We are chuffed to finally be able to announce that we have secured a show on the latest tour from fast rising alt-rock band Empire! Taking place on Wednesday 27th July at The Victoria, tickets are on sale now via Seetickets or at the venue, priced at just £5 for a limited time only.
It was back in May 2013 that they last played for us, the second time they had graced the stage at The Vic for SoP. That was a hell of a show, not the largest crowd but Empire proved their pedigree by putting on a performance worthy of a far bigger venue. Vocalist Joe chose to perform a part of the set from the top of the venue bar if we remember rightly.
Forming in in early 2012 Empire put out a low key self released EP, ‘Birth’ soon after to give early and eager fans a taste of things to come. Determined to raise the bar, Empire recorded their debut Mini Album ‘Where the World Begins in 2013 with Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots, Trails, A Plastic Rose) and released to critical acclaim in October 2013. This album captures the sound of a band finding their collective voices, working together to create a strikingly anthemic sound. Vitriolic and exciting in equal measure, the hooks stick like glue.
Following the arrival of the mini album ‘Where the World Begins’, Empire have released two singles, ‘Black Hearts’ and ‘Future, Past and Present’. The latter resulting in being in the Scuzz most wanted chart, whilst receiving extensive airplay on radio, including being Band of the week on TeamRock Radio.
‘The best new voice in Rock’ – Kerrang!
‘Forget Genres: Empire are weird enough to appeal to everyone’ Metal Hammer
‘It’s easy to see why this lot is causing such a buzz’ Big Cheese
‘You’ll be hard pressed to find a better vocal performance on record this year’Rock Sound
‘Sharp riffs, anthemic fist raisers, and of course, the virtuosic vocals’ Afro Punk
Since then, Empire have moved from strength to strength, releasing single ‘Patchwork and Bone’ along with B-Side ‘Truth In Your Eyes’ both premiered exclusively to Kerrang Magazine, among other radio and TV outlets. This single was the catalyst for their biggest headline tour to date in February 2015 covering 18 venues across the whole of the UK. The festival’s continued to roll in towards the summer with the mainstage at Takedown Festival, along with a packed out 3rd Stage at Download Festival in June 2015.
2016 has been as busy for the band, with one national tour already under their belts, a new EP ‘Simple Truths’ being released and a host of festivals to look forward to through the summer.
Support for the show come from heavy alt-rock band In Dynamics and Swindons own All Ears Avow.