West Virginian indie rock/post-hardcore outfit Embracer, Imminence Records’s newest signing, has released a trilogy of studio updates from their time in Atlanta with Matt Malpass (Dance Gavin Dance, Hey Monday, Relient K, Manchester Orchestra). The trilogy (Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3) features clips of the band recordings along with snippets of the new music to be released of their label debut, which is tentatively set for a November release. The band will then hit the road this winter in support of the release with details being released at a later date.
From their conception as a hardcore band and through numerous lineup, members’ role, and stylistic changes; Embracer has matured and developed drastically to what they are now. They now encompass a broad range of stylistic influences from Circa Survive and Balance and Composure to Johnny Cash and Miles Davis. This leads the band to take an open-minded approach to their music, refusing to let boundaries set by genres or expectations to limit what takes part in the songwriting process with Ryan Pullin commenting, “We believe that music can be a therapy, a crutch, an ecstasy, or an escape for people. It’s one thing to be able to live a passion and do what you want for yourself, but knowing that we will be encouraged to continue to create music that will reach out to our audiences makes it truly worth it.”
Embracer is an indie rock/post-hardcore focused in Charleston, WV. From their conception as a hardcore band and through numerous lineup, members’ role, and stylistic changes, Embracer has matured and developed drastically to what they are now. Embracer has incorporated a vastly broader range of stylistic influences from modern rock bands like Circa Survive, Polyneso, Balance and Composure, and This Will Destroy You to even older, much different stylistic influences such as Johnny Cash and Miles Davis. Embracer takes an open-minded approach to their music, refusing to let boundaries set by genres or expectations to limit what takes part in the songwriting process.
In the December of 2010, Embracer formed in Hurricane, WV under the name of “World Famous.” When Zak Rea, the lead songwriter, left and whose place was taken by Jordan Bradley, the style of influence began to change dramatically as more outside influences from the other band members began to flow into the song writing process, though the melodic hardcore style stayed, although for not much longer. In August of 2011, World Famous changed its name to Embracer along with the release of the Dreamers EP, a six-track melodic hardcore EP recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brette Ciamarra of 344 Studios.
Embracer has faced numerous line-up changes since 2011 and a complete overhaul on not only the style but structure of the songwriting process. From founding members departing to lead roles changing, there has been much growth in multiple directions. With a struggling to virtually non-existent modern and developing music scene in the Charleston, WV area, Embracer has had to remain extremely persistent over the past four years to grow. With the upcoming recording of Embracer’s debut album My Father’s Will with the renowned Matt Malpass, this album could potentially be a cornerstone for the forward progress of Embracer.