2013 – present (5 years)
London, England, United Kingdom
Empathy Test is an electronic pop duo based in London, United Kingdom. The band write, record and produce their own music and also do their own artwork. They are influenced by classic '80s sci-fi soundtracks, '90s guitar bands and modern underground dance music. Formed in January 2013 by lifelong friends Isaac Howlett (vocals) and Adam Relf (production), the band self-released their four-track début EP, Losing Touch EP, via Tunecore on 28th February 2014. Empathy Test signed to Stars & Letters Records on May 22nd, 2014, with whom they released their second EP, Throwing Stones, on 9th December 2014. Following an amicable split with Stars & Letters in 2015, they self-released the Throwing Stones Remixed EP, featuring remixes of tracks from the Throwing Stones EP, on August 18th 2015.
Empathy Test released a double A-side single, Demons | Seeing Stars on September the 9th, 2016, which featured featured remixes by Sidewalks And Skeletons and MNYNMS, before embarking on a European tour on 16th September. Empathy Test recruited live drummer Christina Lopez and keyboard player Jacob Ferguson Lobo to accompanying Isaac on the tour. They continued to perform with Isaac until April 2017, when Jacob was replaced by Sam Winter-Quick. The band then released another single, By My Side with b-side Vampire Town and remixes by New Portals and Papertwin on February 17th, 2017. A third single, Bare My Soul was released 21st April, 2017, to coincide with a second European tour.
Empathy Test are currently crowd funding two debut albums plus a final single via PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/empathy-test-album/. They are slated for release on 17th November. The first album, Losing Touch, will feature all the original 2014 EP tracks plus Demons and two previously unreleased tracks, Siamese and Sleep. Safe From Harm will feature all the singles (minus Demons) plus new tracks Safe From Harm, All It Takes, Trampoline, Everything Will Work Out and Burroughs & Bukowski. The band previously stated that Safe From Harm, the album title track, would be the final single. However, it is now looking like the final single will be Everything Will Work Out.
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