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Artist Of The Week-Emily's Army

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Most high schoolers spend their summer vacation just hanging out, hitting a beach and working some lame job to get some cash or you can be like "Emily's Army" and go on tour as these guys did last summer as they were on "Warped Tour 2012".

The band, from Oakland, CA, consists of Cole Becker, 17 on vocals and lead guitar, his older brother Max, 19 on bass and vocals, Joey Armstrong 17, son of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, on drums and the "new guy" Travis Neumann backing vocals and rhythm guitar.

Cole, Max and Joey actually started the band in 2004 (do the math) with Travis joining in 2009. Travis joined the band due to a bit of misfortune as Cole explains:

After a while, we got a gig at my sister’s birthday party. However, the day it fell on, I broke my wrist. Joey went to a different school and knew a kid named Travis, who we called and asked to learn our songs and play with us that night. Luckily, he is a fast learner, and we did great. We loved having him around, so he stayed with us. (from Two Senses interview July 2011)

The band gets it's name from brothers Max and Cole’s 15-year-old cousin Emily who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998 and has suffered from the disease her entire life. In tribute, the band adopted the name Emily’s Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization in their cousin’s honor.

They currently have one album out called "Don't Be A Dick" 2011 that was recorded and mixed in just 4 days. They have also released one EP called "Regan Macneil".

There's not much video of them out there however they do have a couple. First off the "dick" album is "Broadcast This"

The next is a cover of the 1979 band "Fast Cars" called "The Kids Just Wanna Dance"

And off the compilation "The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore" released earlier this year is "Good Looks".

Being a new young band, I hope that they have many years together putting out this kind of music helping to keep punk alive for years to come.