Ethan: A few of my favorites are Hidden In Plain View, Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, Underoath.

Alex: I would agree. Underoath is up there for me, TBS, I’ve seen TBS like 40 times. Ethan and I love what’s going on currently in emo too, bands like State Champs, The Story So Far, The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball… And the new From First To Last is great.

Who’s better, Taking Back Sunday or Brand New?

Alex: I think we can agree… Taking Back Sunday!

Ethan: I’m on the Taking Back Sunday side for sure.

How about Something Corporate or The Starting Line?

Alex: That’s a tough one! I would say just for me, personally, The Starting Line just because they hold a special place in my heart. I love Something Corporate too.

Ethan: I would have to say the same. You can tell we’re best friends, right? Say It Like You Mean It is a Top 5 album for me. I love Andrew McMahon. Everything he does turns to gold but I have to go with Starting Line.


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Do you have any stand out memories from Emo Night BK? 

Ethan: Going back to London was amazing. We actually brought Ryan Key of Yellowcard with us. It was incredible being in our hometown. When we go to different cities, we respect the hometown and what they enjoy, what makes them a part of the scene. We can play more British bands, Funeral For a Friend, Enter Shakari when we’re in England for instance… One of the best shows we’ve done though was in Asbury Park, New Jersey. As I mentioned, Hidden Plain View is one of my favorite, favorite bands and they played a few acoustic songs for everyone. While they aren’t the biggest band in the scene, the fact that we had them here with us was really special.

Alex: One of my favorites was when Spencer and Aaron of Underoath joined us in Vegas. Another is we had Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday play at our first bigger show in Brooklyn. He sang songs he wrote off of Louder Now that we haven’t heard since he left TBS and it was amazing!



Great, well thank you so much. We’re looking forward to the Emo Night Brooklyn Boston debut at ONCE in Somerville this Saturday, February 18th.

Alex: We are too. We really mean it when we say this will be the best night of your life. And we hope to return many more times.


You can purchase $10 advance tickets to Emo Night Brooklyn here. Tickets will be available at doors day of the show for $12.


Interview by Lia Gurin.


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