So, what's the deal with the name
Members of Emerald Suspension claim that their name came from two different sources.
Story A: The initial idea for the name was raised during early work on what would become their first album, Playing the Market. That project involved concepts centered around the stock market, money, and other financial stuff. At that time the chair of the Federal Reserve was Alan Greenspan. Green / span...hmmm...a color/and a type of bridge....
But another story is also told about their choice of name.
Story B: The Emerald Suspension name was inspired by a Phoenix nightclub called the Emerald Lounge (it later closed and subsequently re-opened). At the time, the doors were occasionally locked and the club would host after-hours body suspension sessions. More on body suspension later. This story might be credible because you can hear some definite references in the lyrics of "Six Feet Closer" from the album, Divination.
So it could be Story A, Story B, or both. But wait...that is not even the strangest part about the name...
The Emerald Suspension Unholy Trinity
...each inverted in their own way
Who knew that "Emerald Suspension" would be a name given to more than a group of experimental artists? Today a search for those words online will bring up two or more results that you were not seeking.
The three primary results you are likely to find when searching for "Emerald Suspension" are ;
- A body suspension group based in Oregon (a large number of organizations in that state use the word 'emerald' in their name). Do you enjoy being part of a team, being hoisted into the air, and/or having metal hooks inserted through various parts of your body? If yes, then this is the group for you. And that is still not even the strange part! If you read Story B, above, you already see that this creates an eerie coincidence, and the clincher is that the band Emerald Suspension produced the song titled "Six Feet Closer" that directly references body suspension before either group knew about the other! That freaky fact still gives us chills. But we digress.