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I Am Empire


Posted by I Am Empire on 07/26/11

Home. This is it folks! We've come to the end of the road on the Fire With Fire tour, and let me tell you, it has been a month none of us will forget. We have had the highest highs and the lowest lows on this tour. From playing the biggest shows of our career to being forced to cancel one of the biggest shows of our career, and even being stranded for weeks at a time in states far from home, while we try to find a way to pull together enough money to buy a new van, or fix a trailer, or even fix that new van we pulled money together to purchase. But where would we be without trials? If we just left home and came back every tour without having gone through something, what would be the use? On this tour, more than ever, we have come back with a new found faith and direction in our band. We firmly believe I Am Empire is a band with a purpose. We are lucky to be a group of 5 guys that band together during hard times, instead of getting mad and making things worse.

On this tour we started doing something a little different and it's been working very well! With every CD purchased from our table, we are donating $1 of that to The Mentoring Project. This is an organization founded by Don Miller that sends out people to act as mentors to fatherless children across the world. Kids that grow up without fathers need a father figure in their lives and this organization works to provide that for them. If you don't know much about our band, Austin (our singer) has gone through the pain of a father leaving his family behind and that is what our record, Kings, is about. The pain of dealing with that and learning that there is still hope even in the worst situations.

If you were one of the kids we played to on this tour, we all thank you for coming out and supporting our band. Without you guys we would be nothing. If you have never been to a show before, we hope to see you soon and we still love you! If it works out and Tooth likes this blog, maybe I will continue the life on the road with I Am Empire blog for you all when we hit the road again! Otherwise, you can at least follow the band on twitter (@iamempire) and tumblr ( and even on my personal blog ( if you'd like to keep up with us!

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Quick Bio

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