“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
As the new Bond film approaches, Northampton rock quartet Empyre is thrilled to announce the release of the brand new singleYou Know My Name on 6thMarch 2020. To coincide with the single announcement the band will be launching a lyric video, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/tNVtd5nmUSY
You Know My Name is Empyre’s own interpretation of the original James Bond movie Casino Royaletheme song written by Chris Cornell and David Arnold. You Know My Nameis more than a cover, it is passionate, heart felt tribute to one of the best voices of our time and it takes new life through Henrik’s intense performance.
Frontman Henrik, comments: “This cover is simply a combination of two of my favourite things: James Bond and Seattle Grunge. I’ve been a James Bond fan since I was 8 years old, I’ve seen all the films, read all the books, and I even had a CD rack of the soundtracks and assorted versions of Bond music in my bedroom. Seattle grunge in the 90s and in particular the vocalists Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell inspired me to start singing. So back in 2006 when they finally got to make the first book of the James Bond series Casino Royale into a film and Chris Cornell performed the theme song you can perhaps imagine how elated I was. However, oddly, it wasn’t even my idea to cover this song, it was our old drummer Jack’s. Now with us having finished with the releases from ‘Self Aware’, the imminent arrival of new music from Empyre and a new Bond film coming out it seemed the perfect time to release this. It’s our tribute to James Bond and of course to the great Chris Cornell.”
You Know My Namefollows an 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.
Heralded by Planet Rock as “Ones To Watch” and singled-out with a “High Hopes” feature by Classic Rock Magazine, EMPYRE’s sound really takes flight on stage… in the words of Kerrang! “EMPYRE sound slick, vast and like the music was written with the help of an architectural blue print for an arena”, as such, the band just confirmed a series of dates across the UK throughout 2020.
UK Tour Dates
March 1st – Planet Rock Winter’s End, Poole
Mar 13th – HRH AOR, Great Yarmouth
Apr 4th – Audio, Glasgow
May 1st – Arena Birmingham – Acoustic performance – before Evanescence
May 15th – The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
May 23rd – The Iron Road, Pershore, Worcs
29th May – Call Of The Wild Festival, Lincoln
June 3rd – The Black Heart, London
June 4th – The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton (supporting Marco Mendoza)
Jun 6th – LoveRocks, Bournemouth
June 25th – The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
Jun 27th – Wildfire Festival, Scotland
Aug 8th – SavFest, Nottingham
Aug 15th – The Edge at Cropredy, Oxfordshire
Nov 20th – 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