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
Following the release of their very well-received second EP, ‘Small Mercies’ Red Empire have recently finished their debut album as their star continues to rise. As a result of the release of ‘Small Mercies’, 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' and Today FM's 'The Mix-Up'. And ourcityradio.com noted that Red Empire's songs "seem to actually have significance and don't just feature random phrases and buzzwords". The forthcoming 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 third E.P, ‘The Truth of You’. ‘The Truth of You’ will contain the song of the same name and two additional tracks. The two additional tracks will be made up of "Fragile", a song recorded during the album sessions and "Royals", a Lorde cover that the band recorded recently during an intimate filmed live session called "In a Room with Red Empire, Part II". Last year, the band used this filming of the prequel to this 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’ debut E.P. The videos from "In a Room with Red Empire, Part II" will be released over the coming weeks and months and all of the videos from "In a Room with Red Empire, Part I" 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. 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, 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