Emblem3: 40 Year Old Women Don’t Get Skater Surfer Punks

Emblem3 were eliminated from X Factor last night. Here are a few choice quotes from their post-show interviews. Via Zap2it:

“Honestly, I only feel happy right now,” Wesley Stromberg told reporters after the results show. “We get to go and make some badass music right now and not be under any restrictions.”

Ya think? Bubble bursting dead ahead!

“There’s tons of different things to take into consideration,” Drew Chadwick adds. “Bottom line is we had the dopest experience. We got everything we really wanted out of this competition, which was a solid international fan base, we expanded our comfort zone by stepping out of it, we learned how to do interviews. It was like training, like music industry on Miracle-Gro. We just learned a lot and now it’s over and we’re about to go do it for real. We built the foundation we entered the competition to build.”

That interview thing? You’re still learning boys!

“It’s all about the mass majority of people who watch the show and who’s appealing to them specifically,” Chadwick reasons. “We might be killing it in social networking but it all comes down to the vote.”

“They say it’s 40-year-old women and up who are the main voters,” Stromberg says. “Sometimes maybe some skater surfer punks… they don’t get it.”

While it may be true that the demo is older and conservative, I think the boys’ main problem was that they often sucked. Even Simon’s attempts to fashion the band into the second coming of One Direction couldn’t push them into the finals. They should take a few tips from Lyric 145, who suffered from some of the same image problems + no pimping from Simon, on how to bow out gracefully.

Drew Chadwick on LA Reid’s announcement that he’s leaving the show:

“I think L.A. Reid is more of a creative, behind the scenes production type of dude. Reality TV is more about the TV show and producing the television show more than the music. Me and him have a lot in common that sense.”

More bitching about “reality tv”, which they singed up for:

“The thing is for the past couple weeks I haven’t been in the best mood because I felt like we weren’t staying true to who we were,” Chadwick explains. “But bottom line is in any industry you have to make certain sacrifices if you want to work your way up that career ladder. We had to expand in order to reach out to a bigger demographic and get more votes even if that meant doing songs we didn’t like. Last night we got to resurrect the true us and prove to everybody, ‘Yo, we’re still here, we just had to play by the rules a little bit.’ Last night was almost damage control. We got to be us again.”

Chadwick has a VISION:

“The stuff you hear on the radio, I feel people are starting to get over it,” Chadwick says. “It’s starting to sound the same. There’s nothing real and there’s no emotion behind it. I want to put a real flavor into [the music]. I want to take that and harness that into giving out good messages, having real positive emotion backing the music. Music without emotion is like sex without emotion, it’s pointless.”

Chadwick picks a winner:

“I’m just gonna get real with you guys,” he says. “Carly is 13 years old, she’s an amazing singer, she’s going to be doing great things with the talent she’s been given. Tate is a little bit older. He’s amazing, he’s been playing music for a long time, he’s a family man, he has a great heart, he has pure intentions, he’s a good guy. I feel like he really deserves this. He needs a break. I love Tate. I love Carly and I love Fifth harmony too, but I think he’s the most deserving.”

Simon has said he will probably sign the group. We’ll see if the boys get to make music without restrictions (I doubt it) and if Simon can break a home grown boy band in the US (I’m not sure).

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  • tierbee

    They make me laugh. I’m glad they had a “dope” experience though. They’re right that the demo is a little older but at least for me they deliver enough performance-wise for me to be moved to vote for them despite their unappealing personalities. I don’t know what skater surfer punks are. I’m almost at their 40 year old women category lol. I hung out with skaters when I was in high school and we listened to Minor Threat and Bad Brains and stuff :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    Oh, Chadwick.

    The biggest problem that you guys had is that a lot of people thought you were douchebags hence so many people calling you Douchebag3.

  • chillj

    The problem is that forty year old women who don’t get skater surfer punks also don’t want their teen-age daughters getting skater surfer punks.

  • sporkle

    Classy as always.

    They do get mandatory PR training, right? 

  • SullyD

    LOL, exactly. Those brats are as punk as Avril Lavigne.

  • mtlfan2

    they were told that to make them feel better i guess :)

  • Reflects On Life

    Note to DB3: Which generation do they think the skater-surfer punk culture comes from?  I hung out with the surfer punks in high school, and I’m closer to 50 than 40 LOL. Yeah, we get your schtick just fine.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7N3LXDYJGK4CCSY5364HLDRGY Damo

    So Simon Cowell promised to sign them.

    Meet the new roadies for One Direction.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    I wonder if they know how cliche it is to complain about how boring the current music scene is. BTW, dudes, listen to any Pink song and tell me there’s no emotion in the music on the radio.

  • mjsbigblog

    ITA. The Skate-Surf-Punk thing is not new. At all. I remember it from my 20s and I’m as old as dirt. I didn’t hate it either, when it was done right.  lol.

    ETA: I know it sounds like I hate the boys. I really don’t. If they can find success in the music biz, more power to them. I just find their quotes irresistibly snarkworthy. lol.

  • justmefornow

    I’m going to miss these comically delusional soundbites when these three are never heard from again. 

  • Montavilla

    The problem is that forty year old women who don’t get skater surfer punks also don’t want their teen-age daughters getting skater surfer punks.

    It doesn’t matter what their mothers want.  It also doesn’t matter how talented the boys are, or even what their music sounds like.  Teen-age girls will make up their own minds (or follow their hormonal impulses).  

    I have no idea if Emblem 3 will be big or not.  Girls screamed for David Archuleta, but they didn’t buy his music.  

    I think One Direction has it all over Emblem 3 in terms of cuteness.  They have British accents, they have five different kinds of hair, and they have different personalities, so you get to choose which one to crush on.  Even back on X-Factor UK, when I was dumbfounded at a five-man boy band that sang unison, I could see the possibilities that in the diversity of cute they presented.  It helps that Simon found them good material and that they sing it with good will.

    When I look at Emblem 3, I can’t distinguish any of them.  All I see is three Spicoli’s. Is “skater punk” enough of an image for people to tune them in?  Maybe.  I just don’t know.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    So Simon Cowell promised to sign them.

    The E3 boys may think Cowell promised to sign them, but here’s Cowell’s answer to the THR reporter who then relayed it to E3:

    Asked whether he’d sign Emblem3 to his label — even if they don’t win — Cowell told reporters, “I think there’s a pretty good chance. I’m not going to let anyone else get them.”

    The only promise there is that Cowell intends to make sure that E3’s only chance to be signed is with Syco — not that he’s actually gonna do it.

    Boyz need some listening skillz as well as a direct injection of tact. If they weren’t so determinedly steeped in their own arrogance, their naivete would be striking me as sad.

  • Larc

    If the current music scene is boring, I don’t think it’s because there’s not enough emotion.  No amount of emotion can make up for poor singing abilities or for lack of quality in the music itself.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I wouldn’t be surprised if Simon has them opening for 1D this summer when they tour America.

  • chillj

    The Beach Boys, grandaddy surfer- skater punks of all time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammyluebrecht Tammy Luebrecht

    This is coming from my niece who is 13yo and her friends…everyone knew what Simon was trying to do with Emblem3 by turning them into the next big boy band and it seriously backfired on them…so far. 1D is still so fresh, new, exciting to the tweens/teen girls that I think their so called fans felt threatened that if they support E3, 1D would disappear. My niece may have a very valid point and that could be why they weren’t as popular as Simon would have hoped.

  • tati83

    The irony of Drew’s quote about music lacking emotion is he is the worst singer from the 3. Wait, he can’t sing at all. All he knows how to is strum a few notes on his guitar and flex his muscles. Boy he  is very delusional. hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I still don’t think they’re douchebags.  I just think they’re young and prone to saying stupid shit.  They’ll learn.

    It’s clear to me that they got along well with the other contestants and were happy for the ones who got through.  There was no gossip about them being difficult behind the scenes.  And they worked hard (even when they didn’t always understand or agree with what they were doing).

    I think they’ve got great potential.  I hope LA Reid takes the creative reigns over Simon.  Leave the marketing up to SYCO.

  • Oldhag

    They really are trying to take away Constantine’s arrogant jerk crown, aren’t they? Reality will hit. They have only to ask some of UK X Factor’s “credible artist” winners how much freedom they had over their material and how it ended up working out for them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It’s not that 40 years old women don’t get skater surfer punks. They just don’t  get cocky extremely bad singers. I bet some of these women even voted for 5th Harmony but NEVER for you (except for some pedos here and there)

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Well this certainly explains why the producers of these shows seem to steer certain contestants towards bland oldies. It’s all about how the dudes in charge view 40+ year old women.

    The irony, of course, is that they’re likely wrong. I think the audience could handle more than easy listening songs from the 70s-80s or treacly Celine Dion style ballads.

    But I guess I won’t be so put off anymore when I see contestants who could be relevant getting the personality sucked out of them. It’s not them, its the ageist, misogynist jerks who run these stupid shows.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I agree with you there.  You’re average 40 year old grew up in the 80s and were in their 20s during the 90s.  There is a WIIIIIIIIIIDE variety of music to choose from that would appeal to them.  Rock, hip hop, metal, new wave, punk, pop, reggae, ska…etc…

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Exactly. What person who actively listened to music in the 90s especially wouldn’t get a California surfer ska type band like Emblem 3? It’s not like they were doing something new. There was even similar stuff in the 80s, 70s, 60s…

    Simon is an idiot.

  • b_james

    Omg. Don’t let the door hit your giant heads on the way out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Hey, anyone remember yesterday when I said “calling them Douchebag3″ annoys me and how I’ve seen guys more douchey than them in real life and college whom I often tolerated and even befriended?

    ….Well, the first statement hasn’t really changed, but given light of this information, most notably about the specific member Drew, I was proven way wrong on the second one.

    I don’t hate these guys and I do wish them success and all that crap, but god damn bros, especially Drew, take your foot out of your mouth, and Wes, at least you seem optimistic but don’t let reality hit you too hard.

    I agree with mj, I don’t hate these guys but their comments are very snarkworthy. Especially Drew, the one who has the biggest appearance of a d-bag especially with that sleeveless hoodie and going sleeveless/shirtless while being actually pretty scrawny compared to a lot of “bro” type guys I’ve seen in college.

    …D-baggery is kind of contagious, isn’t it? >_>

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Simon is especially clueless and openly admits it.  He has very old-fashioned, cheezy taste in music.  He’s wildly out of touch.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    I would say, well these guys will disappear into obscurity because they can’t sing, but that doesn’t seem to be a pre-requisite in music today :)

  • girlygirltoo

    These guys are clueless. Because they are young, there is a chance that they will eventually get it, but there is  better chance that they will continue to stick their feet in their mouths whenever they are interviewed.

    BTW, I didn’t hear or see any “emotion” in their performances, so to criticize the current music on the radio as emotionless is laughable.

    If they want to get the chance to make their own music, they better hope that Simon doesn’t sign them, because I doubt he has any real interest in trying to promote a skater surfer punk trio. If h signs them, I’d be stunned if he doesn’t try to mold them into a 1D-type group.

  • IdolyEverAfter

    My young teenage daughter also didn’t “get” these skater surfer punks, so it’s not just 40 year old women!  She likes people who can actually sing.  She does love One Direction!  I saw them on Letterman, singing an acoustic song, with harmonies, and those boys actually can sing.  I do have to say she does have one friend who is a bit obsessed with Emblem 3, but she liked the smoother version that Simon was creating, not the rapping one.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I just hope they get to make their own stuff and business doesn’t interfere with their music. Don’t really care too much about the other stuff. Whether they are either stupid, naive, genuine or really douchebags I would never know. If some of the things Drew has said in these interviews are 100% what he said I’d like to meet him in person. I have some similar view to him. I like the way he thinks. Like Astro last year I like that he had a statement to say even if it would attract alot of haters. It’s views of difference that is a small step into bringing about change to the industry. I have to disagree that ALL of todays music has little emotion but he probably didn’t mean it that way either he probably means music that is commercially popular which in a sense is kind of true. I also really didn’t think they were that bad of singers, especially Wes. I mean they are actually a band. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Well considering they are getting far more publicity than anyone else this year on the XFactor now or last year, being DBers doesn’t seem to be hurting them.   Funniest thing I have seen is Britney whose stance and facial expressions seem to be all about pain–her own.   Maybe Simon needs to pay her more money and she might actually touch one of her people.   A hug  or a smile seem beyond her. She makes robots look animated.   lols

  • sdmama

    You can hit home run every time you bat, but some can more often than others. Simon hit home run with One Direction when there are a lot of nay sayers, and I think he is a really smart guy.

    But 1D is a group of 5 clean cut boys who are safe and adorable. The appeal turned out to be universal on both sides of the little pond. I am not sure if 3E appeals to American teenagers like 1D does, because I am a bit skeptical of Simon’s grasp of American audience, let alone 3E becoming British hit. If they do, hats off to Simon again. Either way, I am looking forward to seeing what happens after Simon signs them.I am not looking forward to their music, though. They are right about their music not for this over 40 woman. But I never liked this kind of music when I was teens and tweens, either. So age has nothing to do with it. I admit liking some Justin and Salina Gomez songs, instead. So there.

    I do not think they are d-bags, either. They sound like typical clueless teenagers.  We got exposed to some surprisingly matured and polite teenagers/youngsters at American Idol (Scotty, Kris, Phillip etc), but maybe they are not the norm.   

  • rufustfirefly2

    So they think they have “a solid international fanbase”?  Hahaha!  They really are delusional!

  • iluvai

    I got to listen to a few of their original songs today (courtesy of my daughter). The songs were actually pretty good. I’m not sure how they got painted as DB’s. It’s really a bummer for them not to make it into the finals though. Tate and Carly have careers regardless. But E3 could have benefited from the further exposure. Hopefully Simon signs them. Time will tell if they have any broad appeal.  But they are just kids so I wish them all the best.

  • iluvai

    Now that would be brilliant! Because their usual opening acts suck!!!  ;)

  • Nedsdag

    I think Fifth Harmony has more of a chance to open for 1D than these schmoes.

    Aren’t the brothers originally from Washington State? They weren’t even born in California.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579290324 Michael Bishop

     They didn’t get painted as DB’s it just ooozed from them.  They’re the poor man’s one direction sans the talent and charm.

  • iluvai

    okay then. :) 

    I don’t know what you mean by poor man’s 1D. That doesn’t really make sense. 1D kids are kinda regular and E3 kids are kinda privileged. ;)

  • Jordana33

    I’m guessing that most young people would see these guys as poseurs. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    It’s not just teens who love 1D. I’m 24 and I love them. Their music
    is fun and catchy and they don’t take themselves too seriously. I love
    that. They have the cutest accents and I love that they don’t dress
    alike and do highly choreographed dance numbers like every other group
    before them.

    Plus, the band is rumored to contain 2 gay couples – Larry and Ziam.

    What’s not to love?

    E3 will never be as huge as 1D because they take themselves far too seriously and don’t have the musical chops to back up all the smack that they talk.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Again I don’t really know if they are painted as DB’s or if they are actually DB. The point is I haven’t met them in person I never go as far as to judge what sort of person they are. I won’t truly believe in most stuff that is reported in interviews or in the media. But I do think its unfortunate if others think their douchebags because they believe in the media without having a second thought. This generates hate and I believe this is the sorta thing that drives musicians into breakdowns sometimes. I love their originals and will continue to support their music.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I don’t get this either. What does 1D have anything to do with them. I disagree and think they do have talent. No comment on the charm. Never thought about it. 

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    The thing is that Constantine could sing, and sing well!  He has a fairly successful career going.  Oh, and he did some growing up!  This is a cocky group of boys who really can not sing.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Just give this a listen and tell me they cannot sing. It may not be everyone’s type of music but in technical terms… they can sing. The harmonies are absolutely beautiful on this. 


  • HKfan

    OK, I tried watching, thought it was awful, worse than when they were on the show.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Wow really?! completely different music tastes then haha. It’s ok. Worth a shot. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    What do you consider ‘can sing’ then o_O? your standards must be high… 

  • kurst

    there is no larry in 1d, thats a fan made name for louis and harry. while i dont know these guys i cant say if they are gay or not and dont care but from all the interviews and vids ive seen it sure looks as though they are into girls, zayn included.  in interviews ive seen with 1d they do indeed take their work serious but you are correct in saying its not just teens that love them.

  • kurst

    this is my fav so far, i love the meaning in this song

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Drew is an absolute beast in this song. I understand why Drew would be the most frustrated out of the 3 about not performing originals. This song really exhibits HIS talents which nothing they did on the show could really exhibit. He is probably the weakest singer of the 3. But that is why they’re a group. They complement each other to churn out an amazing song. Wes is there for the vocals and melodies and his voice is perfect for strong catchy choruses. Keaton is needed for the harmonizing and any edgier sound they incorporate into particular songs like in Tequila Sunrise. 

  • kurst

    yes he was, i also understand, and i agree with everything you typed. the guys got to put some of their vids back up and heres 1 from drews channel

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H3DCZQHD3T6WYVW2XXC6C3ZPMU Tyson

    Simon will sign Emblem3.  If only to, as he said, not let anyone else get them.

    Simon may bury the boys for a year without releasing more than a single, then drop them once he thinks no else will sign them.  He’ll have to decide whether they’re worth the money he’d need to spend.  However, he will sign them.