While most Instant Empire songs are anthemic and rowdy enough to make for a raw and energetic live experience, the literate lyrics and the band's complexity beg a second (or third) listen at home on the couch. Their brand of aggressive indie rock has drawn comparisons to The Hold Steady, The National, Manchester Orchestra and Bright Eyes.
Thematically, IE’s songs relate to the zeitgeist: our struggle to overcome isolation, connect to others, and find meaning in chaotic lives. The band’s sound is broad and unafraid to experiment. Songs are highlighted by a tight rhythm section, melodically rich guitar interplay, dark synth underpinnings, and vocals that are at once urgent and passionate.
After releasing three quality EPs—Instant Empire (2011), Heavy Hollow (2012), and Keep Up! (2013)—IE’s first full-length album was recorded and produced by John Vanderslice (Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie, Mountain Goats) at his Tiny Telephone studio and with Jon Low (The War on Drugs, The National, Kurt Vile) at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia. Instant Empire was also recently chosen to record a single for the Grow Music Project, run by acclaimed producer Chris Tyng.
The new album is set to drop in Spring 2015. This is a band that has found its sound and that believes it is on the cusp of creating something special.
Instant Empire is lead singer Scotty Saunders with guitarists Sean Connaughty and Lou Kucera, Aaron Stone on bass, Doug Chase pushing buttons and Tristan Kelley on drums.