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There are many Chicago bands headed to SXSW, but of them there are a few that are poised for a major explosion. One of those bands has to be Empires. Yesterday they released their new ep Bang which is the follow-up release to their 2008 debut album Howl, and now they are headed to Austin. Bang is a mixture of back alley darkness and grit, and shiny anthem-pop. A mixture of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Killers. These seven tracks soar and rattle, thrill and upset, but never disappoint. It is all perfectly encapsulated in the track “Damn Things Over”.

Empires will be back near the city of April 23rd at The House Café in DeKalb.

Published: March 10, 2010 |

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