Emerra Says New Music Coming and Hoping to Play Soon!


Alternative progressive rock band EMERRA went ahead and self-released their debut EP titled "Monochrome", along with a single called "Eclipse". All new music is in the works and will likely become a follow-up EP release. Due to the current crisis happening all over, the band just hopes to keep going and play again as well! Find out what else had to be said about their music and future.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We all come from a metal background and wanted to try to do something new at a professional level. Fabian and Stefan met, when Stefan helped out Fabians Prog Metal band "In Arcane". As Stefan didn’t want to join the band full-time, Fabian asked if he was interested in starting something totally new. So in 2016 they formed "depart", an ambitious alternative rock project. Stefan knew Max, since he also helped out his former band "Eleonore" at live gigs. After "Eleonore" split, Max had no active project, so he joined "depart". After finishing our first album and after many shows, we decided that soft rock music wasn’t our thing. We changed our lineup, took our time composing new songs and renamed to project "Emerra", having formed a whole new sound. In November 2019 we released our debut EP "Monochrome" at a live performance and wanted to go big in early 2020, but that will have to wait now with the Covid crisis.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Actually we had a list of 200+ band names that we collected over the months after forming the group. The only name that wasn’t already taken was Imerra. We switched the I to an E and that’s all behind it.  We wanted it to be short. It doesn’t have any meaning though. Imerra is a planet from the Star Wars universe, I think.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based in the Cologne area on the Rhine, which is in the west part of Germany, close to the Netherlands and Belgium border. The local scene is big over here. You can find lots of talent everywhere, it’s sometimes scary how many shows are being played and how many songs are released. Local bands we can recommend are "The Intersphere" & "Chaosbay", which had a huge influence on us. Unfortunately we don’t know them personally yet.

4. How would you describe your style?

Imagine "Karnivool", "Breaking Benjamin" and "Northlane" had a baby. That's close to us.
Our songs are composed of many different styles. From prog to simple jazz, from rock to heavy riffs. We don’t force rules onto ourselves. We just want to make complex music with no scene in mind, and we don’t want to copy anyone.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Last November we self-released "Monochrome" our debut 5-track EP and a music video of the song Eclipse (https://youtu.be/aSS00i2TcKo). Listening to that EP, what we’d love to happen is, that you listen through the whole thing without thinking about it being repetitive, but full of little surprises and great, emotional moments.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Since we can’t play any shows we fully invest our time in promoting our music, streaming live on twitch (https://twitch.tv/rawtype) and writing new music what seems to become our second EP.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

After the corona crisis, we would love to start booking shows and get on stage again. We think that our songs have even greater impact being played on stage with the right atmosphere. Sadly, for now its streaming only.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We want to keep the bar high for every song that’s being released. Every nice comment and every view of our videos and streams is making us invest more into the band. We’d love to play more shows, reach more people and most of all make music that resonates with them. I guess it’s what all bands would love for their art.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find our EP on every streaming and download platform, but to get you started you can watch and listen here:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6HqhEOGht8NcHuCo9H7nDv?si=t2WVO7WqT16aiXQGA8_M9w
Youtube: https://youtu.be/aSS00i2TcKo

We also started with merch by creating our first t-shirt design. Unfortunately there’s no store yet, but that will happen in the near future.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We’d love for him to be able to hear all the love and dedication that went into the songs.

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