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The Mazloom Empire / Press

“The Mazloom Empire has crawled into my brain and won’t evacuate.”

“A promising set of DIY pop-rock tunes from The Mazloom Empire, a 5-piece from Columbia, S.C., that's centered around the 21-year-old songwriter and vocalist Lawdan Mazloom. Claiming influences that include Tegan and Sara, Wilco and '90s pop, Mazloom crafts songs that are undeniably catchy, but equally well-constructed.”

“Now solidified in their rolls, the players have wasted no time in making a name for themselves, releasing a five-song EP in January and completing a brief tour of North Carolina and South Carolina. The self-titled debut (streaming below) showcases the Empire’s diverse abilities as the band crafts sublime dream-pop (“Crystal Chandelier”), jangly indie-rock (“Burn In Hell”) and soaring sing-along choruses (“On the Run”), accomplishing each with unexpected ease.”

“Lawdan Mazloom’s New Band Drops Self-Titled Album The Mazloom Empire is a pop-rock outfit from Columbia, South Carolina, headed by the 21-year-old musician Lawdan Mazloom. She started out not long ago playing acoustic solo shows before recruiting guitarist Zac Thomas to found TME. Eventually a full band was put together, featuring respected local musicians like Brett Kent (bass), Marshall Brown (piano), and Steve Sancho (drums). Kyle Petersen of the Free Times recently wrote that The Mazloom Empire is “one of the most talent-heavy lineups in the city.” Mazloom’s smooth, yet powerful, vocals rise above the edgy, melodic grooves on the standout track, “Crystal Chandelier,” and as well on the more personal, emotive track, “Alison.” Mazloom’s main musical influences include Wilco, Ingrid Michaelson, The Kooks, and Tegan and Sara. “Crystal Chandelier” – The Mazloom Empire from The Mazloom Empire – Jan. 29th “Alison” – The Mazloom Empire from The Mazloom E”

“The Mazloom Empire — Although fronted by 21-year-old Lawdan Mazloom, The Mazloom Empire features a venerable collection of local musicians who know exactly how to provide an edgy, alternative undercurrent to the singer’s punchy pop-rock tunes. Already boasting two Jam Room engineers in guitarist Zac Thomas and bassist Brett Kent (also of Shallow Palace) as well as the affable Steve Sancho on the skins (Whiskey Tango Revue, Say Brother), the group recently added psychedelic pop powerhouse Marshall Brown on piano and back-up vocals, and in the process officially declared itself one of the most talent-heavy lineups in the city. With Sam Snipe, The Winter Sounds open. K. Petersen”

“The Mazloom Empire — Alexander of Macedon, it’s said (and attributed to Plutarch), when he saw the breadth of his empire, wept for there were no more worlds to conquer. Lawdan Mazloom’s empire is nascent still, but promising. Her band — featuring guitarist Zac Thomas, bassist Brett Kent, keyboardist Marshall Brown and drummer Steve Sancho — is one of the most talent-heavy in town, and The Mazloom Empire’s self-titled debut EP is a spear thrown into Asia. The easiest comparisons are to ’90s female-fronted pop-rock groups: “Crystal” could have been a No Doubt ballad; wrought ballad “Allison,” perhaps, could have been a hit in the hands of The Sundays. Mazloom’s voice is sure and strong, tuneful and emotive, and her accompanying players lend a heft to her otherwise slight alt-pop tunes. (Too: Thomas’ keen studio ear gives the EP a sharp, distinct crispness and focus.) As Mazloom crosses the Hellespont, it’s not hard to see how, given her stout cavalry of attrac”