Hailing from the East Bay, Emilyâ€™s Army is comprised of Max Becker on bass, Cole Becker on guitar, Travis Neumann on guitar, and drummer Joey Armstrong (son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong). Co-songwriters Max and Cole share vocal duties on the album. At the ripe age of 15, 16 and 17 years old, the Oakland-based band has already spent two years touring up and down the West Coast. The bandâ€™s name comes from Max and Coleâ€™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 Emilyâ€™s Army, which also happens to be the moniker for a fundraising organization (emilysarmy.com) in their cousinâ€™s honor.
At a time when young bands are homogenized and tailor made for consumption and eventual regurgitation, Emilyâ€™s Army is a breath of fresh air â€“ rocking out together for the pure fact that they love playing music and they love playing together. Donâ€™t Be A Dick by Emilyâ€™s Army is the sound of the torchbearers to come.
Catch the band this Saturday May 22nd playing a Cystic Fibrosis benefit at the Huntington Beach Pier at 11:30AM. Full tour dates are below with more to be added soon.
Listen to some music from the band here.
5/21 Huntington Beach, CA Huntington Beach Pier
5/22 Long Beach, CA DiPiazza’s
6/18 Kelso, WA Hardtails
6/19 Olympia, WA Hall of The Woods
6/20 Portland, OR Alberta St. Pub
6/21 Portland, OR The Sea Shanty
6/22 Bend, OR Mad Happy Lounge
6/24 Salem, OR Wasteland
6/25 Ashland, OR Culture Works
6/26 Davis, CA TBA
6/27 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Pyrate Punx
6/28 Modesto, CA Melody Ballroom
6/29th Stockton, CA Plea for Peace Center
6/30th San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside