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Seattle is home to the independent rock band I Am Still Emperor - an indie rock outfit with influences that include Jane's Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins and The Divorce. The band’s four members are from different corners of the map—from Peru, Indiana to Peru, South America—and converged in the Rainy City in 2010.
I Am Still Emperor has been likened to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rilo Kiley, and Paramore. Their style artfully blends polished but punk-edged garage rock with an atmospheric touch reminiscent of shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine. Their songs feature driving punk-style basslines, alternating swishy & crunchy distorted guitar, and drums that have more flavor than your typical rock band (maybe from the Latin influence of their drummer’s roots). Front-woman Aradia tops off the sound with at once powerful and delicate vocals, and lyrics that offer insight & are easy to identify with.
PJ (guitar), Aradia (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ammon (bass) and Eddy (drums) had all played music in various outfits since their teen years and decided to finally put together a more serious rock project—partly to fill the gaping hole that is the post-grunge Rock scene in Seattle. After spending a year writing and rehearsing their first batch original songs, I Am Still Emperor set out to play shows in and around town. Since 2011, they’ve been performing at Seattle’s best-known music venues, including Chop Suey, Neumos, and The Corcodile. From the beginning, I Am Still Emperor built a solid reputation for delivering high-voltage live shows that get even the most bored Seattle crowd moving.
In 2012, the band released their first EP, “Bare Bones,” and plans to release another EP in 2014.
Visit http://www.iamstillemperor.com for more information.