Canada’s Young Empires are back with a new single and a freshly announced summer tour with Generationals, taking the band across the West Coast and Midwest, as well as a set at Delaware’s Firefly Festival. Having made waves in Canada already, the band’s debut EP, Wake All My Youth, is slated to release in the U.S. on April 23rd, 2013 on Votiv.
Streaming now at Rolling Stone, the band’s new track “We Don’t Sleep Tonight” is a high energy, perfectly catchy pop song to lead us into summer. Rolling Stone writes, “building off a boom-bap drumbeat and elongated synths, the track grows into an insomniac’s dance revelation of striving piano plunks and singer Matthew Vlahovich’s irrepressible wail.”
The Canadian-based band are acclaimed for their live shows, with an electronically-tinged, gleaming pop sound that calls to mind a mix of The Killers, The Rapture, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire, with an infectious energy that explodes off the stage. All summer tour dates with Generationals are below.
The tale of self-proclaimed Haute rockers Young Empires is quite unconventional. Their story began in the fall of 2009 with the help of Craigslist, and the creative core now consists of lead vocalist Matthew Vlahovich, bassist Jake Palahnuk, and drummer Taylor Hill, who joined later. Within two weeks of forming, the band began rehearsing and booked their first gig shortly after, putting pressure on the musicians to write viable songs, practice relentlessly, and become savvy in sampling and analog drum machine programming.
Taking advantage of the proliferation of inexpensive recording devices, the band isolated themselves on a rainy weekend in January 2010 in a motel room and self-produced and recorded four demos that gained significant attention on the blogosphere and hit the charts on Hype Machine. The upcoming two years proved to be a globe trotting adventure for the band, being jet set to cities including Bogota, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Stockholm, New York and Miami to perform with the likes of Jamiroquai, Foster The People, Chromeo, Tanlines, Bag Raiders, Sleigh Bells, and Dragonette, and at festivals like SXSW, CMJ, and Brighton’s The Great Escape.
“We are incredibly fortunate to live at a time when online music-sharing can foster rapid fan growth around the globe. We are also really lucky that our music has resonated so well globally and is not confined to any particular geographic location,” Matthew explains.
Between tours, Young Empires wrote, recorded and mixed their debut EP, Wake All My Youth. Although none of the members had any background in engineering or producing, the group did everything on the disc except the final mastering. This lends a distinctive edge to the glittering, electro-tinged indie rock numbers. The songs, culled from a span of nearly two years, also reveal the group’s evolution, showcasing various aspects of the musicians as they’ve more closely discovered their sound.
Although Young Empires have been developing both their recordings and their evocative live performances for the past few years, the musicians feel that the EP is only a taste of what’s to come. The band is currently in the process of writing their debut album and recently quit their full time jobs. They are poised to continue to map out a unique sonic territory within indie and pop music, combining syncopation and melodrama to excellent effect, Young Empires are weavers of disparate indie threads that move crowds every show.
“At the end of the day we just want to have a positive impact on as many people as we can,” Jake says. “We want our music to be the thing that people connect to and feel good about.
Young Empires – Summer 2013 Tour Dates w/Generationals
06.01.13 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
06.02.12 – The Parish – Austin, TX
06.04.13 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
06.05.13 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
06.07.13 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
06.08.13 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
06.11.13 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
06.12.13 – Tractor Tavern- Seattle, WA
06.13.13 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
06.14.13 – The Badlander – Missoula, MT
06.15.13 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
06.16.13 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
06.17.13 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
06.18.13 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
06.23.13 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE