INTERVIEW: Stephanie Stevens talks with Dallas, TX band EMPIIRES about their new song "Through The Flames", how they pick subject matter for their songs, how they coped during Covid and MORE! - READ IT HERE
BY STEPHANIE STEVENS
Dallas, TX hard hitting, hard rocking, energy driven sensation EMPIIRES is coming in strong with the bands latest single and video for THROUGH THE FLAMES. Fire riffs, hooks that pull you in with ease and the catchy melodic nature that slides in and out of the track just confirms these guys are going to be excelling in the music community in no time.
They are putting excitement back into the game of music bringing a unique approach of blending modern metal and hard rock soundscapes with groovy melody and ear catching choruses with dynamic and killer guitars that will pull you in and you will be content to stay and enjoy.
I had a chance to ask the guys about how the band became, what the process is for songwriting and found out some fun facts about the members. Enjoy!
Q: I’m so excited to have you guys a part of the East Coast Romper, I pride myself in helping people get to know up n coming bands and you guys have such catchy, high energy and relatable sound that I can’t wait to promote the hell out of you. So on that note tell me How EMPIIRES became a band and what each member brings into the overall sound of the band?
A: We all knew each other and have worked together in some capacity prior to this band. We started talking about writing and that led to working on some ideas. The next thing you know, we’re making demos. Each member of the band has their own strengths but I think it’s the chemistry of the four of us together that makes it work.
Q: Being from Dallas, TX how has that inspired you guys as musicians and just your look into the world of art in general?
A: There are lots of rock and metal bands from Texas so it’s an inspiring environment to be in as a band.
Q: You have a special spelling for your band name; can you tell me the reasoning and what the band name means to you?
A: We were looking for something to make the name stand out. Our graphic artist friend showed us a couple of logos with this spelling and thought that looked cool.
Q: Your newest single THROUGH THE FLAMES is addicting. I have had it on repeat since I got introduced to it. How was the writing process for it? And was it a fun song to write because the sound makes me feel like it was a hi-energy and a lot of positivity when it was all coming together?
A: Thanks for checking it out, it’s always great to hear someone tell you that they connected with our song. We did have a good time writing it! The riff and the lyrics worked well together live and we were hoping that would translate in the recording process.
Q: Along with the track being just badass, the lyrical content shines with overcoming obstacles in life. How do you guys pick subject matter to write about and with a song like this does it feel cathartic when it's written and you listen to what you came up with?
A: The lyrics and the story just kind of wrote itself about fighting through adversity. We were thinking most people could identify with the feeling of going through tough situations.
Q: If you could look back on any song the band has written and take a lyrical line you're proudest of that you wrote; what song would it be from and what is the line?
A: I think we’re really proud of the chorus in "Through the Flames." It tells the story of why we can’t walk away from situations even when they are really tough.
Q: Another single you guys released prior to this new one is a song called LOVE OR HATE a darker side of the band, do you guys pride yourself on being diverse in your sound and if so how do you know when to pump the brakes about being overly diverse you should be in that aspect or does it not matter?
A: We’re always trying to write the best song that we can and not repeat ourselves. We write a lot of different songs and see which ones make it through the process that a band goes through with new material. It’s kind of like a dating show, the ones that stick around make it!
Q: In your opinion what makes you really go insane? Love OR hate?
A: I think they both come with their own level of insanity, just depends on what part of the process they’re in!
Q: With the singles doing well have you guys thought about releasing a full album or EP or do you feel that singles are the way to go in this day and age of rock music?
A: We’re thinking about creating some type of package once we have enough singles to put that together. Whatever format that’s on, we just want to make our music available to the listener.
Q: Mentally how did you guys deal with the chaos we all endured the last year and half and how does it feel that Life for the music world is slowly coming back to normal?
A: We dealt with it by focusing on writing and recording. We knew things would get back to normal at some point and wanted to be prepared as a band to go out there and kick some ass when it did.
Q: Have you spoken about touring and if so any hints or info you can share with the public?
A: We’ve been playing shows and talking about doing some touring. We’re just looking for the right situation and will probably have something put together for this fall. Looking forward to getting back out there on that level!
Q: What is one thing about live shows you feel will be the hardest to get the rust off personally for you?
A: Pacing ourselves and not getting too excited from the beginning of the show. That was the hardest thing about our first few shows. We’re ready to go out there and slay it because we’re excited about what we have to deliver.
Q:Three fun facts that people may not know about the band or band members you would love to share?
A: We worked on a TV show together. Toured in other bands together. Have written and recorded together for film and television.
Q: What inspires you guys when you think about the fans of EMPIIRES and has there been one highlight from a fan interaction that stands out for you?
A: When anyone tells you they identify or connect with your music, that’s really cool. Probably the best ones are when people tell you that they put on your music for workout motivation or deal with a tough day.
Q: Anything I missed touching upon you guys are working on you want to share before we end this? (Plus I just want to wish you all the best of luck, you have something really motivating and powerful in these tracks I heard?
A: We’re working on a video for our next single release, looking forward to that and playing more shows! We want to thank everyone who helped us put out our music and the people listening. Thank you all!
KNOTFEST UNVEILS 2021 LINEUP: Knotfest 2021 Lineup Features Slipknot, Faith No More, Megadeth + 10 Other Bands on September 25 in Indianola, Iowa - READ IT HERE
The 2021 Knotfest lineup has just been unveiled, featuring headliners Slipknot alongside the likes of Faith No More, Megadeth, Lamb of God and many others.
The event will be held on Sept. 25 at the National Balloon Classic Field in Indianola, Iowa, located just 14 miles south of Slipknot's home town of Des Moines and will also feature performances by $Suicideboy$, Gojira, Trivium, Tech N9ne, Fever 333, Knocked Loose, Turnstile, Gatecreeper and Vended, the latter of which features Clown's son Simon and Corey Taylor's son Griffin.
"A home show is always insane, but a home Knotfest show will be on a whole other level. Prepare. See you soon for the newreality. Stay (sic)," said Clown of the festival's forthcoming return.
More details about the lineup can be seen at the bottom of the page. Tickets will go on sale on June 4 at 10AM CT at the Knotfest Iowa website and pre-sale tickets are available for purchase for Knotfest.com subscribers starting today (May 25) at 10AM CT at the same site.
In tandem with the announcement of this latest installment of Knotfest, Slipknot have also officially confirmed that they returned to the studio last month to work on the successor to 2019's We Are Not Your Kind. Members of the group had been vocal about work that was ongoing throughout the pandemic, teasing fans that the new record could be conceptual and that they are making "God music" in the studio.
Slipknot's 'Outside the 9' fan club is also being "absorbed" by Knotfest.com per a press release and all members will be afforded the opportunity to catch an inside glimpse at the making of the new album, as well as several other perks related to the festival and various other Slipknot events. Exclusive content, merchandise, and other perks will be accessible as well for Knotfest.com subscribers.
Learn more about the fan club offers here.
Knotfest 2021 Lineup - Sept. 25 in Indianola, Iowa
LOUDER THAN LIFE UNVEIL 2021 LINEUP: Celebrate the return of live music for FOUR nights at America’s largest rock festival Sept. 23-26 in Louisville, KY with two nights of Metallica ft. two unique sets, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Judas Priest, Snoop
Celebrate the return of live music for FOUR nights at America’s largest rock festival with two nights of Metallica ft. two unique sets, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Judas Priest, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Staind, Rise Against, Mudvayne, Cypress Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira and so many more.
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RIOT FEST ANNOUNCE 2021 LINEUP: The Riot Fest 2021 lineup is (mostly) here! Nine Inch Nails will headline in 2021 at Douglass Park in Chicago Sept 16-19. Lineup also includes The Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels and MORE! Plus, more bands to be announ
The Riot Fest 2021 lineup is (mostly) here! Nine Inch Nails will headline in 2021—plus, more bands to be announced next week. Tickets for both 2021 and 2022 (with My Chemical Romance) are ON SALE NOW. We'll announce more bands for 2021 with single day tickets next week. We've missed you, and we can't wait to see you this September in Douglass Park. http://ow.ly/sRGN50EMURl
ROCK AND ROLL INDUCTEES 2021 ANNOUNCED: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has selected its Class of 2021. The newest inductees into the Rock Hall will include Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Tuner & MORE - READ IT HE
Ahmet Ertegun Award
Musical Excellence Award
LL Cool J
Early Influence AwardKraftwerk
Gil Scott Heron
NEW MUSIC: Of Limbo unleashes their new single "Get On It" and announce their tour support for Buckcherry starting June 1 - LISTEN TO IT AND READ IT HERE
GOJIRA ANNOUNCES 2021 U.S. TOUR: Gojira will hit the road in the U.S. on Oct. 11 in Salt Lake City, UT as Alien Weaponry and Knocked Loose will join the metal giants. - READ IT HERE
Gojira will be hitting the road on their fall 2021 U.S. tour!
Featuring additional support from Knocked Loose, ALIEN WEAPONRY will begin touring with Gojira on October 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah at The Union and continue through a performance at Cleveland, Ohio’s The Agora on October 29. The tour will be preceded by a performance at Aftershock Festival on October 9. See below for a full listing of tour dates. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available starting tomorrow, May 4 at 10:00AM local time with general on sale starting Friday, May 7 at 10:00AM local time. For individual show information, visit www.alienweaponry.com.
October 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock*
October 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
October 13 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
October 14 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
October 15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
October 19 – Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
October 20 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
October 22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
October 23 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 25 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
October 27 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
October 28 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
October 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT: YOUR 2021 INKCARCERATION FESTIVAL LINEUP IS HERE! Celebrate the return of live music September 10-12, 2021 with headliners Slipknot, Mudvayne, Rob Zombie along with A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswi
YOUR 2021 INKCARCERATION FESTIVAL LINEUP IS HERE!
Celebrate the return of live music September 10-12, 2021 with headliners Slipknot on Friday, The return of Mudvayne on Saturday, and Rob Zombie capping off the weekend on Sunday night. Other acts to be playing throughout the weekend are A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria, Steel Panther and MANY more.
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MUDVAYNE REUNION ANNOUNCED: Mudvayne is back! After a 12 year hiatus, Chad Gray and the band will be reuniting for a series of summer/ fall festivals - READ IT HERE
After a 12 year hiatus, 2000's Nu Metal band Mudvayne is making a triumphant return in late 2021. The band is set to be a headliner in late summer/ fall for the Inkcarceration Festival, Louder Than Life, Aftershock Festival, Welcome To Rockville. Produced by Danny Wimmer Productions, all four festivals will be announcing full lineups this week. Follow the festivals or check for updates here on Bad Ass Productions!
NEW MUSIC: SALIVA Debuts Updated Version of Classic Single “Click Click Boom”Every Twenty Years EP Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Breakthrough Album Every Six Seconds with Re-Recorded Tracks Featuring Current Band Lineup, Every Twenty Years Out
SALIVA has revealed the second single, “Click Click Boom,” from Every Twenty Years, an EP featuring re-recorded classics with current vocalist Bobby Amaru to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of their major label debut, Every Six Seconds.
“Re-recording ‘Click Click Boom’ was much easier than the original recording because we already had the blueprint laid out for us,” says guitarist and founding member Wayne Swinny. “There was no need to alter anything because the original had all the right pieces in all the right places. We simply used the advances in modern technology to enhance the song sonically.”
“Click Click Boom,” available now via digital music providers, remains one of the most popular tracks from SALIVA’s 2001 breakthrough album. “I think the combination of multiple genres of music has contributed greatly to the popularity of ‘Click Click Boom,’” Swinny says. “Producer Bob Marlette took a song which was a cool, interesting rock song and crafted it masterfully into a piece of music that has stood the test of time for two decades and will continue to do so into the future.”
Every 20 Years is slated for release on May 7 via Megaforce Records. The first single from the six-song EP, “Your Disease,” is available via digital music providers at https://orcd.co/yourdisease. A documentary on the band’s journey through the years is also slated for release this spring. Pre-orders for Every 20 Years are available at https://orcd.co/everytwentyyears.
Formed in Memphis is 1996, SALIVA released a self-titled a debut album the following year. After selling 10,000 copies of the self-released album, Island Records took notice of the band. Every Six Seconds and its hit singles, the Grammy-nominated “Your Disease” and “Click Click Boom,” catapulted SALIVA into the mainstream and is now certified Double Platinum.
After nearly 15 years, SALIVA parted ways with vocalist Josey Scott. In 2011, Bobby Amaru stepped in to fill the roll, infusing SALIVA with new blood, spirit and an energy similar to that which launched the band’s career a decade earlier. From modern metal to straight up hard rock, SALIVA continues to write in-your-face, anthemic songs, and win fans over through tours around the world with the biggest names in rock and appearances on the main stages at countless festivals and the most well-known motorcycle rallies.
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