Pembrook were an unsigned Emo/Post-Hardcore rock band from Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. The band members included: Sal Grisafi (Vocals & Guitar), Jay Lewis (Guitar & Vocals), Danny Tesoro (Guitar/Keyboard), Pat Scherer (Bass/Production & Engineering) and Kasey Heiser (Drums & Vocals). Mike Varley also practiced, wrote, recorded and performed with the band sporadically from 2010 onward.
The band formed from the key members of a previous band called Sleepwell that Tesoro started with Billy Fernandiz, John Enrico, Kevin Sweeney and Remy Roberts in late 2007. Grisafi left his band Drown the Radio to replace Roberts on vocals, Heiser replaced Fernandiz on drums and Patrick Dwyer replaced Sweeney on guitar. Before Pembrook Heiser and Scherer played together in a Hardcore band called Without Notice. The bands' influences range from Hardcore and Pop Punk to Indie and Folk rock.
In 2009 the band put out a 5 song EP titled "A Fleeting Trend". It was recorded at Killingsworth Studios (now Westfall Recording Co.) in Hicksville, NY. The EP was recorded and produced by Anthony Santos and featured guest vocals from their bands' friends acts including: Nicole DeMarco (who originally wrote "Something More"), Love, Robot, All I Can Say, Without Notice, Brooksite and The Autumn Sound. Two tracks from the EP: "Something More" and "Intended Pretense" gained some traction among friends in the local Long Island scene and the band played heavily to promote it in 2009 and 2010 at venues such as The Vibe Lounge, Mulchahy's and Amityville Music Hall.
The band's second EP titled "Grow" was released in 2011. It was recorded and produced by Pat Scherer between his studio in Stony Brook as well in Boston where Scherer was attending school at the time. The EP featured songs written by the band including Lewis who officially joined after "A Fleeting Trend" was recorded. One of the main tracks off of the EP "April" Lewis later released on a Solo EP titled "Seasons / Sessions".
Pembrook is now on indefinite hiatus, the last time the members played together was sometime in 2013. Former members Jay Lewis and Sal Grisafi continue to write, record and perform music for their respective solo projects. Pat Scherer went on to become a touring A/V assistant and guitar tech for professional acts like PVRIS and Beartooth. He records and produces occasionally in his own studio when not on tour.
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