Episode 138: Emanuel w/ Matt Breen

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Emanuel started out as “Emanuel Nice” in December 1998. They kept that moniker until 2004 where they decided to drop the Nice but keep the full line up while updating their sound which would get them signed to Vagrant Records.

They released their first album, Soundtrack to a Headrush, in March 2005 on Vagrant and toured extensively with bands like Jimmy Eat World, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aiden,  Keating, From Autumn To Ashes, The Bled, My American Heart, Lorene Drive, Moneen, The Audition and many more.

I reconnected with Mr. Matthew Breen, got him on the Skype, and this is what we talked about,

  • Starting the band off as Emanuel “Nice”
  • The Louisville music scene
  • Their song Make Tonight
  • Brian’s bass sound on the record
  • Getting courted by records labels
  • How they signed to Vagrant
  • Their crazy sponsorships
  • How their record getting leaked fucked them
  • Their tour with the Suicide Girls
  • How big did Vagrant think they were going to be
  • The band Recover
  • Black Earth Tiger
  • Getting over addiction
  • And a ton more

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