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Empires recently finished recording their second full length album, Garage Hymns. The band's self-produced debut album, Howl, garnered a massive amount of attention when they released it on their website back in 2008, and now, with Garage Hymns, Empires feels that they have found the sound they've been searching for all along.
It's been a rapid ascent to critical acclaim for the young Empires, who came together in 2006. Howl was named one of the top five local albums of 2008 by Metromix Chicago, and Empires spent the rest of 2008 and much of 2009 building a profile locally. They sold out several of Chicago most popular music venues, including Schubas, the Beat Kitchen, and the Subterranean. Then, late in 2009, they went back into Max's studio to record again, and in 2010 they released a seven-song EP called BANG.
To generate more interest in their second collection of self-produced material, the band put out BANG in the form of monthly digital singles until physically releasing a deluxe edition of the album in March of 2010, right before their first SXSW appearance. The BANG EP and their first SXSW appearance ushered in some good national attention. With the BANG EP and a raucous makeout music video for the title track keeping a lot of attention focused on them, Empires quietly began demoing the songs that would later become Garage Hymns in the summer of 2010. Then, from February to May of 2011, the Empires fan base came out in droves once again when Empires was one of sixteen bands being considered for the August cover of Rolling Stone.
Hand-picked from over 1,200 artists by Rolling Stone editors to be part of the magazine's first ever "Choose the Cover" campaign, Empires advanced (through public voting) to one of the final four slots. Rolling Stone called Empires a "big, multi-faceted, tower of power" and said that "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."
TEAM SPIRIT began when Passion Pit synth player Ayad Al Adhamy started writing songs on the guitar. Wanting more and needing to rock live, he combined with long time friends Roman Tobias Pettigrew & Dave Weingarten & together recorded the TEAM SPIRIT EP. They are joined live by Cosmo Di Giulio. A blend inspired by motown Bass, roaring drums, ripping guitars and glam rock vocals; here is TEAM SPIRIT