Empires At Neumos 9/21
We’ve got a special guest post today from longtime RCA friend and Seattle music scene fixture Jake Gravbrot. Photographer, hair stylist, music nerd, and most importantly, dad, Jake always has amazing projects going on. Stop by his website or say hey if you catch him at a show, like Empires this past weekend. Check out his thoughts and pictures from the weekend show below.
As Empires has picked up with consistent touring, they’ve made pit stops in Seattle twice in the past 3 months. Is this something you should be paying attention to? Absolutely. Empires has the kind of sound that feels nostalgic in a very genuine way, yet cutting edge enough that it’ll likely be dominating alternative rock radio very soon. If the Talking Heads had a baby with Franz Ferdinand, Empires would be the obvious spawn. They’ve got backing by Island/Def Jam, which could bode very well for them if their new record Orphan takes off. Last Sunday, they came through Seattle’s Neumos, opening to a packed house on their current tour with Augustines. The band ripped through their set, featuring songs off their last few releases. Vocalist Sean Van Vleet very fluidly manages vocals and crowd control, engaging the audience just enough while not forgetting that at the end of the set, we just wanna hear the band play. The band rounds out with guitarist Tom Conrad, who some of you may recognize from his stint as guitarist in The Academy Is…, Max Steger on guitar, and Mike Robinson on drums. Keep your eyes peeled for the next time they stop by our Emerald City. Orphan is out now on iTunes and in stores.