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Exclusive: Frankie Palmeri (Emmure) on the band’s “offensive” merch

May 14, 2012
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Earlier this month we opened up discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of “offensive” band merch. There was a lot of great discussion among our readers, and we began reaching out to bands known for their provocative merch for comments on the issue.

Here's the second, from Frankie Palmeri of Emmure (center). The first, from Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria, can be read here. Let us know what you think in the comments.

“Offensive merch is in the eye of the beholder. I think we have successfully made some pieces of merchandise that have turned heads, and maybe even gave people a few laughs. It's just another part of the entertainment industry and especially when you are floating in a sea of what seems to be endless like-minded and competitive artists, you have to take risks and do things that will stand out. The merchandising world for bands on the road is a pretty cutthroat thing. Every sale counts and Emmure has always have done what it takes to entertain our fans new and old with interesting designs. We are lucky to have a team of people who work directly with us in making cohesive and relative designs that match our music.”

Written by Bryne Yancey

Position: Former Web Editor HQ: Orlando, FL (soon to be Cleveland, OH) Nice to meet you! I'm Bryne Yancey, the former web editor for Alternative Press. Prior to joining AP full-time, I volunteered at Punknews.org and freelanced for Myspace Music and AP, writing reviews and such.  I enjoy 80s thrash metal, leather-jacket pop-punk, obscure 90s/2000s emo, contemporary crust-core, and plenty in between. I'm a big fan of pizza, nachos, dessert, sleeveless t-shirts, wearing shorts year-round, sunglasses, science fiction, dry humor, horror, the Florida Marlins, the Orlando Magic, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vinyl is great; Spotify is equally and differently great. Green Day's "Dookie," Bad Religion's "All Ages," and the Suicide Machines' "Battle Hymns" changed my life. I don't think our scene has ever been as exciting or promising as it is right now. Top ten albums OF ALL TIME (but in no particular order): Saves The Day - Stay What You Are Green Day - Warning Jimmy Eat World - Futures Snapcase - Designs For Automotion Hot Water Music - Caution Metallica - ...And Justice For All The Suicide Machines - Battle Hymns Bad Religion - The Process of Belief The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever Told Descendents - ALL Twitter | Tumblr