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Red Empire have used their different musical influences and backgrounds to make a sound that is instantly recognisable when heard.” - Cheers Magazine
Following the release of their well-received debut EP, ‘Strange Philosophy’ Red Empire have recently finished their debut album as their star continues to rise. ‘Strange Philosophy’, which was chosen as FM104’s Strawberry Pick of the Week upon its release, went down very well with fans and critics alike. Goldenplec.com noted that “Despite this being their first release the standard of song is incredibly high” and The Irish Independent called it a “Red-hot debut”. The album, which is set for a 2014 release date has captured the band’s trademark well-crafted melodic sound and will be preceded by a second E.P, ‘Small Mercies’. ‘Small Mercies’ will contain the song of the same name and two additional tracks that band recorded last year during an intimate filmed live session called "In a Room with Red Empire". Last year the band used this filmed live session as a way of previewing for their fans some of the songs which would be recorded for the album, together with some acoustic versions of songs from the ‘Strange Philosophy’ E.P. All of the videos from "In a Room with Red Empire" are available on the band's YouTube channel:
Recently Red Empire’s song, ‘Denial’ has been chosen to be included in director, Graham Cantwell’s new film, ‘The Callback Queen’ and has also been used in an advertisement for the V.E.C. It would appear that Red Empire’s musical stock is rising fast.
Throughout the year the band, who hail from all over Dublin, 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 The Westport Festival of Music and Arts, Fortstock and The Coors Light Weekender in Cork. 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 2014. Having already played 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. And 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