Finglas, The Liberties, Tallaght, Swords, County Dublin
"Red Empire have used their different musical influences and backgrounds to make a sound that is instantly recognisable when... heard.” - Cheers Magazine
It has been a very busy year for Red Empire. Following the completion of their latest EP, ‘Deliver Me’ (which will be released in February 2015), they have recently finished their debut album as their star continues to rise. As a result of the release of their earlier EP's, ‘Small Mercies’ and 'The Truth of You', Red Empire were chosen as the nationwide UTV Radio Group's 'Select Irish Artist of the month' for March 2014. In addition to this the lads were chosen as 98FM's 'Home Grown Heroes' and DCFM's 'Tune of the week'. Red Empire were also earmarked for success on RTÉ Radio 1's 'The John Murray Show' (where they played a live session as well as being play-listed by RTÉ Radio) and Today FM's 'The Mix-Up. Red Empire also appeared on national television performing live on RTÉ's 'The Saturday Night Show' and TG4's 'Róisín'.
The forthcoming debut album has captured the band’s trademark well-crafted melodic sound and will be available very soon. Last year, the band used the filming of a live studio session as a way of previewing for their fans some of the songs which would be recorded for the album. The videos from "In a Room with Red Empire, Part II" will be released over the coming months and all of the videos from "In a Room with Red Empire, Part I" are available on the band's YouTube channel:
Recently both of Red Empire's music videos for "Small Mercies" and "The Truth of You" have each won the 'Best Music Video' award at The Dublin International Film & Music Awards and The Underground Cinema Awards respectively. Red Empire’s song, ‘Denial’ has been chosen to be included in director, Graham Cantwell’s new film, ‘The Callback Queen’ and has been used in an advertisement for the V.E.C. It would appear that Red Empire’s musical stock is rising fast. Red Empire have also received the endorsement of numerous music industry heavyweights like John Hartmann (ex-manager of The Eagles and Sonny and Cher).
Throughout the year the band, who hail from all over Dublin and Athlone, have continued to play their increasingly well-known high-intensity live gigs all over Ireland and have gone down a treat at festivals such as Electric Picnic, The Westport Festival of Music and Arts, Fortstock and The Coors Light Weekender in Cork. Red Empire also toured Germany during September and enjoyed a very warm response from German audiences. Indieweek.com described seeing the lads play live as a “kick-ass, very energetic live show.” With an ever-growing fan base and a bourgeoning roster of gigs throughout Ireland Red Empire look set for bigger and better things in 2015. Having already played numerous times in venues like the Olympia Theatre, Vicar St and the INEC in Kerry amongst many others right throughout the country the band have proven their worth on the big stage. With the lads touted by Musicscene.ie as “serious contenders for some well-deserved attention” and “destined for a bigger and brighter future” many commentators have noted that the Red Empire journey is only beginning.
“Infectious pop choruses that wouldn’t sound out of place on commercial radio...stuck in your head after the first listen.” – Goldenplec.com