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Honesty is the best policy. Or, at least, it’s the sensibility Rocky Loves Emily embraced
while making their long-awaited debut album, Secrets Don’t Make Friends.

As reflected in the disc’s title, the band was focused on channeling a true representation
of themselves both as people and musicians on the album. In many ways, the album
showcases how the rock group, who hail from a suburb of Detroit, MI, has grown up
since forming early 2009. From their first EP, released at the stroke of midnight that New

Years Eve, to their first disc on Tooth & Nail, the 2010 EP American Dream, Rocky
Loves Emily has been on a journey to discover how best to express themselves.

“The band grew into who we are as people between the EP and this album,” Andrew
explains. “We figured out who we are and put it into music.”

That process was greatly aided by producer Matt Grabe (The Maine, The Summer Set).
After touring to support American Dream, Rocky Loves Emily headed down to Phoenix
in July of 2011, armed with an album’s worth of demos they’d recorded in their practice
space back in Michigan. Originally, the plan was to flesh out the demos using electronic
elements, but Matt quickly rerouted the process to embrace the band’s live rock aesthetic.

“We had written all the songs on our own back in Michigan and recorded demos of
them,” Brandon says. “Just rough live recording demos, just one mike in the room. When
we sent Matt the demos he was really excited about the fact that we didn’t just track
everything perfectly. So when we went to record with him he tried to push us to not be a


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  • audiopinions

    Read our review for the newest release HERE

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ke_jt

    the Pink Floyd of our generation. these guys are doing some unique amazing things [2] beka :D

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • sensesfail187

    Don't get the hate but I'm new to this band. There's way worse out there. All I can say to them is good luck and I wish them well.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Almonds26

    Awful.... Just awful

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
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    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    I used to have a lot of respect for Tooth and Nail, back in the days when they were willing to take a chance on exciting and unique sounds (at least within the "alternative Christian" market). You'd think that now they have established themselves financially, they would be willing to take risks. Instead, with bands like this, T&N is pandering to the audience, scoping out the next hottest band that sounds like secular music's next hottest band from two years ago. It honestly makes me sick.

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • tombradybg

    I like it! Clueless <3

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Scott_25

    Bands that look like this should be shot

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sherlytemple

    a summer ep for winter, thank you!

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • kidchino08

    Really dig the EP. Sounds like The Maine. A lot of fun.

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • allyoso

    I got their autograph because I thought they were We The Kings. They sure tricked me.

    17 Jul 2010 Reply

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