It is t-minus 2 hours until we are officially on the road again (get it?), headed out to begin the Fire With Fire tour with a lot of Tooth & Nail family members. Personally, I have been itching to get back out on the road as I Am Empire has been holed up at home in San Jose, California for the last 3 months. Tonight, we drive down the California coast on our way to Las Vegas for our first show (Zia Records) tomorrow.
While we were home we sold our last van and picked up a new one with INCREDIBLE help and support from fans across the world, so I guess this will be its 'maiden voyage', if you will. If you were one of the fantastic people who donated to our cause, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This tour is for all of you.
I know I Am Empire has been a part of Tooth & Nail for about a year now and the album has been floating around the world for 6 months, but I'm willing to bet a lot of you reading this haven't been officially introduced to us yet. We are: Austin Lyons (vocals), Andrew Stanton (shredder), Joshua Case (bass man), Eric Martin (I don't have a clever name for drummer), and I, Dan Otis (rhythm get-ar). We've been a band for the better part of 3 years now and absolutely love what we do and feel so lucky to be a part of a label like Tooth & Nail with bands that we have admired since we were wee lads. If you've NEVER heard us before, check our Facebook and Twitter!
Packing for this tour was a bit of an adventure on my end. Lots of searching for clothes, visiting and revisiting Kinkos to print necessary paperwork for the road, finding a new sleeping bag, and (after the old one's zipper was demolished) buying a new suitcase. But now it is all sitting quietly in my house's entryway, waiting to be crammed under seats of the van.
Our last tour was back in February and March when we went out with Children 18:3 (incredible guys/girl) and had one of the greatest few weeks on the road in our history. It was quite a change from the tepid winters of California...the generally sunny, 50-60 degrees with a bit of wind creeping down from the north days we were used to became a thing of dreams. We met Children in Minnesota two days after one of the biggest storms in 45 years had passed and opened our doors to a chilling -34 degrees! Needless to say, it was a trip that left our bones numb.
Welp, the van is calling to be loaded up so we can hit the road. I hope this blog was the start of something amazing! It will be pretty active for the next 6 weeks while we travel the country (and even Canada!) so lock it in your browsers and keep up with the craziness of I Am Empire!
Since we last heard from alternative rockers I Am Empire with 2011’s highly heralded Tooth & Nail debut Kings, the San Jose-based band logged endless miles of sweat equity on the road, supporting the likes of Emery, Brian “Head” Welch and Project 86, alongside its own headlining outing, plus a pair of performances at Germany’s enormous Christmas Rock Night festival. The results have not only found the foursome cementing their already apparent chemistry to indestructible degrees, but has also renewed their zeal for constant creativity that manifested itself throughout its second long player Anchors.
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Austin Lyons - vocals
Andrew Stanton - guitar
Joshua Case - bass
Eric Martin - drums