INCOMING: Young Empires Play Schubas THIS TUES 2/5 21+
Photo Credit: David Waldman
The tale of self-proclaimed Haute rockers Young Empires is quite unconventional. The band formed in Toronto in 2009 with a little help from Craigslist, originally as a trio of Matthew Vlahovich (lead vocals/synth,) Jake Palahnuk on bass and Aaron Ellingson on guitar & synth - a trio who just wanted to play music. As Ellingson explains, "Everything with this band is about synchronicity. We didn’t have any preconceptions. We just wanted to get in a room and make noise.”
Booking their first show within two weeks of forming, the band isolated themselves in a motel room in early 2010 to self-produce and record four demos that hit the charts on Hype Machine and led to two years of international touring. The band hit Bogota, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Stockholm, New York, Miami, SXSW, CMJ and Brighton's Great Escape, performing alongside Jamiroquai, Foster The People, Chromeo, Tanlines, Japandroids, Vampire Weekend, Bag Raiders, Dragonette and Sleigh Bells.
Between tours, Young Empires gained Taylor Hill on drums and they wrote, recorded and mixed their debut EP, Wake All My Youth. Having no engineering or production background didn't stop them, as the group did everything but the final mastering, leading to its distinctive, glittering, electro-tinged indie rock sound. Released via Pirates Blend/Sony Canada in February 2012 with two singles from the EP, “White Doves”, and “We Don’t Sleep Tonight,” the band gained international recognition from NYLON, NME, Interview Magazine and more, with multiple syncs on MTV, CTV, ABC and USA networks.
With significant success in Canada, the band is set to re-release a new version of Wake All My Youth this spring on Votiv/Atlantic Records, while currently writing an anticipated full-length debut album.
As bassist Palahnuk says, “At the end of the day we just want to have a positive impact on as many people as we can. We want our music to be the thing that people connect to and feel good about.” It's clear from this band's early rising success that they have done just that, connecting more and more people as they go along.
North American 2013 Tour Dates /
02.04.13 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN * 02.05.13 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL * (8pm/ $12 21+) 02.06.13 - The Frequency - Madison, WI * 02.08.13 - The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY * 02.09.13 - Niagara Center For The Arts - Niagara Falls, ON
* with Royal Teeth
Previous Press /
“Young Empires’ glossy production and funked up rhythms, reminds us of the Rapture’s dance-ready grooves…They’re too good.” NYLON
"The mathmania of Battles, the gloss 'n' grandeur of The Killers, and the calamitous quiver of Arcade Fire...Young Empires have consummately summated this generation's achievements in Rock. Not that they're total re-tread merchants; no, they're master weavers of our disparate indie threads, forging a fine tapestry of future disco." NME
"Mapping some new sonic territory somewhere between Vampire Weekend and The Killers, they combine syncopation and melodrama to excellent effect…they’re known for winning over cold audiences with their live act." MTV Iggy
"Defined by swirling synthesizer tones, soulful bass grooves, and funky guitar rhythms, Young Empires deliver dance tracks full of swagger, sexuality, and a little angst." RCRD LBL