Posted by: will | June 27, 2007

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)…

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) “When The Sea Became A Giant” (Self-Released)


It seems as though the (real) emo rebirth may be upon us. I have discovered more exciting new bands that rightfully fit that classification in 2007 than in the past five years probably. Fenton, Michigan band Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) can be added to that ever-growing list. The band started out as a solo project of Keith Latinen but has since expanded into a full band. When The Sea Became A Giant is a collection of songs that Latinen played and recorded himself. While it may sound a little rough around the edges at times that can certainly be forgiven considering this is the project’s debut EP. That unpolished feel is what adds a great deal of character to the band’s songs though. These five songs have the striking ability to take you back in time to when the word emo meant something entirely different than what it has morphed into. I am most reminded of Mineral and The Appleseed Cast here as Empire! Empire!’s sound deals in that same slow and deliberate nature. Empire! Empire!’s vocals are unabashedly emotional as these five songs often bring to mind Chris Simpson of Mineral and Mike Kinsella of Owen/American Football fame. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) is amongst some fine company when it comes to comparison’s sake. That being said, Empire! Empire! have yet to find their own unique voice. The potential shown on When The Sea Became A Giant is certainly impressive and surely promising for the future though. Latinen and the band are about to embark into the studio to record their debut-full length. We shall see if they deliver on that unmistakable promise soon enough.

RIYL: Mineral, The Appleseed Cast, American Football

Listen: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – You Have To Believe That Life Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts, Kiddo (mp3)




    you guys are ripoff artists. 😉

  2. haha, we are vying for that number one slot.

  3. Nothing says “disconnected from the local scene” being from Fenton, MI and having no clue who this band is…but I must agree, this definitely fits the new emo movement being chronicled at SAL.

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