Dead Sara to rock out at United Center

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The band Dead Sara, pictured, will join Muse on stage at the United Center in Chicago on March 4.

For Emily Armstrong from the band Dead Sara, making music is more than just pleasing people's ears.

"What I get from music, is being inspired," Armstrong, 26, said. "I hope to do the same for others what it does to me. To inspire somebody in life."

Growing up in Los Angeles, Armstrong first started getting into music while listening to the radio when she was 11 years old.

"I was listening to Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Finger Eleven," Armstrong said. "It wasn't until I got into the music from the '60s and '70s that I really started appreciating it."

Armstrong met Siouxsie Medley, the band's guitarist, eight years ago in the Los Angeles area through mutual friends. Three years ago, they added Chris Null (bass) and Sean Friday (drums) to form Dead Sara.

Shortly after coming together, the band wrote "Weatherman" and Armstrong felt like she was on the path to success in the music industry.

"I thought, 'this is it,'" Armstrong said. "'[Chris and Sean] are the links we have been missing for a long time.'"

Now, after tours with The Offspring, Neon Trees and participating in Warped Tour, Dead Sara has made their presence felt on the music scene.

The band will support Muse on their United States tour starting Feb. 22, with a stop in Chicago at the United Center Monday, March 4.

"[The members of Muse] are [really] amazing and their staging is out of this world," Armstrong said. "It's something we are going to learn from every night with their music, performance and the way they have their stage."

Armstrong's voice is unique and can stay in pitch even when being stretched to its limits.

"For years, I played guitar and sang backup," Armstrong said. "It wasn't what I heard in my head. I couldn't get people to sing the way I could hear it. I'd sing a lot of folk songs. That's where I learned singing and structure. That's where I figured out that I was going to be a singer."

After their tour with Muse, Armstrong said the band is going to get back into the studio.

"It feels like it is about time," Armstrong said. "We've been writing a lot. Being out on tour is an inspiration to get back in there and write."

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