Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri recently spoke to Hot Metal, where he made the case that making fun of Emmure is played out. He said:
“I think that the whole, people just going out of their way to shit on it in Emmure has got played out, and I think that people have been doing it for so long that now whenever anyone does it, It’s like dude really – you’re going to fucking throw this card again and honestly — 97 per cent of the comments that are negative on the internet, are surely things based in ignorance. They don’t come from any factuality, there’s nothing to base it off of, they’re just like, ‘I don’t like this band blah, blah, blah, and they suck at guitar’. It’s just like who the fuck is… what are you talking about?
But I don’t allow that to affect how I view the band, I know my music comes from a real place, and I don’t need that negativity. So if people are really into it, then that’s great, but you can’t please everybody, and there is always someone who goes I don’t like it, ‘whatever’ and ‘fuck this’, and that’s fine too.”
I will readily admit that I was impressed by the two new singles, and while yes bagging on the same Emmure jokes has run its course (even though people still constantly come up to me about the supposed "beef" I have with Frankie after this interview and him subsequently sampling my voice in a song, I have no beef… I'm over it.)
But thankfully, Frankie Palmeri is giving us new things to bust his balls about, including another tasteless t-shirt design. Frankie is no stranger to controversial shirt designs. He tried to print up shirts glorifying the Columbine shooting a few years ago, until ultimately shutting that store down. Then, in 2014, he created the tasteful "Ask Your Girlfriend What My Dick Tastes Like" shirt. But that shirt is like the Disney Channel compared to their new shirt, which is available in a pre-order package.
You can see it above, it basically has an expressionless woman on the front of the shirt, and when you go outside, and the sun hits the shirt, special solar ink reveals the woman has been abused. Her lip is busted, her eyes are red and the album title "Look At Yourself" shows up.
So, now that he's made light of Columbine and misogony, I guess the new controversial issue Frankie is hitting up is abuse.
Good work, Frankie – even though Emmure is played out, you constantly give us new items to rag on you about.
Elsewhere in the interview, he threw all of his old band members, which up and quit because they couldn't stand Frankie, under the bus:
“…I’m the only sole survivor of the original line-up. In the original line-up, and it isn’t even the line-up that quit the band, the original line-up, no-one even knows who the fuck those guys are, so it’s always been just been me kind of and always like making my vision come to life in some way, or at least trying to pursue this mission in some degree.
But what, he also throws the rest of his CURRENT band under the bus:
So I have gone through a lot of changes and had to work with all kinds of people, and this latest incarnation of Emmure to me is the only way it should be, and I would probably allow it to be from this point on. There won’t be line-up after this, pretty much is what I’m saying. I think the main purpose of the band is a vehicle for me creatively. So it’s always going to be like that, regardless of who’s in the band.”
Way to share the credit, bruh. I'm sure guitarist Josh Travis, who is a deathcore master and a great dude, had nothing to do with the creative vision of the current sound.