Rocky Loves Emily
Secrets Don't Make Friends
There’s something of bipolarity on "Secrets Don’t Make Friends." The pop-rock instrumentals create upbeat, outgoing melodies while Brandon’s lyrics search for deeper, more introspective meaning. “I Don’t Like You” is a catchy rocker with propulsive guitar riffs and driving beats, embodying a sense of catharsis as Brandon reveals how he feels about his ex. “Oil & Water,” a slower, more anthemic rock number, explores the other end of the spectrum, showcasing the band’s musical range. Ultimately, though, the disc is whatever the listener needs it to be in the moment.
“If you’re happy and you put on the record you’ll have a good time,” Andrew says. “But if you’re feeling down you can dig into the lyrics and find something to relate to.”
So while the album is about honesty, in both vague and straightforward ways, it also represents it. Rocky Loves Emily toured extensively for over a year on their "American Dream EP" and during that time the members discovered their identities, individually and collectively. The album reveals the same band as the EP, but with more confidence and self-awareness, which is something they feel these new songs convey.
“We just wanted more real songs,” Brandon concludes. “Stuff from the heart about the things we were going through as people. Matt definitely saw that and helped us complete that vision. It’s an album we can all be proud of.”
"Secrets Don't Make Friends" available in stores and online April 24th.
Honesty is the best policy. Or, at least, it’s the sensibility Rocky Loves Emily embraced while making their long-awaited debut album, Secrets Don’t Make Friends.
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Brandon Ellis - Vocals
Pete Kalinowski - Drums
Sean Kick - Guitar
Andrew Stevens - Guitar
Stephen Hull - Bass/Keys