Now, the news you’ve all been waiting for…
New Empire’s highly anticipated third album, In A Breath, will be available from April 18th via Shock Records!
That’s just a little over two months away, and also happens to coincide with the first day of Toowoomba’s Easterfest. So, chances are we’ll hear a bit of the album on the big stage!
We hope to see some of you there!
New Empire have signed with Seattle based label Tooth & Nail Records!
Tooth & Nail are also associated with the likes of The Almost, Underoath, and Anberlin, so this is an exciting step for New Empire.
To celebrate, Tooth & Nail are offering New Empire’s single, Relight the Fire, for free download. You can download your copy here.
Keep an eye out for details on New Empire’s upcoming album, In A Breath.
Check out these snaps from New Empire’s Australia Day performance in Melbourne! | Credit
Sydney alternative quartet New Empire headline Destroy All Lines run event, PLASTIC this Australia Day.
To coincide with the show, the group recently took time to answers questions as part of our feature – “An Album That…”
We ask bands to reflect on albums that have helped shape them as musicians.We continue with an entry provided courtesy of New Empire’s Kale Kneale and Nate Cairns.
An album that…made you want to become a musician?
Rage Against The Machine – S/T
In my early teen years this band inspired me to one day want to play to monster crowds. I used to sleep at my mates house and watch their live music videos through the night and get excited about being in a band.
An album that…has had the biggest impact and influence on you?
Incubus – ‘Science’
Growing up I loved Incubus and listened to every album they released.. I found a connection within the heavy/fusion driven riffs and fell in love.
An album that…instantly puts you in a good mood?
One Republic – ‘Native Sounds’
This album has a really good mix of sounds and beats that make me want to drum along every time I listen to it. the more I listen to it the happier it makes me!
An album that…is considered a guilty pleasure?
The Used - any album (laughs)
Surf/camping trips were sided with this album at a time when life was care free and surviving on $200 a week was all you needed to have a good time.. I guess listening to these guys makes me want to go back to those days and cause a little ruckus again (laughs).
An album that…was considered a massive letdown?
I hate this question, cause I think every musician puts so much effort into an album. But if I did have to choose one, I would say Gypsy & the Cat’s album ‘The Late Blue’ was a bit of a letdown for me. Their first album “Gilgamesh’ was fantastic though!
An album that…you wished you performed on?
Mutemath - S/T
Mutemath’s Self-titled album was such an inspirational album for me, just in terms of the songwriting and parts written for each track, blew my mind! I totally wish i had performed on that album.
An album that…you consider underrated?
Our Last Night – ‘We Will All Evolve’
I think this band in general is very underrated. They have such a solid sound, and the pre-production of their songs is ridiculous. Never cease to amaze me with each release.
An album that…you would like played at your funeral?
Jon Foreman – ‘Limbs and Branches’
I had the pleasure of meeting Jon Foreman at a festival called ‘Easterfest’ and he was honestly one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. Truly inspirational, and his songs are nothing short of that either. Such beautiful melodies, and lyrics make this album so moving.
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Celebrating the good news to be announced shortly!
Find out what you can expect from the new album by checking out The Music’s interview with Kale!
Kevin Lyman, the founder of the Vans Warped Tour, looked down at New Empire drummer Kale Kneale, sitting in the band’s tour van in the carpark in his boxers one morning before a show, and said, “Hey guys. First of all, congratulations on the song being on the Olympics ad, and secondly, you’re gonna have to move your car.”
That song was One Heart/Million Voices, selected as the official theme song for the 2012 Summer Olympics on Australian TV. “We had no idea that we’d been put forward for it,” Kneale admits, “and we only found out through a mate who was working at Channel 9 at the time and walked past an editing room where the song was being cut to the ad. Then he texted our guitarist and told him what was going on and a week later we found it had been approved and was going to hit the TV screens.”
Still a completely independent band at the time – they’re about a fortnight away from announcing some big deals currently in negotiation for the release of their third album, In A Breath, and new single, Say It Like You Mean It – the four lads from Cronulla spent a fortnight on the Vans Warped tour playing to 15-20,000 people a show and then toured with a couple of other US bands for another fortnight before returning to Sydney to work on the new album.
“That tour,” Kneale continues, “we were exposed to a lot of bands and music different to us, which was a good thing ‘cause it really challenged us to recognise our own sound amongst everything we were hearing. A lot of the bands on Vans Warped were, I guess, that pop/punk/hardcore sound, so you do feel like what you have as a sound is really yours because everything else you’re hearing is different.
“So I think it had a positive effect on this album, because we were able to see, I guess, what’s out there, what’s gaining attention, what’s not gaining attention and it probably helped us focus on sticking to what we do best.
“I think with this album we’ve achieved the sound we’ve always wanted to achieve, and that’s not so polished. Like, our previous stuff has been quite polished, and I guess perfect. With each album, from the start, we’ve kind of gone away from having it sound perfect and really digital. We wanted to sort of get some raw sounds in there… We wanted to make it sound as live as possible.”