Imagine pursuing your dream, and achieving it against all odds. Imagine seeing your dream shattered by an unforeseen tragic event shortly thereafter. Imagine picking up the pieces, defying the odds a second time, and having another shot at making your dreams come true. If you are Justin McCain, the founder/lead guitarist/songwriter of the band Emphatic, you don’t have to imagine this scenario, because he is living it. McCain waited nearly a year for original frontman, Patrick Wilson, to recover from a fractured larynx, setting the band back just as they were starting to gain traction on radio and perform on major tours. Wilson was eventually replaced by former Fuel frontman, Toryn Green, who according to McCain “is everything that I ever wanted in a frontman.”
Understandably, Emphatic’s upcoming album is entitled Another Life. The follow-up to their debut album, Damage, which featured the hit song “Put Down The Drink,” will be released on October 22nd. The first single off of the record, “Remember Me,” is already making a radio impact.
It may sound cliché, but everything in life happens for a reason, and while no one wants to face adversity, overcoming adversity can often times lead to something better. If “Remember Me” is any indication of what McCain and Green can achieve together, and there is no reason to believe otherwise, the second bite of the apple promises to be even sweeter for the resilient founder of Emphatic.
“Remember Me” is a promising first step on the road back to success for McCain, whose penchant for writing catchy, melodic, hard rock songs is equal to his strong will and his guitar virtuosity. It shouldn’t be long before the song makes it onto the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.
Should this band be on your radar? The answer to that question is an “Emphatic” yes!
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