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EMPYRE – Set To Release Debut Album In July 2019

DEBUT ALBUM: “SELF AWARE”
RELEASE DATE: 5THJULY 2019FIRST SINGLE “TOO LITTLE TOO LATE” OUT ON 19THAPRIL 2019

ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES IN MAY/JUNE 2019


Thunderous rock with one of the meatiest sounds in the UK right now” – BBC Introducing

Empyre is thrilled to announce the release of the debut album “Self Aware” on 5th July 2019. In addition, the band will release their first single “Too Little Too Late” on 19th April 2019.

Hailing from Northampton, the atmospheric rock four-piece is ready to present a truly accomplished first record. Filled with no fillers, “Self Aware” is a collection of 11 outstanding tracks, in which each song individually showcases a band with skillful songwriting and a bold sound.

Every song on this album has its own personality, and an underlining and unifying soundscape ties all the tracks together, fusing the roots of the style’s tradition with a unique musical edge, creating a distinctive, dark and introspective rock. From the gritty opener “My Bad” to the heavier and more intense “New Republic”; from the dramatic “Too Close” to the more upbeat “Drive”; from the hard-hitting “Too Little Too Late” to the atmospheric and epic “Homegrown”; each track is lyrically engaging and displays an unapologetic unique sound.

The band comments: “We feel we have encapsulated the essence of Empyre in its present guise in eleven tracks. Subtlety to anthemic. Lyrically ‘Self-Aware’ is an album with a dark tone, however the tracks conceal positive messages. Musically we try to hit a point between a soulful, melodic tone, whilst keeping it heavy enough to shake the foundations now and then. We’d describe it as a combination of gritty, sometimes haunting vocals with captivating guitar hooks and solos.”

Formed in 2016, Empyre saw a successful 2018, playing the international HRH Festival – Road To Ibiza and capturing the attention of BBC Introducing, which described the band’s sound as “triumphant, chest beating rock”. Empyre also performed a session for the renowned ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris’ – Under The Apple Tree Sessions”, a privilege usually reserved exclusively for country acts.

Ahead of the album release, Empyre performed two stand-alone shows in March, before embarking on a full UK rotating headline tour in May, with English rockers Ryders Creed and The Rocket Dolls.

“Self Aware” Track List
1. My Bad
2. Stone
3. New Republic
4. Too Close
5. Just a Ride
6. Drive
7. Only Way Out
8. Cut to the Core
9. Too Little Too Late
10. Something Remains
11. Homegrown

UK Tour Dates
Fri 03 May               Yardbirds, Grimsby – RPM Takeover Tour
Sat 04 May             Hammer & Anvil, Birmingham – RPM Takeover Tour
Sun 05 May            King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton – RPM Takeover Tour
Fri 10th May           Iron Road Bar 57, Pershore – RPM Takeover Tour
Fri 17th May           Redrum, Stafford – RPM Takeover Tour
Sat 18th May         The Live Rooms, Chester – RPM Takeover Tour
Fri 7th Jun                Waterloo, Blackpool – RPM Takeover Tour
Sat 8th Jun               Bannermans, Edinburgh – RPM Takeover Tour

Empyre is: Henrik Steenholdt – vocals & rhythm guitar, Did Coles – lead guitar, Grant Hockley – bass – Elliot Bale – drums

“Self Aware” will be self-released on 5thJuly 2019

Useful Links:
Website: www.empyre.co.uk / Facebook: www.facebook.com/EMPYRE /
YouTube: www.youtube.com/empyrerock / Instagram: www.instagram.com/empyrerock

 

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!