Indie Rock (Chicago)

Empires may not have made the cover of the Rolling Stone in the magazine’s recent “first unsigned band on our cover” competition, but it seems a dubious honor (look what happened to Dr. Hook). Empires don’t need hype, they’ve got talent, evidenced by the melodic Pop touch, prickly Indie Rock energy and visceral Rock histrionics that run rampant through their 2008 full-length debut Howl and their 2010 EP Bang. Pray the band is in the studio and working on a follow-up, and if Rolling Stone calls, tell them Empires are busy building.

You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Layer U2’s early anthemics and The National’s moody swing, ladle on copious amounts of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s fuzz buzz and add dashes of Catherine Wheel and Modest Mouse. Cook under stage lights until they and you are completely done. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)

~ “The album is great, all ethereal and doomy like the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels, but with a little bit of My Chemical Romance snarl thrown in for good measure.” (MTV.com)

~ “The debut from Chicago quintet Empires is either refreshing unpredictable or totally all over the place. But you've no reason not to give it a listen. The record achieves a strange, roller-coaster cohesiveness.” (Red Eye, Chicago Tribune)