Emarosa has quietly maintained a home base in Lexington while building up an audience aroud the world.
The band’s latest and self-titled album charted as high as 69 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, and it kept the guys on the road in Europe for most of the fall.
“This is the first time we’ll be playing songs from the new album in the United States,” Keyboardist Jordan Stewart said before practicing Wednesday night at Buster’s Billiards and Backroom.
Buster’s will be the site of a two-show stand by Emarosa Friday, including Buster’s first ever all-ages show at 6 p.m., followed by an 18-and-over set at 10:30.
In addition to being a sweet launch for the 40-plus city U.S. headlining tour, the guys in Emarosa hope that the all-ages show will start a trend in Lexington music venues.
“This whole music scene has a lot of fans that are younger than 18, and we really want to give everybody the opportunity to come out and listen to us,” guitarist Jonas Ladekjaer said backstage.
Bassist Will Sowers said, “There’s not a lot for kids under 18 to do period. There’s the movies and the mall, which is why you see kids at the mall all the time.”
Drummer Lukas Koszewski, who lived in Lexington since he was 8, recalled going to see bands in backyards and church basements when he was growing up and said, “If there was a band in your hometown that you liked, it would suck to not be able to see them because you weren’t old enough.”