Empires: New Album & Song!

Empires has been championed by several Muruch writers since they first burst onto the local Chicago music scene oh so long ago, so we’re so happy they’ve finally been signed by a major label (Chop Shop/Island Records). Their major label debut, Orphan, will be released on September 23rd. Here’s the first single, “Please Don’t Tell My Lover” and the video of Empires’ recent performance on David Letterman

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Empires: Free Album Download

Everyone’s favorite Chicago band, Empires, is offering their new 3-song EP, Can’t Steal Your Heart Awat, as a free, legal download. You can nab the album by entering your email address via the NoiseTrade widget below, after which you’ll be given the option to donate to the band.

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Empires: Live at Wicker Park Fest, Chicago, 7/23/11

Recent contenders for the first indie band on a Rolling Stone cover, Empires ended their summer tour in their hometown of Chicago last Saturday, July 23rd with a set at Wicker Park Fest. Our Mid-West photographer, Jen “Coble” Hopper, attended the performance and shared a few of her photos…

Empires’ high-energy set was received well by a mixed crowd of loyal fans and new faces, who were treated to a new song as well as other thundering favorites.

Despite temps near ninety degrees, lead singer Sean Van Vleet said it “felt like air conditioning” compared to other sweltering venues on the tour.

The set included “The Night Is Young,” “Hard Times,” “I Want Blood,” “Hello Lover” and “Damn Things Over,” just to name a few.

The band have been recording tracks for their next release, rumored to be named Garage Hymns and anticipated for release later this year. Empires’ latest release, BANG, is available for purchase, and several recent tracks are available as free downloads, on their official site.

Empires’ fall college campus tour begins in Cleveland, OH on September 7, 2011.

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Muruch Empires Reviews

Vote for Empires at Rolling Stone!

As announced on Jimmy Fallon last night, Chicago rock band Empires is one of sixteen bands in a contest to win a slot at Bonnaroo, a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone, and a recording contract. Please take just a brief moment of your time to vote for this talented, unsigned band. All you have to do is click the following link and then rate the band by clicking on the stars under “Rate Now!” (preferably click on the 5th star for the maximum rating!:)

The link to vote for/rate Empires is here:
Vote for Empires at Rolling Stone!

You may notice a familiar photo or two on that page. We at Muruch are very excited that Empires asked our own Jen “Coble” Hopper if they could use her photos from the Lincoln Hall gig for the Rolling Stone photo gallery! Congrats to Coble and best wishes to one of our favorite bands.

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Empires: Live at Lincoln Hall

Muruch’s Mid-West reviewer/photographer Jen “Coble” Hopper followed Empires to Lincoln Hall last Saturday night and took more great shots than could fit in this post. Her fantastic photographs and concert review are below…

Saturday night’s show was a flurry of energy, not just from the band, but from the enthusiastic crowd that showed up to support Chicago natives, Empires.

Among well-loved favorites, the crowd was treated to an impressive new tune from their upcoming album. The band, and especially Sean Van Vleet, were excited and gracious to be performing for the crowd that filled Lincoln Hall.

Highlights included the opener “Bang,” “Voodooized,” the thundering “Hello Lover” and acoustic favorite “Hayley” (a tune originally heard as part of the 3-song samplers distributed at the band’s very first shows some 3 years ago now), to which the crowd erupted in song.

All the members rocked the hardest with “I Want Blood,” making it evident which song is the band’s collective favorite to play.

The encore, “Spit The Dark,” already a dynamic arrangement, truly came alive as the sound exploded in Lincoln Hall’s excellent acoustics.

Each Empires performance continues to be greater than the last! If you haven’t given a listen to their first album, Howl, it and their most recent release, Bang, are both available at Empires’ official site.

While seasoned fans await the new album due later this year, a 7″ vinyl with a new song, “Darko,” is also available at Empires’ official site.