With an overwhelming response from both fans and critics, Chicago four-piece Empires have advanced to the next round of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Choose The Cover” contest. What started with thousands of musicians, has now been narrowed down to the final four. Known for an explosive live show, Empires will embark on a national headlining tour beginning June 15th and play a hometown show on May 21st. Tour dates below.
Driven by insightful lyrics and an exciting balance of swagger, melody and an explosion of guitars, Empires is catching the attention of many. Along with MTV, Alternative Press and more, The Chicago Tribune praises Empires as “refreshingly unpredictable” and AOL Spinner applauds the band’s “explosive Gaslight Anthem-grade stadium rockers.” Rolling Stone raves “a big, multi-faceted, tower of power” and “inspired by the independent spirit of 90s grunge, Empires’ music takes the urgency and emotion of that era and reboots it for a new generation.”
Since their formation, Empires has taken full advantage of the Internet and online communities as a means for getting the word out about their music. As with all of their songs, which are entirely written, engineered and produced by the band leaving them totally free from creative restraints, Empires has allowed kids to download their music for free on their official website www.weareempires.com. Through an organic word-of-mouth and a true love of these songs, the band’s debut album “Howl” is currently over 70,000 album downloads, and counting.
Check out news songs “Night Is Young,” “Hard Times” and “Hells Heroes” at http://www.rollingstone.com/choosethecover/artists/empires
By rating Empires five stars on the link above, you can help the band become the first unsigned band to land the cover of Rolling Stone! Voting for round three ends Friday, May 13th.
Empires Tour Dates
May 21st – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
June 15th – Frankie’s – Toledo, OH
June 17th – The Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
June 18th – The Fire – Philadelphia, PA
June 20th – Vibe Lounge – Rockville Centre, NY
June 21st – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
June 22nd – Mac’s Bar – East Lansing, MI
June 23rd – Musica – Akron, OH
June 24th – The Strutt – Kalamazoo, MI