Free Music Friday With Empires
Hi everyone and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday! Today we are pleased to bring you a 3 song EP from Chicago’s own Empires, who we first highlighted back when they were in the running for the “Choose The Cover Of Rolling Stone” contest.
The contest was ultimately won by Sheepdogs from Canada, but Empires have continued their climb up the ladder of popularity. Their first full length album, Garage Hymns, will be released on June 12th, 2012 by History Records. Today we are pleased to offer you a 3 song EP called Can’t Steal Your Heart Away. We hope you enjoy and we’ll see you next week for more news reviews and interviews on Project Rhythm Seed.
“It’s always felt like things just fall in place for us,” says guitarist Tom Conrad. “I think it’s a testament to how we approach things and the fact that we were friends long before we were band mates. We all have different perspectives musically, but there’s a collective mindset that makes it all work.”
Free from creative restraints, able to explore any sound they want, and build an identity that was true to their vision, Empires spent nearly a year crafting their debut record HOWL, which was officially released for free online in May 2008 via their website. HOWL was entirely written, engineered, produced, and art directed by the band, with youngest member, Max Steger at the helm of the tracking and engineering recording sessions. By the end of the year, HOWL had earned over 60,000 album downloads and had caught the attention of many.
With a recording and release process approached on their own terms, Empires’ collective kismet and cool confidence translates into a sound that’s bigger than their time together as a band might suggest. The experience surrounding HOWL also left the band feeling totally liberated and allowed them to focus on finding new fans via nontraditional methods. Especially by taking advantage of online communities and offering their music for free. “We’ve got fans from all over the globe now,” says lead singer and songwriter Sean Van Vleet. “It feels like a great way to start a relationship with the listener.”
“We’ve really learned how to work as a band,” says Van Vleet. “When you strip away all the worries about what comes next with the process of releasing music and all the other crap that just gets in the way, you end up really finding your sound.”