What’s up Earth?!
It has definitely been a while since I have been able to sit down and contemplate where I am and all I have accomplished with my best friends in I Am Empire. With a year full of touring in a van without AC, awesome festivals, van breakdowns and awesome hangs, it was always about looking to the future. There is always a show to get to or a cracked exhaust manifold to fix. We have been so busy thinking about our next move, we hardly get to notice all that we are accomplishing right now.
Sitting back now I feel like we are in the midst of defining what I Am Empire is and that is an exciting thing to be a part of. I can honestly say that this album, which we have so diligently been putting together this past several months, is the culmination of all of our hard work, anxieties, hopes and frustrations over this past year. This has been a greatly transitional part of our lives. There are many changes and uncertainties surrounding us and it seems that every decision we make holds a heavy weight in deciding what the future has in store for us. Yet here we are just being dudes, making some sweet jams.
I didn't plan on getting real sentimental when I sat down to write this blog but I think that writing puts a lot of this into perspective and when I get to thinking about it, I realize how grateful I am for all of this. Hearing these songs come together in the studio has been a very surreal experience for me. Every note carries with it a memory of this last year’s struggles and successes and I think you will be able to hear all of them come through on this album. One thing I can say for sure is that we have put 110% of ourselves into this and we regret nothing. I know I have enjoyed every second of it.
To a billion more,
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