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Sometimes the most compelling art can come from life’s greatest struggles, which in the case of Tooth & Nail newcomers I Am Empire, only added fuel to the group’s already blazing alternative rock fire. Though the San Jose-bred fivesome had no trouble igniting the local scene since forming in 2008, including dates alongside Flyleaf, Sublime, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Thursday, Four Year Strong and The Wedding, a pair of charting singles (“You’re A Fake” and “The Elevator”), plus additional acclaim from Alternative Press, AOL’s Spinner. com and San Francisco’s LIVE105 radio station, much of the catalyst behind the band’s label debut Kings stems from front man Austin Lyons’ fractured upbringing.

“The whole record is about abandonment, particularly the fact that my father is the one who abandoned me,” says the scorching singer/songwriter for I Am Empire (whose moniker is basically a battle cry to be yourself and never feel pressured towards conformity). “We decided to name the record Kings because it signifies the head of a household, and if you’ve been abandoned, you want to look past that person and try to be better when you grow up. The goal is to take up the crown that person left behind and be better than the person who left, which can really apply to any type of relationship.”

Yet the plot thickens in the case of Lyons, whose biological dad may have left when he was ten, though a stepfather entered the picture a little later down the line.


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  • mattimek

    new album is fantastic!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ellielane

    soooo excited for the new album! Sing <3

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mattimek

    + Brain Damage +

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • vanile_enot


    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • hanens

    this guys are awesome

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Mort13

    pretty good stuff

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • blarcyn

    cool songs!

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • M4rc0_52

    christmas rock night was cool! :D

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Downtett

    Awesome band ! I'd love to see you live guys, come to Lyon, France !

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Brickfaced

    Heart Attack, The Elevator, Brain Damage, Foxhole, <3 I could go on...

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • M4rc0_52

    @nokado now you're the master and we all have to bow down

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • nokado

    I know Andrew personally and his brother goes to my church.

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • M4rc0_52

    Oh, i see their are @ christmas rocknight in december!! :) i'm happy

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • M4rc0_52

    Great, great, great! Love their music! :) they have to come to germany! For example on the "rock without limts-festival"! :)

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dari_d

    I just saw them live, got a photo with the lead singer and an autograph from him.

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ArisaBlack

    great band :D

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • Mario_57

    Surprised how "You're A Fake" isn't the top track listened anymore.

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • matheus_fs

    great band!! I hope they come to Brazil someday XD [2]

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • arthursub

    great band!! I hope they come to Brazil someday XD

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • Gery88

    Does anybody have a link to download their first album "I am Empire" wrom 2009 ??? - cant find it anywhere :(

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
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