We are sorry to inform anyone who was hoping to see us at Bamboozle this year, that we will not be playing. We were very fortunate to be added to the line-up and to be a part of the festival in the first place; playing Bamboozle has been something we’ve always wanted to do. In light of recent events, we all think it’s in our best interest to stay home. We have begun to write new songs, and we’re all extremely excited about our progress. I don’t want anyone to think that this is just a matter of us being unprepared, we initially blocked off time to practice for Bamboozle specifically. What started as basic rehearsals, turned into writing sessions that have only progressed more and more. I can personally say I think it’s going much better than any of us had anticipated.
We never want to disappoint anyone, and by not playing it’s inevitable that we will upset some of our fans. But this band is growing, and we’d rather have something new to show everyone. We’re sad we won’t be seeing many friends and familiar faces this weekend; it’s bound to be an incredible time. I hope you all understand, and know that we are very excited for the future.
- Lukas / Emarosa
In late 2007, vocalist Jonny Craig found himself kicked out of Dance Gavin Dance for intense conflict with other members and a well-documented battle with substance abuse. But to then-fledgling post-hardcore outfit EMAROSA, Craig’s voice was worth the gamble and they brought him in to front their band. A little more than three years later, lingering issues with the singer’s dedication, his continued problems with drugs and crumbling reputation (thanks largely to an internet scam in which he defrauded fans out of thousands of dollars), Emarosa announced exclusively on Altpress that Craig’s time with them had run its course. In this exclusive interview, the remaining members of the band—guitarists JONAS LADEKJAER and E.R. WHITE, bassist WILL SOWERS, keyboardist JORDAN STEWART and drummer LUKAS KOSZEWSKI—tell us exactly what led to Craig being kicked out of the band, and why it won’t affect the creative direction of the band as much as you might think.
Read the interview here.
"we are going to be answering some questions about this within the next few days.
it was pretty mutual. i think it would be stupid to say he didn’t see it coming. we made the decision. he did not quit, we decided to part ways with him.
it was the right move, and he knew it as well as us.
i’m not going to get too in depth about all this.
all i do want to say is that sometimes even when a band seems to make good music that people like, you absolutely can’t control the personal relationships and dynamics with one another. in order to be a functioning band, you have to mesh well. and that entails a LOT of things.
expect some details soon."
Lukas Koszewski on Jonny
As of today Jonny Craig is no longer a member of Emarosa. This decision has been a hard one to make but we feel it is in the best interest for the band going forward.
When Jonny joined the band back in 2007 it was a huge opportunity for us and brought new fans and attention to Emarosa. We realize what he contributed to our sound and his talents, however it is time for us to take the band in a new direction. We hope our fans and peers respect our decision and continue to support us. We wish Jonny well in his future endeavors and are excited about the next chapter for Emarosa.
We are not breaking up and will see you all at Bamboozle.