How Joey Started Emery (By Joey)

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History Lesson:  

Toby and Joey meet in 1997.

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Toby was only listening to stuff like R. Kelly, Mase, Bens Fold Five, and Counting Crows.  Not a bad start, right?  That all changed when Joey introduced Toby to “The Whole EP,” by Pedro the Lion.  The rest was history.  Toby was convinced that he wanted start a band with Joey that went for that “emo sound” such as found on albums like “How it Feels to Be Something On” by Sunny Day Real Estate, “Static Prevails” by Jimmy Eat World (their old school sound), and “End of the Ring Wars,” by Appleseed Cast.

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Then, Toby and Joey met Devin and Matt (Devin above with acoustic guitar ’98 and Joey is to the left of bass player.  More later on the girl to his right)  Matt and Devin were listening to Silverchair, Deftones, Korn, Nirvana and the like.  Pretty bad start, except for Nirvana, right?  And then came the day when Joey introduced Matt and Toby to “How if Feels to be Something On,” by Sunny Day Real Estate.  Those guys kept listening to their B.S. music, but they expanded to that good ‘ol “emo sound,” found on albums like “Fallen Star Collection,” by Brandtson, “This Afternoon’s Malady,” by Jejune, and the stuff mentioned above that Toby started listening to.  Oh, I forgot about the “Power of Failing,” by Mineral.  That was another favorite.

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So, Matt and Devin’s band, Simply Waynes started playing show with Joey and Toby’s band, Joe 747 (pictured above-their first show in Oct ’98).  They all also became really good friends.  The bestest of. . . .

Joey tells Toby that Joe 747 ain’t gonna go anywhere in Rock Hill, SC (where they were all living).  Toby agreed.  Where could they go?  Uh, duh.  Seattle.  Joey and Toby ask Matt and Devin out to lunch and they make the BIG ASK:  ”WILL YOU GO WITH US?”  I’ll never forget what Matt said after we were laying on the persuasion very thick:  ”Well, we definitely can’t say no.”  It was on.

Now, remember that girl that was sitting to Joey’s right?

well….this…….
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turned in to this….

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The news was tough to break to Matt, Devin and Toby.  So tough that Joey did it in a snail-mail letter.  That’s real friendship right there.  When Toby got the letter, he drove around his home town of Greer crying while listening to the two songs that Emery had already recorded (early versions of “The Secret” and “Shift.”)  Sept. 11 2001 rolled around.  Bin Laden sent some planes into the Twin Towers and Emery hit the road, picking up Joel Green on bass guitar.

Then, all the guys from emery stopped by Cedar Falls, IA for the wedding a year later and within a year, “Weak’s End” was recorded.  You know what happened from there.

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