The last time I had seen the modern rock band EMBER perform live, it was at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Music Festival in The Woodlands, TX. They blew me away with their flawless performance and sincere interaction with the fans.
So, needless to say, I was so happy to get the chance to see EMBER return to the Houston area and perform at a Baytown venue named Softails.
After sitting down and speaking with Deuce Wanier (Lead guitarist), I found out that EMBER and Softails have a bit of a history. About six years ago, EMBER participated in a benefit in Baytown and at that time, played their first gig at Softails. Wanier says “Big John”, the owner of Softails, has always been one to step in and lend a helping hand to EMBER when needed. Wanier recalled a certain trailer mishap and “Big John” organized assistance for the band and the hospitality has never been forgotten. “It’s like family here,” Wanier smiles. And indeed it was! As we sat talking on the “front porch” area at Softails, numerous people came up and hugged Wanier. It was very cool to see.
Also, very interesting was to hear about the humble beginnings of the band. EMBER was originally called “Small Town Superheroes” for a very short period of time. Wanier said they changed their named based in part on a song by 311 after Chris Martinez (Vocalist) suggested it to the band. But, really the meaning of the name EMBER takes a whole new direction after you listen to their songs. When you think of the word “ember”, visions of a smoldering fire come to mind. I think most EMBER fans would agree that the band’s music is pretty hot itself and after listening to it, it burns right into your heart.
If you think I may have gone over the top with that last statement, you need to think again.
(1) During one of their sets at Softails, EMBER performed a song called “Blind”. It was written with Softails in mind and a favorite of a local fan named Butterfly. Stacy “Butterfly” Davis left this world in June, 2010 after being involved in a fatal motorcycle accident. The song was dedicated to her. There was emotion displayed on, as well as offstage, as they knew “Butterfly” was there in spirit.
(2) Football legend Jim Kelley’s wife Jill used EMBER’s song “The Deep End” in a video raising awareness for her foundation called Hunter’s Hope.
(3) Military troops in Greece, Spain, Germany, Qatar and other bases were inspired by EMBER’s song called “American Hero” when the band toured as a part of the Armed Forces Entertainment with Hinder in 2008 and 2009.
The previous three examples were easy to provide because it’s just what happens when you cross real life into music that means something. I am also aware of what music can mean when you just want to let loose during the week or weekend night and drink a couple of cold ones. EMBER is really good for that too! Make no mistake – they know how to put on a show and have a good time.
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EMBER is a brotherhood comprised of Chris Martinez – Vocals, Deuce Wanier – Lead Guitar, Jared Duyck – Rhythm Guitar, Matt Linton – Bass, and Dusty Saxton – Drums. They are full-time musicians trying to make sense out of this crazy life like you and I by writing songs that we can relate to and making music we can crank up!
Their latest CD is called “Embrace”. It was released back in April and each of the seven songs is very, very good. With so many top tracks to choose from, it’s hard to pick the “best” one. EMBER is consistent in offering heartfelt vocals and a full melodic sound. The songs range from edgy to downright poignant.
Make sure you pick “Embrace” up at a show, a music retailer in your area or just click here.
For more information on Ember visit their Street Team website. They are managed by The Price Agency and signed with VSR Music Group (EMI CMG Distribution).
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