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Instant Empire / Press

“The musicianship on Heavy Hollow runs the gauntlet between Death Cab-esque indie pop and the heavier indie rock to come out of Saddle Creek. Instant Empire smoothly incorporate a multitude of styles to create a dynamic release. Listening to one track off of Heavy Hollow may be a satisfying experience, but you have to listen to the whole EP multiple times to truly appreciate the entire scope of what Instant Empire have to offer.”

“On the new EP, the band went for a huge, wide-open sound—and succeeded. The new release is filled with big, arena-ready tracks, so it makes sense that the group has drawn favorable comparisons to Death Cab For Cutie.”

“Dripping with ambition and driven by personal history, the five local storytellers craft big ideas into big arrangements while never taking the focus off the stories themselves. Dotted by nuanced rhythm and expertly paced melody, the six songs on this sophomore release narrate brief moments of punch-drunk love, summer ennui, habitual betrayal and the search for personal identity.”

“...tight arrangements, assured melodies and a palpaple sense of earnestness and conviction, particularly on standout tracks like "Crooked (and Broken)," like a less frantic sounding Conor Oberst fronting Desparecidos.”

“...the outfit cranks out anthemic tracks that ring with honesty and sincerity. Most important, however, is the fact that they rock — with intensity and absolute certainty.”

“Part barroom rock, and part indie pop, Instant Empire’s Heavy Hollow comes across like a Hold Steady album, if it were written and recorded by Death Cab for Cutie”

“…an extremely well rounded sophomore effort that will knock you on your ass. The crew will pull you under right away with the first cut, “Counting Backwards” and won’t let you up for air until the disc is over.”

“The EP is so strong, in fact, that it leaves you wanting more.”

“The musical maturity on Instant Empire's debut EP belies the newness of the band. The songs on the EP deftly balance urgency and intensity with humor and humility to create an appealing, charismatic, and radio-friendly brand of rock.”

“intricate-yet-powerful indie pop”

“Writers Saunders and Connaughty deliver astute observations and commentaires on society in a way that is beautifully poetic.”