Emery's Matt & Toby Ditch Post-Hardcore In Exchange For Acoustic Guitar And Violin

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Matt & Toby

Matt & Toby

Tooth & Nail

Out Now

Matt & Toby's self-titled debut with Tooth & Nail is everything I could have

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Emery's Matt & Toby Ditch Post-Hardcore In Exchange For Acoustic Guitar And Violin

  • Emery's Matt & Toby Ditch Post-Hardcore In Exchange For Acoustic Guitar And Violin

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    Matt&Toby.jpg
    Matt & Toby

    Matt & Toby

    Tooth & Nail

    Out Now

    Matt & Toby's self-titled debut with Tooth & Nail is everything I could have wanted in a side project, though for reasons that may actually piss off the vast majority of listeners. First off, it's just Emery re-packaged.

    Matt & Toby, better known as Matt Carter and Toby Morrell, are founding members of the South Carolina turned Seattle post-hardcore band Emery who carved their way into my heart with their unique brand of Death Cab-esque emotion mixed with piercing breakdowns and screaming. The perfect hybrid of emo and screaming.

    However, and it's become fairly clear in recent years, Emery thrives best when Morrell isn't being bashed in the head with raspy screams. What was once a 50/50 split in sound evolved into simply background vocals, then almost non-existant. In comparison, Matt & Toby sounds like something Emery would have released five years ago if they had been significantly more influenced by Pink Floyd, Weezer, and Brand New (before they sucked.) Except with all the flavor and personality of everything Emery has every released.

    "Life of the Party," the album's opener, is instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever heard an Emery song. Morrell's voice shines as an instrument all its own over party chatter and soft, rolling snare and a steady bass drum. "Oh No" is only a few notes away from being a "Wish You Were Here" cover song, but with a bit more violin. "Come Home," one of my favorites on the album, mixes up piano and acoustic guitar to create an upbeat ballad that is somehow reminiscent of Styx and Keane ... or something like that.

    Instrumentally, Matt & Toby have created something that is basically the 1/3 of every Emery song that people really enjoyed, but stretched into a 10 song album that occasionally talks about dancing and being rebellious (in an "I love to dance and don't care what you think" type of way.) Can't fault the guy for having an instantly recognizable voice. Or loving to dance.

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