’s simply an electric guitar and some beautifully suited vocals. What it lacks in the energy from the last, it makes up for in power as Walden pushes his vocals to the limit, allowing every ounce of raw emotion to pour out through every strained note.

Comfortable is one of the most stand out tracks on the album, it breaks down the genre boundaries and refuses to fit into any single one. It’s smooth from start to finish, a far cry from it’s heartbreaking message as Walden sings; “Why can’t I be faithful now?” It would be the perfect place to end the album but is instead followed up by two tracks that, while they are ultimately good songs, sound astonishingly similar and could be hard to pick apart if not listening too carefully. This is by far the only downside to the album and quite possibly the types of songs that grow on you over time.

Overall, Peach Club is the progression Emarosa needed to make but had never been able to before Walden. By ditching the fox that has adorned the last number of albums, the band not only said goodbye to a logo that linked them to a heavier sound but to Emarosa has we’ve always known them. With no more restraints, Emarosa are now finally able to become the more artistically creative band they’ve always wanted to be. No more are they trapped into the box fans had attempted to lock them into for so long. Finally Emarosa are able to soar into a territory that lacks any genre definition, with a peaked focus on genuinely great music.