“Everything about EMPYRE’s beguiling music is colossal sounding” – Planet Rock
“Empyre … sound slick, vast and like the music was written with the help of an architectural blue print for an arena” – Kerrang!
“Intense and atmospheric in equal measure with an additional dark edge”– Fireworks
“Thunderous rock with one of the meatiest sounds in the UK right now” – BBC Introducing
EMPYRE are thrilled to announce the release of their brand new acoustic version of the single Drive, with the release set for24thApril 2020.
2019 brought the arrival of Empyre’s groundbreaking debut Self Aware. Their unique approach, intense feel and atmospheric take on modern rock was met with a justifiably strong reception from industry figures and fans alike.
The guys now surprise us again with their latest musical move. Remember those incredible “MTV Unplugged” performances throughout the 90s? Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, who all had iconic live sets during this period featuring memorable acoustic versions of songs that showed a different side to the artist. Empyre brings us the essence of MTV Unplugged, but with a full studio production in a post-grunge acoustic style.
The band is committed to leave their mark with a full-band acoustic re-interpretation of the track Drive. Frontman Henrik, explains: “Empyre’s first opportunities to play festivals were often offers of playing an acoustic set on a side stage, and we got a bit of a rep for it. Therefore, as people got to discover us they discovered our acoustic versions along with the electric versions. Naturally the question would crop up now and again of whether any would be released. Now we get to answer that question with ‘Drive’.”
With this release EMPYRE’s musicianship and sonic vision truly shines, the band creatively take Drive and re-shape into a compelling new version. Adopting the acoustic approach allowed the band to show a new soul to the track, creating a metamorphosed version that doesn’t disappoint. The new interpretation of Drive completely transforms the original, while staying true to the spirit of the song.
Henrik further comments: “It was the obvious choice for us as our first ever full-band acoustic release. It was our first acoustic duo YouTube video, the first full band electric video, and it’s often the song that kicks off our live set. The vibe is different in this version, it’s a bit more relaxed and a bit more funky. There’s new rhythmic bass and drum parts, a new chorus riff and cool new guitar intro. It’s practically re-written from the ground up, but still captures the essence of the original. We think it’s a great way to introduce acoustic Empyre.”
The release of Drive followsan extremely successful 2019, which saw the band releasing the critically acclaimed and truly accomplished debut album Self Aware,a collection of 11 “all killer no filler” tracks, showcasing a band with skillful songwriting and a uniquely distinguishable sound. Leading to Planet Rock proclaiming them “Ones To Watch” and Classic Rock Magazine featuring them in the prestigious “High Hopes” piece. The arrival of Drive will surely only fuel a band already on a steep upward trajectory.
UK Tour Dates
May 15th – The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
May 23rd – The Iron Road, Pershore, Worcs
Fri 29th May – Call Of The Wild Festival, Lincoln
June 4th – The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton (supporting Marco Mendoza)
Sat 6thJun – LoveRocks, Bournemouth
Sat 27thJun – Wildfire Festival, Scotland
Sat 8thAug – SavFest, Nottingham
Sat 15thAug – The Edge at Cropredy, Oxfordshire
Fri 20thNov – Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – Acoustic performance before Thunder & Ugly Kid Joe
Empyre is: Henrik Steenholdt – vocals & rhythm guitar, Did Coles – lead guitar, Grant Hockley – bass – Elliot Bale – drums
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